Friday, August 15, 2008

Zeitgeist: Seattle's Pioneer Square

7:39 AM. Distinct music on speakers : perfect indie pop for a morning cup of coffee. Average age: 43. Males! Woman in bike helmets and knee length shorts! Glasses! Local art on the wall - green, red and blue prints of people. Black and white photos! Brick walls. 30 - 40 foot ceilings. 50 + year old gentleman with ipod, beard, cup of coffee and black Google shirt just walked outside. Yogurt, pastries, Top Pot Donuts and espresso shots being pulled.

This is very much a "Seattle coffee shop" institution. Zeitgeist.

Perfect lighting, outdoor seating, 2000+ square feet, 3 bars against huge open windows and that loud, banjo and organ infested indie music blaring ever so softly out of the speakers: female singer: ohhhh, ohhh, ohhhhh......

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Best Drink Ever!

Honestly, this is one of the best drinks I've "discovered" in a long, long time. Now, there are some other great drinks out there: ice cold water, a bunch of ice cubes and fresh lemon squeezed in before and after. Talking Rain and other sparkling water beverages - good ole' ice cold Coke a' Cola. An ice cold beer.

These are all good, but at the Bite of Seattle this summer there was a booth giving away free samples of drink called Kagome. I tried. I was a convert, right away! I was 'that guy' hovering around the tent, dive bombing in, again and again to pick up yet another 'taste' from their mini cup samples. I was sure these bottles - 30 huge ozs - would be $5..$6....$7...$8...who knows these days. With the price of Kombucha at $3.00 for a 16 oz bottle, or Odwalla's going anywhere from $3.50 to $4.00 for 15.2 oz bottles, I figured high on Kagome - but no....they sell for about $3.89 retail, confirmed at the high end PCC markets in Seattle.

And the taste! Amazing. The consistency is a cross between Welch's Grape Juice and something...smoother, richer, more...substantial. Kagome is a cross between fruit and vegetable juice. Just amazing. The best deal going out there in the "drinks" market - healthy, cheap, quantity, great design of the bottle...this is a great product...

Mango, Ruby Pomegranate, Burgundy Berry (amazing), Purple Roots, Carrot, Vegetable and Carrot Ginger....

Check out their site:

Get them at any of the major grocery stores....

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