A friend was asking me the other day how I find the stuff I’m talking about here and on Instagram.
The short answer? LOTS of research. For the long answer, read on.
I’m searching places out once a week at a minimum. Because of that, I have a very long ‘to eat’ list. (Also, I eat at each place 2+ times, so it’s slower going than you might think. More so with my recovering foot.)
Here’s where I search:
I think I’m following every Seattle account focused on food reviews. And I search the Seattle food hashtags daily.
Yeah, my searching is super predictable.
If something looks neat, I make a note in my ‘to eat’ document. (This list is long and, at this point, intimidating.) On Mondays, I plan which of those I can eat/order from that week, and make the rounds.
And yes, I know about the epic-sounding bubble tea place in Edmonds. I’m super sad I don’t have a car.
I also follow what might sound like random collections of people. Like wedding accounts – they’re great for showing off catering and dessert tables. Or clothing places with events (where there might be food). But most of the people I follow are food writers/photographers.
This is probably the most effective method for me at this point. Especially since I keep on finding one person shops on there. (There are a lot of you! It’s so neat!)
Ah, good old Google. It’s not super helpful at this point, as Yelp/Foursquare/Eater are pretty repetitive, but I still find things this way from time to time. That’s how I found Gugu Fine Dessert, who will be making an appearance soon enough.
Twitter & Pinterest
Still a good way to keep track of food trucks. Also, many local pop-ups are announced on Twitter, often with a link to Instagram.
I find Pinterest to not be super helpful here, as most Seattle posts are about Pike Place Market, but occasionally I’ll find someone’s blog post through searching Seattle desserts and follow a rabbit hole to new places.
If you eat/talk a lot of dessert, all your friends will start assuming you’re not only aware of every dessert shop in town, but that you’ve tried them – and have an opinion on them.
Realistically, I’m notoriously behind in the local food scene. Like sheesh, I haven’t even made it to Revel in months, and I have no clue how behind I am for Capitol Hill. And I’m honored my friends think I’ve already been to that random place in Ravenna that they tried for brunch, but I’m up north once a month at most. But it does mean I’ll add that place higher up my list so I can freaking catch up already.
Eater/Capitol Hill Seattle/The Stranger/Neighborhood websites
Yup. I’m just like you! I read the news for restaurant openings!
I’m not as entrenched in media as I used to be, so I’m not swamped with PR stuff yet. I’ll give it six months.
You have any idea how many places I’ve found by accident? Like Brown Sugar Baking Company – I found it by walking to a Zipcar one time. Thanh Son Tofu? Walking around. Rose Brand/Tsue Chong and their fortune cookie shop? I think I toured it, forgot about it, and then remembered it while walking to Wing Luke one time.
Especially with Capitol Hill and all the new places popping in, I’ll find stuff – or at least be reminded to try it – by walking by. Even the signs stapled to telephone poles might announce food pop-ups.
So, how do you find new and interesting desserts? I’d love to hear about it!