Coffee 101 Bean-to-Cup

Seattle Coffee Works

By living in Seattle it is assumed that we live and breath coffee and the lingo that surrounds this craft beverage.  It all started over 40 years ago when Starbucks awakened the coffee revolution by opening its first small shop in the Pike Place Market. Over the course of 4 decades we have managed to maintain the highest concentration of coffee shops than any other city.  But what do we really know about these pits that reside in their cherry-like fruits?

Due to the iconic appeal of Seattle, coffee and its location, Eat Seattle starts its food tour in front of Seattle Coffee Works, located on First and Pike. About a month ago (10 months after founding the company) a tour participant said to me “you should let them know that you start your tour in front of their shop”. It occurred to me that I hadn’t spoken to any SCW staff since I informed them that my Yelp listing uses their address… I reached out immediately to reintroduce myself and check-in. Jesse Fish, General Manager and Barista extraordinaire, carved out some time to meet in person, take me around their facilities and taste coffee!!

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Andrea’s Famous Ribs: A Few Easy Tips

BB Ranch Ribs

I’m lucky that one of my best friends is a fantastic home cook and adores hosting parties with close friends; sharing her prized wines, designing a stunning spread and sending us home with a generous portion of to-go goodies. Over the last decade that I’ve known Andrea, there is one recipe, in particular, that she has repeated and perfected. That is her ribs! Andrea takes care in every step of the process and has agreed to share her technique with us.

Similar to the crab cake philosophy..the key to ALL amazing food is to use the freshest local ingredients. Eat Seattle partners with BB Ranch a full service butcher dedicated to natural grass-fed meat. They work with local farmers to ensure animals are raised in comfortable living conditions and treated with care at the end of their life. I highly recommend checking them out in the Pike Place Market’s ‘Market Corner’ building. They are doing exceptional things.

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Moist Veggie Burger

Veggie Burger


This week I watched Vegucated, an insightful documentary addressing common practices in our farm animal industry and meat processing. The perspective is from a vegan who selects three devoted meat eaters in New York and has them follow a vegan diet for a few weeks while educating them on the US meat industry during that time. I chose to watch it as I’m on a food learning binge for Eat Seattle’s educational side. I have no intention of being a devoted vegan or vegetarian but I’m certainly moved to avoid mass industry meat as much as possible. And it isn’t easy…with this in mind I decided to come up with a moist and flavorful veggie burger recipe.

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Best West Coast Cookbooks

northwest cookbooks

Cooking on the road last year with limited utensils and proper facilities challenged me to rely on my creative-side in the kitchen. Composing meals often times resembled a quick-fire-challenge on Top Chef where you have to turn out a tasty meal while dealing with some major handicap. In my case, those handicaps were generally: no oven, tiny spaces, limited ingredient choice (in rural areas), no internet to verify amounts, or missing utensils (like can openers). Fortunately, my sherpa husband tolerated carrying my pots, pans, knives and spices to every new location. Given these circumstances, I had to create recipes within the realms of my living situation. Cookbooks were useless as I didn’t have time to put together my perfect pantry of homemade pickled ginger and canned tomatoes. And I certainly didn’t have the luxury of obtaining ethnic or less well-known ingredients that we would have in a metropolitan city.

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