Forget lengthy lists of hard-to-pronounce preservatives?each batch of Empire Ice Cream starts with a base that contains just four ingredients: eggs, evaporated cane juice, and cream and milk from Fresh Breeze Organic Dairy. From there, the ice cream makers simply fold in extra ingredients to make various flavors, relying on local providers like Hayton Farms, who supply the berries for the shop's raspberry and strawberry ice creams, or Stumptown Coffee, who delivers the ground espresso beans for Empire's coffee-flavored ice cream. There's even a unique bacon-flavored ice cream made with real pieces of local, natural bacon, as well as a s'mores ice cream loaded with house-made marshmallows and real vine-ripened graham crackers. Brownies and cinnamon rolls from Eat Local are also available in the shop, and sometimes make their way into decadent sundaes.
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.
Emerald City Smoothie's menu showcases a variety of frosty cups of drinkable fruit blended to order. Smoothies come in couture 16-, 24-, and 32-ounce containers and prices range $4.25–$6.25, depending on the number of add-ons. The peanut passion is a popular option, bringing baseball's chosen legume to bat with a team of bananas, strawberries, and protein. Acquaint innards with antioxidants as you sip the sambazon smoothie, which deploys cold açai berries, cranberries, and strawberries to fight the hand of time's middle finger. Kids’ options ($3.95 each) include the chocolate champ, a chocolate, peanut butter, milk, and protein mishmash.
Two-time winner of Best Sandwich Shop from CityVoter and KING 5's Best of Western Washington, Hey Paison! offers hungry tummies an assortment of comfort foods, authentic Italian favorites, and willpower-withering desserts. Like the ability to throat sing, the recipes at the foundation of the restaurant's menu have been passed down through generations, and they're brought to their full appetite-swelling potential by high-quality ingredients such as specially made bread and hand-rolled meatballs. Hunker down with a Philly cheesesteak ($8.25), or give meat the cold shoulder with an eggplant parmesan hoagie ($7.25). Pop's Italian porkettes pair thin-sliced roast pork with optional provolone and roasted peppers ($7.75–$9.50) while they scheme to borrow the car from Grand-Pop's chicken parmesan hoagie, which incorporates provolone, mozzarella, and sausage-tomato gravy ($8.95). Desserts include Tastykakes, cannolis ($4.50), and cheesecakes good enough to have earned a spot on Whole Foods Market's shelves ($3.50–$4.50 per slice).
Inside Marlena's Mediterranean Kitchen, Persian rugs hang from yellow and cherry-red walls, and lamps splash soft lighting across colorful pieces of Turkish artwork. In that spirit, the menu is populated with traditional Istanbul dishes, particularly mezes: a selection of small, finger-friendly plates, such as feta on tomato slices and stuffed wine grape leaves. Guests can also order an array of savory entrees, including kebabs loaded with tender pieces of marinated chicken, lamb, beef, or fish.
Eat Local’s chefs create locally-sourced meals from scratch, and teach cooking students how to do the same. Every item on the menu is handmade using Northwest grass-fed meats, free-range chickens, and organic or sustainably-grown local produce. The staff places food items in biodegradable packaging or reusable glass containers, and, for cooked meals, freezes them to maintain flavor and quality. Eat Local Frozen Meals can be bought in-store or packed in dry ice and shipped to individual doorsteps or rabbit holes. Those jonesing to make their own edibles can enroll in classes that guide the creation of pasta, pies, and even marshmallows.