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the mocha puff

During our hour-plus drive to Seattle the other day we stopped on a whim at Metronome Coffee in Tacoma for some much needed caffeine and hopefully a decent cappuccino.

The decor is sleek with white tile, Edison light bulbs, and a pretty grey espresso machine. As we ordered our drinks we noticed something listed with a few other beverages called a mocha puff. When the barista explained it was cocoa puffs with two shots of espresso, I decided we had to try one. After all, we wouldn’t make it to brunch until well after noon. A bowl of cocoa puffs split two ways would be perfect, as would an extra shot of espresso for each of us.


Cocoa Puffs + milk + two shots of espresso

Oh, and not to forget the best part: you get a glass of ice for the leftover milk and espresso that has absorbed the chocolaty sweetness of the cereal.

Turns out it tastes exactly as you would expect – like that milk you loved to slurp from the bottom of your bowl with the added awesomeness of espresso. Cereal milk for grown-ups. Thumbs up from us both.

And while we were in Tacoma, we swung by the famous coffee pot shaped building.

Some would argue Bob’s Java Jive is actually shaped like a tea pot, but either way it’s incredible it has remained standing for more than eighty years at this point. You would think you could drive-through for a latte, but this place has been a dive bar/music venue for ages.


This post is best accompanied by the Ink Spots song the Java Jive was named after back in the fifties. Enjoy!

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Seattle community garden with a side of Americana

While we were wandering around Seattle in search of a little roadside Americana, we found two of our favorite things together in one place – a community garden with a backdrop of a roadside relic that has been refurbished.

We went to Oxbow Park to see the old Hat ‘n’ Boots that used to be part of a Western-themed gas station built in the 1950s. I was struck by the beauty of plants growing with the towering hat and boots nearby.

I would love to have something like this around here, but I don’t envy the wait-lists and smaller plot sizes Seattle community gardeners must face.


tomatoes, hat, boots

I also saw my very first artichoke flower.

Kind of a shame not to eat something so delicious, but at least this honey bee got a crack at it.

We soaked up the sun.

I turned 35 this weekend, and can’t recall ever having a birthday so hot. Over 90 degrees in the northwest in September. We’re enjoying it while we can! For more photos from our visit to Oxbow Park, click here.

– Krista

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