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Portage Bay Cafe

Posted in breakfast with tags , , , , , , , on December 30, 2009 by belltowngirl

One of my favorite places for a healthy and fulfilling breakfast is a cafe in Ballard called the Portage Bay.  They officially opened the summer of 2009.  Most of their food is supplied from local organic farms such as Bluebird Farms organic grains, Full Circle organic farm, and Great Harvest organic bakery.  Portage Bay’s unique breakfast menu has a wide range of organic pancakes, omelettes and scrambles, and many different types of eggs benedict.  I chose the Classic Benedict($12) and it was very tasty.  An english muffin, poached eggs, homemade hollandaise,grilled black forest ham with a side of organic local herb-roasted red potatoes. The grilled ham added a nice smokey flavor to the benedict.  

The Classic Benedict - Portage Bay Cafe

The Classic Benedict - Portage Bay Cafe

  
I love a classic benedict but next time I should definitely try their Southwest Benedict that has slices of cheddar-black bean-jalapeno cornbread, poached eggs, house-smoked tomato, sauteed spinach, and roasted red pepper coulis.  The cornbread would be an interesting twist to the eggs benedict.  Their apple juice was very tasty…All their juices are fresh squeezed which is a major plus.  I like apple juice a lot and I am used to having Tree Top apple juice everyday, but fresh squeezed tops it off.  Not also is most of their food sourced organically, they also have many additional healthy options such as gluten free pancakes to Isernio’s “chicken” basil sausage.  I can’t wait to come back again and try their Wild Berry Compote French toast…slices of graham-cracker crusted challah French toast, vanilla custard, wild berry compote, and whipped cream($12).  Also, the Prosciutto Omelette sounds great…organic baby spinach, prosciutto, topped with mushroom, Rogue creamery smoky bleu cheese, and organic sun-dried tomato cream sauce($13).  Portage Bay Cafe is located at the far end of NW Market St in Ballard.  If you get the chance to go for a leisurely walk, be sure to check out the Ballard Locks and Golden Gardens..it’s only a couple minutes away.  Overall, Portage Bay Cafe happens to be one of my favorites for all around healthy, organic, and tasty breakfast places in the Seattle area. 

Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard

Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard

Portage Bay Cafe website:  http://www.portagebaycafe.com/Portage_Bay_Cafe/Seattle_Breakfast,_Brunch,_Lunch_%26_Catering__Portage_Bay_Cafe.html

Address:  2821 NW Market, Seattle, WA  98107  (Ballard location)

Hours:  Mon-Fri 7:30am – 11am (Breakfast), Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm (Lunch), Sat-Sun 7:30am-2:30pm (Brunch)

Contact:  206 783-1547

Thrive

Posted in Organic, Raw food with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2009 by belltowngirl

I have always been interested in trying raw food and recently stumbled upon a new restaurant in Seattle.  Thrive is a new Raw restaurant that opened in December 2008 by owner and chef Monika Kinsman. They have an interesting selection on their menu ranging from smoothies to warm grain bowls.  I love their unique tasting smoothies…never heard of these type of ingredients blended before.  One of my favorites is the Celestial Sea($7).  It has fresh coconut water blended with coconut meat, agave,  cacao, mint, and Vitamineral Green.  Apparently, Vitamineral Green is a superfood product that is loaded with 100% organic nutrients (land vegetables, wildcrafted vegetables, algaes, etc.)  When I first tried it…lets just say that it is an acquired taste, but after three sips you can really taste the coconut and the fresh nutrients along with it – Very refreshing and different.  I like the fact that they offer free samples of their blended smoothies and other blended drinks.  As for food I tried the Awaken($7.50) which is a warm grain bowl.  It was a pretty big serving for a half size bowl.  Very tasty and unique…Bhutanese rice, Quinoa, toasted nori, scallions, seasonal veggies, avocado, and sesame-ginger sauce.  The tangy sauce blended perfectly with the rice and Quinoa.  You can choose between Quinoa or Bhutanese rice – I chose half of each.  If you happen to get this be sure to mix up the rice with the rest of the veggies so that the sauce syncs in. 

Celestial Sea smoothie and Awaken grain bowl

Celestial Sea smoothie and Awaken grain bowl

Next on my list is the Coconutty smoothie($6) and the Pastadoro dish($12).  Thrive restaurant is located in the Ravenna neighborhood across from Whole Foods.  I honestly feel great afterwards – I don’t feel stuffed or tired.  I highly recommend Thrive for great tasting raw food with unique ingredients.  Thank you Monika!

Thrive restaurant

Thrive restaurant

Thrive restaurant

Thrive restaurant

Thrive website:  http://www.generationthrive.com/

Address:  1026 NE 65th St, #A-102, Seattle, WA  98115 (Cross st. is Roosevelt Way NE)

Hours:  Mon – Sat 7am – 9pm, Sunday 11am – 9pm

Contact:  206 525-0300