Join us as we taste 6 wines 'blind'. This is such a fun way to taste, remove your preconceived notions and see what you actually like! First come first served, pouring starts at 5pm. Nosh or our full menu available for purchase.
Get here and enjoy your club perks - FREE WINE!
*Not in the club yet? Guests are welcome! Come along and pay $10 for 6 tastes. If you join the club we won't charge you for the tasting!
The name of bayleaf is synonymous with quality
because we strive to provide nothing but superior products to our customers. This commitment is evident in everything from
our award-winning specialty finds like Le Bon Magot chutneys and Silk Road teas
to our discriminating selection of top shelf pantry staples including Ritrovo pastas,
Arboreo rice, green and black lentils, and Prairie Bottom Farm Rockwell beans.
We are often asked, then, wouldn’t it be logical to add a rack of select culinary herbs and spices such as turmeric, tarragon, and tellicherry peppercorns to our repertoire?
Herbs and spices – the leaves, seeds, berries, bark, and other oil-rich plants parts – are used to lend desirable flavors, colors, and even health benefits to foods. There are hundreds of varieties of herbs, spices, and blends with near countless applications. Little else in the food world can add such complexity and soul to a dish, so it stands to reason that these seasonings should also be held to nothing but the highest possible standards.
However, it takes dedicated, specialized focus to be a purveyor of such a varied and volatile consumable. This is why bayleaf yields to the experts and recommends that you do too. We depend on the masters of mace, mustard seed, and marjoram – World Spice Merchants in Seattle – when sourcing the seasonings we use for our paella catering and baking. The botany, plant chemistry, and culinary arts professionals at World Spice Merchants practice a keen attention to detail by buying directly from the source and inspecting (and tasting!) each shipment to guarantee only the best garam marsala, grains of paradise, ginger, and more end up in your soup.
Unlike wine, herbs and spices do not get better with age. With these fickle botanicals, fresher is always better. Larger commercial businesses typically make one-time, bulk purchases to provide grocery stores with their coriander, cumin, and cardamom. World Spice Merchants buys small, frequent quantities thus guaranteeing quick stock turnover and optimum freshness. To further safeguard freshness and flavor, these seasoned specialists sell both ground-to-order (within 24 hours of shipping) and whole herbs and spices in suitable quantities – one ounce to one pound – for the home cook and the restaurant chef.
So, while bayleaf leaves the bay leaf, basil, and bergamot business to the pros, we do offer many tasty recipe necessities including Maldon sea salt, Ritrovo salt b lends, soy sauce, vinegars, honey, olive oil, harissa paste, tomato paste, and more.
-Buy whole spices and grind as you go (choose a mortar and pestle or an inexpensive coffee grinder)
-Give whole spices a quick nonstick skillet stovetop toast before grinding to further develop the vibrant flavors
-Store spices away from the light, heat, and moisture
-Store ground herbs and spices no longer than six months, and whole variations, roughly one year.
-Buy only from reputable dealers such as World Spice Merchants to ensure your fennel, fenugreek, and five spice is of the highest quality, unadulterated, and legally and sustainably obtained.
Lentil Soup (best ever)
2 TBS. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 large onion, diced
4 stalks celery, sliced
2 large carrots, sliced
1 large sweet potato (red), large dice
1-1/2 to 2 TBS. curry powder
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. garam masala
1/2 tsp. fennel pollen
Heat 2 TBS. EVOO over medium heat, add vegetables and spices and stir for several minutes.
2 cups French green lentils
14 oz. stewed tomatoes, diced
8 cups vegetable stock
Bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower heat to simmering, cover with lid and cook lentils until tender (45 minutes to 1 hour), adding extra stock or water as needed to avoid sticking. Check lentils every ten to fifteen minutes and stir.
When lentils are tender, add:
1 cup coconut milk (example: Thai Kitchen)
5 heaping TBS. LEBONMAGOT Tomato and White Sultana Chutney
Salt and Pepper to taste
Stir until combined. Serve to people you care about.
bayleaf loves to harvest the latest and greatest seasonal treats for you, our loyal customers. Often, we find an item that is so darn good, though, that it’s worth a repeat appearance on the shelves. Last year staff and customers alike had such fabulous results from the Urban Accents Turkey Brine & Rub Kit, we brought it back again just in time for all of your holiday turkeys (referring – of course – to the birds, not the relatives).
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, panicked people, in search of the most tender and tasty turkey ever, were snatching up this foolproof, three-step kit before the shipment was even off the pallet - because they know brined is the only way to go.
Brined poultry (and pork) is always best because of osmosis, hypertonic saline solutions, semi-permeable membranes, and some other sciency words. More simply put, brining makes for moist and flavorful meat.
So, what are you waiting for? Get a turkey, get a kit, and get cooking! It’s as easy as 1 (brine the bird with the Spiced Brine Blend in the included leakproof, heavy duty, BPA-free, zip-top bag), 2 (season said bird with the Smoky Peppercorn & Herb Rub), 3 (roast, smoke, or deep fry).
Don’t forget, while you are in, to order some Oystercatcher rolls, pick up some Matiz Gallego Organic Chestnuts for stuffing, antipasto items for the relish tray, and wine…yes, wine…plenty of wine…like the annual favorite Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais nouveau or our latest find, Willamette Valley Teutonic Red Blend (an 80% Gewurztraminer 20% Pinot Noir blend that’s absolutely perfect for turkey) or even a bottle of Champagne, if you dare!
Susan Wenzel wrote this article.
Fall is here, followed soon, by the gray days of winter. One fabulous way to dispatch the seasonal gloom (and the associated sniffles and blues) is by snuggling down with a cozy blanket, a good book, and a quality cup of tea (or red wine).
While it isn’t always practical (or acceptable) to take a blanket, book, or glass of vino to work or out and about on errands, tea is, inarguably, one of the most portable and accessible creature comforts available anywhere.
In days past, the freshest, small batch teas – like those still found along the ancient trade routes called the Silk Road - were a precious commodity only available in specialty tea shops or to the most affluent connoisseur. Indeed, even today, most teas found on grocery store shelves are mass produced and often a year or more old.
However, one doesn’t have to travel to China or Japan or even head to a large multicultural metropolis (like San Francisco or Vancouver BC) to procure superior leaves. One of the preeminent lines of rare and artisan teas, Silk Road Teas, is available at bayleaf on Whidbey Island – the first location outside Canada to carry the award-winning blends .
Silk Road Teas found their start in 1992 in Vancouver’s historic China Town and our ever-searching staff found these select brews and brought them home to you. All varieties are made with premium quality, organic ingredients and contain no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners…and are always fresh.
(The fresher the tea, the more natural flavor nuances and beneficial antioxidants.)
Come in to bayleaf for all of your snuggle supplies like red wine, (cook)books, and now, superlative teas - perhaps paired with our decedent jams, cookies, or honeys!
~ Susan Wenzel
Genepi - Alpine Selections
Named for a wild flower found throughout the region, the Génépi Alpine cheeses represent the best of the Savoie tradition. Working hand in hand with cheesemakers and affineurs, we have sourced authentic, artisan cheeses made with the same traditional techniques that made the region famous. Focusing on raw milk, natural aging, and farmstead cheesemakers throughout the region, each wheel is selected and ripened with a specific flavor profile in mind. We are proud to introduce the authentic flavors and traditions of the Savoie through our Génépi collection of cheeses. Join us as we taste these cheeses and learn about what makes these delicious fall cheeses so special.
Seat includes tasting, educational seminar and special pricing on cheeses that evening. Please come early to purchase wine/beer pairing. Register here .
Special pricing will be offered at the event, these firm cheeses have a good shelf life - feel free to stock up or buy a friend a treat!