What makes Mallard Ice Cream so marvelous? Every day people tell us we make the best ice cream they’ve ever tasted. We think it’s because we make it right here in our shop, in salt and ice churns five gallons at a time. Over an hour of human time goes into each batch. We taste as we go and adjust at every step to get the best out of the ingredients. We believe intensity of flavor makes the very best ice cream, so we use a touch of organic cane sugar, a high butter fat mix, and generous portions of high-quality, real food ingredients. Mallard is also renowned for being a great place to work. We embrace the idea of work having more meaning than just a job. We respect one another and our customers. We understand the power of positive relationships, and that what we do affects others. We give back to our community (see the FAQ for how to request donations), not only in donations but in ideas, alternative models of business and by aiming to create positive change. Fresh, by hand, with love.
Our Vision Dedicated to the highest standards, we source and use the best ingredients and spend hours researching and experimenting with our process, always working towards perfection. We’re not business people who manufacture chocolate; we’re chocolatiers who have made a lifelong commitment to quality, and the business is something along for the ride. The result is not just a treat but a total chocolate experience. We deeply value our connection to the community and the opportunity to gratefully serve generations of loyal customers. At Chocolate Necessities, we are proud to say that here you can taste the love. Our History Chocolate Necessities is one of the original artisan chocolate companies in the United States, founded in 1986 by Kevin Buck and Mark Pantly. The search for chocolate began with a trip to Canada where Kevin experienced Callebaut, the leading Belgain chocolate maker. This brought up compelling questions like, “Why can’t we (in the US) have this amazing chocolate?” And, “How can I source only quality chocolate with no compromises?” Intrigue lead the way in learning how to ask the right questions. Many owners were not willing to share their information, but the right questions seemed vital to achieving the next level of industry insider truth. There are two locations to serve the Bellingham area. A professional chocolatier (Nicole), and over 10 other employees are on staff. Over the years, Kevin has dedicated hours to researching and tasting chocolate from around the world. The milk chocolate we use today has 43% cocoa solids and the semi-sweet chocolate has 54.5% cocoa solids. Equally important to Kevin was the amount of the cocoa butter to ensure that the chocolate melts properly as only great chocolate does. Kevin’s attention to the ingredients has raised the bar for our customers again and again. Our Team Everyone at Chocolate Necessities is passionate about making the best chocolates possible. It is our utmost pleasure to share our love of chocolate with you! We have worked hard to create a respectful, trusting, positive environment that helps us produce superb products year after year. Serving western Washington, we welcome you to stop by both locations to see the operation first hand and to taste and learn more about the chocolate we have come to respect. We look forward to meeting you!
Who is Simmering Tava? At the Heart of Simmering Tava is Rajat Damani and his mother Tara Damani. Tara grew up in Calcutta, India and is known among friends, family and community for her addictive cooking. She is very often requested to make her signature recipes of ‘Bhel/Papri Chat and Masala Muri” whether she is hosting or visiting friends and family. She grew up in a city that is popular for the variety of Indian cuisines available and her recipes are a varied collection from her mother’s cooking (her mother Hiraben was a most excellent cook and she was very well traveled), her experiences of the street foods of Calcutta, her multicultural friends (India is a country of many cultures and cuisines densely packed together) and her natural ability to create new dishes from observations and inspirations Having grown up eating very wholesome, perfectly spiced and eclectic meals that Tara made, Rajat very quickly realized that he missed that immensely when he moved to Georgia, USA for University from Calcutta, India. His attempts to recreate the food he missed, he started to play in the kitchen himself often calling home for recipes and ideas. Since then he decided he was most interested in food and followed his passion and has worked at many excellent restaurants, catering companies and at a specialty food distributorship. This journey has allowed him to be exposed to an amazing variety of cuisines and cultures that fed is very curious nature. Better Ingredients make Better Food which makes a Better Person One of things that is perfectly clear: “Better Ingredients make Better Food which makes a Better Person.” That is why Rajat’s focus is always on finding and using local, natural and organic ingredients. “Better Ingredients make Better Food which makes a Better Person.” That is why Rajat’s focus is always on finding and using local, natural and organic ingredients. Always all natural ingredients. Never, ever will you find manufactured products such as refined sugars, corn syrups, hydrogenated oils, or extra unnecessary ingredients like preservatives, chemicals and pesticides. We avoid the ‘fake’ and GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods at home – You are our friends and family and we will feed you with only the wholesome natural ingredients we use ourselves. Local and organic first, only if we can’t find it in our area only then will we search to find natural suppliers outside of our Pacific Northwest neighborhood. In order to deliver home cooked goodness to you, we cook in small, artisinal batches to retain that ‘Mummy’s home cooked’ flavor. We are going back to our roots and tapping into our grandmother’s recipes. Our goals of caring and supporting our bodies extend to our environments too. In order to make better ingredients we have to start with protecting the our environment and feeding the soil.
This card will be available soon! M!X is a friendly, fast-casual restaurant with a diverse menu of satisfying salads, savory broth bowls and hand-held M!Xwiches. Every M!X meal is jam-packed with top-notch, seasonal ingredients that come from right around here. With creamy frozen custard, unique desserts, an assortment of crisp sparkling botanical beverages, hyper-local coffee, beer and wine, and a crowd-pleasing kids’ menu, there’s truly something for everyone. At heart, M!X is simple, delicious and joyful. It’s made to order the way that you want it. It’s locally sourced ingredients creatively combined to make you feel good about every single bite.
Our gift cards will be available soon. In the meantime, swing by for some holiday cheer! Everything at BelleWood Acres is done with a philosophy of strong community and responsible farming. We are active members in several local organizations such as Sustainable Connections, The Tenmile Creek Watershed Project, Whatcom Farm Friends, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and the Puget Sound Food Network. We firmly believe in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an information based decision making process that provides the softest solutions to a pest problem. With the BelleWood Acres is the first Salmon Safe orchard certified in the State of Washington.use of IPM, we strive to obtain healthier ecosystems without compromising effective pest management. We are the first Salmon Safe orchard certified in the State of WA. For more information go to www.salmonsafe.org Where you can find BelleWood Products: We’d love for you to visit and share our farm, however, when you are shopping at the following businesses, please look for and purchase the BelleWood products there. AND be sure to thank them for supporting the local farms. You can find BelleWood Products at: *Haggen Food and Pharmacies and Top Food Stores in WA and OR *Community Food Co-op – Forest Street and Cordata Street Stores *Bellingham Farmers Market – every Saturday, September thru December We are proud to have our apples served in the following school districts: Meridian, Bellingham, Lynden, Mt. Baker and Nooksack. We hope that you will make BelleWood Acres a place to enjoy memorable days in the country year after year.
Our digital cards will be available soon. In the meantime, swing by one of our locations and buy a standard gift card anytime. We have great holiday discounts available right now! Today I came to the Bean Stop for the first time to grab an iced drink for some errands and I wasn’t expecting anything other than a typical drive up coffee stand but this place definitely exceeds expectations. The first thing I noticed was that you can get any size drink anywhere from an 8 ounce to a 32 ounce, this is awesome for me on days that I either want just a sip or need that big gulp sized coffee for finals. The barista was super nice, and the coffee is very well priced. I got a 24 ounce, iced London fog and it is for sure one of the better ones I’ve had. I always order a London Fog from new places because it’s simple, and difficult to get wrong. They use high quality tea and it was more flavorful than a lot of places that I’ve ordered the same thing from. This might just be my new coffee stop. — Jacqueline W.
Bantam 42 is now open! A secret’s only a secret as long as you keep it. Once you tell someone it loses all its power–for good or for ill–like that, it’s just another piece of information. But a real mystery can’t be solved, not completely. It’s always just out of reach, like a light around the corner; you might catch a glimpse of what it reveals, feel its warmth, but you can’t know the heart of it, not really. That’s what gives it value: It can’t be cracked, it’s bigger than you and me, bigger than everything we know… This deep in the game, pal, I’ll take mystery every time.