Seattle’s eclectic roster of roasteries offers the best reflections of what’s brewing locally, be it buzzworthy neighbourhoods or cultural styles. Look no further than cool Caffé Vita, owned by Mike McConnell, a local kid who discovered the allure of good coffee during his challenging formative years.
“In the 80’s we used to save up our money and go drink espresso at the Nordstrom Coffee Bar,” he recalls, “a bunch of ragged teenagers with unintentionally ripped jeans sampling Italian coffees in a high end department store.”
McConnell’s flagship Caffé Vita sits on Pike Street, smack in the middle of the Pike-Pine Corridor, Seattle’s most dynamic district. The minimalist ambience reflects its founder; the baristas tattooed and pierced, the music loud, the coffee outrageously good.
Like Seattle’s grunge music movement, when musicians routinely sat in with other bands, Seattle’s espresso culture remains a cooperative affair. McConnell credits Espresso Vivace’s David Schomer with teaching him the trade and encouraging him to strike out on his own right around the corner.
Looking for something fun to do with the family on the weekend? Come check out the lion cubs at the Woodland Park Zoo, and stop by the espresso stand at the south entrance for a cup of Caffe Vita and a visit with Jennah and Maurice!
Also, you can name their new otters, and win an ice cream party for 100!
The contest began Friday, May 24 and will continue through Saturday, June 15, 5:00 p.m. PST.
As a tribute to the otters’ native southern and southeastern Asia range, all qualified name entries must be submitted in the Malay language. The winning names will be chosen by a panel of zoo judges.
Follow these three simple steps to name our otters:
1. Look up words or names in the Malay language. Choose two names, one for him and one for her.
2. Pick up a ballot at any Seattle area Umpqua Bank store, clip out a ballot from select issues of The Seattle Times, or submit your otter names online at zoo.org/nametheotters.
3. Wait until the final two names are chosen to find out if you won one of two grand prizes!
The Asian small-clawed otters debuted May 4 during the grand opening celebration of the new Bamboo Forest Reserve exhibit, but their welcome to Woodland Park Zoo won’t be complete without your help!
If you are looking for more ways to get involved, check out The Woodland Zoo’s website or Facebook page! You can also follow them on Twitter!
We visited Epic Roasthouse in San Francisco this past weekend. Chef Jan Birnbaum ( also of Sazerac here in Seattle ) teamed up with Pat Kuleto to open this fantastic restaurant, located on the water on the Embarcadero, right near the Bay Bridge.