Sipping {Empire Espresso}

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Oh boy, we’ve been neglecting The Breakfast League for too long! With exams piling up one after another, it’s difficult to find time to relax. However, even when studying for exams, we like to pair it up with a lil-something. For this study session, we dropped by Empire Espresso in Columbia City. Empire is one of our favorite places to study. Excuse my excessive use of “cozy” to describe spaces, but there’s no better word to describe Empire…it is so COZY! The narrow space, the small wooden tables, the red walls, and the soft dim lights create a comforting and quiet space…perfect for an individual study session. Pair it with a hot cup of coffee and you’ll feel completely at home.
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Neither of us are coffee drinkers, but the menu is considerate of that. We ordered Hot Chocolate and Chai Tea to accompany us through the night study session. Every time I visit Empire, I order the Hot Chocolate. It’s perfectly chocolately- not too sweet and not too bland- and it’s smooth down the throat. Hot Chocolate is the essential drink to get me through those cold and wet Winter days, so I’ve tried countless hot chocolate across town. With that, I must say that Empire makes one of the best hot chocolate! I get slightly disheartened when my hot chocolate is either as sweet and dense as chocolate bars or when it is as bland as chocolate powder and water. Drama-queen-moment aside, I highly recommend Empire’s Hot Chocolate!
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See what I mean when I say Empire is COZY?! The baristas are nice and friendly. The tables are tiny, it practically fits one laptop and one drink but there is one larger table that seats four. When the weather is nice, the garage door opens for extended outdoor seating!
In addition, Empire serves delicious waffles and panini sandwiches!

[Empire Espresso] 3823 S Edmunds St Seattle, WA 98118

{Photos taken with: iPhone 4s}

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Eating {World Pizza}

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Pizza in the heart of Chinatown?? Surprise surprise! We recently discovered this tiny pizza parlor squished in between two Asian restaurants…or should I say, absolutely surrounded by Asian restaurants? World Pizza sells thin crusted vegetarian pizza. It’s like finding an undiscovered gem, because let’s be serious, who in their right mind would go to Chinatown for pizza?!
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I love cheese. I love tomatoes. It’s only reasonable that I love pizza, right? The aroma of freshly baked pizza envelopes you when you enter the store and once inside, there’s a display of the pizza choices to choose from. That’s it. There’s no turning back to exit the store. We ordered two slices of pizza, having no idea what the flavor is. They don’t have signs to indicate the flavors so we just ordered whatever looks good (which is basically everything). Either I’ve been unknowingly craving pizza for awhile or World Pizza is really THAT good. It’s one of the best pizza I’ve had! The thickness of the pie is perfect, the amount of cheese and sauce were perfect, the ingredients complemented one another…just. plain. YUM. The prices are extremely affordable as well. Only $4 for two slices of pizza!
What’s more, the staffs were genuinely friendly which (unfortunately) can be rare in Chinatown. What’s more more, they sell cookies! We didn’t try one, but they look good!
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Apparently, the old and torn-up couch on the side that I merely glanced at is from the original lobby of the Seattle Space Needle. Way to ignore totally awesome vintage things…
World Pizza is a sweet and cozy surprise in Chinatown. The fact that it’s vegetarian lessens my guilt of devouring slices after slices. Looks like I have found my new go-to pizza fix!

[World Pizza] 672 S King St Seattle WA 98104

{Photos taken with: iPhone 4s}

Eating {Le Fournil}

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Happy Friday! It is the most anticipated day of the week again. I just love Fridays, not only because the weekend is coming up but because we’ve started a routine of Dessert Friday! After classes on Friday, we gather a few girlfriends and venture to a dessert place to satisfy our sweet tooth. This week, our friend picked Le Fournil , a cozy little cafe on Eastlake Ave. We ordered a lemon tart, passion fruit tart, strawberry pistachio tart, and a chocolate croissant!
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Dessert Friday is a great way for us to catch up with each other’s busy lives and to unwind after each week. Spending time with our friends just seems to flush away the week’s stress. We leave all the concerns for later and simply enjoy each other’s presence.
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The cafe is quiet and cozy, though the design is too dated for my taste. We noted the sperm-like lights and had a good laugh about it.
Apparently, the baking goods are half off an hour before closing! The original prices aren’t unreasonable, but for those of us who loves a good deal, head over to Le Fournil an hour before it closes! If you’re lucky, you’ll snag a chocolate croissant for a dollar! Next door to the cafe is a cute little flower shop. Nothing like sweets and colorful flowers to brighten up Seattle’s gloomy weather!

[Le Fournil] 3230 Eastlake Ave E Seattle WA 98102

{Photos taken with: iPhone 4s}