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Storyville Coffee at Pike Market (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] Storyville Coffee opened its doors in October 2013. Pike Place Market is the Seattle-based brand’s flagship store. The Pike Market the beating heart of the city’s culinary scene. Steeped in coffee history and community, the Pike Place Market can be very intimidating for any new business hoping to stand out, let alone another coffee shop. The Market birthed the nation’s coffee culture with the opening of the first Starbucks store in 1971, followed by the first Seattle’s Best Coffee store in 1984. In addition to these coffee giants, Pike Place Market today is also home to four smaller coffee..

Wonderful Stay at Alexis Hotel (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] Alexis Hotel is an upscale boutique hotel, featuring 121 eclectic guestrooms that cater to every possible personality, is about as perfectly located as a downtown hotel can be. Many of Seattle’s most desirable sightseeing destinations are within easy walking distance, as are a vast selection of top-notch restaurants. It also sits right on First Avenue, directly above Puget Sound; a few rooms do have partial water views but many face neighboring buildings. Better harbor views can be found at hotels a few blocks north. We stayed at the Fireplace Suite where it feels very cozy to curl up by..

Solid Southern-Style Brunch at Mamie Taylor’s (Vancouver, B.C.)

[Translate] Mamie Taylors is one of those hipster-like restaurants (like the ones I’ve seen in Brooklyn, NY) that has the rustic, exposed brick and wood beamed decor with lots of taxidermy (as I’ve learned, it’s donated from locals) that is an 85-seat American restaurant specializing in Southern comfort food with a contemporary twist. This restaurant is the vanguard to the Chinatown neighborhood in Vancouver. The Chinatown there is sort of a shadow of itself since most of the Chinese community has migrated south to Richmond. The relaxed and casual ambiance of exposed brick walls and kitsch play into the up-and-coming..

Maison Kayser February 2016 Preview

[Translate] February is a busy time of the year. We have Lunar New Year (for us Asians who celebrate it), Valentine’s Day, and the assortment of food holidays like World Nutella Day (February 5th) and Pistachio Day (February 26th). Maison Kayser is helping out our busy lives by creating some beautiful and/or adorable pastries to bring to friends, family, and significant others. Maison Kayser’s Bread of the Month is candied ginger and dark chocolate viennois ($4.95 each), a soft, fluffy-crumbed bread that is not too sweet and has a good ratio of dark chocolate chunks and medium sized chunks of..


Fantastic Coffee at Victrola Coffee Roastery (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] When in Seattle, you should have seafood and coffee or you’re wasting your time in this city. Victrola Coffee Roastery is a local Seattle coffee roastery established in 2000. In a city filled with many coffee shops (hello, it’s the home of the corporate coffee mecca that has the green mermaid as its mascot), what we really love about Victrola committed themselves to sourcing and roasting only the best. With a passion for great coffee, they can’t wait to share their hard work and passion with you through one of their delicious blends or single origins. The Pike Street..

Dinner at Spur Gastropub (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] Spur Gastropub is located in the Belltown section of Seattle, WA, run by award winning chefs/owners Brian McCracken and Dana Tough, the same team behind other popular, gastronome-favored places like Tavern Law and Old Sage. When you enter this understated nouveau-Western decor, you can’t help but notice the bar filled with great microdistillery spirits and the mostly young diners who are enjoying a couple of well-crafted cocktails and several plates of food. It’s a cozy space that has both modern and rustic. Wood trim and natural log tables coexist with hip light fixtures and ambient projections of black and..

Dinner at Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse

[Translate] On Christmas Eve, my family and I headed to Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse for this holiday. In a city with many options for steak, Ben & Jack’s serves the one of finest steaks and seafood at their dining destinations. Ben & Jack’s steaks are all USDA prime and dry-aged on the premises. When we started our drinks ranging from well made drinks for my mother and brother, a fruity and sweet Brazilian Cosmopolitan and clean and refreshing margarita, respectively. I had the bold, delicious Pinot Noir from Robert Mondavi for my upcoming rib eye steak and my father wanted..

Amazing Birthday Chef’s Tasting Dinner at Blanca (Brooklyn, NY; 2* Michelin)

[Translate] Blanca is the 12-seat, ambitious, 2* Michelin sister restaurant of Roberta’s in Bushwick, Brooklyn. (Roberta’s is more known for its pizza but I digress.) I was elated when I managed to get book a seating with one of my closest friends to share this exciting, experimental meal on the weekend of my birthday since I’ve read over the past almost 3 years, how serious but interesting the food is. When it comes to any Michelin-starred restaurant, the price comes with that status — $195 per person, not including tax, gratuity and additional beverages. You are subjected to a strict..