At locations dotted all over the Pacific Northwest, Black Rock Coffee Bar’s baristas dazzle patrons' taste buds with their simple and elaborate coffee creations. Served in ink-black cups emblazoned with their understated lowercase logo and red stars, their hot drinks range from brewed coffee to chai-tea lattes to flavored mochas. The baristas infuse the mochas with extras—including white chocolate and caramel to create the caramel blondie and hazelnut to concoct the blackout mocha, which, unfortunately, will not make you black out for the entire workday. On the chilly side of the menu, their blended drinks include shake-like delights made sweeter with Oreos, mint chips, and chai, as well as smoothies and icy coffee granitas.
Though microbrewers celebrate limited flavor runs and regional ingredients, they still need much of the same equipment as the big brewers to concoct their craft beers. That's where The Cellar Homebrew comes in, outfitting winemakers, brewers, and cidersmiths with the equipment and ingredients needed to make their drinks. The store's owners––who boast more than 30 years of experience and a past line of fine wines––collect organic ingredients such as hops and yeast and sell them alongside fermentation equipment, keg systems, and cleaning supplies. They even offer one-hour on-location classes to instruct people in the basics of beer brewing. In addition to supplying items for alcoholic beverages, they also hawk basic supplies for cheese-, soda-, and vinegar-making, all of which go well over lettuce.
Java Jane's plethora of gourmet beverages runs the drinkable gamut, from icy smoothies to steaming signature mochas. Begin a caffeinated patriot's ride down the gullet with a Roosevelt cheesecake mocha, with white chocolate and cheesecake and raspberry syrup constituting a unified liquid dessert ($2.80–$4.05), or celebrate simplicity with a Victorious vanilla latte ($2.80–$3.30). A Cuppa Joe ($1.50–$2) can get early-morning synapses to play nice, and one of four fruit smoothies ($3.65–$6.25), such as the strawberry banana yogurt or mango, keeps summer suns from overheating the head. Italian sodas ($1.55–$3.10) and iced Americanos ($1.55–$2.05) round out the on-ice lineup.
Even if you drank a beer every day, it would take more than a year to sample The Beer Authority's entire supply. The shop's fridges stock more than 400 craft beers from local and international breweries, while a rotating selection of new and seasonal brews fills its 13 taps. Those, in turn, fill to-go growlers and kegs, which can hold up to 120 pints, perfect for stocking end-of-the-world party bunkers. Taps also top off pints at The Beer Authority's bar, where they can be enjoyed on an outdoor patio, over games of foosball, or during sporting events shown on four flat-screen televisions. The bar also welcomes food from outside vendors, as well as any well-behaved dogs.
Home Cake Decorating Supply caters to serious bakers as well as parents on a mission to make the perfect treats for an upcoming birthday party or school bake sale. With its floor-to-ceiling inventory of sheet cake pans and cupcake supplies, molds in every shape and size and theme, any cake you can dream up can be made and perfected using the gear on offer here. But there’s more than just cake supplies to be found at Home Cake Decorating Supply; cupcake pans, candy making supplies and molds, cookie cutters, frosting tools, sprinkles, wedding cake toppers and candles can be purchased as well. And if your cake needs a little bit of extra flair, vibrant food coloring can help, while Guittard chocolates and assorted decorations seal the deal. For the casual home baker looking to expand their repertoire, there’s even a supply of cookbooks on hand to work through.
Each day in western Washington, a fleet of 15 trucks drives a combined 690 miles to pick up donations to deliver to agencies. Their cargo: food?nutritious food that annually totals nearly 36 million pounds, which works out to roughly 30 million meals. These trucks are part of Food Lifeline, a vast network of volunteers, grocery stores, and non-profits that work to ensure everyone in the region has something to eat.
To provide the amount of food it does?more than any non-profit in Washington?Food Lifeline relies on efficiency. The organization redirects food from grocers, farmers, and distributors that would likely have gone to waste. Food banks then distribute this food and prepared meals to whoever needs help getting meals, including children, seniors, and families.