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AJ Ghambari was born and raised in the Seattle coffee and food industry. His father owns the Cherry Street Coffee House and taught him how to make and sell quality food. One of its primary suppliers was Seattle Bagel Bakery, which would deliver kettle-boiled bagels to the coffeehouse every morning. When the bakery's owner told AJ he was not sure if it would survive, AJ knew he had to act. He learned the bagel-making process and slowly began taking over at Seattle Bagel, overseeing the process of kettle-boiling each bagel. He now manages the business as it expands into a dual retail and wholesale operation across the city. Making each bagel from scratch, bakers mix the dough by hand using flour that was sustainably farmed and distributed by a co-op of local farmers. They then form the bagels, plump them, and leave them to mature overnight as the flavors settle, the bread thickens, and the yeast stops throwing temper tantrums. At 4 a.m. the next morning, they throw the bagels into a kettle of boiling water to crisp the crust and leave a rich, chewy interior. Finally, the bakers top the bagels with sesame seeds, cheese, or onions, bake them in shelf ovens, and deliver them to local retailers by 6:30 a.m. The early delivery comes just in time for the morning rush of customers scrambling for bagels flavored with olive oil and pesto, bacon and cheddar, or sweet orange and cranberry—all of which can be smothered with housemade cream cheese or dry-rubbed lox.
93 Pike Street
Seattle,
WA
US
Five Things to Know About Old School Frozen Custard Old School Frozen Custard is fiercely protective of the frozen custard tradition. With locations in Capitol Hill and Fremont, the company has churned out its smooth and creamy products in the Puget Sound area since 2007. Here are a few scoops of info to nibble on when you visit. Frozen custard has less calories than ice cream. That’s because it’s made fresh daily in a special machine using natural and high-quality ingredients—this, fans say, is why it tastes so much better than traditional ice cream. The idea itself isn’t completely original. Before opening, Old School consulted with some of the most popular frozen custard shops in the Midwest, including Kopp’s and Leon’s in Wisconsin. That insight inspired Old School to source local ingredients and make its products fresh daily. Staffers scoop custard into cones or cups. Or, you can order it as a “concrete,” which is a blend of frozen custard and your choice of mix-ins, toppings, and syrups. Traditional flavors anchor the menu. Vanilla bean and chocolate are always reliable, but new flavors, such as peanut butter and chocolate or mountain blackberry, pop up daily throughout the month. Old School custards can be found at certain retailers. That list includes all Metropolitan Markets, where you can purchase it by the pint and finally begin surrounding your house with that custard moat.
1316 E Pike St
Seattle,
WA
US
Four Things to Know About Gossip Espresso and Tea After extensive research about bubble tea and its components, three friends came together and opened Gossip Espresso and Tea in 2000. They’ve been doling out their version of the drink in their International District spot ever since, introducing new flavors and holiday specials along the way. Here are a few things to know before you float in for a bubble tea of your own. Bubble tea is very popular in Taiwan. Typically, it consists of cold milk tea, milk, and tapioca balls. At Gossip, there are more than 40 different flavors to choose from, and each drink comes topped with coconut jelly or some other treat. Customers gush about the service. They come for the bubble tea, sure, but they keep returning because of the caring staff. They chose the International District on purpose. Gossip’s owners set up shop in ID because of its diversity. Many different cultures have settled here, and Gossip’s bubble teas proudly represent Taiwan in the mix of different cuisines. You can also grab some snacks. They range from popcorn chicken and yam fries to cookies and sweets from local bakeries.
651 S King St
Seattle,
WA
US
At first glance, the kitchen of Trophy Cupcakes and Party could be taken for that of a gourmet restaurant. Pure Madagascar-Bourbon vanilla and Valrhona cocoa from France line the shelves, and local sweet-cream butter, free-range eggs, and fresh fruit fill the fridge. These are the ingredients Jennifer Shea uses to craft her daily rotating cupcake flavors, from chocolate nutella to gluten-free cherries jubilee. With the help of husband Michael Williamson, she distributes her decadent handheld desserts to four Seattle boutiques, which have garnered press attention to rival that of the city's finest eateries. Martha Stewart gushed about Jennifer's innovative and widely varied flavors, and Seattle magazine's readers dubbed them best cupcakes 2011-2014. To complement their cupcakes, Trophy Cupcakes stocks a curated selection of party supplies. A cocktail-style party room in Wallingford Center, which can accommodate up to 30 guests, is available to rent for birthday parties, baby showers, and superhero business meetings.
600 Pine St.
Seattle,
WA
US
Named for the Hungarian word for chocolate in what one UPC Times writer calls “a nod to the Slavic history of the neighborhood,” kakao serves café drinks with a local bent and craft chocolate bars from chocolate makers such as Dandelion, Dick Taylor, and Lillie Belle. Baristas draw rich espresso from locally roasted Herkimer coffee beans and steep loose-leaf teas from Miro Tea. They also serve mochas and Ghirardelli and Valrhona hot chocolates—in flavors such as salted caramel or cardamom—from machines that swirl the drinks throughout the day, keeping them ready to pour. Conveniently, kakao complements its warm beverages with pastries from Le Panier and Macrina Bakery. High ceilings with exposed beams hint at kakao’s warehouse past, but the space's soft track lighting and carefully selected furniture preclude the temptation to drop off a shipment of 10,000 fur coats for storage. Free WiFi also keeps patrons connected to the buzz of the Internet throughout visits.
415 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle,
WA
US
Five Things to Know About Cloud City Coffee Since opening in 2002, Cloudy City Coffee has become a neighborhood staple, going so far as to crown itself the “town hall of Maple Leaf.” Read on to learn more about this popular gathering place. It’s kid-friendly. While parents sip freshly brewed drinks and surf free WiFi, little ones can frolic in the kid’s play area. Good coffee takes time. At the hand-poured slow bar, you can linger over coffee brewed in a french press or Chemex. You can skip the line if you’re in a hurry. Just pour yourself a hot cup of joe from the self-serve bar and drop $1 into the honor-system coffers. The owner knows her coffee. Jill Killen has been drinking coffee ever since she was a baby. Maybe that’s why she picked Tony’s Coffees and Teas to be her supplier—a trusted name in the Pacific Northwest since 1971. Get more than liquid refreshment. Regulars rave about Cloud City’s breakfast burritos, quiches, and coconut bread.
8801 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle,
WA
US

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