Latte Art in 4 Simple Steps with Metronome Coffee

This week, Metronome Coffee located in Tacoma, WA let us invade their space for a course on latte art. We learned the ins and outs of perfectly steamed milk (if the espresso machine is screaming, you're doing it wrong) to the art of pouring the milk at just the right height and flow rate so that the art casts out on the top with a glossy finish. With a little patience, persistence, passion for coffee, and this guide you'll be creating latte art in no time at all.

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An Interview with Boulevard's Chef de Cuisine Roger Ma

Roger Ma, Chef de Cuisine for Vancouver, BC's high-end and locally-inspired kitchen and oyster bar, Boulevard, sat down to talk with us about his experience competing in the prestigious Bocuse d'Or competition, his pantry must-haves for tasty food, and more. 

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Celebrating Earth Day with Cafe Vicino's Chef Richard Langston

For Chef Richard Langston, owner of Café Vicino in Boise, ID, every day is Earth Day. From recycling glass bottles and cooking oil, to sourcing local food and giving back to his community, Chef Langston proves that sustainability is attainable, and necessary, for all independent restaurants.

Topics: Restaurants & Bars Be Green Interviews

Turning a Passion into a Career: An Interview with The Populist's Jonathan Power

Many people search their whole lives to find their passion, especially one that doubles as a career. And the lucky ones who do find it, often fail to go after it for fear of failure. Jonathan Power, chef and owner of The Populist in Denver, CO makes going after your passion look easy and successful. 

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Heart of Denver: An Interview with The Nickel's David Coonan

David Coonan, General Manager of Denver's luxury boutique Hotel Teatro and restaurant, The Nickel, knows that the way to anyone's heart is through their stomach. Sourcing high-quality, locally grown food, and combining family recipes with unexpected ingredients evokes a sense of true Rocky Mountain nostalgia.

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Aloha from Kona Coffee & Tea Company

The new  Kona Coffee & Tea Company is located just off the waterfront of Kailua Bay in the North Kona Districtof Hawaiʻi. Owner Malia Bolton wanted to grow her small but thriving coffee brand in an established area with higher traffic.  When Starbucks moved out of this location off of Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy, she found just the opportunity she was looking for.

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Cupid's Craft Cocktails: Getting Inspiration from Tacoma's Master Mixologists

Ah, Valentine’s Day. 

Synonymous with candy hearts, chocolate, flowers and red wine, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to get creative behind the bar.

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Contract Design Feature: Bob's Classic Restaurant & Distillery

Located just over the George Sellar bridge on the East Side of the Columbia River from Wenatchee, lies East Wenatchee, WA. There you will find the latest project partnership between Bargreen-Ellingson and the Kuske family. Owner Peter Kuske’s inspiration for Bob’s Classic Restaurant & Distillery comes from his father Bob Kuske’s love of nostalgia from bygone eras and simpler times. You can see this tribute infused throughout the decor and atmosphere of Bob’s Classic. 

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Contract Design Project Feature: Pacific Pizza & Brew

Pacific Pizza and Brew is a family style pizza parlor and pub located on Bend, Oregon’s SW side. Nestled in the pines of a newly developed shopping district, Pacific Pizza is not your typical family-style pizza experience. Their pies present as a cross between a classic New York style crust and Sicilian crust, but round. The edges of the crust are slightly raised and intermittently spotted, but not charred. The moderately chewy, pliant center can still fold and hold the weight of the toppings. Pies are topped with both gourmet and classic offerings highlighted by a bright tomato base.

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Contract Design Project Feature: Fife's Iconic Poodle Dog Restaurant Undergoes Complete Remodel


 Serving “good food” since 1933, Fife’s iconicPoodle Dog Restaurant has provided fun dining for almost a decade. Quirky menu options combined with legendary service makes it a popular choice to meet and eat for friends and newcomers alike. 

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