A Bellingham Foodie Blog Restaurant Reviews Bellingham Washington 98225

July 1, 2020

Bellingham Coffee Roasters

Filed under: Bellingham local — Bellinghamster @ 10:13 am

There are so many coffee stops in Bellingham, it’s cayzie. Actual cafes, shops that have top-tier espresso machines and trained baristas, near-huge drive thrus and numerous mini drive throughs… Bellingham has all of them and many copies of each. And yet.. each is unqiue-ish.

If you’re into drive-thru coffee, here’s a game you can play. Try them all…. there’s like 60 of them. Somebody should make one of those maps, or tourism passports you can get stamped, lol.

Be careful though…. the reason there are so many coffee stops might be because so many people in and passing through Bellingham love coffee, but it also MIGHT be because it’s super profitable to dispense lesser quality coffee, one-espresso-shot-in-20 oz of hot water, for premium prices, while encouraging servers to live off tips.

What about actual coffee roasters? Not so much… although they come and go on a regular basis.

If you’re wondering about coffee roasters in Bellingham, you must consider the region, not just the city. And the following come to mind… add a comment to add a roaster or roastery!

Moka Joe’s – was in a small garage on James Street with a coool but perhaps too-laid-back storefront. Was sold to Fidalgo Bay Roasting and relocated to Rt 20 on the way to Anacortes, which then merged with Coyote Coffee (?) and still in that (now enlarged) location.

Barnyard Roasters in Blaine, which reportedly now assumed Hammerhead Coffee which has ceased to operate in Bellingham.

Tony’s Coffee is still roasting in an industrial garage in Bellingham but that doesn’t serve the public (allegedly, lol). You need to go to Fairhaven for the actual coffee shop (Tony’s Cafe on Harris Ave) or a local supermarket to buy their beans.

Reportedly their are a few roasters south in Burlington (Sonofresco, and north in Ferndale (Simonelli?), plus micro-style roasters scattered about (Maniac Roasting sells at Black Drop in downtown Bellingham, Agape was selling and donating to charity but may have moved on, Prime seems to have changed, Camber in downtown Bellingham is an attempt at upscale dispensing but is owned by Tony’s and is….well.. kinda consistently unreliable still, to be honest. They got the look down, though, and the premium prices).

May 1, 2015

Drinks With a View

Filed under: Bellingham local,Bellingham Restaurants — Bellinghamster @ 1:59 pm

Some notes about bars with great scenic views, or in other worlds, “Where can I go in Bellingham Washington for a drink wth a great view?”

Anthony’s at Squalicum Harbor – on the harbor, with a 180 degree view of the marina.
Harborside Restaurant in the Hotel Bellwether – same vicinity as Anthony’s restaurant, but more of a waterfrotn view than a marina view. Have a drinkw hile looking out at the islands.
Cliff House – a great sunset destination, the Cliff House restuarant faces the FairHaven waterfront, from up on the hill between Bellingham and Fairhaven. Patio dining and bar, with a great view.
The Woods Coffee House – specifically the one inside Boulevard Park, along the waterfront between downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven.
Fino Wine Bar at the Chrysalis Inn – another view of the Fairhaven waterfront, but from inside Fino restaurant, which is itself inside the Chrysalis Inn. European wine selection, great water view.
Chuckanut Brewery – just north of downtown, on the creek (Whatcom Creek, where it enters Bellingham Bay).

February 23, 2013

Marlins’ Cafe : Humboldt & Potter Street, Bellingham, WA

I saw an ad for Marlins’ Cafe while browsing through Cascadia Weekly. I have lived in Bellingham for eight years and I thought I had found all the local eateries. But I missed Marlins’ Cafe. Its location in the heart of the York neighborhood IN a mini-grocer (Nelson’s Market) is my excuse. I’m going to check it out and report back.

Stay tuned.

Marlin’ Cafe @ 514 Potter St in Nelson’s Market. Call 360-734-2448. Hours: call FIRST usually 7am-9pm.

August 17, 2011

Come Cook With Nahla @ Mediterranean Specialties

Nahla is hosting a cooking class at Mediterranean Specialties August 23rd @ 7:15pm for those in love with ethnic cooking.

The menu is simple, but makes my mouth water in anticipation.

Halloumi and Green Figs Kebab
Lamb Kebab
Fresh roasted veggies with pomegranate aiolli

Dessert is served with Lebanese coffee. $3 extra for a glass of wine.

In case you are unfamiliar with some of the menu, I will explain.

Halloumi is cheese made from a mix of goat’s and sheep milk. It has a high melting point, so is perfect for grilling and frying. Cheese and figs, hmm, sounds very good to me – where’s my wine?

Fattoush is a bread salad made with toasted or fried pita bread and mixed with seasonal greens/vegetables. Hummus is ground chick peas, sesame seeds w/seasonings. They are meze foods, or small dishes.

The countries bordering on the eastern Mediterranean Sea have traditional meze dishes:  fattoush, hummus, babaghaoush. They are small dishes meant to accompany a meal or to serve as a snack. This is similiar to Korean banchan dishes (kimchi, namul) and Spanish tapas (chorizo, empanadas) and Chinese dim sum.

I have lunch at Mediterranean Specialties often, so I truly look forward to a meal specially cooked for me. Perhaps she can use an eager prep chef or clean up crew for the future. I am experienced! Read my Community Food Co-op credentials…8-16-11

360-738-6895       Mediterranean Specialties 505 32nd St Bellingham

January 14, 2011

A Valentine’s Pure Bliss

Make your reservations NOW! Pure Bliss Desserts is a new dessert restaurant in Bellingham. Tom and I went there after having an excellent meal at Du Jour Bistro. Near the Pickford Film Center, keep looking until you see the store front with an antique peach fridge in the window. We walked in and were thrilled with everything about it: silky peach upholstered couches and drapes (sexy), retro black crystal chandeliers and a glass case filled with delectables.

A perfect place to date.

I noticed a beautiful cake (chocolate peanut butter) on a stand in the middle of one of the tables. The URGE to slide my finger against its edge was overwhelming! but I resisted. What was it doing out on a table, within easy reach? Was it real? Was it unclaimed?

I asked the guy at the counter (Nick) if the cake was real. He laughed – said, “Yes!” “So, I shouldn’t slide my finger in the frosting?” I asked. He shook his head to gently admonish me. Later, a group of women showed up to claim the table and  dug in to it, Happy Birthday!!

Nick is the VERY friendly owner of Pure Bliss Desserts, along with his baker wife, Andi. There was so much to choose from and he helped us narrow it down.

Tom and I shared a huge slice of Creamy Coconut cake. It is a creamy vanilla cake topped with cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut flakes. This is the cake from childhood birthday parties before Duncan Hines and Costco said it was okay to redefine the word “cake”. Trust me, the kiddies KNOW the difference. So even though they’ll suck down box cake, when they get a taste of scratch, that’s the one they ask for as their birthday cake.

I can’t wait until strawberries are in season – take a look at the Strawberry Short Cake picture on their website – a dead ringer for my mom’s! See that?! Those are the kinds of desserts I grew up with! How can I not be in love with this new dessert place? I’ll take my mother the next time she visits; she’ll enjoy it even while she claims her desserts are better!

Cake & Cupcake Flavors:

Chocolate Peanut Butter – chocolate cake w/peanut butter frosting finished w/chocolate ganache
German Chocolate – chocolate cake w/coconut, pecan frosting finished w/chocolate ganache
Peppermint Patty – chocolate cake w/white peppermint cream cheese frosting finished w/chocolate ganache
Triple Chocolate – chocolate cake w/fudgy chocolate frosting finished w/chocolate ganache
Red Velvet – red velvet cake w/ cream cheese frosting and poured chocolate ganache
Vanilla – moist light crumb vanilla cake w/fudgy chocolate frosting
Lemon Bliss – lemon cake filled and topped w/lemon whipped white chocolate ganache
Banana Spice – sweet spice cake made w/bananas topped w/ spiced cream cheese frosting
Mocha – chocolate cake w/coffe, layered and topped w/creamy mocha frosting, drizzled w/chocolate ganache
Carrot – carrot cake topped w/cream cheese spice frosting, garnished w/toasted walnuts

Now. They also have cheesecakes, tortes, dessert bars, cream scones AND cookies and muffins! Go here for more details.

To wet your whistle, enjoy espresso, coffee, tea, beer, wine, port and dessert wines. A very good selection, well priced. 1-11-11

360-739-1612     1424 Cornwall Ave      M 12-6pm   Tu-Sat 10am-10pm

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