15 May, 2010

Eating at Lola

Lola pita spreads

I recently became acquainted with someone online, because a mutual friend of ours thought we should meet. Michelle Cheng is from Austin, TX and she and her husband were going to be celebrating their anniversary here in Seattle. We conversed a few times on Facebook, and then more over e-mail, and we decided that we had a lot in common and really needed to meet -- and over food.

She had a list of places she wanted to visit, but on her list was to visit one of the Tom Douglas restaurants. I had told her about my favorite of his six places (Palace Kitchen) but realized that I'd actually never been to Lola yet, and had heard good things about it. So, we decided on that, as our place to dine.

We were very happy with the service, the food, and the atmosphere. We started with a couple of fantastic appetizers--manti (lamb ravioli with yogurt, red sauce, and pine nuts), all six of the Lola pita spreads, and a lamb meatball plate. After that, we elected to eat family-style and enjoyed Tom's Big Dinner, which consisted of a veritable smorgasbord of flavors -- grilled asparagus, prawn and chicken kebabs, greek salad, smashed garlic fried potatoes (Michelle's and my favorite of the night), and a family-style pile of lamb, fennel, and olives. (Yes, we ate our share of lamb that evening.)

Everything was delicious, even down to the dessert, which was an interesting sweet/savory turnover filled with goat cheese, honey, and pistachios. I honestly have to say, though, that the best part was the company. I enjoyed Michelle and her hubby and I was happy to share a Seattle dinner with them! Come back again soon, you two!

Highlights from dinner!

A lovely evening with lovely new friends!


  1. SUCH a great post. I lived in Seattle for two years and NEVER went to any of the Tom Douglas restaurants, but now that I've seen you and Michelle's photos, I know that on my next trip back, I MUST go.

    I'm so glad you guys had such a good time! We're lucky to have Michelle and her husband here in Austin. :)

  2. It's nice when you get to meet on line friends. I love those green dishes.

  3. Oh, Jackie. Your photography makes me so happy.

    Such a beautiful, beautiful post! Thank you again for a wonderful evening.

  4. OK, this is too funny. I think we might have been simultaneously commenting on one another's blogs!

  5. Hahahahah. Yeah, I was just (FINALLY) checking out your recent blogs. I've been terrible about reading blogs lately because I've been so busy, and I finally have an evening to myself to "catch up" a little. HAH! Funny how we're on the same wavelength. AGAIN!

  6. Lola looks delicious! Or maybe it's just your beautiful photos that make everything on your site look absolutely mouth-watering. Sounds like you all had a great time! Isn't the internet kind of magical like that? :)

  7. Hey I was just searching around the Internet for company photos and this blog post came up - amazing shots, that place can BE SO TEMPERAMENTAL with light!