Grand Central Bakery

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Lunch Has No Limits

  It’s summer in the Northwest. Where does lunch take you? Hiking to a Cascades lookout or the top of Mount Tabor? SUP at Lake Union or Sauvie Island? On a bike ride to your favorite park bench? Follow us on Twitter (Seattle or Portland) or Instagram and share photos of the unique settings where […]

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Why We Love Local Tuna

Captain Rick Goche is gathering supplies and packing provisions as fast as he can. Any minute now, the migrating Pacific Albacore will return and he’ll guide the 52-foot F/V Peso II out of port of Coos Bay, Ore., into the Pacific in search of tuna. Trolling waters from the Southern Oregon to the Canadian border, Goche, […]

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Holiday Panettone

This is the time of year when we pull out the stops and bake the most finicky, delicate, glorious Italian holiday bread. It’s called Panettone, and you can find it through Dec. 24 at our bakeries at Seattle Met Markets. Let’s be clear: This is nothing like the dry, dense mass-produced versions that proliferate around […]

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What’s Delicious: Seka Hills Olive Oil

We have a new olive oil in our kitchens and we’re smitten. Seka Hills Olive Oil, grown and processed in Northern California, is fruity, peppery, rich and delicious, and we’re grateful to our tea purveyor Jeanne Quan for telling us about it. Besides flavor, here are a few reasons we love this new pantry staple: It’s […]

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What’s Delicious: Fall City tomatoes

The Grand Central Bakery BLT starts 26 miles east of Seattle, along the Snoqualmie River, where rows of rangy vines twine upward on strings and fist-sized tomatoes blush an ever-deepening shade of red.  It’s late July at Fall City Farms, and a warm spring and cooler mid-summer bodes well for a long, sweet season.  “We […]

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Right on Time, Perfect BLT returns

Our customers start asking about this sandwich in July, anticipating the arrival of the first ripe local tomatoes. When we get the go-ahead from our friends at Deep Roots Farm and Fall City Farms, it’s time to put the BLT back on our specials menu. Get ready, because Aug. 5th is the day! What is so special […]

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What’s Delicious: Phelps Farm Blueberries

As a young boy, Marv Phelps said he wanted to figure out how to grow blueberries that weigh a pound each. Now close to 70, Marv hasn’t yet cracked the code on the pounder, but he’s still devoted to blueberries, tending bushes his father planted on the family’s Gresham-area farm in the 1950s. “I do […]

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What’s for Lunch? Great Ingredients

We’re stubborn about some things. Like the fact that we want our food to taste delicious and reflect the seasons. More than that, we insist that the farmers, ranchers and food producers we buy from meet certain standards – growing food and raising livestock in ways that are humane and good for the land. We can’t […]

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What’s Delicious: Columbia Blossom stone fruit

To taste a Northwest summer, start on a windswept bluff in Mosier, 70 miles up the Columbia River Gorge from Portland. Here, in Jim Reed’s Columbia Blossom Organic Orchards, apricots ripen to a soft blush in June. Waves of rich, juicy stone fruit – nectarines, plums, peaches and more – follow from July into late September. Fruit from these 32 acres […]

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