The dark side

Taste February 2014

To complement the cold and black of late winter, we’re embracing the dark side this month (our apologies, Luke Skywalker). Here are a few of our favorite ways to eat and drink “dark.”
 
The Pike Brewing Co. XXXXX Extra Stout

Locally brewed in the heart of Seattle, this black English ale is full bodied with a velvety malt texture. Available in 22-ounce bottles, it offers hints of chocolate, licorice and espresso.

 

Vintage Plantations 100% Dark Chocolate Bar

It doesn’t get darker than 100%. This bar features heirloom cocoa beans from Ecuador that are roasted slowly to produce a smooth, nutty flavor that’s bold not bitter.

 

Cave-aged Raw Milk Gruyére

Allowed to mature for 12 months in Swiss caves, this excellent cheese has notes of hazelnut and brown butter, perfect for a classic fondue on a cold night.

 

Lacinato kale

Also known as dinosaur kale, this hearty winter green has dark blue-green leaves and a slightly sweeter, more delicate taste. Plus it’s a spectacular source of vitamins A, C and K.

 

Caffe Vita Theo Blend

Local superstars Caffe Vita and Theo Chocolate joined forces to create this lush blend. The result: a medium-bodied coffee with dark fruit flavors and notes of nutmeg and brown sugar.

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