Which Seattle Food Trends Are You Digging?

Seattle isn’t just known for its coffee, it’s also known for its tap on the foodie scene.  There were some clear food-type trends that emerged in 2017, so we thought we’d play a fun game and have you comment on which ones you love or could live without.


Move over kale, cauliflower is coming through! This versatile vegetable has been found in every kind of dish from hummus to faux-mashed potatoes. This miracle veggie can also turn it’s self into a pizza crust, if you’ll let it. Places like Mamnoon, Harvest Beat and Mbar – have featured items that include it in layers or roasted sides.


Tataki is an appetizer that has been a hot menu item for many large city restaurants.        It’s a dish that includes raw meat or fish with seared edges. Places like Suika and Sushi Wataru have it on their menus.


Vegetables, in general, have been enjoying the spotlight lately. Places like Carlile Room and Harvest Beat are examples of places that use vegetable-based menu items as a majority of their menu. We don’t see this trend going away any time soon.

Smaller Beef Portions

If vegetables are the headliner, beef has become more of an opening act. It’s being served in smaller portions as a main dish or used in conjunction with other things as an appetizer.

French Food

Food critics joke that French food is only not trending in France. Places like Bateau/Bar Melusine and L’Oursin are now staples that are bringing French food back into the limelight.

Which food trend are you enjoying right now? Anything that we’ve missed? We love Seattle and love being a part of helping people move to our beautiful city.

HOw to compete in Seattle market

How to Compete in Seattle’s Real Estate Market

Seattle’s recent housing market has offered many challenges for buyers. With the increase in tech jobs, has brought more qualified buyers to the market, which has reduced inventory and created demand issues. Case in point, Seattle saw a 3.4% increase in job growth from 2015 to 2016, which was the third highest metro in the U.S.

Real estate agents comment that the condo inventory has been hit the hardest, as well as trade-up and premium inventory. So, here are some tips for how to weather this real estate bubble, if you need to buy a home in the near future.

Be Patient and Realistic

Start as early as you can. If you know you’ll be in the position to buy in the near future, start early and educate yourself on the specific markets and home selling prices. Check for listing price vs. selling – to see where homes in your preferred areas are landing on the list vs. price scale. It’s important to have some extra wiggle room in your budge to go above listing price, if you happen to get into a bidding war. For instance if you’re budget ceiling is $500,000, you may want to look at homes in the $400,000 range so account for some price negotiation.

Make Strong Offers & Listen to an Expert

In a seller’s market, you must come in with strong offers. Be sure to hire an agent who you trust to give you guidance in this year. Listen to their advice, since this is a very tricky market. Also, things like removing contingencies are a consideration as well as ensuring your financing is strong.

Make it Personal

Buyers are looking at all aspects – even personal touches are at play. For instance, many people are sending personal letters, videos or sweetening the offer with flowers. You can get creative with how to set your offer a part from the others. If you’re offer is 10-15% lower than list price, a letter is especially helpful in explaining your position.

If you have any other tips for how our customers can anticipate buying in Seattle’s market, right now – we would love to hear from you. If you’re a real estate agent or a partner of ours, please leave a comment below and offer any other tips.

At Hansen Bros. we are committed to helping make your transition to Seattle a stress-free one. If you’re ready to set a free, no-obligation moving quote, please send us a note on online or give us a call.