As a dependable source for door-delivered gourmet organic fare, Delicious Planet is an ideal choice for busy individuals who still want to eat organically and nutritiously. All deliverable entrees are packaged securely and environmentally soundly and are ready for freezing, heating, or storing forever in preparation for John Cusack–foretold apocalypses. Breakfast items such as the coconut brown-rice porridge ($3.99) steal morning meals back from psychedelic cereal spokesmen, and the vegan, gluten-free mondo chipotle black-bean burger ($10.95) entree delivers burger bliss without firing up the grill. With a host of sandwiches and wraps and plenty of cooked frozen fare, Delicious Planet brings professional meals with vital, flavorful, and healthy variety, while also providing a viable alternative to rowdy, raucous farmers' markets and their notoriously foulmouthed veggie vendors.
Before you visit one of Portage Bay Cafe's three restaurants in person, it's not a bad idea to check out their blog. That‘s the place where the chefs announce their daily specials, the dishes that will supplement their seasonal menu of sandwiches and all-day breakfast plates for the day. Of course, whether the kitchen is preparing slow-cooked rabbit confit turnovers or pork bolognese, there's no question the dishes will taste impeccably fresh. That's because the restaurant is particular about where it gets its food. Ingredients come almost exclusively from local producers—the grains from Bluebird Farms, the meat from Painted Hills Natural Beef, and even the beer from a small brewery in Ballard. The restaurant also operates a catering spinoff that serves upscale hors d'oeuvres such as lamb sliders, artisan cheeses, and fig and goat cheese tartlets. And because the cafes are only open for lunch, each is available to host private events or grown-up slumber parties in the evening.
Precept Wine’s talented winemakers take advantage of the Northwest’s extensive sunlight, warm days, and cool nights to craft their many brands of unique vinos. Founded in 2003, the company oversees more than 3,790 acres of vineyards and several wineries, each equipped with facilities for harvesting and crushing, storage, bottling, and letting the wine vent its anger after being locked up for months. Later, they bottle their wines under more than 20 labels, many of which have been awarded up to 90 points by Wine Spectator.
Founded by a former Hawaiian resident, Hawai'i General Store & Gallery brings a dash of aloha stateside through an eclectic assortment of aloha wear, home accessories, luau supplies, island music, and more. Flown in weekly from Honolulu, the fresh tropical lei drapes the necks of loved ones in fine flowers for celebrating a graduation, showing affection on Mother's or Father's Day, or congratulating a friend on administering their first blindfolded haircut. Choose to revel in the sweet scent of a yellow-and-white plumeria lei, adorn bare necklines with a tuberose-and-orchid combination—a string of white- and purple-tipped petals exuding a strong fragrance—or select the scentless dendrobium orchid, which is visually comparable to the tuberose and orchid combination but is less likely to discombobulate internal sneeze factories.
While you can find café staples such as mochas and Americanos at Sit Sip Study Cafe, the menu is a bit more eclectic than that. Baristas blend up a full menu of Asian-inspired drinks, from Taiwanese milk tea to creamy iced Vietnamese coffee to mango lassi. Nearby, cooks make waffles topped with blueberries, chocolate syrup, and even Jack Daniels barbecue chicken. They also offer mix-and-match paninis, letting you pick meat, cheese, veggies, and sauce based on the latest polls from your taste buds.
Boardroom Cafe is the kind of place where you could spend a few minutes, a few hours, or the entire day. It's a popular breakfast spot, and lots of people show up in the morning to order a breakfast burrito or a latte to go. But the plaid pillows and sleek leather couch can be so enticing that, before you know it, it's lunchtime. That's not exactly a problem when the lunch menu includes B.L.T. sandwiches and steamy bowls of chicken tortilla soup.