Back to Seattle – Pt. 1

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A lot has been happening behind the scenes since the last post so I wanted to keep everyone in the loop as to why things have been so stagnant for awhile.

  1. Site got hacked. Not a fun time.
  2. Recovered site. Also not a fun time.
  3. Finally changed everything over to and added some cool new widgets and stuffs to the site.
  4. Went back to Seattle!


So now for the good stuff! The woman and I went back to Seattle for a long weekend to see old friends and eat awesome food. We loved it so much the first time, we couldn’t wait to go back.

Of course, jetBlue is the only way to go. Why? More leg room and unlimited snacks!

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The weekend was filled with an endless supply of delicious offerings. I did my best to document everything but sometimes I was just too preoccupied with eating the food rather than taking pictures. Sorry I’m not sorry.

The first stop was brunch at a restaurant called Smith. I ordered the Smoked Brisket & Fried Egg Sandwich with Fries and Selma got the Smoked Salmon Benedict (not pictured because I got lazy, sorry). Anything that is served on a cutting board is an instant winner in my book.

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To work off our hefty brunch, we all decided to play bocce. For those unfamiliar, the goal of the game is to roll your balls closest to the white ball. That’s pretty much it. I was terrible and no one wanted me on their team.

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Sometimes things do heat up and the tape measure makes an appearance.

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At some point, we also got ice cream just because (also not pictured, are you beginning to see a trend?). Afterwards, we headed over to the mecca for all Starbucks lovers – the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room. This is essentially the Willy Wonka factory of coffee. Willy Wonka himself would be impressed by the imagination and detail that went into this place.

From their website: “This Roastery is the fulfillment of a decade-long dream – an homage to our relentless pursuit of coffee innovation that will create for our customers the most immersive, sensory demonstration of how we source, roast and craft the finest coffee from around the world.”

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Upon entering, it’s as if you died and went to Starbucks heaven. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • 15,000 square feet complete with a cafe and tasting room offering the rarest coffees from around the world.
  • Two massive roasters that will roast all of the coffee for their new super-premium Reserve brand.
  • Handcrafted beverages on one of six brewing methods including: Pour Over, Chemex, French Press, Siphon, Espresso and Clover-brewed coffee.
  • Smells like awesome.

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The most interesting feature about this entire venue is undoubted the roasting area. Here you can see (and smell!) the coffee being roasted and then watch as it travels up these cleverly engineered tubes to be ground and packaged.

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Below is a short video of the process for your viewing pleasure.

We then headed back to the apartment to enjoy the views and play some board games. I know…we are super old people now but the views of the sunset over the sound were amazing.

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For dinner, we went to a modern Korean fusion restaurant called Revel. Even at 9pm on a Saturday night this place was packed. That’s how you know it’s going to be good. All I have to say is that I wish they had a location in Boston.

Finally, we decided that karaoke would be a fun post-dinner activity. Let’s just say things got really umm…interesting…at karaoke. I’ll finish with this picture and we’ll just leave it at that. No further explanation is needed…or wanted for that matter.

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Thanks for reading and stay tuned for part 2!


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