The “BoltBus” is a new company to compete with Amtrak service for tickets as cheap as 6$ if you buy tickets early online. The ride is just as fast as driving or taking rail, it looks like a clean, quick and safe coach between Seattle’s International District Station and downtown Portland. There is wifi, legroom and a bathroom of course. It sounds like BoltBus is nothing like the Greyhound but something much nicer. That said, if Amtrak was faster and between 15$ and 20$, I would take the train in a heartbeat.
The Pacific Northwest is truly leading the country (outside the Northeast) in frugal, carless living. Every year Cascadia becomes an easier place to get around without a car. Click on the links below for more information.
Very loud and lively, Chace’s is a fun family restaurant for a morning you have a lot of time. You can’t make reservations, but particularly on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Chace’s has 30-50minute wait. The food is really good ranging from traditional pancakes, french toast and blintzes to eggs benedict, the “ladies plate” and chicken fired steak. The coffee is only drip coffee and is terrible, the hot cocoa is just a instant packet, but it is a fun experience. This place is affordable, but a family of four can ring you up to $50.
“Finally back in Seattle. Home sweet home. Expect a food review from a place in this city as early as tomorrow. I’m going to bed soon with rain pattering on my window. God I love it here.”—SavvySeattle
UPDATE: 2:08 p.m. | Seattle police say they have made arrests, but they aren’t giving up any numbers yet.
UPDATE: 2:05 p.m. | Seattle Times photographers on the scene have sent many photos from the streets.
UPDATE: 1:50 p.m. | More about damage: At the Washington Athletic Club building at 6th and Union, protesters smashed a large plate-glass window that was part of the HSBC branch.
Across the street at the 2 Union Square building, in vacant office space, there was a 6-inch hole in a window. A security guard pointed to a rock inside that had been thrown through it.
Half a block away, the owner of a silver Porche Cayenne would be greeted with a spray-painted green anarchy symbol on the hood when they returned.
UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. | Cops say damage to stores and vehicles downtown amounts to “thousands and thousands ” ofdollars as vandals struck store windows, cars, just about everything in their path. Officers followed them to Westlake Park where many of the vandals were reportedly changing out of the black clothes they wore while smashing windows.
UPDATE: 1:20 p.m. | The group dressed in black appears to have dispersed for the most part by now, some folks saying they have mingled with the now 500 or so protesters gathered at Westlake Park. People there are listening to a rap concert.
UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. | Those bent on doing damage, who call themselves Black Blockers, broke out the front windows of Niketown and several windows of American Apparel next door. Graffiti was put on Fidelity Investments at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Pike Street. Police have blocked Pine Street and were moving along Sixth toward Westlake Park.
UPDATE: 1: p.m. | Protesters have broken windows in several places downtown and police were using tear gas and force to stop them. Police had chased the group dressed in black — the ones who vandalized the federal courthouse — down Sixth Avenue, then on Olive, then back up Fifth.
Meanwhile, many protesters returned to Westlake Park and are giving speeches and rallying.
UPDATE: 12:40 p.m. | Protesters are starting to do damage. They stopped briefly at the U.S. Court of Appeals, broke a window and set a small fire in front of the door. They also shot paintballs at the building. A large swarm of people dressed in black and carrying polls with flags on them were moving through the streets.
UPDATE: 12:20 p.m. | A group of about 50 demonstrators, several carrying small red and black flags, just before noon from Seattle Central Community College on their way to Westlake Park, to meet what they expect to be a larger crowd of May Day protesters.
An advertised “bike swarm” hardly materialized, as only 10 cyclists participated here.
The walkers passed through the college’s main building twice, then headed north on Broadway, in the northbound road lane.
Liam Wright, a student leader of the march, led a chant: “When the people of the world are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” Earlier, he called the event an “anti-capitalist” march.
While this and larger rallies throughout the world are meant to raise awareness of plutocracy, demonstrators have their own diverse causes.
Lisa Marcus, carrying a bucket of tulips and lilacs on her bicycle, handed out leaflets opposing oil extraction from the Alberta tar sands. A woman named Alex, in the bike escort group, said she simply enjoys being on a ride with other people — and opposes a new juvenile detention center on 12th Avenue.
Before the march, Wright said basic classes at the college are too crowded, and he perceives a shift toward making it merely of a “trade school” for job training. He said the college has a tradition of including progressive, even radical activism.
Michael Pham, vice president for administrative services, said the rally didn’t disrupt any classes. The marchers were a mix of students and others.
At the last big Occupy rally in Seattle, some people in a breakaway group threw wood and metal at police, as officers and horses advanced toward a small crowd on Harbor Island. Traffic disruptions are expected this afternoon downtown, and Mayor Mike McGinn has warned of potential violence.
10:45 a.m. | Concerned that anarchists and possible violence may disrupt of May Day protests converging on downtown Seattle today, the Young Composer Workshop concert at Benaroya Hall has been canceled.
Traffic congestion also was an issue, according to the letter sent to participants of the event Monday.
According to the letter from Thomasina Adams, school programs manager with the Seattle Symphony:
All evening our Executive Director and senior managers have been discussing whether or not we should continue with the scheduled concert. In the end our executive team felt that the safety and well being of the students and families should be the number priority and so they made the decision to postpone the Young Composers Workshop concert.
Authorities say the protests and marches are likely to cause traffic disruptions and warn that there’s a possibility peaceful demonstrations will be disrupted by people wanting to incite mayhem.
May Day protests, marches and entertainment are likely to cause traffic disruptions in Seattle on Tuesday. Authorities are warning that there’s a possibility peaceful demonstrations will be disrupted by people wanting to incite mayhem.
By Jim Brunner
Several political rallies and marches are set to converge Tuesday on downtown Seattle, prompting local officials to warn of traffic disruptions and a possibility that anarchists could use peaceful demonstrations as cover to incite mayhem.
Occupy Seattle organizers, calling for a citywide general strike, plan to gather at Westlake Park for speeches, hip-hop performances and an “anti-Capitalist march” at noon.
Many of those protesters may link up in the evening with the annual May Day march by immigrant-rights activists. The march is scheduled to start at Judkins Park in the city’s Central Area at 5 p.m., with thousands expected to march downtown for rallies in front of the Federal Building and Wells Fargo building.
There also were calls for a “bike swarm” to accompany an 11:15 a.m. walkout by some students at…(click link to read more)
Capitol Hill is a neighborhood of Seattle where the state capitol building was supposed to be built. Imagine if Seattle was the state’s capital city? If the Pacific Northwest ever breaks away from the U.S. like so many local independence groups are discussing, maybe Capitol Hill will one day have its capitol building? It’s certainly one of the most diverse and fascinating neighborhoods to find in Seattle in my opinion.
I’ve been meaning to try this place and was just reminded of this place, so I will skip Stumptown as the first place for coffee this summer and try Vivace (Vi-vaa-chè). Honestly, there are so many places to get the best coffee in Seattle that I have never heard of it’s overwhelming. This Italian roaster must be pretty good because my favorite ice creamery (Molly Moon’s) used this brand of coffee in their coffee ice cream for a longest time.
So glad my friend showed me this blog. It's perfect. My friend and I are planning to move to Seattle and open up an alternative bakery there in a few years' time and this blog just confirms my desire to live there and pursue my dream. ^___^
Fantastic! Once you get your bakery up and running, I will be there on opening day! The more unique and original something is in Seattle, the more popular it seems to be. Bakeries are popular here. You’ll find in Seattle many people grow their own produce in gardens, generally buy food from butchers, bakeries and the like as opposed to buying from Safeway and Walmart. You picked the right city. Though consider San Francisco, Portland and Vancouver if you haven’t yet already. These are three other great cities that have a similar culture to Seattle. But Seattle will certainly welcome you with open arms! if there’s anything in particular you would like to know about Seattle, message me anytime! I am here for you all. Keep me posted.
If you go to SavvySeattle’s homepage, click on the link “Eateries” on the left. I will ocassionally post reputable places to eat I have found for the adventurers. If you visit it now, you can see all the restaurants, eateries, bakeries, etc that I find delicious (unless I mention I haven’t been there yet). And believe me, this summer there will be many new reviews on new places I find for you all to try. So go find it now!
Doubt my taste in food? Of course you should! Read my food reviews with healthy skepticism, but know I am well-traveled and didn’t spend my life eating chicken nuggets and tater-tots. It’s healthy to be skeptical sometimes. To know a little bit about me, I am a bit of a food snob, which can be a healthy habit until you starve yourself because you can’t eat college cafeteria food and have to make your own food in the broken public kitchen in the basement… *cough* which I would never do, haha… yeah right. I have enjoyed food ranging from broiled octopus I had in Japan, stingray-stuffed tacos I enjoyed in Mexico, meat pirozhkis I devoured in Slovakia, amazing duck, beer and potatoes I had in Munich’s beer gardens, the rock cakes and tea I enjoyed daily in England and Wales, and the plentiful platters of fish and rice I often enjoyed in Africa. Travelling too much is also unhealthy because it become an addiction and overtakes your life where everything is revolved around travel distracting you from your studies and makes you have to retake classes… ahem, *cough*, which… I heard… happens… from friend of mine… yeah. Anyways, I’m just being silly now and rambling. Enjoy my reviews, always have a little doubt in my opinions, read other people’s opinions on yelp, and go try it yourself!
Stick with SavvySeattle and find out the next bakery, eatery or restaurant I find!
Hi all you awesome followers. I have 5 final exams in the next five days, so forgive me if I don’t post as much as I have been. If I post anything in the next week, then it will be for a study break. Wish me luck! Summer is just around the corner.
The Cascadian football (soccer) rivalry is intense. Wearing your Cascadian jersey in a rival city is just asking to be mugged, it’s happened many times. Football is not a sport up here, it’s a religion. So, in order to completely experience the culture here, you must go to a rivalry football match between either the Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers or Vancouver Whitecaps.
Live game at this moment between Seattle and Chicago.