Posts Tagged ‘latte’



March 19, 2010

This is one place that stands out. The walls are brightly painted and covered in murals; it’s a fun atmosphere. The pastry case called the second I walked in the door. My eye went directly to the fruit tart and R settled on the bigne’ (a cream puff). Since we got there right after opening (10 am on Saturday) seating was easy to find. We grabbed a seat along the wall where the power outlet was. The barista brought out our drinks and food to our table.

The tart was delicious, but I hate it when they leave the the leaves on the strawberry. R’s bigne’ was delicious: fluffy with a creamy coconut center. The latte I had was another story. There was way to much milk in it. It was more like warm milk with coffee flavoring

than an latte. Very disappointing. However this place wasn’t a total bust. The gelato was amazing. The girl behind the counter let us try various flavor (I recommend the coffee or carmel). She offered us her favorite mixture: rice and cinnamon. Best part is that if you buy some to take home two flavors can be mixed in one container. We left with a pint.

One of the things worth checking out here is the downstairs. It’s nothing fancy, but grab the bathroom key and go. At the bottom of the stairs is glass windows that look into the bakery area. You can see everyone going about their business making the pastries and gelato.

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February 27, 2010

When Saturday rolled R and I found ourselves at Herkimer in Greenwood. R had been there several times for work, but it was my first visit. Upon walking in the cafe it was a bit boring. The walls were lined with a featured artist was unremarkable. There was a decent amount of seating so we set up shop in the corner next counter.
The bathroom was something worth writing about since it was the worst I have walked into yet. Papers were overflowing the trash and water was all over the floor. It reminded me a bit of a pit stop restroom that is washed out with a hose. Not a thought that I really want to associate with a cafe.

Beyond the appearance the staff was amazing. Friendly and smiling to a fault. They even stopped to smile and talk to my six month old when they walked by.

On to the important part: the coffee and pastries. My order was a latte and blueberry scone. The latte was a bit on the bitter side for me, but otherwise drinkable. The scone on the other hand was delicious. Moist, tasty, and just sweet enough to my liking.

Herkimer is a decent coffee shop, but I could take it or leave it.

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February 22, 2010

Zeitgeist is another one of those cafes that is on every “must-visit-list” for Seattle. Situated in Pioneer Square, only a block from Qwest Field and minutes from the train station, it is situated in one of my favorite parts of Seattle.

Inside it is a typical coffee shop. The walls are covered in art from the current featured artist. The ceilings are a trendy warehouse style with the revealed pipes, exposed brick, and wood flooring. However Janis Joplin was playing, so I knew this place had a lot of potential.

The first thing that struck me about this place was the size. Compared to most cafes it was huge with lots of seating. Even though there was a steady flow of people the entire time we were there seating wasn’t hard to find. That alone was worth the visit. R pulled out his computer to work, but no outlets. It took a few minutes and help from a patron, but we found that the outlets were along the wall under the benches that were lining the window to the street. Tricky.

I ordered my usual carmel latte and R got his coffee. Once disappointment was the pastry selection. There seemed to be more sandwich type items and only one type of scone and some doughnuts. This is not acceptable in my world. I pointed to a plain glazed doughnut and took a seat. A few moments later R came over with our order. He got a ham sandwich which he said he loved and I bit into my doughnut. Wow! It was moist and sweet, but not overly sugary. I could use more of these in my life. My latte was great as well, but a bit to sweet for my liking.

Overall, this is a must try place. Especially if you plan on doing a little exploring of the area afterward.

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Top Pot–Capitol Hill

February 13, 2010

Top Pot would not leave us alone. Turn on the Food Network, it was there. Go to Starbucks, and their doughnuts are there. Search coffee shops online and they are there. This was a sign if I ever saw one. Not wanting to drive downtown we instead chose to stop at the Capitol Hill location. Again fate was on our side bringing us to the original location.

The streets were packed with cars and finding a spot to park was bit of a challenge, but we found one relatively nearby. Walking into the cafe it was easy to see the popularity of the place. A short line was backed up in front of the register and the tables were packed with people on laptops. Children ran in and out buying doughnuts for the weekend. The walls were lined with books.

Choosing my drink was easy, a carmel latte, but it was the doughnut selection that was hard part. The doughnuts were lined up in a window in front of the register. Each one looked better than the last. I choose the bull’s eye (glazed with jelly topping in the center) and R got an apple fritter. The barista threw in her favorite, a blueberry cake, since it was our first visit. The coffee was good, but the doughnuts blew me away. Thank god that I don’t live near a Top Pots otherwise I would be in trouble. This is one place that more than lives up to the hype.

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Cafe Solstice

January 16, 2010

So, um, where is it? We parked, paid for a ticket, and were off with car seat in hand. “R, where is this place?”

“It’s here.” As he pulls out Android phone.

“Where? I found Starbucks….”

With a grin on his face he tells me to follow him (famous last words anyone?). A few minutes later we were standing in front of Cafe Solstice. We were on the the wrong street before. Outside was a nice sized patio that I would have loved to have tired out since the street was pretty quiet with few passerby, but with a little baby it wasn’t in the cards.

Inside I was taken by the pastries. Oh, so many to choose from, but what to pick. I settled on a lemon scone and a carmel latte; grabbed the baby and took a seat. One thing that threw us off was that there was no menu and the barista really didn’t seem interested in helping much.

The tables were large and made of thick wood. I sort of felt like I was at a bar in ‘Ye Olden Days’ and should have been yelling for the wench to bring me my grog. It was R’s kind of furniture. The place (aside from the lumberjack decor tables) was defiantly trendy, hipster, Seattle Cafe set in the U District. Students were everywhere with papers

spread all over the place. However there seemed to be a bit of a diverse mix of people there. In one corner sat a women with a pile of books, Banker To The Poor included (a women after my own heart). In another corner two girls worked on something while speaking over their laptops and in the middle of the place sat four police officers.

There is free internet. If you have a Husky card than you can access internet that way or just ask someone the password and log onto the cafe’s account.

The music was a bit loud. From my understanding what is going to be

played is dictated by the barista that is behind the counter and the level of sound as well. It wasn’t overly distracting, but louder than I preferred.

On to the important stuff: the coffee. The latte was nice, not great, but I was happy for it none the less. The scone on the other hand was well, blah. The taste was nice, but all but the middle few bites was dry. It was almost to heavy to eat. However the taste of it was very good.

Overall I really did enjoy Solstice and if I was a UW student I could see myself there quiet a bit.

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