Monthly Archives: November 2013

Decadence In Our Own Backyard – Grand Central Bakery

Thanksgiving is upon us. From great grocery stores to tasty bakeries, you will find everything you’re looking for right here in Pioneer Square. Looking for a last minute dessert or hostess gift? Our friends at Grand Central Bakery have a wide selection of treats that will make your taste buds sing!

Photo Via YelpFrom rich molasses cookies to a rich creamy latte, our friends at Grand Central have so many tasty options.

Our original bakery in the historic Grand Central Arcade. Enjoy hand-made pastries and espresso by the fireplace or lunch with friends on the cobble-stoned patio.

Let us make your holiday easy and delicious with our incomparable pies, freshly baked rolls, sandwich bread and Rustic Stuffing Mix. Don’t forget our U-BAKE Pies and Pie Shells, a delicious way to simplify your holiday baking.

What are you waiting for? Head on down!

214 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104

What are locals saying?
I gush whenever I speak about this wonderful bakery and everything it offers. The jammers, croissants, and turnovers are so unbelievably flaky and perfect, I know of no other bakery with the quality and consistency as this one. Of course you can’t beat the ambience in Grand Central’s Pioneer Square location. It’s in a building with 20-foot ceilings and a fireplace seating, if you’re lucky to snag it.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 1.49.04 PMOne thing this Bakery offers that ends up on the store shelves the likes of Central Market and other higher end grocers is their Yukon Gold potato bread. Potato flour is a lighter flour than wheat, hence yielding a spongier, less dense loaf. I may never go back to wheat loaf bread again. via Nora C. on Yelp

Have you been to Grand Central Bakery? What did you think?

Whether you are staying in town or visiting family we hope your holiday is filled with great food and warm memories. Happy Thanksgiving!

The Sounders & Mike “The Gasman” Gastineau Visit Stadium Place!

We love our location in Pioneer Square. Not only are we close to a variety of great dining, transportation and shopping options, but are also located in the heart of game day action for our favorite Seattle sports teams.

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Last week, we hosted a very special event. Mike “The Gasman” Gastineau stopped by The Nolo for a book signing of his new book Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece. And who else stopped by? Our very own beloved Sounders! We loved getting to know Lamar Neagle, Andy Rose and Leo Gonzalez and the fans in attendance couldn’t wait to pose for a photo!

Stadium Place - Seattle Soudnders

“Gas is currently promoting his new book, Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece, which profiles the unlikely and inspiring story of Seattle Sounders FC, the most successful sports franchise launch in American history.”

Mike, Lamar, Andy, and Leo signed books and merchandise for fans as we raised a pint and enjoyed tasty bites to eat. Fans both big and small loved chatting with the players and hearing first hand stories about favorite match days.

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Here are a few shots from the event.

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To get your hands on a copy of the book, head over for details!

Seasonal Treats in Pioneer Square

Thanksgiving is a few short weeks away. As the weather cool down and we snuggle up in warm clothes, tasty seasonal treats will soon be found all around Seattle. If you are living or working in Pioneer Square, you are in luck. Right in our own backyard are so many delicious treats just waiting to be devoured.

From eggnog lattes to pumpkin pie, Pioneer Square offers everything you need to spread holiday cheer.

Phoenix Cafe – Eggnog Shakes & Pumpkin Lattes

Pioneer Square

Our friends at Phoenix Cafe will soon have their seasonal drinks. We recommend their eggnog shake and pumpkin latte. Your taste buds will be singing holiday tunes after just one sip.

1017 3rd Ave
(between Madison St & Spring St)
Seattle, WA 98104

Best independent coffee shop downtown. The coffee is very, very good, their specialties drinks are creative and delicious. Chog Nog is Chai and Egg Nog and the Crack shake – well you just have to taste how good it is for yourself. The owners are wonderful and very friendly. via Brad H.

Elysian Brewing Co – Pumpkin Beer

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Looking for a tasty brew? Hop on by Elysian for some delicious pumpkin beers.

1221 E Pike St
(between 12th Ave & 13th Ave)
Seattle, WA 98122

Loved this place. Had one of the pumpkin beers and was blown away on how it tasted just like pumpkin. The atmosphere was awesome, service was great. Nothing bad about this place. via Daniel C.

Bakeman’s Restaurant – Turkey Sandwich

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In the mood for turkey before the 28th? Bakeman’s restaurant will satisfy that craving with their delicious turkey sandwiches.

122 Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98104

The sandwiches are excellent. Great prices. The open face turkey is like Thanksgiving every Thursday. Try it. via James D.

Zeitgeist Kunst & Kaffee – Eggnog Latte

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We love the eggnog lattes at Zeitgeist. Head on down and prepare to be amazed.

It’s hard to find a legit coffee shop that doesn’t charge for wifi and has a genuine atmosphere. Zeitgeist is one of those rare places…

A friend of mine discovered it, and we immediately made it our place to go in the weekend mornings for some coffee before walking around Seattle. Their hot chocolate is amazing, along with a mocha or an eggnog latte–when they’re in season. 🙂 I always try and get a pink donut with coconut frosting. Mmm…so delish, especsh when you can dip it in your coffee. via Lindsey R.

Where are your favorite holiday treats in Pioneer Square? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Intrigue Chocolate Co – A Little Bite Of Heaven in Pioneer Square

The holiday season is right around the corner. And you know what that means: cookies, cakes, and candies galore! Whether you are looking for a hostess gift that won’t be forgotten or are planning your own celebration, Pioneer Square has so many boutiques and shopping options. From eclectic boutiques to decadent bakeries, Pioneer Square is your one-stop-shop for some of the best holiday gifts found in Seattle.

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Looking for that perfect box of chocolate? You are in luck. Intrigue Chocolate Co. is located in the heart of Pioneer Square and is just minutes from Stadium Place. At Intrigue, you will be taken through a sweet chocolate experience as the staff answers inquiries and provides thoughtful recommendations. With unique flavors like basil to a traditional chocolate ganache, your taste buds will be sure to thank you. We love the intimate atmosphere, the helpful staff, and the delicious chocolates found inside!

About Intrigue Chocolate Co:
At Intrigue we celebrate discovery and encourage the habit of exploration, enrichment, and enjoyment. We want you to feel nurtured, edified, and inspired to share your experiences with others.

76 S Washington St
Ste 104
(between S 1st Ave & Western Ave)
Seattle, WA 98104

What Are Locals Saying?

Pioneer Square

The adventure begins with a walk down a long hallway that leads to honest enthusiasm and talent. Aaron has concocted an array of interesting flavors to experience. His Information was educational and enhanced the experience. I’m looking forward to sharing his truffles as gifts.
Laura S. on Yelp

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This place is so awesome because it’s like a kitchen with a cash register!! We met the owner, Aaron, and he was super nice to us and we experienced some wonderful flavors of chocolate. Aaron comes across as the type of guy you’d totally like to hang out and drink a pint with. He makes you feel like friends within seconds of meeting him. The chocolate was incredible, and you can tell that he loves his craft. Definitely a wonderful place to experience!!
Lizzy R. on Yelp

Have you been? We recommend dropping by to pick up a box for Thanksgiving dinner – your guests will thank you. Where are your favorite holidays hot spots in Seattle? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.