in my neighborhood || favorite coffee shops

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By default, being from the Pacific Northwest makes me a coffee lover. My first real job was in the mall coffee shop, my second was at Starbucks and now I couldn’t live without my Nespresso and local coffee haunts. No matter where I go, my order is always the same. double tall mocha. I made it my first day at that first real job and have clung to it since. 14 years of double tall mochas later and I’m not sure if I’m pathetic or a true expert in the category.

Anyway, I will go out of my way to snag my favorite vice from any of these coffee shops. If you also happen to be a mocha (or just coffee) fan, I wholeheartedly recommend you try them out.

1. Espresso Vivace : The Best! They are a little too serious about the true Italian espresso vibe for me in Vivace but it absolutely works for them. If you don’t get fancy with your drink order, this is THE PLACE!

2. Urban Coffee Lounge: A new favorite of mine. They serve Stumptown Coffee and do it oh-so-well. The tall comes standard as a double (a true way to my heart) and the Totem Lake location has a small kids corner which makes it an A++ for me.

3. Deru Market: I love Deru for so many things (hellloooo best turkey sandwich eva’) and the coffee is one of them. Although practically the price of gold ($6 for a drink), it’s served in bowl that fits right in my little hands and is sweetened just enough with house made chocolate. Can’t ask for much more.

4. Mercury Coffee Co.: This is my go-to drive thru. My only tip here is to order half the chocolate. Then. Enjoy!

5. Whole Foods Market: I juuuuussst started picking up coffee here. We moved right down the road from Whole Paycheck Foods and although reallllllyyyyy slow, the coffee is great! If you can wait, it’s totally worth grabbing a mocha to help keep your sanity while you grocery shop.

If you have any other local recommendations, I would LOVE to hear them!

Photo By Lora Grady Photography

in my neighborhood || London Plane

FullSizeRenderWhen you see a place enough on your Insta feed, your expectations are high.high.high. London Plane has been showing up all over Seattle social media lately and the tall white walls, flowers for purchase plus unique food scream ‘photograph me’ so yep’, I get it. We finally found time to brunch there this weekend and I was blown away. I have to admit that I’ve never been into the whole avocado toast thing but I was totally in love with LP’s version.  But, my favorite thing was the cold brew coffee. They brew it in house with bunch of unexpected spices. Kind of makes it a coffee/tea combo.

It was really fun to have a date with Kyle where we could actually enjoy a few daylight hours together. We could see a life sized chess match going on across the street and a bus of tourists dropped off right in front of our window while we ate.  And, on a really random note, the staff wore these amazing chambray aprons. I think I might just need one…..

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Just Saying || Mason Jar Coffee

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I’m just saying, coffee in a mason jar tastes better. As I was on my second coffee of the day yesterday, I decided to change it up a bit and made my new favorite drink, a white chocolate americano with an inch of almond milk on top {yeah, yeah, coffee snob!} in a mason jar. It was so much more fun to carry around and somehow made me appreciate my round two coffee for a few extra minutes instead of pouring it down my throat as fast as possible {per my usual style}.

This reminded me how vintage and spring like mason jars can make a room feel. I have a dozen of them just sitting in a drawer. Time to put those bad boys to use!

Enjoy! Melissa

Just Saying: I L.O.V.E My Nespresso

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You Guys! I can not function without my morning coffee. And by not function I mean…can’t really talk, don’t want to talk and rarely even want to look at anyone. This little machine is life changer! My Nespresso froths the milk and pours a really nice shot ( So important because not only do I love my morning coffee, I’m kind of a snob about coffee Hey, I’m from Seattle). Also, they have an awesome app for ordering the pods and after ordering, they arrive in two days on my doorstep! Couldn’t be happier. Obsessed!