Manny's IPA on Queen Anne Crepe and banh mi at Citizen Nice pour at Citizen Starters at Panos Kleftiko Bread stuffed with roast lamb Seattle International Beer Festival Tasting yet another 4 ounces of magic

The Gastronomer’s arrival in Seattle kicked off a festive July Fourth week of eating and enjoying the fruits of Lunch at Citizen Coffee and dinner at Panos Kleftiko

Citizen really delivered with a fatty spicy pork banh mi sandwich and a freshly made vegetarian crepe stuffed with avocado, caramelized onions, roasted asparagus, apple smoked bacon, spinach & goat cheese then artfully topped with homemade crème fraiche. 

The natural extension of my visit to Seattle would be to attend the Seattle International Beerfest under the shade of the Space Needle.  The beers tasted - and largely loved - are as follows:

Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour is back

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Traditional happy hour may or may not be under attack from Mayor Bloomberg, but thankfully there’s one happy hour that remains unchallenged: Starbuck’s frappuccino happy hour. From now until May 13 stop in to any Starbucks between 3pm and 5pm and get a delicious iced beverage with a made-up name for half-off. Just try not to get sloppy; we don’t want anyone coming after this happy hour.

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I stopped by Dames Coffee Espresso Bar on Jersey Ave today for a pick me up after a truly delicious Eggs Benedict at Madame Claude.  Dames Coffee opened in the old Stockinette location but has a sleeker interior, with an expanded coffee bar and slightly smaller dining area.  Despite the dark grey and stainless steel decor, the little cafe still feels warm and welcoming.  The owner is very friendly, pulls a mean Counter Culture espresso shot from the shiny black espresso machine (and by machine I mean serious apparatus), and has a great playlist running.  Who doesn’t love Joe Satriani?  There are a few light snacks available, including pert empanadas and croissants, and she offering a spicy pork bahn mi.  The place is so new that the Dames Coffee webpage lists only its Hoboken location and Google maps does not list its location but don’t be fooled - this much-needed coffee shop and cafe is present and accounted for.  A major plus is that wi-fi is available.

I stopped by Dames Coffee Espresso Bar on Jersey Ave today for a pick me up after a truly delicious Eggs Benedict at Madame Claude.  Dames Coffee opened in the old Stockinette location but has a sleeker interior, with an expanded coffee bar and slightly smaller dining area.  Despite the dark grey and stainless steel decor, the little cafe still feels warm and welcoming.  The owner is very friendly, pulls a mean Counter Culture espresso shot from the shiny black espresso machine (and by machine I mean serious apparatus), and has a great playlist running.  Who doesn’t love Joe Satriani?  There are a few light snacks available, including pert empanadas and croissants, and she offering a spicy pork bahn mi.  The place is so new that the Dames Coffee webpage lists only its Hoboken location and Google maps does not list its location but don’t be fooled - this much-needed coffee shop and cafe is present and accounted for.  A major plus is that wi-fi is available.

Caffe Vita coffee & 1/2 Batali sorpress. Inside the Batali family restaurant

 

I just came back from a long overdue visit to Seattle.  Who cares? you, denizens of Jersey City, ask.  Well, not many people but I have only a few things to report:

1) Spoils - came back with some excellent Caffe Vita coffee and 1/2 a sopresatta from Salumi, the original (well it moved a couple times I guess) Batali restaurant.  The sopresatta is firm, dry and flavorful.  A little goes a long way and I recently tossed in a diced slice to a bowl of pasta to add a meaty, slightly sour and spicy treat for the tastebuds.

2) Coffee update - I have it from a little bird (my Moms) that the homegrown Seattle favorite Caffe Vita, which roasts its own dark rich chocolatey beans (see above) and brews up some of the most ethereal thick foamy lattes with a delicate pour, is planning to open a Lower East Side outpost.  Vita already has six locations in Seattle, one in Olympia and an eighth in Portland, Oregon.  The new Lower East Side location is set to open October 1st but may open later, depending on the license process.

I have been ordering whole bean, or ground when I’m lazy, from Vita since 2005 with a shipping cost of $10 per pound.  When the wallet was slim, I would hold out for a little bird (my Moms) to smuggle coffee in her luggage at the low cost of $0 to me.  Freedom, Coffee Drinkers, is upon us!  Rejoice!  Caffeinate!