Spokane WA - Mural Wall 4-lowresHosting out-of-town visitors or Airbnb guests? Like finding new ways to discover Seattle? Now you can take a self-guided food tour of Ballard thanks to Adria Saracino of The Emerald Palate, a food and travel blog covering the flavors, makers, and adventures of the Pacific Northwest.

This digital 43-page guide lets you explore the vibrant Ballard neighborhood at your own pace. It helps visitors and locals alike avoid tourists and discover the best places to eat, not just the ones that can accommodate a large tour group. It includes:

* A map and itinerary for visiting 8 restaurants and bars
* 13 “honorable mentions” to help you customize your tour
* Recommendations of what to order and how to avoid crowds
* Interviews with the restaurants and their insider recommendations
* Photos so you know what to expect
* Ideas for what to do between eats

When asked why she chose Ballard as the first neighborhood to offer food tours, this is what Adria had to say:

“Ballard has one of the best farmer’s markets, James Beard-winning chefs, and craft cocktail bars regularly on “best bars in America” lists. Yet most guide books skip over this vibrant neighborhood in favor of more touristy areas of the city. Ballard deserves to be recognized and visitors deserve to learn about the neighborhoods that locals actually recommend.

I strongly believe the best way to get to know an area is through its food. I often take food tours when I travel, but I don’t like being herded in groups or looking like a tourist. I also know tours can’t always feature the best places, since they’re at the expense of a restaurant actually agreeing to accommodate big groups.

I wanted a way for people to experience all the best parts of a food tour — the stories, amazing food only locals know about, and the step-by-step itinerary — without the crowds and limitations of an in-person tour. I also wanted to make it more affordable. That’s how the idea for my self-guided tours was born.”

You can download the self-guided food tour here. If you host visitors through Airbnb or VRBO and are interested in leaving information for your guests, contact Adria at adria@emeraldpalate.com.