Seattle Center’s Cafe Beignet

Cafe Beignet at the Seattle Center , originally uploaded by andai. This is the three day Memorial Day weekend. For those of you in Seattle, this means that we have Bumbershoot, the annual three day music and arts festival held at the Seattle Center. Since I don’t often come down to the Seattle Center during…

Your Coffee Options at Bumbershoot

Strange Fruit, originally uploaded by andai. I am spending the weekend at Bumbershoot, the three day music and arts festival held in Seattle at the Seattle Center. This is a great festival to check out various art types of performances especially dance, literary readings, improve, comedy and artwork from local, regional and international artists. There…

My Bad Online Coffee Experince…

In keeping with my theme on bad coffee shops, today morning I popped into the Online Coffee shop down on 1st Avenue. Since my office is pretty close by, there was a time I use go there almost everyday for my morning latte. Being that I have been checking out some of the other coffeehouses…

How to Spot a Bad Coffee Shop

Untitled, originally uploaded by andai. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone into a coffee shop, ordered a latte and then quickly realized I just threw away $4.00 including tax, plus tips. Some places simply server awful espresso drinks with great smiles… especially when you tip well. And with the high price…

Getting Ready

Getting Ready, originally uploaded by andai. This is a picture of my neighbor’s yard one Friday evening, one week ago as they were getting things ready for a Mexican fiesta for the next day. The party included pinatas and a 4 person mariachi band. The band was great! The party sounded great and went on…

Forza Coffee, Good Coffee, Nice Cup Design

Forza Coffee Company, originally uploaded by andai. I stumbled upon Forza Coffee Company a couple of weeks ago in the most unlikely of places Dupont Wa. Dupont is a little town located in about a 15 to 20 minutes drive north of Olympia, Wa and one that you’d not really think to find any coffee…

Victoria BC Coffee Scene Poised for Greatness

Union Pacific Coffee Company Sign, originally uploaded by andai. Keep in mind when you read this, I was only able to sample a very small number of the coffeehouses and cafes in and around the Victoria BC area. I was only there for about two and a half days and that is really not much…

Faith in Dilettante’s Hot Chocolate Restored

Dilettante’s, originally uploaded by andai. A couple of months back, I was doing quite a bit of business related traveling and flying from Sea-Tac Airport. And because my flights were early Monday morning flights, the first thing I would do once I got through airport security was to head on over to the Dillettante Mocha…

Only in Seattle Part I

One Pleasant Evening, originally uploaded by andai. Only in Seattle, can we have crazy hot days with almost record breaking heat, then in a flash, the clouds take over to bring the weather back to the status quo. Over the years that I have lived in Seattle, I am coming to realize that even though…

The Great Afternoon Tea Tradition

White Heather Tea Room Cup, originally uploaded by andai. I grew up reading lots of British literature. Some of my all time favorite authors for books aimed at children and young teenagers include Enid Blyton, Frank Richards (i.e Charles Hamilton) and C.S. Lewis. I also read a lot of the British comics like Beano, Dandy,…

The Monkey Grind Espresso Bar

The Monkey Grind Espresso Bar Sign, originally uploaded by andai. I was down in the Greenwood area to visit a friend some months ago when I noticed the Monkey Grind Espresso Bar sign. This shop and sign is located right on North 85th Street. On seeing this sign, my first thoughts were, “now there’s a…

Caffè Artigiano Coffee House

Caffe Artigiano Coffee House, originally uploaded by andai. I first visited one of the Caffè Artigiano shops a couple of years back on one of my previous visits to Vanvouver BC. I had passed by the one on Hornby Street, just off of Robson a couple of times and I really liked the interior decor…