My First Time: Coastal Kitchen

| July 18, 2014

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One of the best parts about working with Caffe Vita is having the opportunity to visit our amazing customers. You know, the ones who love our coffee so much that they share it with customers who come into their establishments.

And continuing with the “My First Time” series, I made my way towards Coastal Kitchen on 15th Avenue in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Described as a “quintessential neighborhood fish house,” Coastal Kitchen features a diverse menu, which includes Caffe Vita’s Caffe Del Sol, Novacella Decaf and Caffe Luna coffee.

I had heard great things about their Blunch menu—yes, a combination of breakfast and lunch—and figured I just had to try it for myself.

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Heading with Vita’s Marketing Director Gretchen—who was just as excited as I was to check out the “Blunch” offerings—we strolled through sun-filled streets to the hip, flourishing 15th Avenue, which has seen an influx of chef-inspired restaurants and cozy little bars over the past few years.

Upon walking into Coastal Kitchen, I instantly compared it to by Grandmother’s favorite diner.

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Coastal Kitchen’s Cobb Salad waiting to be picked up and eaten up.

Exposed kitchen on one side with a bar top and rotating chairs for guests to sit on. The bar is on the opposite side of the restaurant, a mere 30 feet from where the chefs are working their magic on the many options offered.

But as we were led to our booth by the host, one thing became very clear—Coastal Kitchen is not your average diner.

After opening its doors for the first time in 1983, Coastal Kitchen has stood the test of time, recently upgrading its digs with a renovation back in 2012 that saw the restaurant add, as I described it, “a Northeastern, Cape Cod-like feel,” to the inside of the place.

Looking at the menu on this specific day, I noticed that it mentioned the featured coastal region was Brazil, which, I assume, meant the menu was inspired by dishes in the beautiful South American country—I wish I had asked, but was too hungry to think about it.

As mentioned earlier, one of the things we had heard so much about—besides the well-known oysters—was Blunch, so we just had to dig into that specific section of the menu.

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Gretchen’s Croque Madame and a side of fruit.

With no time to waste, Gretchen ordered herself the Croque Madame, while I stuck with my vegetarianism and went for the Goat Cheese Scramble.

While waiting for our food, Gretchen and I swapped stories about weekend successes and failures, including her plan to pack and move all day tomorrow. We also found ourselves discussing all of the great art hanging on the restaurant walls.

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The conversation instantly turned into one that made us realize that, while we hope we’re talented at something, the artists who painted what was shown had to be someone with more skill in their pinky finger than we had—I’m only slightly exaggerating, of course.

While some breakfast spots may be either too bashful or too overzealous when it comes to the portions, Coastal Kitchen does it just right, giving patrons enough to fill their appetite without feeling too stuffed.

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My Goat Cheese Scramble before absolutely devouring every bite.

Another thing I appreciated, though small and a bit elementary, was that the chefs had already melted the butter on my four, warm slices of bread. Sure, that sounds silly, but I want to eat my meal, not put it together, so I applaud the little things.

Continuing our conversation in the buzzing atmosphere, the restaurant was busy but not overcrowded. The service was great—with refills and accommodating questions just at the right time—and really made us feel welcome.

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For those looking for a great spot to recover from a nasty night out, a regular brunch spot or for one of the best places in Seattle to get oysters and fresh seafood, Coastal Kitchen is a spot worth trying a few times, because it’s great.

The one regret I have? Not trying any of that seafood—but I’ll be back soon to remedy that.

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Featured Product of the Week: He Whose Ox Is Gored 10″ Vinyl

| July 16, 2014

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If good music is what you look forward to each day, then getting yourself the He Whose Ox is Gored 10” vinyl is the perfect record.

Whether it’s the first in a collection you’re hoping to build, or one of the thousands that are already sitting on your shelf, this three-track vinyl will no doubt have you moving and grooving each time it’s spinning.

Released by Caffe Vita Records, this Seattle band brings hits like “Nightshade,” “Pyramids on the Horizon” and “Charming the Snake” to a specially remastered, 45RPM vinyl that produces maximum sounds to blast through your speakers—and, no doubt, get some attention from friends and neighbors.

Included inside of the records heavy-duty jacket comes an insert, black sleeve and fold-out poster, giving you the ultimate He Whose Ox is Gored experience, so don’t delay in getting your 10″ vinyl now.

Buy the He Whose Ox Is Gored 10″ Vinyl in our Online Shop.

Vita Attended Woodland Park Zoo’s Jungle Party

| July 15, 2014

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There are plenty of crazy parties over the summer, but none of them are technically as wild as last Friday’s the 38th annual Woodland Park Zoo’s Jungle Party.

Giving guests a chance to tour the grounds and meet some animals, the event also included a Happy Hour, a silent and live auction and an amazing dinner to cap it all off.

With pristine, summer weather, the entire event could not have been more perfect.

Caffe Vita served both hot coffee and cold brew during the Happy Hour from 5pm-7pm, but we stuck around a little bit longer to make sure we got to take in the entire experience—okay, and see as many animals as possible.

And if you want to know just how wild the Jungle Party is, picture potbelly pigs laying on the grass beside your feet while waiting for your Vita cold brew.

Yes, such is the life of a visitor at the zoo.

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After mingling with other guests and learning a few different tips about the birds, reptiles and mammals that were displayed in the common area—like the ball python, Boy, whose tongue was moving crazily by the many different scents his instincts could pick up—I made my way towards some of the animals that I will rarely see again.

For all those who have dreamt of going to far away countries in Africa or Asia, the Woodland Park Zoo saves you the trip.

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Featuring some incredible exhibits, I found myself being stalked by the King of the Jungle—thankfully with glass as a protector in case he got any ideas—and standing about three feet beneath the head of a giraffe.

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I was also fortunate enough to be eye-to-eye with a gorilla while getting a private, exercise session from an elephant, which was playing with a ball in his area, as if he knew there was an audience.

As someone who had not been to a zoo since my junior year of high school, one thing became apparent very quickly—one is never too old to marvel at wild animals.

Breaking away from the tour guide, which probably wasn’t supposed to happen, I was able to walk the entire zoo without being rushed, truly taking in everything each exhibit had to offer.

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Making my way back towards the live auction area, I was treated to some fantastic, catered food that included fresh salmon and a few other appetizers, end our fantastic evening.

If you’re looking for something to do with your family, friends or significant other, the Woodland Park Zoo is a perfect place to feel as though you’re somewhere exotic, yet don’t need to leave the city of Seattle.

What We’re Diggin’ on July 15th

| July 15, 2014

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What has most of dancing like Will Smith this week? The fact that Capitol Hill Block Party is already next week, with over 100 bands playing in just three, short days.

But besides the fact that some good tunes will be pouring over the thousands of people in attendance from July 25-27—remember to get your tickets—nearly everyone and their mother can’t stop talking about this heatwave that has suddenly come through the Great Northwest.

So when we’re not roasting, drinking or serving coffee, here are the things that some of us at Caffe Vita are diggin’ on this week.

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Nick Wilton, Sales Rep: “I’m diggin’ the soon to come Woolley Market in Sedro Woolley, WA. Serving Caffe Vita, they will be bringing great coffee, fresh produce and other healthy, locally-sourced goods to the Skagit Valley. If you’re nearby, don’t miss their Grand Opening on Saturday, July 26th!”

Erik Walters, Manager, Pioneer Square: “I’m diggin’ the chance to play a Neil Young Tribute at The Tractor Tavern tomorrow night. Featuring Noah Gundersen, Le Wrens and others, it’s a benefit for Farestart, which is an awesome organization that Vita has worked with in the past. Other than that, I’m diggin’ that Capitol Hill Block Party is right around the corner, the sun, cold beer and a good book.”

Allie Campbell, Manager, Alberta: “I’m diggin’ the 90-plus degree weather here in Portland—or at least I’m embracing it! The roaster is cranking out the heat, we’ve got a bunch of fans blowing in the café, and we’re slanging Theo and Guatemala toddy like there’s no tomorrow. Bruce Springsteen is on blast and so is the sunshine. I’m also diggin’ some iced spicy chai’s and espresso over ice. Oh, and we’re definitely diggin’ any cool breezes.”

Nick Dimengo, Content Creator: “I’m diggin’ on these long, warm, Seattle nights, and going running to the different beaches to get in some swimming. And when I’m not doing that, I’m usually dancing, alone, to James Brown Pandora.”

Rick Friel, Grocery Field Representative: “I’m diggin’ that we’re finally having a decent Summer in Seattle! We deserve it. Also diggin’ on donating Caffe’ Vita coffee again to Beacon Food Forest this Saturday morning. They are making a real difference in the community and I am proud that we are a small part it. Thanks to Gretchen and Reese for helping out. Lastly, I’m diggin’ the new jam by Ace Frehley!

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Bob Prince, Brand Champion/Sales Leader: “I’m diggin’ on Caffe Vita’s relationship with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants.”

Charley Holloway, Sales Manager, Portland: “I’m diggin’ savory crepes for breakfast at Silvermoon Creperie on N. Mississippi. So good. I’m also into finding the perfect swimming hole for weekend fun. Roaring River Wilderness is my most recent discovery. They have a rope swing!”

Shawn Jennings, Digital Media Manager: “I’m diggin’ these two hooligans, preparing for WESTx1OOO.”

Something you need this week: Vita Records: He Whose Ox Is Gored 10″ Vinyl—If only to help get you in the mood for Capitol Hill Block Party in a few weeks . (Buy Here)

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