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New Addition to Seattle’s Food Scene – Melrose Market

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011


(images courtesy of Dunn+Hobbes, LLC)

I was in San Francisco earlier this month, home to one of my favorite places – the Ferry Building. In addition to being a gorgeous historic building, it’s chock full of amazing regional food producers and crafts people. Cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, Boccalone’s salumi, Blue Bottle Coffee, Frog Hollow Farm’s stone fruits … is your mouth watering yet? What’s inspiring to me is the community of businesses that have been cultivated in the Ferry Building – businesses that are creating products using traditional and sustainable production methods to make pure foods. inside-melrose-market.jpg

On this trip, I was thinking how lucky SF was to have the Ferry Building and its community but I know that Seattle is also very blessed, not only do we have Pike Place Market, but we have a new addition to our local food scene — Capitol Hill’s Melrose Market. This market-hall style building is home to Seattle’s own mix of food purveyors including Rainshadow Meats, The Calf & Kid cheese shop, Marigold and Mint, and delicious restaurants and bars that showcase regional food products on their menus: Sitka & Spruce, bar ferd’nand, Still Liquor, and Homegrown. 

I had the opportunity to have lunch at Sitka & Spruce a few months ago.  The food and atmosphere were amazing – they make different dishes each day and the kitchen is open so you have the opportunity to go and check out the dishes and learn about where the food is from and how it is prepared.  Another good sign that it is a great place to eat – I ran into my friends Jason and Nicole Wilson eating lunch there too (owners of Crush and Chef Jason is a James Beard winner). 

What I love most about places like Melrose Market and the Ferry Building –  the opportunity to learn about the food I’m buying and learn about the producers. The business owners are either producing their products or buying them directly from the farmers, ranchers, cheesemakers and they can tell me about the food and how best to eat or serve it.  Well… I also love that both places sell tons of DRY Soda!

Green on-the-Go

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Green Spot Photo

During this busy summer season, the DRY crew has been on several road trips – both for work and play.  We’ve quickly become sick of seeing such an abundance of artery-splitting foods at convenience stores.  We wish we had a place nearby like Green Spot, a Dallas-based service station that offers an array of affordable organic, natural and fair-trade snacks.  Inside, find fresh sushi and sandwiches, DRY Soda, bright bouquets of local flowers and even free Wi-fi.  You can also fuel your car in a healthy way, with unleaded gasoline, diesel/biodiesel blends, and B100 biodiesel.  Green Spot is even hosting a farmers market, complete with food and wares from local producers.  Visit in-person or online at www.greenspotmarket.com.

More Than Just Potatoes

Friday, February 29th, 2008


Online grocery shopping seems to get better every day. Small Potatoes Urban Delivery (SPUD) proves our point perfectly with their huge selection of natural, organic and local products, as well as a 100% satisfaction guarantee, admitting they “understand that buying sight unseen requires more trust than shopping at a grocery store.”  They also offer free shipping on orders over $35, which is an easy total to break given their expansive product offerings. Currently, Spud’s services are only available to those of us on the West Coast, but they plan to expand, so be on the lookout.  www.spud.com  

Cupcake Nation

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

LavDRY + cupcake

We have admittedly and wholeheartedly fallen under the spell – the spell of cupcakes, that is.  These shops, each offering their own special twist to today’s tiny cake, have captured our minds with their sweet designs, friendly people and tremendous tastes!  And they look just beautiful next to a bottle of DRY!  Lucky for our waistlines, we have a whole team of cupcake sleuths on the move to help us find the best of the best. Our favorites from across the states are listed below.  More to come soon!

Big Sugar Bakeshop – Studio City, CA

Kara’s Cupcakes – San Francisco, CA

Vanilla Bake Shop – Santa Monica, CA

Happy Cakes – Denver, CO

Tee and Cakes – Boulder, CO

The Shoppe – Denver, CO

Swirlz Cupcakes – Chicago, IL

BabyCakes NYC – New York, NY

Magnolia Bakery – New York, NY

Saint Cupcake – Portland, OR

Brown Betty Dessert Boutique – Philadelphia, PA

Cupcake Royale – Seattle, WA

Hello, cupcake – Tacoma, WA

Sprinkles Cupcakes – AZ, CA, TX

Trophy Cupcakes – Seattle, WA