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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Andrea’s Citrus Tarragon Crab Cake Recipe Revealed

Crab Cake Eat Seattle

For those of you who know Andrea, or have been fortunate enough to eat her crab cakes, I’m sure this title alone captivated your attention. For those of you who need an introduction…Andrea Nasarow is a perfection-focused, talented home cook in Seattle who makes the most delicious crab cakes. She also happens to be a close friend of mine.

For Labor Day, we gathered our foodie friends for a blow out extravaganza. Andrea, myself and the grill master Michael Atalla provided the food and our other 10 friends brought their prized wines to share. Once again, Andrea’s crab cakes were a highlight that got the oohs and ahhs that they always deserve.

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Branzino with White Peach Relish

Branzino with Peach Relish

Agh, I’m one of those bloggers who has been neglecting her writing duties. I always wondered who those people were and now I’m one. Dang it! Good thing Pure Food Fish  continues to ask me to do recipes for their site as it prompts me to write about it on mine.

PFF wanted me to do something creative with Branzino, a fish that I became very familiar with last year when we spent the majority of the year near on the Mediterranean coast. In Croatia and Montenegro this was the go-to fish on every menu. Branzino is technically the Northern Italian (Branzini is just the plural) name given to this mild tasting white fish. Other names that might be familiar to you are European or Mediterranean seabass.

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