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Seattle Overcast

August in Seattle – while a day may dawn bright and sunny, the majority of days dawn with an overcast, even some rain, and slowly during the morning the clouds thin and dissipate. I found a wonderful photo on a forum like skyscraper city:


Isn’t that gorgeous? It’s from a website called The photo above is by Pwright, and there are several more equally gorgeous photos you can look at by clicking the City Data site.

August 5, 2007 Posted by | Living Conditions, Photos, Seattle, Weather | 2 Comments

Cost Cutter

The store I was going to wasn’t open, and I knew we needed a couple groceries, so I headed across the parking lot to the Cost Cutter (yep, it’s raining):


As soon as I got inside, I knew this was not just any old grocery store. The cashiers, the manager and the butchers all looked Mexican! And when I got to the deli section, the specialities were things like Dulce de Leche, all packaged up for people who eat a LOT of dulce de leche:


To my delight, there was an aisle labled Middle East foods, with tabbouleh, canned hummus and muttabel, foul, and Lebanese olive oil:


And a huge aisle with East European foods (I am not sure what East European foods are!)


And, while most stores hide their beer selection in some dark corner of the store, Cost Cutter has a huge aisle down the center of the store, with all kinds of neon signage – it looks very festive:


Stores like Cost Cutter, that serve the large and varied population of immigrants are one of the reasons I love Seattle.

August 5, 2007 Posted by | Cold Drinks, Community, Cooking, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Lumix, Photos, Seattle, Shopping, Social Issues, Travel, Weather | 7 Comments