Apparently, Northwesterners are building a better tolerance for heat. At least according to Chrystal Handy, owner of Everett's The New Mexicans. "One day, I had a guest come through the door and exclaim, 'There really is a market for spicy around here!' I told him 'I haven't seen it yet,'" she says. "But I have since seen it! We go through more 'New Mexico Hot' these days than 'Washington Hot' enchilada sauce!"
In solidarity with the big yearly Hatch Chile Fest in Hatch, NM, Handy is planning a local Hatch Chile Festival this August near the peak of 2013's harvest. In the meantime, she's selling red and green powdered Hatch by the ounce and frozen green Hatch by the pound. Call (425) 512-9705 for details.
In other news, El Camion's first brick-and-mortar store opens its doors in Ballard tomorrow, Señor Moose is getting a badly needed makeover, and Bluebird prepares to launch its second nano-brewery.
According to CHS, the ice cream shop's Capitol Hill location is expanding to include house-made sodas and beer similar to its sibling on Phinney Ridge. Tomorrow night from 5 to 7 p.m., Bluebird at 1205 E Pike St. will host a happy hour featuring free samples of its craft brews, including Theo Chocolate Milk Stout. Last year, that dessert-in-a-bottle placed third out of more than 60 beers entered in the 25th annual Phinney Beer Taste.