Driven to Espresso: Drive-through Coffee Stands in the Northwest

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Latte and lamb organs, please

While in Scotland, we took the ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye and at the ferry dock I spotted this espresso stand. You know you're in Scotland when the espresso stands serve haggis.

About haggis: it is true that it is made from sheep or lamb offal, but honestly, it's not bad. As a matter of fact, I rather liked it. It reminded me of something I used to eat frequently while growing up in Cincinnati, called goetta. They are both a combination of meat, pin oats, and seasoning, and served in a very similar way. If you aren't familiar with goetta, you are not alone. It is consumed practically nowhere but Cincinnati.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I see them wherever I go

It seems wherever I go I can spot espresso carts or stands. This cute little mobile one is positioned along the Thames River in London. Can you tell from this photo that it is in the back of a tiny truck of some sort?

Naturally, I can't help noticing some differences between it and the ones I see in the Northwest. If you look at the menu items on the chalkboard, you will see a couple things I don't think I ever saw at an American cart: Flat White and Miso Soup (cut off at bottom). I know what Miso Soup is, of course, although it seems out of place here, but I don't know what Flat White is and it's interesting to me that the price is written in red. I also find it interesting that the owner of the stand didn't think Londoners would know what a Mocha is, because she's written underneath it "Choclaty Coffee".

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Get me a map

Seen at the University District Street Fair. Now my question is, of course, what is 140 miles from the University of Washington vicinity in Seattle?