Wrote earlier this year about Yarmarka, the cozy Russian cafe in the Pike Place Market. Seasonal update now: a steaming bowl of schee--traditional sour cabbage soup-- with hearty stock, shredded cabbage, potatoes, carrots, green onions ... and for dessert a comforting poppy-seed bun with a dollop of sour cream. Always a delight to watch Roza Nazarova and her helper Victoria turn out so many tasty hand-made things. Always an immensely satisfying stop.
Gray skies, gusty winds: Seattle's going through a rinse cycle. Time to brighten the day with something called a caffè nico at Bellino.
Manager Josh TerLouw picked up the idea from Vivace on Capitol Hill: double shot of espresso, slug of vanilla syrup, touch of orange syrup, big dollop of steamed half-&-half, twist of orange peel. One fragrant whiff and two creamy sips later, you're on your way, envigorated for the afternoon. Can't get that in Kansas, now can we, Toto?
That deep purple haze submerging Belltown like a Slough of Despond may finally be lifting. Through my spyglass, I see encouraging changes: look, over there, just across Denny at a new shop in the high-tech Fisher Plaza, it's James Cook, standing behind the counter at The Cheese Cellar.
Once more dispensing expertise is the amiable gent whose abrupt departure from Belltown in the summer of 2002 plunged me [and many of my fellows] into a state of fromagic despair. And he's brought Blue Vinney back with him! Along with Wensleydale, Cashel, Lanark, and the best of Neal's Yard.
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