Garuda Indonesia Colours Magazine October 2014 - Page 152

150 Travel | Seattle © Natalia Bratslavsky / Shutterstock Pike Place Market’s neon sign at sunset, Seattle, Washington. It wasn’t really a war. From the vantage point of nearly 20 years later, the skirmish was the equivalent of siblings arguing over who got the larger serving of dessert. But the fact that it happened at all underscores how much we care about salmon here in Seattle. Locals know to buy salmon in season – and, yes, the vendors will pack and ship for you. It’s not just about the salmon. Vendors know their stuff – ask them what’s fresh. It was in Port Rupert, British Columbia. In July 1997, an Alaskan passenger ferry was penned in by Canadian fishing boats for four days. After the ferry was released, marine highway services to the Canadian port town were suspended for five months. The arguments went on for years. Washington and Oregon fishermen continued to accuse Canadian fishermen of harvesting too many salmon, while the Canadians lobbed the accusation right back at their south-of-the-border neighbours. Eventually, a treaty was signed and the neighbours, who have so much in common that there’s a movement to create ‘Cascadia’, an independent nation that unites British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, settled down. Our passion for salmon hasn’t faded; we’ve just learnt to share. Why are we so devoted to this silver-scaled beauty? It goes beyond the culinary, though there is no denying that our affections are at their most fevered when the season opens. Then, Seattle’s fish markets are full of orangey-pink fillets and steaks or entire fish. A giant chinook salmon can top 60kg, the smaller coho and sockeye might weigh out at 15kg, and we will eat it all. We can’t wait t