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Great Food Products in Washington

savvy savorer Dec 18, 2007 11:38 AM

1. Theo Chocolates
2. Beecher's Cheese
3. Greek Gods Yogurt

Please add more to my list!

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    Merlin13 Aug 24, 2008 05:39 PM

    Beechers standard cheddar cheese has no flavor. Now they have flavored cheese, not that it helps their flagship Beecher's cheese which is still bland.

    They sell very good mac & cheese in the store, but for a coffee size cup, it's about $6!

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    1. re: Merlin13
      kgreig Jul 17, 2009 09:39 AM

      The Beecher's Honey Blank Slate is amazing.

      And let's not forget Top Pot donuts!

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      jamesbra May 27, 2008 10:54 PM


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        savvy savorer May 28, 2008 04:33 AM

        mmm, organic donuts, can't wait to try

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          jaydeflix May 28, 2008 10:03 AM

          Not just organic.

          Vegan. =)

      2. krishkat May 27, 2008 04:20 PM

        Chocolate Vitale - the best hot chocolate ever! Whole Foods just started stocking their products.

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          savvy savorer May 28, 2008 04:31 AM

          I have to try!

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          JackNH Mar 11, 2008 07:58 AM

          The March issue of Saveur launches a new column focused on "unique foodways of each of America's 50 states," with the spotlight on Washington state, blogs Devour sEATle. The issue listed the top 10 "quintessential Washington food experiences" as follows:
          1. Steamed Penn Cove mussels at the Oystercatcher in Coupeville
          2. Aplets and Cotlets
          3. Kouign aman cake at Colville St. Patisserie in Walla Walla
          4. Farmstand Grisdale goat cheese from Estrella Family Creamery
          5. Bacon from Wooly Pigs in Spokane
          6. Geoduck salad at Xinh's Clam and Oyster House in Shelton
          7. The seasonal strawberry milkshake at local 98856 in Twisp
          8. Dry riesling and off-dry gewurztraminer from Steppe Cellars in Rattlesnake Hills
          9. House-made pickled herring at Olsen's Scandinavian Foods
          10. Stake-roasted salmon at Tillicum Village

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          1. re: JackNH
            staffstuff Mar 11, 2008 10:52 AM

            Aplets & Cotlets!..... amusing & antiquated.......:-)

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              bourbongal Mar 11, 2008 09:19 PM

              Are they even food?

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            lemiller610 Mar 10, 2008 02:50 PM

            Sahale Snacks, anyone?

            A little pricey but so satisfying and yummy.

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              jamesbra Mar 2, 2008 11:44 AM

              Loki Salmon

              Burgerville burgers (s. washington - oregon)

              dry soda (although, you know...I find I don't buy them - at whole foods - next to cans of soda for $0.49 vs. Dry's $1.79

              1. Walla2WineWoman Mar 2, 2008 10:57 AM

                It's true - Fran's chocolates are pretty tasty. However, just outside of Walla Walla is a new chocolatier - Petits Noirs. Very decandent!

                Cougar Gold cheese is quite delicious and also Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustard by Aj'sedibles.

                1. Cafe Mich Feb 28, 2008 06:26 PM

                  Stone-Buhr unbleached AP flour (not the whole wheat or bread flour version)
                  Tillamook unsalted butter

                  This combo makes the best baked goods you'll ever bake in your life.

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                    savvy savorer Mar 2, 2008 09:16 AM


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                    jammin Feb 25, 2008 07:57 PM

                    No Salumi??

                    Probably the best made in Washington product outside of our indigenous ingredients like salmon, dungeness, oysters, razor clams (my personal favorite).

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                      bourbongal Mar 4, 2008 07:02 PM

                      Yep, you are right. Salumi rocks - it is off the charts

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                      bourbongal Feb 23, 2008 08:36 PM

                      A lot of the items listed on the board can be found regularly at the U-district Farmer's Market. I would add the Prague Bakery pastries, Willie Green's produce (try the shelled English peas in June, even if you think you don't like peas), Tiny's organic apples (fresh or dried).

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                        jamesbra Jan 18, 2008 02:20 PM

                        LOVE the Greek God's Yogurt. Thick goodness. A little goes a long way.

                        Can't wait to try Theo Choclates - and a tour...

                        Beechers cheese - again, people say this is good..can't wait to try.

                        DRY SODA - so good. Expensive in terms of a bottle of soda, but it is high quality and its so much better than regular soda. I could drink like 80 of them, just sipping through out the day - and that's a good thing for someone who doesn't drink...

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                        1. re: jamesbra
                          staffstuff Feb 20, 2008 04:20 PM

                          FRAN's caramel filled DARK chocolates are fabulous.
                          Mt. Townsend Creamery Cheeses from Pt. Townsend are a much better cheese choice than Beecher's, IMO.
                          Pumpernickel/dried cherry bread from Tall Grass Bakery
                          Mussels from Taylor Shellfish
                          Cheesecake (any flavor) from 60th St. Desserts

                        2. cristinamom Jan 17, 2008 06:31 PM

                          Haven't tried Theo Chocolates, but really like Beechers Cheese and Greek Gods Yogurt.

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                            Olympia Jane Dec 22, 2007 06:47 PM

                            1) Mama Lil's (the original goathorn peppers packed in oil, not so fond of his other products) http://www.mamalils.com/

                            2) Fran's chocolate ganache stuffed figs http://www.franschocolate.com/

                            3) St. Jude's tuna http://www.tunatuna.com/

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                              PAO Dec 22, 2007 03:48 PM

                              La Panzanella's Italian peasant bread. Alas, not as good as its predecessor, Ciro's bread (named after the original owner), but still head and shoulders above any other Italian county bread.

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                                lemiller610 Mar 10, 2008 02:49 PM

                                I love La Panzanella's focaccia. LOVE!

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                                nonbei Dec 22, 2007 03:24 PM

                                1. Oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms
                                2. Cougar Mountain Cookies
                                3. Geoduck harvested from Puget Sound (Puget Sound + Vancouver BC supply approximately 90% of the world's Geoduck)

                                And that Greek Gods Yogurt really is a gift from God. The Honey flavor and the Pomegranate are my faves.

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                                  gt1485a Dec 20, 2007 08:27 AM

                                  Snoqualmie Ice Cream
                                  Estrella Cheese's are the best!

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                                    savvy savorer Dec 21, 2007 01:13 PM

                                    thanks guys, there is a lot that I haven't tried!

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                                      bighound Dec 21, 2007 09:08 PM


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                                        bourbongal Feb 23, 2008 08:32 PM

                                        Fran's Chocolates are the best!!! They are better than Theo's. I've never had better, even considering the old European chocolates I've tried while traveling.

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                                          vanillagorilla Feb 24, 2008 07:40 AM

                                          Fran's and Theo's really are two different things. Frans confections are better than Theo's. But Theo makes chocolate, not just confections. Their single origin bars are some of the best I've had.

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                                            nseattlefoodie Mar 5, 2008 11:06 AM

                                            Theo does have confections, and they leave alot to be desired. just ok in my book. And their single origin bars are just ok when compared to most European chocolates, IMO.

                                  2. seattledebs Dec 19, 2007 09:58 PM

                                    Holmquist hazelnuts
                                    Estrella cheeses indeed!
                                    Sea Breeze Farm's products
                                    Lots of local produce.

                                    I've never cared for Beecher's cheeses. I don't find the taste terribly interesting or delicious.

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                                      savvy savorer Dec 20, 2007 07:01 AM

                                      I can't believe I have never tried Estrella Cheese. Am I the only One? Where do you get the holmquist hazelnut?

                                      1. re: savvy savorer
                                        seattledebs Dec 20, 2007 10:33 AM

                                        Holmquist hazelnuts can be found at the U-District farmers' market, and also at a stand in Pike Place Market (usually on the water side near the north end, just a few stands past the northernmost fish place). Best hazelnuts I've had. This week, I bought some of their hazelnut flour for the first time and baked pear tarts out of it (recipe is here: http://web.mac.com/seattledebs/gofrol...


                                        Definitely try the Estrella cheeses! They're also sold at the U-District market. They're very generous with samples.

                                        While you're at the market, the folks at Growing Things (the people who sell lots of soaps) have great jams for sale. They've been having amazing raspberry and plum lately.

                                        1. re: savvy savorer
                                          seattledebs Dec 22, 2007 03:28 PM

                                          Shoot, today was the last day they're at the U-District market until the spring. You can still order from their website, through.

                                      2. sebetti Dec 19, 2007 02:38 PM

                                        Am I missing something with the Theo Chocolates? I really just don't think they're all that. I spent over $50 buying one of everything when visiting a while back because everyone said they were so amazing and I was pretty disappointed. I respect what they're doing but taste-wise...

                                        Not an actual product but an amazing food resource is World Spice near the market.

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                                        1. re: sebetti
                                          dagoose Dec 19, 2007 02:53 PM

                                          I haven't bought theo chocolates, but as someone who doesnt normally eat chocolate and got a box delivered today...Damn, they are delicious...

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                                            terrier Dec 19, 2007 03:32 PM

                                            I dig Theo's single-origin bars. Not wild about the flavored ones.

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                                              Lauren Dec 20, 2007 08:15 AM

                                              I'm just the opposite! I'm not crazy about the single origin bars but I love their coffee chocolate bar.

                                            2. re: sebetti
                                              vanillagorilla Dec 20, 2007 09:59 AM

                                              I have had much better confectionaries than the ones that Theo makes. However, their milk chocolate bars, single origin dark chocolate bars, and even some of their flavored bars are quite good and compare favorably with most other chocolate out there.

                                              I have to agree about World Spice though. It may be my favorite store in all of Seattle. Not only does using whole fresh spice make my food better, it's cheaper than buying those horrible bottles at the mega mart.

                                              1. re: sebetti
                                                tedfood Feb 19, 2008 06:40 AM

                                                I agree with sebetti. Theo is enjoyable but not great.
                                                Stuff from Forage and Found, not products but hands down the best seasonal ingredients for people who love to cook. For example- black trumpet mushroom, truffles, nettles in the spring etc..

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                                                  Finspot Feb 21, 2008 08:16 AM

                                                  Tedfood, one of the great things about our region is that you can find most of the Foraged & Found products yourself with a little study and effort (see my link). But agreed, when time is short, it's nice to have places like F&F at the farmer's markets, etc.

                                                  Great topic!

                                              2. terrier Dec 19, 2007 10:46 AM

                                                Estrella Creamery's cheeses out of Gray's Harbor. d-d-d-damn they're good.

                                                And don't get me started on all the great beer around here...

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                                                  savvy savorer Dec 19, 2007 10:02 AM

                                                  Seattle is good at the milk product thing, a lot of the products are cheese. Wow!

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                                                    yummers Dec 19, 2007 08:51 AM

                                                    Mount Townsend cheese, especially Seastack.
                                                    Sally Jackson cheeses, of course.

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                                                      dagoose Dec 19, 2007 08:58 AM

                                                      and estrella family creamery

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                                                        bourbongal Feb 23, 2008 08:29 PM

                                                        Try their smoked provolone!! Spectacular

                                                    2. knowspicker Dec 18, 2007 03:31 PM

                                                      Cougar Gold, Viking and Cheddar Cheese from WSU.

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                                                        nothingman Dec 20, 2007 09:46 AM

                                                        Double that. favorite thing about christmas is anticipating a big box of cheese from dad.

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                                                          sulbin Feb 27, 2008 06:37 PM

                                                          Cougar gold is a must. Sharp... a little grainy... PERFECT!

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                                                        Lauren Dec 18, 2007 12:59 PM

                                                        Greek Gods Yogurt is from Washington? I had no idea. I love that stuff!

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                                                          savvy savorer Dec 18, 2007 02:14 PM

                                                          the baklava Greek God Ice Cream is great. I think they are based in Olympia

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                                                            Lauren Dec 19, 2007 08:21 AM

                                                            I just looked them up and it's Mountlake Terrace. That baklava ice cream sounds great!

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                                                              Snapdragon Feb 18, 2008 12:25 PM

                                                              Greek Gods baklava ice cream *is* great. Less so is their chocolata fig. The name is misleading--I expected chocolate ice cream w/dried figs, but it's actually fig ice cream w/chocolate chips. Too figgy for me.

                                                            2. re: savvy savorer
                                                              mrnelso Feb 18, 2008 01:33 PM

                                                              And where in North Seattle might I find Greek God Baklava ice cream?

                                                              1. re: mrnelso
                                                                somerset Feb 18, 2008 03:27 PM

                                                                The Greenlake PCC @ Aurora & Winona has it.

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                                                                  bluedog67 Feb 21, 2008 09:54 AM

                                                                  Met Market carries it.

                                                                2. re: mrnelso
                                                                  mrnelso Feb 23, 2008 07:09 PM

                                                                  Answered: I found it at PCC Fremont as well - tya

                                                                3. re: savvy savorer
                                                                  PayOrPlay May 23, 2008 01:54 PM

                                                                  Greek Gods ice cream has just shown up in Los Angeles. My son and I were blown away by the chocolate fig--haven't tried the baklava yet. I've started a thread on the General Board about this now that it's in distribution outside the beautiful Northwest. Thanks for the alert!


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                                                                savvy savorer Dec 18, 2007 11:39 AM

                                                                I am adding more chao dao teas,
                                                                Simply Chocolates
                                                                Dry Soda

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