Archive for October, 2016

Eastern Cafe

October 22, 2016

Looking for that coffee shop with outlets, free wifi, space to work, and most importantly, dessert? The Eastern Cafe is all of those. Ride the streetcar or light rail, take a stroll around one of Seattle’s most authentic neighborhoods, and then enjoy this pleasant cafe in the International District. Good coffee and a hip but friendly atmosphere, this is a great place to post up with your laptop or a book.

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Make your work-from-home experience complete with a tasty dessert crepe (savory options and sandwiches area also available). I got the fruit and nutella crepe:

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With plentiful nutella and bananas, real whipped cream, almonds, and powdered sugar, this is a treat worthy of Parisian sidewalk cafes.

Sea Wolf Bakers

October 9, 2016

If you’re more concerned with substance over style, or just want to grab some of the best bread in Seattle to up your dinner party game, check out bare bones Sea Wolf Bakers in Fremont. They do one thing, and do it really well – bread and pastries. They have a warehouse/wholesale type space with a couple tables and minimal service, but the folks there are friendly¬†and hardworking and most importantly, excellent bakers of bread.

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I bought a baguette and a loaf of sourdough rye, as well as a couple pastries. The baguette was of the traditional French variety Рmeaning it cuts up the roof of your mouth and has a high crust to dough ratio. The rye was dark, very like Russian black bread, with a wonderful fermenty-tasting bite to it. As for the pastries, one was a chocolate croissant and the other a huckleberry danish. 

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Both were outstanding (especially since they were still warm), with crispy, flaky outsides and buttery but light innards. There is definitely a level of perfection and hand-made care that sets Sea Wolf apart from lesser, grocery-store ready spots (ahem, Essentials) and makes their bread worth seeking out whenever possible. I know I will.