I've been looking here occasionally, and have always been struck by how DEAD this board is compared to your others. I have a suggestion: spin off the Seattle board to its own. "Pacific NW" might SOUND nice, but really, how many people in Seattle are going to care about Portland recommendations, and vice-versa. It's like having a "NY-Philly" board.
I'm willing to bet that the name "Seattle" on the board would in and of itself double the traffic. Besides, Seattle is one of the most cosmopolitan cities around these days -- in my few short visits, I have always been impressed with the restaurants and grocery stores around Pike and the downtown -- a steady stream of Filipino, Turkish, Japanese, Mexican, Greek, Indian, Bengali, Korean, Italian, Russian, Ethiopian, etc., etc. As well as NativeAm/Aleut (Indian and Eskimo for the non-PC crowd) places, which are widespread. Again, all those ethnic RESTAURANTS don't impress me half as much as all those ethnic **GROCERY STORES**.
Unfortunately, Seattle's CHINATOWN is pretty pathetic. But it is home to Uwajimaya, a "Japanese" grocery store with a good stock of everything from Vietnamese candy to Thai curries to -- and this REALLY surprised me -- poi, chicken laulau, kalua pig, and musubi makers. I can't say as I've ever even found those here in LA or SF, to be honest.
So how about a bit more attention paid to the poor old super-cosmo Emerald City....?
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