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Field Report: A Tale of Pickles and Pumpkin Lattes

September 29, 2012

The Cheap Bastard loves living in a town he knows well. Although he’s on deadline, at 3 today, he decided he not only wanted to go to the grand opening of Britt’s Pickles at Pike Place Market, but he also wanted to cash in on the Pumpkin Latte BOGO deal at Einstein Bros. Bagels. The problem was that the University Village store was not participating in the deal. So he had to go to the Westlake Store across from Whole Foods.

No problem.

Despite tough traffic on I-5 he completed the task in record time despite coming from North Seattle. First, he pulled off I-5 at Stewart, then turned right on Terry, went down the side street near the Library for the Blind, parked and was in and out in less than 10 minutes.

After that, he cruised down to First on a back route, did a U turn into a space on Western behind the Market, walked up a back staircase off of Western, avoided the crowds by working his way up through Down Under, then found himself at Britt’s in under another 10 minutes or so.

The Cheap Bastard can’t say enough good stuff about the counter person at Einstein Bros. She was great and she helped me get the perfect flavor for me and another less sweet, lower fat pumpkin latte for my wife.

And then there’s Britts.

He not only scored samples of fermented Meyer lemon (which is better than it sounds) but also kimchi, sauerkraut, half sour, full sour, spicy and ginger pickles and even tried a bit of black garlic as well. In the end, he not only walked away knowing that he no longer has to go to New York City to get great pickles out of a barrel, but he also picked up some half sours for his wife.

He admits the pickles aren’t as inexpensive as he would like, but when you factor in the cost of plane fare, an airport shuttle, a night in a hotel and subway rides to the Lower East Side, it’s still a hell of a lot cheaper than the alternative. Especially if he saves it for the occasional splurge.

Savings to date: $15,085.25

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