Where’d You Go, Bernadette

“Your (School) mission statement, says Galer Street, is based on global connectitude. You, people, don’t just think outside the box, you think outside the dictionary!”

Seattle and its culture are very prominent in this funny novel by Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

If you are familiar with Seattle, you will find many references such as the Craftsman houses, neighborhoods, the “Seattle Freeze” (how cold native Seattle residents are to outsiders), Microsoft, and Chihuly chandeliers:

“Hovering over me was the Chihuly chandelier. Chihuly’s are the pigeons of Seattle. They’re everywhere and even if they don’t get in your way, you can’t help but build up a kind of antipathy toward them.”

I would recommend checking this book out!

Ba Bar in Central District

I like the great ambiance and casual yet nice interior decor of this neighborhood place. I like this place is the diversity of customers there: bikers, families, students, older people, and sport fans.

It is at the same time a coffee shop where you can have breakfast, a Vietnamese restaurant, a French bakery, and a cocktail bar.
Macarons are more than decent.
You can also find a cake named Tropézienne, a French Riviera speciality, like a brioche with custard.

They are open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. most days, and until 4 a.m. on the weekends.

Ba Bar 550 12th Avenue