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on November 7 at
Does all of Capitol Hill smell like toast right now, or do I have whatever ailment that is where you smell phantom toast and then you die?
Quick Lindy is having a stroke!
Before you die you smell The Toast
While we're on the topic, I have one shirt that, no matter how freshly laundered, always smells like stale peanut butter. All my shirts are made of the same fabrics. What's up with that?
OMG you guys ME TOO!!1! but srsly, i once used a bath towel as a temporary drying rack and it got near a peanut butter cooking experiment and it now permanently smells like peanut butter.
yeah-isnt that "ailment" called "having a stroke"?
I can't smell it, but...
I used to live in a city with a big brewery on the edge of town. When the wind was right (oh, nearly every evening), the smell of slightly sour toast would waft through. It's from the barley, I think.
So, Elysian / Pike Brewery?
It's David Schmader's new cologne, "Melba".
You've got a nasty case of the arteriovenous malformation (AVM)!
Probably a squirrel got into the wiring again.
In northern Indiana, the smell of toast meant you were downwind of a corn-based ethanol plant. Perhaps Gasworks has been repurposed?
When you think toast, think Heywood Banks:
oh fnarf...you're the best
Sometimes the ice machine at my work smells like toast. No big deal.
When you smell toast you have seven days to live.
I work down the street from The Stranger (no, not at The Crypt) and I always thought that smell was from KFC. Now that it's gone, I have no idea. Maybe it's the crematorium at Bonney Watson?
Isn't there an old bread factory towards the back end of Capitol Hill? And by that, I mean a factory that used to make bread - not a factory that makes old bread.
Other than that, I'd go with the Elysian beer ingredient theory. Let's hope it's not a stroke, then where would we get our Lindywest-isms?
The only way to cancel it out is to run into Value Village and take a deep breath of the creosote scent.
You people really DON'T have anything to talk about now the election is over, do you?
Who you gonna call? Toastbusters!
I always get a burnt-toast smell from coffee roasters. So, pretty much anywhere on the hill you're fucked.
i'm pretty sure the toast smell is coming from the charred remains of the bellevue/pine building. i work one block down, and the wetter it gets, the stronger the smell.
ps - that's a really big fucking tarp covering that thing.
You are not crazy... I work from home and smell that burnt toast smell all the time during the day. Drove me crazy for a while during the summer when I had the windows open a lot because I was afraid I had bad wiring in my office or something, but then I smelled it when I was outside and realized it was not an electrical fire waiting to happen.
My guess is that it was piecora or something... but the proposed bread factory idea makes a lot of sense too.
Does it smell like Burnt Toast(tm)?
I've worked several different jobs around here during the last few years, and I've smelled the mysterious toast smell many times. We're not alone, as others have corroborated. Several theories include the aforementioned Elysian, and Cafe Vita, which runs a large coffee roasting operation less than a block from here.
Vivace roasts their coffee on this block too. people in the Sales dept. are always toasting things too. perhaps a climb up the stairs would answer this question.
I thought the sign of a stroke was the smell of burning hair?
Apparently the sign of a seizure is burnt toast.
The toast smell comes from the confluence of the Caffé Vita and Vivace roasters being within the block. The smell will get stronger and stronger as it goes, morphing from toast to burnt toast to bleh, what's that smell?
Be glad you don't sit near the window. When I was downstairs I got the lovely burnt toast and greasy KFC smorgasboard all the time. :\
Big Time Brewery in the U District smells like cat piss. Maybe your blood sugar level is dropping. I recommend you have some toast.
Step into the Toast, Lindy!
Mommy's in the Toast, Lindy!
I work a couple blocks from you. I think it's coffee roasters. Or somebody is running an illegal basement toast lab.
Count yourself lucky. Whenever my coworkers prepare their lunch in the microwave that is thirty feet from my face, which is now, the entire office smells like the most rancid bongwater you can possibly imagine.
Fnarf, I see what you did there.
Quick, Lindy! Cling tenaciously to my buttocks!
I smell... burnt toast!
Watching these on TV was always funny.
I've lived on the the hill for over twenty years. Way before there were coffee roasters up here. Take a deep breath. Hold it. That there is roasted people from bonny-watsons.
it's bonney watson. That part of town always smells like dead people.
it is true. I learned from a friend that the toast smell is really the bonney watson crematorium. Nast.
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