Eltana’s Bagels

These are my favorite bagels in Seattle: hand-rolled, dense and wood-fired Bagels.  You can buy a dozen, keep them in your freezer, and enjoy them later one at a time. They even give you bags to freeze the bagels in!

I like to have lunch there in a casual and nice ambiance thanks to the friendly staff.  You can choose your favorite kind of bagel (Plain, Sesame, Poppy, Wheat, Cinnamon Raisin, Gluten Free,…), then choose a savory or sweet spread: Date Walnut Cream Cheese, Pomegranate Berry Cream Cheese, Fig Apricot Compote, Almond Butter, Za’atar and Scallion Cream Cheese, Lox Spread, Harissa Hummus, and more. You can also order a garnish sandwich.

People from the East Coast may even say these bagels are good… for the West Coast!

I like the art on the wall: a giant Crossword puzzle by artist Justin Ken Elder. And if you are bored or by yourself, ask for a copy of the crossword of the week.

— Eltana’s Bagels in Capitol Hill – 7am-4pm, Daily

1538 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

But also in South Lake Union and Stone Avenue


Lunch Break Cooking Class at Book Larder

If you are looking for a pleasant way to spend lunch time, Lunch Break Cooking Class at Book Larder is the answer.

Book Larder is a cookbook store located in Fremont that also offers a variety of events like cooking classes, signings and demos, author talks, all about food and cooking.




In May, I went with a friend, for their Lunch Break Cooking class. In front of 10 people, a chef demonstrated 3 recipes from a cook book. That day, it was the famous and inspiring Jerusalem cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi. I already had the book and was happy to be able to test knew recipes from it.


First, we had a baby spinach salad with almonds, dates and pita, then turkey and zucchini meatballs with yogurt sumac sauce and finally a semolina coconut cake. Everything was delicious and I made these recipes for guests at home and they loved them!




If you want to buy the book, you can get it at 10% off that day.

Check out tomorrow’s Lunch Break! The menu will once again be inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi but this time, the cookbook  will be Plenty. I would love to go again but unfortunately I am not available that day!

If you are interested, find details and register here: Lunch Break Cooking Class June 6

Book Larder 4252 Fremont Ave. North




Manolin, a top tier restaurant

We finally made it to Manolin!

The restaurant does not take reservations so it can be almost impossible to have a table unless you are comfortable with waiting 45 minutes to an hour and a half. Expect a longer wait if you have a party of more than 2.


We went on a Tuesday and the restaurant runs a little bit slowly on that day of the week. At 7:30, we only waited 20 minutes close to the fire pit in the patio and had a cocktail while we waited.

If the wait is really too long for you, you can go across the street and have dinner at Joule or The Whale wins. 2 places we already talked a lot about.

At Manolin, the menu is very short. Plates are supposed to be shared: they offer 4 fish plates, 3 vegetables plate, 4 main dishes from the grill, and 3 desserts. Everything was very tempting on the menu, and we finally opted to share 5 plates.

  • Albacore Ceviche with quinoa and grapefruit (pictured)
  • Rockfish ceviche, lime, chili, with sweet potato,
  • White anchovy with beets, (pictured)
  • Winter vegetable slaw, spicy almonds (pictured)
  • Grilled beef, potato, radish

It was really really good. Everything was very subtle. The Albacore Ceviche was very fresh and light. The rockfish ceviche had a delicious balance of taste. The beef was perfectly cooked and so were the small potatoes. The winter vegetable slaw had a very nice sauce and the spicy almonds were a perfect addition.

Our waiter was super nice and all the staff very friendly. The place is simply but warmly decorated.

I may go back very soon. They offer happy hour from 4 to 6pm