When Noah and I started a business that was the only thing we thought we were building. But, as it turns out, when you start a business you are a contractor who wears many hats. Business is all about building. Building a space. Building a brand. Building a name. Building an aesthetic. And, most recently, building a counter.
If you follow our Facebook, you know that we’ve hinted at some new developments in the food department (building a menu). In order to make that happen, we needed more working space. In a mission to build a more cohesive aesthetic for our space, we opted for tile to match the front counter (where the espresso machine sits).
Regardless of the lack of experience, tiling produces an interesting, economical and nice-looking outcome with the only big cost being time spent on the project. I am quite happy with the result!
Now, not only do we have a back counter, we have a new skill (building a resume)!
It snowed this morning and everyone in Leavenworth is so happy! Right now, sun rays are radiating into the shop- I feel like a sleepy cat by a window. It is amazing.
The past week or so has not been so beautiful. We've been stuck in a foggy- haze with breaks of freezing rain. For our weekend, Noah and I needed to escape. We headed to Seattle where, much to our delight, we found sunny skies and perfect sweater-weather.
We also sought out some fine food fare.
Our first stop is usually Bitterroot, followed by Lighthouse coffee in the morning. This trip did not break pattern.
Of course, we had to do "research" and check out some new, hot spots.
At Morsel + Bean we tasted delicious biscuits. As their slogan suggests, these biscuits are made by people who care and it is much appreciated.
Tuesday night, we made our way to Taco | Tiki | Tuesday at Essex. This place was packed and rightfully so. It was quiet delicious. Holly + Chris (Noah's sister and boyfriend) shared a flaming tiki drink (the name escapes me now) that was impressive in presentation and taste. We highly recommend the beef tongue tacos. SO GOOD.
Wednesday morning, we visited an old standby, Cafe Press (we also love it's sister, Le Pichet). For breakfast, we ordered OEuf's plats, jambon, fromage (or two eggs broiled w/ ham + gruyere) and the Sandwich en baguette w/ liver terrine. Let me just tell you that pate is the best for breakfast. The French know what's up when it comes to food.
For lunch, we met our good friend Kevin for Pho. Living inland, it is hard to get your hands on good Asian food. It was quiet refreshing. This time, I also ordered the Cafe Sua (coffee w/ condensed milk). Don't be surprised if soon there is something similar on the menu at Argonaut...
On our way out, we wanted to stop by Slate. The "poetry in a cup," as Sosh describes. A third wave coffee roaster and tasting room, we were drawn to its simple layout and effective talent in highlighting the uniqueness of coffee. You should definitely check them out!
Although we had a lovely time in Seattle, we're glad to be back in the shop and have tons of ideas to bring you soon. Stay tuned...
Once I've made it through all the hustle + bustle often associated with the holidays, I always feel a drive to get back to work. Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays. Getting the family together, sharing meals, sleeping in, wintery weather, getting dressed up for New Year's, great conversation, celebrating. I find peace in the ordinary, the day to day routine. I love it. There is beauty in the structure. For me, that means I'm back on my daily baking schedule. I'm back in the shop everyday.
This season we've acquired some new coffee-toys to play with. One of which is a bottomless portafilter. We love watching the espresso pour through. Also, new to the shop, VERY SOON, is some delicious pour-over coffee. We'll be experimenting with it this week!
In other news, Leavenworth currently looks like an icicle. We had some beautiful snow followed by some irritating freezing rain, BUT it's created this pretty amazing ice-land.
Although we wish we were able to shred the gnar pow, things don't always happen at the times we want them to. It is nice to still be able to see the beauty around us and enjoy this place, the place we get to live.