There are two surefire ways to tell that spring is in full effect. First is the explosion of tree pollen inflicting varying levels of allergy symptoms upon everyone you know, some of whom actually consider a trip to urgent care for an injection.
As a lifelong allergy sufferer, one of my only sources of solace is the second sign of spring — French Rosé!
We’re super excited to offer the Domaine des Bellugues Rosé for the third year in a row. This surprisingly bright and flavorful rosé is exclusive to our Wine Shops and demands to be sipped well before summer. With a very affordable price and subtle, not overly sweet palette, this wine single-handedly made me a rosé fan. I can’t imagine a late afternoon meal in the sun with my mother-in-law without it.
What food to bring to that late afternoon meal, though? The possibilities are endless, but I’m sucker for rosé and seafood snackables, particularly Our Own Prawn Trays from our Seafood Market. They’re gigantic, succulents and cooked fresh in our markets. In other words, this isn’t your ordinary shrimp ring with the questionable aftertaste that some shrimp trays leave. Ours are made fresh daily and I’ve never taken a nibble and been disappointed.
Our Own Crab Cakes are another winner. They, too, are made fresh, perfectly spiced ‘n’ seasoned. It’s the easiest thing in the world to add a little oil to a hot pan and lightly fry a few of these up (preferably, with a spatula in one hand and a chilled glass of the Domaine des Bellugues rosé in the other).
I want to recommend another gem from our Seafood Market — Our Own Smoked Salmon Spread. Again, our seafood folks take the opportunity to bring the best of what we offer to something as simple as a spread. You’ll find big meaty chunks of high-quality salmon alongside a creamy finish that’s perfect for crackers, fresh baked sourdough, or chewy bagels.
Oregon Pink Shrimp season is also here. This is the first shrimp fishery IN THE WORLD to be certified “sustainably harvested” by the Marine Stewardship Council. Grab an avocado and make Herbed Shrimp Salad with Avocado from our recipe bank!
Hopefully our noses aren’t so stuffed from tree pollen that we can actually taste all this delicious food.
30% Off French BIA Tableware
For many of us, an Easter Sunday table is filled with nearly as many delicious and traditional foods as Thanksgiving or Christmas. It’s not just another Sunday. That’s why many of our customers look forward to our annual BIA Cordon Bleu Tableware sale, happening now through April 23. I’d say 30% off the regular price is the perfect excuse to begin your exploration into BIA’s extensive and beautiful line of dishes.
“People come to our housewares departments asking for it by name,” said Debra Cox, our Housewares Category Manager. “It’s just a simple and elegant way to set the table.”
Originally made and distributed in France, longtime fans love that tableware this elegant can also be so versatile. You can put it in the oven, microwave or freezer. It’s dense, not porous, which means it’s also very durable and scratch-resistant.
It’s great for everyday use or when you want to “dress it up,” like on Easter Sunday for example.
“You don’t have to get the whole set either,” Debra explained. “We offer individual pieces, while other places only sell entire sets. So it’s something you can grow into. Start with a set of cereal bowls or a simple egg platter for serving deviled eggs and then you can explore some of their more fun designs, like porcelain berry baskets that actually look real wicker baskets, or butter trays shaped like adorable little claw-foot tubs. They’re timeless designs.”
This 30% off sale ends just after Easter (April 21) so be sure and stop in and find something to help you put just the right touch on your holiday table.
Beer and Vinyl Together at Ballard Market
Quick shout out to the folks at Ballard Market for their super sweet Craft Beer & Record Store Day display with three beers that have a musical connection: Transistor IPA from KEXP, American Beauty from The Grateful Dead, and Dragons & YumsYums from The Flaming Lips. These super unique brews are out now, in part, to celebrate Record Store Day, an annual celebration that gives some love vinyl, dude, since April 2008.
Over the past decade or so, the craft beer business has exploded. And over the same decade, CDs and other physical musical media have crashed. But strangely enough, vinyl records have experienced a recent resurgence among casual music fans. Records sales will never reach the heights of the 70s and 80s, though, and musicians are always looking for new ways to get their music heard. That’s where Record Store Day and beer comes together.
“It’s not just about the music, though,” said Dave Garcia, the Ballard Market merchandiser behind the idea. “I wanted to help promote these because they celebrate something that’s a big deal for record shops like Sonic Boom and Bop Street. They’re our neighbors. In fact, an older couple just asked me about the display. They said they weren’t really beer drinkers, but they’ve been big supporters of KEXP for years and so the radio station’s Transistor beer caught their attention. They had never heard of Record Store Day and got really excited about it.”
And who knows? Maybe they’ll stop into Sonic Boom or Bop Street on their next casual stroll down Market Street and blow the dust off an old vinyl favorite. Thanks, Dave!
Our very own cheese whiz, Shauna Howell, offers up a cheese worth discovering.
LAURA CHENEL GOAT CHEESE: One of the most versatile cheeses in our case and a staple in my pantry. With its fresh, clean, tangy flavor and creamy texture, it’s my favorite for salads, pizza, smothering in spicy pepper jam for an appetizer, or crumbling into omelets.
Roll a cheese log in pistachios and drizzled with honey and it will be the star of your next cheese board (we even made a short video on how to make this ‘Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese Log’).
Cut into coins and lightly fry for a salad topper. Make a creamy sauce for pasta, potatoes or veggies. Whichever way you use it, I know it will become a pantry staple for you, too.
And – it’s on Big Board Buys through April 16 for $3.98 – save $5.81!
Chris Allen is a copywriter and assistant marketer with Town & Country Markets. He’s a former contributing editor, radio anchor and producer, and an Air Force veteran. He’s also mastered the art of chopping red onions with one hand while sipping a dry Tempranillo in the other.