LaVonte Elegan may have a master's degree in business, but he isn't afraid to get his hands dirty for the sake of a clean carpet. Working alongside his wife, Breanne, LaVonte leads a staff of experienced technicians who attend courses and seminars to stay abreast of the latest cleaning tools and techniques. Their cleaning process starts with a HEPA vacuum to remove dry dirt particles before launching into a meticulous step-by-step regimen that extracts ground-in soil. LaVonte's techs then scour fibers with pet-safe products and a Rotovac machine, which cleans at speeds up to 250 revolutions per minute, leaving it about 20 times drier than cleaning it with a manual scrub wand or teasing it until it cries. Beyond carpet, the crew members at Glow Professional Home Cleaning Services also aim their green cleaning products and hot-water-extraction equipment at stains residing in tile and grout or upholstery.
Before they became business partners, the owners of Frost Doughnuts were just three best friends who shared a passion for loving and eating donuts. Following what must rank among the most productive hangout sessions ever, the trio decided their beloved breakfast staple was worthy of elevation alongside other resurrected sweet treats such as the cupcake, and so they got to work crafting a concept that would revamp its reputation from greasy to gourmet. Today, while customers still sink their teeth into a roster of exquisitely baked classics such as a chocolate glazed or bavarian-cream filled, it?s the shop's evolved flavors that really turn morning munch-a-thons upside down. Available on a rotating schedule due to their gourmet preparations and forgivable diva complexes are favorites such as a smoky bacon maple bar or an aztec chocolate donut iced with cinnamon-cayenne chocolate. Inside the charming shop, diners can watch as chefs whip up batches of banana split fritters or peaches and cr?me bismarcks in their exhibition-style kitchen, but should take care to break their hypnotic gaze before closing time, as all leftover donuts depart for local food shelters at the end of each day.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
Since it served its first plate in 1991, La Palmera has proved to be one of the Seattle area's most popular Mexican eateries. They restaurant has been named a finalist for Best Mexican Food by King-5 every year since 2009, taking the top honors three times. The reason for the adoration is easy to see: La Palmera offers an extensive menu of hearty south-of-the-border fare.
Though La Palmera's cooks craft classics such as tacos, enchiladas, and burritos with ingredients such as house-made chorizo and signature marinades, there are plenty of savory specialty dishes as well. Chicken might arrive glazed in a sweet-and-spicy peanut-butter mole sauce, bacon-wrapped prawns are paired with sauteed veggies, and charcoal-fired carne asada is topped with guacamole. The fajitas are a popular choice as well, a sizzling skillet served with enough meat for two people or one grizzly bear.
At most sushi restaurants, there are the usual suspects and there are the specialty rolls. Indeed, Wasabi Bay spotlights nearly 25 specialties such as the popcorn lobster roll, a snow crab, avocado, and cucumber medley crowned with your choice of fried lobster or a popcorn kernel with claws.
But such specialties only skim the surface of Wasabi Bay's creative approach to sushi. The eatery's massive menu also features rice-free rolls, including a riff on a spider roll whose soft shell crab and jalapeno arrives wrapped in cucumber. Chefs even whip up a handful of baked and tempura rolls, such as a deep-fried California roll.
Don't let "deep-fried" scare you off?cooks only batter rolls in spinach juice tempura, one among Wasabi Bay's many health-conscious ingredients, such as black rice. Alongside sushi, the culinary team crafts other Japanese-inspired dishes, from shitake mushroom- and crab-filled dumplings to grilled salmon coated with raspberry teriyaki sauce.
Daily-made batches of breads, cakes, and pastries cast intoxicating aromas across this charming French-inspired café, where passionate bakers prepare every morsel from locally sourced ingredients while wearing internationally sourced berets. Cups of slow-roasted Pegasus coffee chase tastes of made-from-scratch soups and signature sandwiches, such as a BLT slathered in roasted tomato jam and garlic aioli, on the lunch menu.