Nature?s Market?s sunny aisles span 6,000 square feet and stock a bountiful supply of organic, all-natural foods. A large selection of gluten-free goods caters to those with gluten allergies, and the frozen-foods aisle boasts vegan and vegetarian meals as well as dairy-substitute ice creams. While picking out locally farmed eggs and bulk dried fruits, guests can slurp a freshly blended smoothie at the drink bar. A vast supply of vitamins and supplements promote balanced health, dry and canned food is available for pets, and cookbooks impart wisdom on baking, preparing healthy meals, and properly cooking an engagement ring into a gluten-free pie.
The amiable bakers at Cow Chip Cookies drop 11 types of dough onto sheets before baking their signature cookies to a golden finish. Fresh ingredients from The Butter Creek Farm are used to craft cookies available in flavors such as classic chocolate chip with Ghirardelli chocolate and Mock Baby Ruth cookies featuring a peanut-butter-and-oatmeal cookie-dough base spotted with chocolate and butterscotch chips. As the cookies drop, each one takes on its own slightly different shape, just like a handmade pillow filled with shredded college rejection letters. Gift boxes delight recipients with heart-shaped treats, seasonal shapes, or custom flavor combinations.
At The Grape Adventure, a wine bar and restaurant that was recognized by the Washington State Wine Commission as a Grand Award winner in 2010, the menu of inventive tapas and upscale American cuisine teams up with a sprawling list of imported and domestic wines to sate hunger and thirst. The tapas-style avocado-hummus plate serves as a pool in which pita chips and tomatoes play ($8.95) and the steak bruschetta drapes seasoned steak and tomato salad over a warmly toasted baguette augmented by a gorgonzola spread ($9.95).
In addition to earning the title of Best Macro Brew in Roast magazine's 2011 Roaster of the Year Competition, Dillanos Coffee Roasters coffee—made at its Sumner, Washington headquarters—also fills cups at Urban Timber Coffee. Urban Timber's various in-state locations also brew other caffeinated drinks, such as caramel macchiatos and white-chocolate mochas. Other Northwest-made ingredients flavor its coffee alternatives, which include apple cider and protein smoothies. Goods sourced from local bakeries sweeten mornings, and candy toppings add an extra-sweet kick to create-your-own frozen yogurts.
Though its robust coffees provide the backbone of each storefront, not every Urban Timber Coffee offers the same delicacies or experiences. Microbrews and wine populate the beverage counter at its Kent location, for instance, which also requires a secret handshake to prove you’re 21 or older.
Combining Old World traditions with New World sensibilities, the butchers at Proper British Bacon & Meats pull from the freshest sources they can find as they create faithful renditions of the United Kingdom's iconic meats. They work with free-range, hormone- and antibiotic-free pork, grass-fed Nebraska beef, and eggs from chickens that they've raised on their own farm. From there, they proceed to smoke their own jerky, grind beef using actual steak instead of leftover trimmings, and age steaks without resorting to any mechanical processes. These carefully prepared cuts are then used to make an eclectic assortment of cured as well as nitrate-free and low-preservative meats?many inspired by savory snacks from across the Atlantic.
Smoked British bacon, for example, remains a perennial favorite, with a relatively lean flavor and texture compared to its American counterpart (which the store also sells, of course). Other unmistakably British goods?such as steak and kidney pies and haggis made with lamb, beef, herbs, onions, and stone-ground oats?are also available by the pound. The full selection features more than 500 different choices, including 18 bacons made in-house, more than 55 different varieties of handmade sausages, and an assortment of imported English cheeses. To help hunters who've won the day's staring contests against wild game, the butchers also lend their expertise to processing everything from deer and elk to caribou and big-horn sheep. Aside from food, Proper British Bacon & Meats is also a dealer for the Big Green Egg ceramic cooker.
The well-traveled pastry chef at Royale Cafe & Bakery's daily, scratch-made selection of pastries fits neatly beneath a small glass counter. The presentation, though, incorporates culinary techniques learned from across the globe via seven years of training and travel. The chef rises early each morning to bake everything from savory souffl? to mini chocolate cheesecake tarts and nutella-filled croissants. These treats come alongside homemade soups, hot paninis, and gourmet salads. Baristas also prepare artful espresso drinks to accompany them, such as mochas and lattes topped with foamy images of flowers, leaves, and hot milk in coffee.