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Japonessa – Seattle, WA

Located in the former Union spot on Union and 1st, this new sushi spot doesn’t seem to have a problem filling the large space.  We went on a Wednesday night and the place was packed!  Before I get into the food, I will say that my one serious complaint is that it’s so noisy it’s hard to hold a conversation which is a shame.

The food however was great and the expansive menu made it hard for me narrow down my roll choices.  We decided on the Barcelona Sunset and the special Spanish Lover roll as well as the Salmon Sashimi and the Ahi Tuna Tartare which came a bit late but was so fresh and satisfying.

Worth it for the great food but just beware of the loud atmosphere.  Not a place to take your grandma:)

salmon sashimi

barcelona sunset - spicy yellowtail, avocado, cucumber, topped with yellowtail, tobiko, habanero aioli

spanish lover - creamy scallops, avocado, snow crab legs, topped with chili seared white king salmon, chili oil, cilantro aioli, tobiko

ahí tuna tartare - balsamic soy vinegar, yuzu citrus aioli

Lola – Seattle, WA

Best breakfast in town!!!  Some families have a special Sunday breakfast tradition that consists of waffles, bacon, sweet rolls, etc…in our house we skip the cooking and go downtown to Lola.  If we’re lucky we’ll grab two seats at the bar where the vibe is casual and you can usually catch a football game on.

We usually order the same thing every time – my husband gets the Eggs Benedict and I get the Greek Scramble.  This time however I ventured out of my comfort zone and got the Truffled Crimini Omelette (made as a scramble) which had fontina and chives in it served with smoked bacon, their famous smashed garlic fried potatoes and toast…DELICIOUS!!!  I would order this again in a heartbeat!

Another thing we always order are the donuts.  They’re made to order and served with a seasonal jam and vanilla mascarpone…whoa…a little too good:)

Not surprising that we love this place…it’s one of Tom Douglas’ many but he’s clearly doing something right because all of them are amazing in their own unique way.  Lola is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is described as Mediterranean meets North Africa…an interesting yet successful blend of cuisines in my opinion.

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