While inanimate objects with the power of flight often terrify the muffin-eating masses, aerodynamic aprons are known for their compassionate cuddling and fantastical ribbon dancing. Flying Apron Bakery freshly prepares delicious edibles for the consumption and digestion of all. High-quality organic products, from whole-grain, wheatless flours to non-hydrogenated oils, are creatively employed to compose an overflowing menu of thoroughly vegan, gluten-free, and wheat-free goods. Morning fare includes carrot muffins sweetened with pure fruit juice ($3.25) and sticky pecan cinnamon rolls inspired by organic brown-rice flour and garbanzo-bean flour ($4.25), while cookie jars swell with Macaroon Mountains ($2.45) and pumpkin cookies full of dried apricots, walnuts, and stevia ($1.95).
Though nonculinary pursuits first brought Le Petit Terroir’s owners, Dave and Karin Shoup, to Europe, the pair was quickly taken by regional Parisian and Italian food. Inspired by the continent’s open-air markets filled with fresh meats, cheeses, and produce, Dave and Karin sought to build their own Mediterranean-style bistro that incorporated the tastes of the Pacific Northwest. They hired chef de cuisine Jason Custer to develop a menu that would reflect these interests, dotting dishes with housemade sausage, fresh-baked breads, and herbs and flowers from the onsite garden. Meats, which help to build plates of house-crafted charcuterie, all come from the Northwest, forming the base of freshly prepared meals available for dining in, catering, or eating while running from several bulls.
Some think of raw-food diets as restrictive and bland, but with chef Francisco Hernandez pulling the strings in the kitchen, that's not the case. “One look at AmeRAWcan Bistro’s menu is enough to convince anyone that raw doesn’t mean boring,” according to the News Tribune writer Rosemary Ponnekanti](http://gr.pn/Uj9hgP). “Vegan burgers, sesame falafel, kelp noodles, kale chips and cheesecake are just some of the possibilities.” Raw cuisine this delectable requires preparation methods unfamiliar to some. Hernandez and his team soak seeds until they sprout, grind cashews for faux milk and cheese, and dehydrate grains for “bread” that they use to create sandwiches or feed to health-conscious ducks in the park. They never heat any ingredient to more than 116 degrees, which preserves the full spectrum of vitamins and enzymes in each morsel.
While many of the restaurant's dishes mimic foods that are normally cooked, others are straightforward in their freshness; tomato-cucumber gazpacho, for instance, with chopped sweet peppers, basil, and mint. Smoothies and juice blends fresh-squeezed from granny smith apples, parsley, and beets wash raw bites down.
At a separate kitchen station, the chefs layer organic meats and cheeses onto organic, preservative-free bread baked by Essential Baking Company of Seattle, crafting hearty sandwiches that they serve on a set of plates designated for meat. Though the menu is healthy, patrons can find hints of decadence in the form of raw chocolate truffles, beer, and wine.
Located in the Davenport district, in the same refurbished brick building as the Montvale Hotel, Scratch Restaurant & Lounge blends contemporary cooking with a refined atmosphere of white tablecloths and black decor. Fresh aromas waft out of the open kitchen, where, true to the restaurant's name, chefs craft inventive dishes entirely from scratch. They draw on caches of seasonal ingredients such as herbs that only grow in a groundhog's shadow in February. Their USDA prime Angus steaks soak up flavors of smoked bacon and rosemary compound butter, while flaky halibut filets grill over smokey cedar planks.
Within the dining room, servers draw Washington and California wines from the rack that lines one exposed-brick wall. To further compliment the fresh fare, bartenders can shake or stir 32 specialty martinis.
Amber Tande and Colin Patterson—the brains behind the vegetarian restaurant Sutra—also pour their passion for healthy living into their bhakti-style studio, Sutra Yoga and Wellness Center. They make it easy for students to join them, too, since their seven-day-a-week schedule consists of more than 20 classes in three yoga styles: Surya yoga, a heated yoga class that focuses on strengthening the core; Prana Vinyasa, a flow yoga class that incorporates chants and breath work; and gentle flow stress reduction, which is just a bunch of people smashing a junked gramophone with hammers. Students can also join in mantra-and-vocal-toning sessions—evening classes designed to bring peace to the mind and spirit—or opt for Swedish massages or myofascial-release sessions with resident therapist Sarah Wottlin. Sutra offers all-ages childcare during certain classes and even hosts events such as monthly organic dinner parties at Sutra restaurant.