Under red-and-white striped tents, handwritten signs beckon passersby over to wheeled carts filled with bundles of greens or smooth, symmetrical apples. At Newcastle Fruit & Produce’s open-air market, visitors survey a vast selection of seasonal, locally sourced fruit and vegetables that can include Bartlett pears, red-leaf lettuce, Yakima asparagus, and blueberries. Aside from assembling salad essentials, Newcastle’s team also stocks shrubs, perennials, and potted trees, and cuts pines for Christmas or anti-Arbor Day celebrations.
Started by Hawaii transplants Gertie Han and Karl Krautheim more than 50 years ago, Oh! Chocolate is now run by the couple?s two daughters, who uphold Gertie and Karl?s reputation for quality as they handcraft French?style chocolate morsels. USA Today named the neighborhood establishment one of Seattle's foremost chocolatiers for its ?old-fashioned? melt-in-your-mouth? creations, which include raspberry, cabernet, and mango-habanero truffles, as well as caramels with a sprinkle of sea salt harvested from one of the peninsula's naturally occurring saltshakers. Oh! Chocolate?s warm and inviting Madison Park location spreads cocoa-themed knowledge with a slate of classes in which small groups of students glean valuable information such as tempering methods and ideal placement atop a just-fluffed pillow.
Preparing fresh broth is a daily affair at I Luv Pho, where cooks whip up each steaming, fragrant bowl from fresh, all-natural ingredients. Into the light, aromatic soup go rice noodles and a choice of veggies or protein such as rare beef, shrimp, or fried tofu. From there, a plate of garnishes such as basil leaves, carrots, and bean sprouts, enables diners to flavor their soup however they like or to practice newly acquired floral-arranging skills. While pho is the restaurant's specialty, diners can also feast on a variety of Vietnamese specialties including rice dishes, egg noodle soup, and vermicelli bowls.
At Shuga Jazz Bistro, chefs whip up Southern, Cajun, and international comfort foods sourced from local ingredients, all while jazz musicians serenade the crowd. This eclectic menu comes from the mind of Chef Wayne Johnson, a Kentucky native who developed a taste for international flavors while traveling the world as an Army brat. Today he uses his refined palate and more than three decades in the restaurant industry?including an appearance on Iron Chef ?to perfect dishes such as cajun chicken linguine, filet mignon with a blue cheese demi-glace, and fried chicken. Diners pair these plates with expertly mixed cocktails, each garnished with a dash of smoothness. On top of that, live jazz is available on select nights; click here for information about performances.
The best food begins with the best ingredients, or so said mythical figure Johnny Mucho. Legend has it that the owners of Mucho Burrito Fresh Mexican Grill knew zilch about Mexican food until they met Johnny. His love of food was so infectious that they created Mucho Burrito with his family recipes as their inspiration. Thanks to generations’ worth of expertise, the cooks at Mucho Burrito’s incorporate gourmet touches that you wouldn’t expect at a typical taco joint. For instance, they pack their gigantic burritos with shredded beef or pork that slow roasts in mexican spices for eight hours before hitting the tortilla. They make their guacamole and five salsas fresh each morning, when the sun is at the proper angle for blessing salsas. Their salads arrive nestled in bowls formed by fresh-baked tortilla shells. To turn up the heat, customers can slather their grub in one of five signature sauces, which range from Johnny's Sweet Heat to Death by Johnny Megahot.
At Vanishing Veins Northwest, board-certified radiologists and nurse practitioners act as reverse artists, erasing the unsightly scribbles of spider and varicose veins. They typically administer noninvasive or minimally invasive treatments such as EVLT—Endovenous Laser Therapy—which closes varicose veins by applying laser energy to the affected tissues. Alternatively, sclerotherapy sessions address spider veins with an injected solution that causes the vessel walls to swell up, blocking blood flow and leading to the vein’s collapse and disappearance without it first spelling out "Nooooo!" Both procedures entail short recovery periods and include detailed medical evaluations. After their treatments, patients can benefit from reduced leg discomfort and the boost in confidence that comes with clearer skin.