"There is something about the Pacific Northwest that reminds me very much of the Basque Country where I grew up. the rain, the fog, the clouds, the culture of harbor towns has something distinct about it," says James Beard Award-winning blogger and photographer Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille. "There is a great creative spirit that aims to stay outside of the mainstream. I am very drawn to that." Goyoaga, a former pastry chef, now lives in Seattle, where she posts gorgeous seasonal recipes, expert gluten-free desserts and shots of her PNW life. For F&W's Photo Tour series, we asked her to show us her city's most beautiful (and tasty) offerings. Click through the slideshow to see Cannelle et Vanille's Seattle in 25 Images. Below, some of her insider picks on where to stay and what to eat in Seattle.
Favorite Seattle restaurants. I love the oven-roasted vegetables and salads at Delancey (plus the family feeling); The London Plane has the best soft-cooked eggs with dukkah; The Whale Wins always gets me with their Eton Mess; and the chanterelle benedict is a must-order at The Fat Hen.
Go-to Seattle bakery or coffee shop. I love Milstead for coffee. Because I cannot eat gluten, it's hard for me to decide on bakeries but I love like the GF biscuits at Macrina. Oh and the macarons at Bakery Nouveau and Honoré Artisan Bakery are very good.