The elegance of Federal Street
In recent years along Federal Street, a collection of upscale establishments has been sprouting. These establishments offer a variety of experiences from coffee at the Weather Gage to fine dining at Bas Rouge.
EASTON — In recent years along Federal Street, a collection of upscale establishments has been sprouting. These establishments offer a variety of experiences from coffee at the Weather Gage to fine dining at Bas Rouge.
Owned by entrepreneur and principal Paul Prager, each business is an experience of its own. As noted in the firm’s cover page, “our team strives to create an atmosphere that is refined, yet never pretentious. We are committed to providing a remarkable experience for our guests — one that is executed with excellent and the very finest cuisine.”
Guests may stop in Bumble Bee Juice and order from a variety of items on its menu from smoothies made with banana, almond milk, peanut butter and protein to juices like the Pollen Trap made with kale, celery, swiss chard, apple, grapefruit, lemon, ginger and bee pollen, or a worker bee variety made with green apple, pineapple, kale, spinach, lime and mint.
Clients of the Blue Mat Yoga studio also can check off one of theses or other items on a special menu that awaits them after their session.
All are made on the spot with all fresh ingredients in Bumble Bee Juice’s own juicer or cold presser.
Almond milk also is made on the in the restaurant. The almonds are crushed and pressed, then sweetened with dates and vanilla.
Bumble Bee Juice was one of the first of the specialty stores to open nearly two years ago. You cannot help but feel healthier just walking in the door of the exquisitely appointed shop. From the menu that is neatly scrolled on the wall behind the polished counter, the ingredients list is under each selection.
The barista, Jaclyn Lang, hand-crafts each drink individually.
The special experience of the establishments is a hallmark of the row. While there is no overall theme, quality is paramount. Each place is meant to be an individual experience.
Sunflower & Greens offers a meatier lunchtime fare. The menu ranges from salads crafted from the highest quality to gourmet sandwiches and soups to prime beef, smoked salmon and antibiotic and hormone free poultr y.
Chef Harley Peet guides Sunflower and Greens’ commitment to excellence. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has received numerous awards. He has served as executive sous chef at The Inn at Perry Cabin. He is also an experienced outdoorsman, an experienced sports fisherman and has a charter boat captain’s license.
Blue Mat Yoga is nestled in amongst the shops. Natalie Dent is the lead instructor and leads classes Monday through Thursdays. Yoga is of personal benefit to her. A skiing accident caused her to have broken back and left her in near constant pain. Yoga was recommended by a neurosurgeon to strengthen her core and increase her endurance and flexibility. Her recovery helped both her mind and body. She adapted her lessons to aid others to learn the benefit of Yoga.
Joining Dent as instructors are Shawn Nuthall and Lang. Lang also serves as the barista at Bumble Bee Juice.
Blue Mat is open seven days a week with instructors leading scheduled classes at different times of the day. There are a number of different types of classes available. For information, contact the Blue Mat at info@ bluematyogastudio.com.
For those interested in lunchtime fare, Sunflowers and Greens may be your destination. Open from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. the eatery features signature salads, soups and daily features like a smoked barbecue pork sandwich or a sauteed shrimp wrap. Patrons also can so create their own salads using a variety of greens from baby spinach, kale, romaine hearts, arugula and lettuce.
A number of meats are also available ranging from grilled chicken to smoked salmon and jumbo lump crab meat. There are also a multitude of mostly light dressings to choose from.
Sunflowers and Greens also can cater an event with a selection of soups and salads and a wrap platter.
Bas Rouge rounds out the Federal Street experience. It offers an a la carte lunch service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. A dinner menu is available for Friday and Saturday evenings with reservations starting at 6 p.m. There is a range of appetizers from crab soups to prime beef tartare.
Entrees include rack of lamb, heritage chicken breast or Maryland jumbo lump crab cake.
Desserts of summer fruit or honey-toasted pine nut tart or house-made ice creams round out the menu.
A view up Federal Street.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS Jaclyn Lang is the barista at Bumble Bee Juice. She is also a yoga instructor.
Bumble Bee Juice entrance on Federal Street.
Here are a selection of pre-made items at Bumble Bee Juice.