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Someone Left a Whole Lot of Cocaine in Safeway Banana Shipments

Plus, there’s a British bake off coming to Sam soon, and Nordstrom Grill plans a comeback

A closeup shot of bananas at a grocery store, with a shopper selecting some in the background.
Police did not reveal from where the cocaine shipments hidden in banana boxes originated.

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Cops Seize Cocaine-Filled Banana Shipments to Three Local Safeways

Attention shoppers. Authorities confiscated more than $1 million worth of cocaine in banana shipments to Safeway stores in Bellingham, Federal Way, and Woodinville, WA, the Seattle Times reports. About half of that (50 pounds worth) was found at the Woodinville Safeway alone, where produce staffers first spotted the suspicious looking packages and called the police. The boxes at all three locations were shipped by a third-party distribution center that services 144 stores on the West Coast. “Somebody messed up,” said King County Office spokesperson Sgt. Ryan Abbott.

Victorian-Themed Bake Off Planned at SAM

For those who can’t wait for the next season of the Great British Bake Off, the Seattle Art Museum is inviting 24 local bakers to participate in a dessert contest August 29, inspired by the new exhibit, “Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement.” Instead of Paul Hollywood, the panel of judges will include Amandine Bakeshop owner Sara Naftaly and Coyle’s Bakeshop owner Rachael Coyle. The competition is open to the public, but unfortunately the treats won’t be available for sampling.

Nordstrom Grill Readies Revival in Bellevue

According to Downtown Bellevue Network, Nordstrom is planning to re-open its Bellevue department store restaurant, Nordstrom Grill, this November in the spot recently vacated by the retailer’s Japanese-influenced Tom Douglas collaboration, Department Bento. The Grill, which will be located on the second level of the store, originally closed in March of last year to make way for the bento place. But it seems as though Nordstrom is willing to give its original restaurant another shot. Past menu items at the Grill included grilled halibut, crab mac ‘n’ cheese, and a variety of burgers.