Seattle Times food writer Bethany Jean Clement shares 5 things on her summertime eating-and-drinking to-do list.

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1. Ride bikes on the Burke-Gilman Trail out to Ballard’s lovely Barnacle for a flight of amari, octopus terrine, and serrano ham (cut properly to order from the leg sitting on the bar); stop on the way back for pinball at Fremont’s super-fun Add-a-Ball.

Seattle Summer Guide 2017

(Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times)
(Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times)

2. Take the ferry to Bainbridge (they serve those little cans of Sofia Coppola sparkling wine now!); then try out Brendan McGill’s great-sounding new pizza place, Bruciato; then have some of the world’s best ice cream at Mora; then maybe one more Sofia on the way back (why not? It’s summertime!).

3. At the repeated, insistent recommendation of a reader, go try Jeff’s Texas Style BBQ in Marysville — owner Jeff Knoch does catering for the Seahawks, gives pit tours if he has time, gives out his recipes all the time and has a “philosophy of brisket” that “might just blow your mind.”

4. To support Seattle’s Muslim community, turn out for the Idriss Mosque’s Community BBQ — “All are cordially invited” for hamburgers and tours, says Hisham Farajallah, secretary of the mosque’s board of trustees, on Sunday, Aug. 13, from 2 to 5 p.m.

5. Stroll around Green Plate Special’s lovely garden while eating and drinking a ton at their annual fundraising Garden Gala on Friday, Sept. 22 (OK, that’s the day fall starts, so call it seeing summer off in style!).