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Spur, Seattle, and grapefruit from Texas Spur, Seattle, and grapefruit from Texas

I wanted to tell you about Spur so many times before ‘cause it’s one of my top 3 favorite restaurants in Seattle and you just *must* go there. That is, in case you like brilliantly-good food, amazing cocktails, the feel of a sophisticated downtown/neighborhood gastronomic pub, and fab music from the 70’s, 80’s, and early […]

Seastar cookbook Seastar cookbook

Finally. “Finally” was the first word that came to my mind when I got an email from Norma announcing a “celebration in honor of Chef John Howie’s new cookbook:  Passion & Palate:  Recipes for a Generous Table.” Chef John Howie is the owner of Seastar restaurant and raw bar (as well as Sports and Steak) […]

Basic, out-of-the-pantry meals when you’re stuck at home on snowy days Basic, out-of-the-pantry meals when you’re stuck at home on snowy days

When I started this post all I could think about were the fresh and puffy pillows of snow outside and how gorgeous and peaceful it is. But, it also meant that there won’t be any driving to the grocery store. So, I dug into some recipes that one can cook out of the pantry, fridge, […]

Being a kid Being a kid

Do you miss it sometimes?  

Fresh Fresh

Thinking about my recent trip to Israel, I realize that fresh and good food was so easy to find there, and at relatively inexpensive prices. The restaurant at the beach, the little falafel shop, the pastries at the grocery store at 10 PM, the street corner Shawarma place…  It was all good, fresh, and cheap. […]

Awesome new cake Awesome new cake

Saturday? Yes. Snowy day? Yes. Cold outside and warm inside? Yes, yes. Coffee cake anyone? Oh, yes, please. With cocoa nibs? Yes. And cream cheese and crème fraiche? A-ha. Go grab the recipe for here.

Caesarea, Haifa, and Arad, Israel Caesarea, Haifa, and Arad, Israel

There is so much to say and read about Caesarea but I am not going to give you a history lesson about this place right now. In short, as the name implies, there was a Caesar, Herod, who built this city and its port about 25-13 BCE. Then it turned Roman, a few centuries later […]

7 a.m. 7 a.m.

I suppose this is the reward for those who wake up when the alarm clock rings. And we had this sky 2 morning later, I had to share.

Jaffa & Neve Tzedek, Israel Jaffa & Neve Tzedek, Israel

Jaffa is an ancient port city that was incorporated with Tel Aviv in 1949. It’s one of the cities where Jews and Arabs live together. Daylight shows how old and somewhat neglected it is besides the more touristy parts. Overlooking Tel Aviv This is the area for tourists, local and foreign, with designer and jewelry […]

Tel Aviv, Israel (2) Tel Aviv, Israel (2)

At the heart of old Tel Aviv, beautiful, and ugly, old buildings (and each apartment has a porch!) Skyscrapers (no porches ) People in cafes and cars honking—Why? For who?—at 3 AM (I was awake since there’s a 10 hours jet lag/time difference between WA and Israel) An afternoon concert with one of Israel’s most […]