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.
Though billed as a bakery, Borracchini’s has expanded its offerings to include much more than just colorfully frosted cakes and cookies throughout its 91-year history. At the full deli counter, glass cases brim with mortadella, prosciutto, and provolone, which the staff assembles into sandwiches and pizzas. Shoppers can create their own Italian feasts at home after perusing a small grocery selection of olive oils, wine, pastas, and sauces. Boracchini’s bread menu also bears a Mediterranean accent, exhibited in loaves such as the rosemary parmesan toscano. But none of this distracts the bakers from making their own sweets from scratch. Each morning at dawn, they craft nearly 20 kinds of donuts and breakfast pastries, as well as pies that range from tangy lemon meringue to savory mincemeat.
Exuberant Thai dishes from Bangkok-born chef Panurat Poladitmontri, or Chef Rut, the author of the much-loved Thailand: The Beautiful Cookbook, entice eaters at the Harbor Café in Downtown Seattle. For nearby shoppers and business people alike, it’s an oasis of deliciousness, with pan-seared salmon spiked with garlic and chilies; a surfeit of spicy curry dishes; the fancifully named swimming angel, and lots of salads. Early birds swing by for decidedly non-Thai breakfast croissants, muffins and omelets, which can be eaten inside the spare, metal-chaired space, or take their bounty back to the office. The friendly café is tucked into the lobby of a beautiful 1928 Art Deco building, and is a best kept secret of nearby office workers. It’s open only for breakfast and lunch.
A & J Meats, an old-fashioned market on top of Queen Anne Hill, hits all the right notes in terms of quality and selection. Natural light streams in through the picture windows in the bustling shopping and dining district, while the family-run operation’s well-stocked cases are filled with various cuts of poultry, beef and pork, though savvy return customers make a beeline for the housemade sausages. Those links are vibrantly seasoned and include unique breakfast sausage flavors such as blueberry and apricot. The informed staff offers expert advice and is happy to procure special orders of hard-to-find ingredients, from oxtails to bison. A & J shares the space with Wild Salmon Seafood Market, and there’s also a wine merchant next door, adding to the convenience factor.
The chefs at BluWater Bistro elevate classic comfort food by working mainly with premium, largely local ingredients. Take, for instance, a BLT—reinterpreted with additions of Pacific Northwest king-salmon fillet and pesto mayo—or a burger ascending to gourmet status with layers of Tillamook cheddar spread over wagyu beef raised on pastures near the Snake River. BluWater Bistro's owners strive to match their chefs' quality and creativity by giving each waterfront location a refined yet cozy aesthetic, surrounding diners in large windows, fireplaces flanked by leather furniture, and flat-screen televisions that play more interesting shows when they sense lulls in conversation. The Green Lake establishment also extends to an outdoor patio. The kitchen staff continues sending out dishes from the full menu as late as 1 a.m. every night of the week and shows up early on the weekends to prepare brunch.