1. French hot chocolate – thick, creamy (even without the side of whipped cream), spicy, aromatic, smooth… served in a demi-tasse. Only at Sweet & Savoury in pleasant Mount Baker area. Hours are limited, so call and check. Perfect day was when Friiend and I had hot chocolate on the street on the wrought iron table/chairs (how very Parisian cafe!) with the Blue Angels flying overhead. Thanks to Seattle Bon Vivant for the recommendation. If I were to have a summer home in Seattle to relax and blog, I would rent to space above the cafe. Up Jackson in Chinatown, turn right on 31st. That’s how you get there before 2pm, and not on Mondays.
  2. Nordstrom– ‘enuff said. Also Nordstrom Rack.
  3. Barneys New York – for Revive products, Balenciaga bags, Serge Lutens perfume and good deals.
  4. Ivar’s – salmon chowder (also at Bellis Fair)
  5. Uwajimaya – Extensive collection of Bee House teapots from Japan, Asian Pear wine, beauty products, and the bookstore!!! (Chinese, japanese, english – asian american literature, asian songbooks, japanese magazines, art books, stationary!)
  6. Chinatown/International District – all those Vietnamese grocery stores. Fresh pandan leaves, Vietnamese french bread, coffee etc.
  7. Beecher’s Handmade Cheese – Eat cheese and watch them make it at the same time. Notables are the mac and cheese, and the must buy is their signature cheese. I will never go back to french cheese again! Definitely will appeal to all palates.
  8. Metropolitan Market – our must go. Open 24 hours, best locations are Queen Anne and Mercer. Coffees: Queen Anne blend (smooth and creamy) and Breakfast Blend. I stopped drinking Starbucks after a taste of this. Pear tart, breads, Broccoli and Cheese soup and Tomato Basil soup in bulk. Remember the butter next time. Waiting for local strawberry season (juicy and sweet!) – nothing like those crispy tasteless monsters we have here. Newly discovered the Ruben/Reuben sandwich.
  9. Kahili Coffee – Kona coffee in Kirkland?
  10. Dick’s Drive-In – $1.90 for a strawberry milkshake. Half the size of a McDonalds, but can’t beat quality. At least you can suck this one up. 24 hours.
  11. Le Panier – the very French bakery in Pike Place. Always crowded. Perfect for breakfast pastries. Cafe Umbria coffee. Smells heavenly.

… definitely more to come…