At Aunt Kate’s Chocolates, chocolatiers believe that chocolate shouldn’t be compromised by mixing beans from different parts of the world. That’s why they make their geo-specific small-batch artisan chocolates using only one representative type of cacao bean from the region, creating squares that accurately portray the flavors from around the world. They complement the richness of these chocolate blends with fillings such as walnuts, salted caramel, and marshmallows, creating truffles and fudge squares that surprise and delight, much like finding a puppy inside a cat carrier.
The butchers at AA Meats foster an old-school atmosphere in their meat market, serving up quality cuts the same way they have since 1955. Their selection encompasses traditional cuts such as flat iron steaks, boneless chicken thighs, and pork chops as well as more exotic items including ostrich patties, frog legs, and alligator. On top of their fresh cuts, the shop also boasts several types of jerky, pepperoni, and cheese to toss on burgers. Aside from buying a meat inspector costume, the best way to sample the shop's smorgasbord is with one of its locker packs, which range from simple breakfast packs all the way up to a 100-pound assortment made up of more than a dozen different types of meat.
QFC supplies kitchens and cabinets with a scrumptious array of fresh meat, organic produce, and homemade baked goods. Reward teeth for not biting into wax fruit by sinking pearls into artisanal Discover Delicious cupcakes, freshly baked in a variety of flavors. The salty-sweet fusion found in maple-bacon cupcakes provides a tasty way to satisfy USDA bacon requirements, and the peanut-butter-and-jelly cupcake brings together a delectable duo as classic as spaghetti and meatballs or onions and tears. Meanwhile, traditional tastes such as German chocolate, red velvet, and Boston cream keep decadence familiar, and all flavors can capably carry themselves during a birthday, dinner gathering, or midnight rendezvous.
Instead of using the usual methods of rendering flesh transparent, such as performing x-rays or genetic experiments, technicians at Thermal Body Scan Northwest use thermal imaging free of radiation. In about 15 minutes, they map out the body's heat signatures, which can reveal sources of pain, blood-flow patterns, and early signs of cancer. Clients will be mailed their thermal images to show to their doctor within a week and a half.
Shari Courtier and Scott Carpenter run Three Tree Wellness Center, a place that is part spa, part classroom, and part bodywork-supplies store. The staff nurtures mind, body, and spirit with spa services such as massages, which can incorporate reiki energy work, and mud wraps, which draw toxins from the skin while equipping it to someday sprout an apple tree. Art-therapy classes put students in touch with their inner power animal, and continuing-education classes keep massage therapists abreast of body mechanics and best practices. The retail portion of the center, SNL Supplies, hawks wares such as essential oils, shower gels, and candles.
Decades ago, brothers Bob and Earl Green founded a business dealing in red meat and seafood on April Fools' Day. Later, on another fateful April 1, they passed the shop to Bob's son and daughter-in-law, and today, more than 50 years since its 1958 opening, B & E Meats and Seafood still cuts, smokes, and marinates prime carnivorous fare at four locations.
Beef raised in Washington and Oregon comes to B & E Meats in three variants: natural, traditional, and grass-fed on the grounds of Harlow Ranch. The staff preps T-bones and tenderloins alongside signature kalbi beef ribs, whose soy, ginger, garlic, and sesame-oil marinade evokes tropical barbecues. Such meticulous seasoning is par for the course?the staffers smoke their beef jerky for up to six hours with alder and cherry-wood chips to preserve rustic flavor, and they cover pork roasts in sea salt before wrapping them in banana leaves. Their smoked candy salmon also boasts a tantalizing mix of sweet and salty notes, and corned beef comes traditionally cured for St. Patrick's Day.
Freezer variety packs tempt those who can?t decide on one meal with 25?100 pounds of cuts and goodies, which include steaks, roasts, ground beef, and bacon. In the interest of convenience, the store provides cooking instructions for many of its popular dishes, as well as game-processing services that package meats by weight.