12. March 2019
A few years ago, my patients kept telling me about how much they loved their Instant Pots. I thought it must just be another cooking fad. But I kept hearing rave reviews from folks young, old, foodies, novices, moms, and singles that told me it changed their lives. So last year I bought one to see what all the fuss was, and I did fall in love. It combines a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker and yogurt maker all into one affordable appliance.
01. January 2019
A snack by definition is a small amount of food eaten between meals. When most people talk about snack foods, they are often referring to packaged foods such as chips, cookies, crackers, or popcorn that you would find in the “snack foods” aisle at most grocery stores. Planned snacks can actually be a great opportunity to fill in the gaps of your diet with wholesome foods. Aiming for snacks between small meals has manybenefits: Decreased cravings – when going more than 5 hours without...
01. December 2018
Have you ever wondered why strawberries in July tasted so good, or why apples in the fall tasted so much better than in other seasons? Winter is no different and there’s plenty of in-season produce to try at its freshest. Here are a few of my favorites:
01. November 2018
November 14 is the World Diabetes Day! The World Health Organization (WHO) established World Diabetes Day in 1991 as an annual event for raising awareness in response to increasing numbers of diabetes cases around the world. November 14 was selected because it was the birth date of Frederick Banting who led to the discovery of insulin. As a diabetes educator, dietitian, and a person living with diabetes, I embrace this opportunity to raise awareness and to also provide you with some basic...
01. October 2018
As the days grow shorter and the air becomes more crisp, fall starts to settle in and that means it’s time to get cozy with a cup of tea. Sounds great in theory, but this coffee-drinking science-minded dietitian would like to know more of the facts before dipping her toes into the world of tea drinking. To start, what makes green tea green and herbal tea herbal? These are the questions that keep me up at night. Black, oolong, green and white teas are all made from the same plant, Camellia...
26. September 2018
Cooking at Home By Tina Hayashi RD As the temperature outside starts to cool down and the routine of a new school year commences, this is the perfect time to think about cooking more meals at home. If you currently do not spend much time in the kitchen, this could be as simple as starting with one or two meals a week! After a long day of school or work, I'll usually come home and start cooking dinner. It’s often something very simple: cutting and roasting some vegetables, boiling water for...
01. August 2018
Summer is a great time to learn how to cook with an abundance of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables! Local farmers’ markets and backyard gardens are bursting with gorgeous fruits and vegetables: sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, jewel-like berries, and many more.
27. July 2018
Vitamin D has many functions in the body. It helps us to absorb calcium from our diets and maintains the health and strength of our bones. It can affect our immune health and our muscle health. Newer research has even suggested that vitamin D may help to prevent some chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.
08. June 2018
Turmeric. We see it bottled in health elixirs lining grocery store shelves and its benefits extolled on blogs around the web. But what exactly is this increasingly omnipresent orange-colored ingredient and, perhaps just as pressingly, how do you pronounce it? (It’s TER-muh-rihk, by the way.) Turmeric is a perennial plant that comes from the ginger family. It has long been used as a spice when cooking Asian dishes. Growing up, I watched my mom always adding a pinch of turmeric in almost all of...
17. April 2018
it may be hard to tell sometimes, spring is here in the Pacific Northwest! Look around and you’ll see buds on the trees, tulips starting to bloom, and hear the sounds of birds in the morning air. Along with the change of seasons into spring comes many options for local, in-season produce. And, here in the Seattle area, opportunities abound for purchasing such goods (or growing your own!).

Show more


Plaza Cafe

Hours of Service: 6:30 am - 8:00 pm

Open Every Day of the Year

Phone: (206) 598-4151

Email: plazacaf@uw.edu


Plaza Cafe - Atrium Espresso

Hours of Service: 6:45 am - 4:00 pm 

Monday-Friday (Closed on Holidays)

Phone: (206) 598-3289


Plaza Cafe Catering

Hours of Service: 6:30 am - 6:45 pm Daily

Phone: (206) 598-4151


Email: plazacaf@uw.edu 


Lobby Espresso - UWMC 3rd Floor

Hours of Service:


6:30 am - 11:30 pm

12:30 am - 4:00 am


8:30 am - 4:30 pm 

9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

12:30 am - 4:00 am

Phone: (206) 598-3254


Pavilion Espresso - UWMC 1st Floor

Surgery Pavilion

Hours of Service: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Monday-Friday (Closed on Holidays)

Phone: (206) 598-0896