In May I posted Ballard Rents – Don’t Believe the Hype! in which I gave my thoughts about the rent situation in Seattle. Although I am still confident that the near vertical increase in rents is about to come to an end, it might just be a brief pause before rents continue to gradually rise. Seattle […]
Last fall I mentioned that I would be forced to move in mid 2014 due to the evictions. Well that time has arrived. The builders will start work on my apartment building on Tuesday. This means it is time for me to leave. The problem with moving now is that rents in Seattle are sky high […]
Very shortly after my neighbors and I learned the new owners were going to evict all the tenants, a group was formed to fight the new developers. I wasn’t sure what the group was going to do. We were renters. The new owners wanted to make capital improvements to their property. In order for those improvements to […]
This weekend Seattle is hosting the SCAA (Speciality Coffee Association of America). This is the big coffee event for the industry. People from all over the world will be visiting Seattle. In addition to the big expo, I expect our visitors will be checking out the local coffee scene. Below is my current list of […]
This is a follow up post to Trying to Cheer Up an Economic Idiot. In that post I outlined my opinion of what was happening in the red hot rental market of my Seattle neighborhood of Ballard. Unlike my neighbor, I don’t see the situation in Ballard as dire as he does. He believes that […]
Last October I posted about my upcoming eviction. I live in the highly desirable neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle. In the past few years rents have increased and developers have been responding to this demand by building more and putting capital investment into existing structures. The apartment complex I live in was sold last year […]
In 2012, I did something unique to Best of lists. I listed my biases, preferences and quantified my results. Check out the post 192 Espressos if you want to see how to do a Best of list properly. For 2013, I decided to put away the spreadsheet and not rank any espresso. It was liberating. […]
My last post was about an amazing 17th floor view from the Russell Investments building in the heart of Seattle. This view isn’t as high up, but is still an impressive find. During weekday business hours, go to the 4th & Madison building. You’ll actually enter the building from 3rd Avenue. When you go in […]
Ever since I arrived in Seattle in 2007, I have been an exploring machine. I’ve seen more of this city than many people who have been here since birth. But until one evening this summer I had no idea about this killer view overlooking downtown Seattle. Back in 2006 when Washington Mutual was busy printing money […]
I’ve mentioned this offline to a few people, but I haven’t discussed it here. About three weeks ago I got an official notice from my apartment complex that I and every other tenant was going to be evicted. This summer our complex was sold and the new owners began doing construction on the outside of […]
In June, the Seattle PI put out the article “Where Seattle Walkers Get Hit”. It pulled data across 3 years to show which were the most dangerous intersections. As someone who has been hit by a car in Seattle, this article was of interest to me. However, the data was in a horrible format. Instead of having […]
Found this street art near the Space Needle.
Last year I bought a pair of minimal shoes that I loved immediately. The brand was Onitsuka Tiger. Super thin sole. The sole was actually too thin to do my uphill sprints with, but that didn’t matter, because they were perfect for walking, which is what I really care about. Well, it turns out they […]
The weather in Seattle suddenly got really nice. This means I stepped out of hibernation and did some urban hiking. When it comes to hiking in Seattle, I take a unique approach. While everyone else spends an hour or three driving east to some trail, I stay in the city. The idea of driving two […]
Last year I consumed 192 espressos in Seattle area coffee shops. I detailed who was pulling the best shots in the post 192 Espressos – The Best of Seattle Coffee 2012. In that post, I described my biases and the metrics I used to calculate my rankings. I thought I was finished with this project, but I […]
I really dislike the Top Coffee Shop lists. They are cheap content usually written by people with minimal coffee knowledge. Hello Seattle Weekly! Rarely do I see a list where the author declares the metrics used to get their rankings or their own personal biases. At the start of 2012, I decided I would try […]
Maybe it has something to do with the angle of the Earth to the Sun during the winter, but I’ve always loved the look of Seattle on clear days from November to February. Here are some photos I took walking North on 4th Ave in Downtown Seattle. Full Gallery
This summer has been the 50th anniversary of the Space Needle, which debuted at the 1962 World’s Fair. In honor of that event, they rolled back the admission price to just $1. I think it is normally $19. Rain was expected, but it didn’t come. The views were excellent. Full Gallery for Space Needle + Sculpture […]
It has been a long time since I did a Seattle specific post. Earlier this summer on one of my urban hikes, I made my first stop to the Kurt Cobain bench. How this landmark escaped me until recently is a mystery. I must have walked past this little park twenty times. Vieretta Park is […]
A good snowstorm doesn’t happen in Seattle every year, so I took advantage of the day and went for an urban hike. Three years ago, I did a 16 mile hike through the snow. Today I did 20 miles. My hike took me through Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Wallingford, University, Montlake, Madison Valley, Capitol Hill, Downtown, […]
This year I drank a lot of espresso. The Coffee Club of Seattle visited 113 different coffee places in 2011. Some of the places we visited multiple times. And that doesn’t count the places I went just by myself. The 5 Best Espressos of the Year Victrola Coffee (February 5) -Sumatra Lintong-Triple Picked SO Espresso. […]
I’m back in Seattle and I’ve got a list of many things I need to do. However, I ended up going on a 7 mile urban hike when I saw the sky color this morning.
On Pike Street between 4th and 5th Avenue, if you look up to the 6th floor of the Filter building you will see a Super Mario display made entirely of Post-It notes. I heard about this in the news Friday and went down today to see for myself. Here are some photos I took. Another […]
The weather has been so nice in Seattle, that I feel more like exploring than blogging. Today a few members of the Coffee Club of Seattle walked over to the Lake View Cemetery and located the grave of Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee’s son Brandon Lee is buried next to him. If you go to Lake […]
Today was another wonderful day in Seattle. I took some photos as I urban hiked from Upper Queen Anne to Downtown. Upper Queen Anne looking west to Magnolia Sculpture Park. Looks a lot different when the sun isn’t out. Train tracks going underneath Sculpture Park Seattle Waterfront Behind Pike Place Market I think summer is […]
Imagine you are driving through Seattle one morning. The skies are gray and there is a light rain. Up ahead you think you see a parking spot. There is a car coming up behind you. You glance over to see if it is OK to park there. This is the sign you see.
I redeemed my 4th and last Seattle Disloyalty Card today. What is the Seattle Disloyalty Card? From my May 23, 2010 post: Seattle now has something called a Disloyalty Card, which is idea to promote the independent coffee shop. The idea started in London and the way it works is you visit the ten coffee […]
Yesterday morning a taxi ran into Rachel the bronze pig at Pike Market. From MSNBC’s Taxi crashes into Pike Place Market pig statue (link now gone): A taxi driver hit the gas when he was rear-ended nearby early Saturday and plowed into Rachel the Pig, a 550-pound, bronze piggy bank that has stood outside the […]
Not only does Seattle have some of the best roasters, cafes and baristas in the world, we also some of the best equipment. Seattle is the home to three unique coffee brewing systems that most of the country does not have. If you live in Seattle or came here on a coffee vacation, here are […]
When I first moved to the Seattle area in 2007, I started out in Bellevue. Every weekend I would drive into Seattle and explore the coffee scene. It was like two different coffee worlds. Somehow those bridges were keeping all the quality coffee places trapped on the Seattle side. That is all changing now. In […]
Today I completed my second Disloyalty Card. In Round #1, my 3 favorites were Urban Coffee Lounge, Makeda and Tougo. Here are my 3 favorites from Round #2. Trabant Coffee – I think the Epic Espresso Blend is back to its former glory. Urban Coffee Lounge – I love this place. They pulled another amazing […]
I recently got an email from someone planning on visiting Seattle this summer. We are planning our first trip to Seattle this weekend and obviously a trip to a couple coffee shops is in order. We’re wondering if you could recommend a couple of your favourites in the downtown area? If you could only visit, […]
This weekend the tide was at lowest level for the summer. It was so low, you could walk from Golden Gardens to Carkeep Park on ground that is normally covered with water. Below are some photos from the hike. Photo Gallery for Low Tide Ballard (2010)
If you live in Seattle or plan on coming here for vacation, I highly recommend taking the Seattle Underground Tour. It is 90 minutes long and full of fun history on how the city got started. Most of my photos did not turn out, so I found some better ones from Flickr. The tour is […]
Last week I did an Urban Hike between the 520 and 99. Today I went a little further.
Since moving to Northgate it has been a while since I’ve done a Seattle urban hike greater than 10 miles. Today I tackled one of my new favorite areas, which is the Seattle side of Lake Washington between the two bridges. Along the way I checked off two more places on my Seattle Disloyalty Card. […]
Last week I spotted a sign for corn dogs. Now everywhere I look, I see them. Then Friday, I walked past this corn dog and Lenin sign in Capitol Hill. Corn dogs, really?
Today the weather forecast for Seattle was for a 50% chance of rain. I liked those odds.
Last Sunday the Coffee Club of Seattle visited Dubsea Coffee in the White Center area of Seattle. Dubsea Coffee opened in November 2009 and uses Stumptown Coffee. It is a beautiful location and they serve great coffee, but what makes Dubsea unique is they have an amazing latte etching artist on staff. Joerael Elliott was […]
While most of America was watching the Super Bowl, the Coffee Club of Seattle went to the heart of downtown Seattle to visit Seattle Coffee Works. After the members caught up with each other, we made our way over to the Slow Bar. The Slow Bar is something Seattle Coffee Works added last year. It […]
Monday I got a chance to head up with Jason Simon of Caffeinated Consersations to Everett, Washington to visit Velton’s Coffee Roasting Company. Besides enjoying good espresso and good conversation, we discussed setting up a future Meetup and coffee roasting demo for the Coffee Club of Seattle. If you are in the Seattle area and […]
This book set a record for the longest I have ever had to wait for an on hold item at the Seattle Library. Was the 4.5 month wait worth it? Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater by Matthew Amster-Burton is about a dad that is able to work from home […]
I moved to Seattle in August 2007 and from the moment I hit the ground, I started my espresso quest. Since then I’ve been to many great coffee shops and met many great people. Although I loved my random journey, I would have loved to had this book in my hands when I arrived. Tall […]
Here are some photos taken in Seattle today and yesterday. Got to love the clear skies. Golden Gardens Beach in Ballard Lake Union view from east Queen Anne Looking at Mt. Rainier from Madrona Kerry Park view of Seattle before sunset Kerry Park view of Seattle at sunset
I took this photo today at the Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park. The art piece is a stainless steel tree called Split.
In the past two years I’ve had many excellent espressos here in Seattle. However, not every espresso is great. Some have been lousy. Now on any given day, it is possible to get a bad espresso from an otherwise good coffee shop. Because we have so many great coffee shops, if I get a bad […]
One of the things I enjoy most about Seattle is seeing what The Lusty Lady has up on their sign. Not as good as Indiana Moans and the Temple of Poon, but pretty funny.
I consider myself to be the self appointed Coffee Ambassador for Seattle. Having lived in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, South Florida and Southern California, I realize how much better the coffee is in Seattle than the rest of the country. Because of this, I am excited to share my love for Seattle coffee. During the past […]
At the end of August I let my Glitter Gym membership expire. They didn’t have any fall specials, so I decided to play Rambo in park instead. I posted about my new gym in the Coffee Hero post Freeing Up More Money for Coffee. I sort of had a plan on how I was going […]
Espresso Hike #1 was so successful that the Coffee Club of Seattle did a second one last Friday. If you wish learn more about the background of the Espresso Hike, be sure to read Espresso Hike #1. This hike started at the top of Queen Anne at Kerry Park and then went South to downtown. […]
I admit that when it comes to cold weather, I am a nut. I went last winter without wearing a coat for all but the 2 week snowstorm. Everyday I take a 2-3 minute ice cold rinse at the end of my shower. When it comes to cold weather, I’m special. With that disclaimer out […]
I only intended to do a 5 mile hike today, but decided to take a few different turns and I ended up exploring a new section of Seattle. I didn’t know there was a beach with a diving board at Madison Park. This ended up being my longest hike to date by a hair. In […]
Today’s Wall Street Journal has a story listing the growing number of coffee shops that have decided to end the always on and always free access to WIFI broadband. The story is No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users and it is by Erica Alini. It is a good article, although […]
Ever heard of the saying “Taking one for the team“? The Urban Dictionary defines it as: The act of someone willingly making a sacrifice for the benefit of others. On Monday, I took one for the team. I went to the new 15th Avenue Coffee store in Capitol Hill. Yes, this is the new concept […]
Last week, I went down to Pike Market to see the new 14 foot Coffee Drinking Man sign raised over the new Seattle Coffee Works location. I didn’t hang around long enough to see it installed, so I went down today to check it out. Coffee Drinking Man on July 14th. Coffee Drinking Man today. […]
As the organizer for the Coffee Club of Seattle, one of my roles is locating and trying new coffee places in the Seattle area. If the place serves excellent espresso, has enough space and isn’t too crowded, I will set up an event for our group. The first step is finding new places. One strategy […]
Sometimes you just know with a coffee place. All my internal alarms were telling me that the Juan Valdez Cafe would not live up to my standards. Since people have asked me for my opinion on this place more than once, I figured I’d give it a try. The Juan Valdez Cafe states they use […]
Besides seeing the Space Needle, one of the stops most tourists make when visiting Seattle is visiting Pike Place Market. Every coffee drinker knows this where the first Starbucks opened back in 1971. I visit the Pike Place Market frequently and I began noticing an issue in recent months. In July of 2008, Starbucks announced […]
During my Vancouver trip, I made a visit to the 49th Parallel Cafe. In addition to the normally served espresso drinks and a vat of brewed coffee, they also had slower brewed coffee options. The french press, vac-pot and a cool looking cold brewed coffee system. These are not the drinks you order as you […]
Most cafes have 2 espresso blends. One regular and one decaf. Espresso Vivace has 3. They have a blend for straight espresso and one for milk drinks, plus the decaf. Caffe D’Arte has 6 different espresso blends! Four blends are regional Italian, one organic and one decaf. Caffe D’Arte is located in Seattle near Pike […]
Did you know Seattle has a 2nd Space Needle? This version of the Space Needle can be found at the corner of 2nd and Bell in the Belltown area, which is just north of downtown. Details on this art project can be found on ANDIE DE ROUX – ART BLOG.
Yesterday I was interviewed for the Seattle Time Coffee City Blog. The article was about the Coffee Club of Seattle and me. From Coffee Club of Seattle meets in the coffee club that is Seattle by Melissa Allison: In some ways, Seattle itself is a great big coffee club. But if you want to get […]
Earlier this week I found this statue hidden up off street level in the lower part of Belltown. Considering I’ve walked past this area several times before and never noticed it, I’d consider it hidden. While researching this post, I discovered it called Runners and was done by David Govedare. The best part of this […]
When making the Seattle Whole Bean Espresso Prices list, I learned that Seattle Coffee Works was offering a full pound for $12.95 + a free drink. I had to take advantage of that offer, so last Friday I walked downtown to pick up some beans. Seattle Coffee Works is at 111 Pike Street. For a […]
When I lived in San Diego, I was interviewed about home coffee roasting from the local weekly newspaper. After the interview the reporter asked if I was a member of the local home coffee roasting group. I didn’t know one existed, so I got the information and then spent many Saturday mornings over the next […]
Monday I was heading south to Seward Park. Instead of using my GPS, I decided to just wing it and move my car south and east through the unfamiliar neighborhoods. My thinking was fuzzy. I really should have had another espresso before leaving the house. Then I ran into some dead ends and was forced […]
Seattle has many of the best coffee roasters in the world and so I’m able to pick up great espresso blends from several places. Instead of being loyal to a single roaster, I’m always alternating the espresso blends I bring back home. Last year during the commodity price run up, a few roasters raised their […]
Even though it appears we have different taste in coffee, yesterday I was inspired by Coffee Nomad to leave the house with my camera on a coffee adventure. There was a place in the Capitol Hill region near Seattle University called WaterTown Coffee I had been wanting to try. It was a nice 3.5 mile […]
When my building decided to raise my rent 3.5%, I let them know that they were in denial on the current state of the Seattle rental market. This is not 2008. Rents are falling everywhere in Seattle. I told my building that if they want to keep me, they would have to return with a […]
One of the great coffee secrets of Seattle is a little shop in the Greenwood area called Makeda Coffee. This dog friendly coffee shop uses beans from 7 Roasters. Even though Seattle has a lot of great coffee places, what makes this place special is the extra detail they put into their latte art. Some […]
When I lived in San Diego there was one traffic condition I dreaded. It was the first rain during rush hour after a long dry period. The rain would kick up dust and oil on the roads and they would have slick patches on them. Traffic would grind to halt and there would be accidents. […]
Last June I posted a Moving Scorecard where I tallied up 18 addresses in the last 20 years. Well, it is almost certain that I will be living at yet another address. My lease ends on May 1st and I’m thinking – it is time to move. My current place is OK, but I’m paying […]
It was one year ago that I did my first urban hike of Seattle. Why not turn Presidents Day into an Annual Urban Hike Seattle day? The weather was sunny and clear. Temperatures were in the low 40s with some wind. I almost put a jacket over my short-sleeved shirt, but you know me. Partially […]
Yesterday the weather was perfect, so I decided to go on a regular hike. Not an urban hike, but return to an actual trail. Seattle has great hiking, just ask anyone that lives here. They can’t stop telling you how wonderful the hiking is. There are numerous trails that will guide you to the top […]
A friend of mine emailed me a link to some free software called HUGIN that connects multiple photos into a single panoramic image. When evening arrived, I decided to test it out. I’m using a Canon PowerShot SD 800 IS. My tripod is (sadly) 3 stacked business cards. My first stitch attempt used 5 images. […]
I just finished emptying my camera of more Seattle snow photos. I’ve hiked almost 50 miles around Seattle since the snow began. This is my idea of taking a week off from lifting weights. Look at the above photo. That is my street! YouTube is being flooded with videos of people skiing, sledding, snowboarding and […]
Hiked another 15.38 miles today. There was a lot more ice on the sidewalks than on Thursday’s urban hike.
When I woke up this morning, I had no idea that I was going to do an urban hike. I looked out the window and the snow was pouring down. Oh yeah! There would be no stock trading today. It was time to play. Armed with a digital camera, 2 bottles of water and a […]
Yeah, home prices are falling. That is old news. I’m more interested in what is going on in the rental market. When I went looking for a rental unit back in May, there was little offered and the prices were somewhat higher than I would have liked. Photo For Rent – Reduced??!! by Flickr user […]
Recently I learned that the TV show Fraiser not only took place in Seattle, but in my neighborhood of Queen Anne. Based upon the view Fraiser sees it would place his condo just a few blocks from where I live. I’ve only seen maybe five episodes of the show, so I can’t recall seeing the […]
Here are two photos taken of me last Saturday evening on the Pike Place Market Pig. The pig is in front of the area where the guys throw fish. This was after the market closed, which explains why there are no people or flying fish in the background. After reading the Wikipedia page, I learned […]
On Sunday I talked to several people who were resigned to the fact the summer was now over. The school teachers would be heading back to work this week and the weather had started to cool. On Monday we woke up to gray overcast skies and cool weather. The party known as the Seattle summer appeared […]
Just north of the Seattle Aquarium there is a fountain sculpture of a nude man reaching out to a nude boy. Maybe I can’t appreciate art, but to me this looks like a prequel to an Amber Alert. The uproar over this statue happened back in 2005.
Before you head out to see Indiana Jones 4, make sure you’ve read the listing correctly. I’d hate to see you end up at the wrong theater. Photo taken near Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.
Only in Seattle could a business this cool exist. There are so many quality roasters in Seattle it would be near impossible to run around town trying them all if one were on a short vacation. Ale houses can serve beer from several microbreweries at one location. Why not try it with coffee? Seattle Coffee […]
Last April Kelli came down to San Diego and said some nice things about Seattle. Prior to that visit, I had never even thought about Seattle. After a visit and some research, we decided to move to Seattle. Both Melissa and Kelli stated that they *heart* Seattle. Well let me go on record as saying […]
Today was Presidents Day, which meant that I was off work and the stock market was closed. The weather forecast for Seattle was 57 degrees and sunny. Perfect conditions for an urban hike. I’ve urban hiked Manhattan, San Francisco, Auckland, and Buenos Aires. I decided to urban hike Seattle armed with my camera and GPS. […]
Seems there are two camps of people out there. Camp one are fans of Seattle and believe that this blog has been too harsh on the area. One person wrote me and stated with the exception of coffee, I wasn’t singing the praises of Seattle enough. That’s like saying with the exception of X-MAS, that […]
Woke up Sunday at 5:50 AM. Forgetting it was really 4:50 AM due to the end of Daylight Savings, I proceeded directly to my espresso machine. Last week I started a 3 week coffee cupping program at Victrola that takes place Sunday mornings. Since I had an extra hour to kill, I had my 2nd […]
As much as the people of Seattle rave about the hiking here, it doesn’t even come close to the diversity of trails in the San Diego region. Outside Seattle all the hikes look pretty much the same. Every trail seems to have the same thick green forest with not much in the way of views. […]
Last weekend Kelli came down from Seattle. We went out for dinner and I got to hear great things about The Emerald City. I have to visit this place. If it weren’t for the rain, I’d have my bags packed already. The next day I decided to compare Seattle with San Diego on things not […]