Hello Pacific NW 'Hounds:
We'll be touring Seattle and Portland in the coming weeks and wanted recommendations for restaurants, bakeries, markets, etc., that specialize in local and artisanal food. I've been perusing the board and know of many of the main attractions; however, I wanted to hear of locally grown, cooked, and/or produced favorites. Also, I would appreciate any recommendations for parks or plazas where one could serenely and elegantly picnic. It's my first time to these cities and I am nothing less than rhapsodic. (I'm from Philly, and while we have amazing food, we have no trees nor interesting topography.) Thank you in advance.