Golden Beetle Restaurant in Ballard

Golden Beetle

This newer restaurant on NW Market Street is created by the owner of the renowned Seattle restaurant Tilth.  Golden Beetle is a Ballard fairytale haven serving organic middle eastern / African  food.  The award-winning owner and executive chef, Maria Hines, traveled to the Golden Beetle diningMiddle East and went to Greece, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel, Turkey and others to bring back a wealth of flavors and treasures to the tables of this highly experiential establishment in the heart of Ballard.

Diners enjoying the experienceIn our busy lives we like to “get away” for a week in Hawaii, a weekend in the mountains, or part of an afternoon in a place that draws you away from now into Then, and brings you back filled and changed.  This is such a haven, and yet the atmosphere is casual enough to walk in tables at the window looking onto NW Market Streetwearing blue jeans (I suppose that’s the trademark of Seattle after all) and not think twice.

For the foodies among us the word on the street (Yelp, that is) tells us the food (click here for their website photos) is AMAZING, with bold flavors but maybe not the best deserts.  I will Open Kitchen with tiled oven by Claire Barnett of Seattle Mosaiclook forward to hearing from you on that.

Don’t forget to drift back to the Open Kitchen with a tiled oven by Claire Barnett of Seattle Mosaic.  In the tradition of great modern chef-heroes, you are able to watch the food being transformed into art.

About Edy Kizaki

Edy's perfectionism and dedication result in attention to detail during every stage of your search and purchase experience.

Edy and her family came to the area seven years ago and fell in love with it. The size, natural beauty, people, culture and educational resources all make it an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Edy brings her experience in business, management and negotiation to her work in real estate. But it is her love of people and her joy in being involved with your important moments of change and decision in the process of life that make her dedicated and unfailing in the pursuit of your goals.

As a realtor and most recently the team leader at, the Seattle branch of eXp Realty, Edy has been involved in over 150 real estate transactions in the past five years, involving homes from Vashon Island to Duvall, Snoqualmie Ridge to Bellingham! What a great and inspiring way to learn about this amazing place. Of course, her GPS has been invaluable to the Edy feels like she's "from" Seattle, but with the added ability to understand what it means to relocate here and which knowledge is first tier, which is better to follow after. She works extensively with relocation clients in Seattle and on the Eastside, including from Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, University of Washington, and their subsidiaries. She lives in Richmond Beach, part of Shoreline five minutes north of the Seattle 'border', and loves Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford, Green Lake, Ravenna, and the areas along the west side of Lake Washington, as well as Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Edmonds. On the Eastside she has spent most time in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish and Issaquah. She has also worked extensively on luxury condos in Belltown and Downtown, and enjoys comparing views with the best of them!

Edy's involvement in real estate began in the 1980's when she was part of a Project Development Team for a real estate company in San Francisco for two years. After having worked on several major San Francisco and Lake Tahoe projects, she became most interested in buying and leasing of properties, including sales of business opportunities. She was also the official company photographer. There followed a period of work in finance, but an interest in travel led her to Japan, where she lived and worked teaching in university for 12 years. In addition she founded and ran her own large private school and formed Currents, a group that produced art exhibitions in Japan, America, and Australia, and arranged tours of New York and on the West Coast.

Eventually Edy returned to Monterey, California, where she taught Japanese, designed instruction, was a project manager for multimedia products, a product developer for early childhood educational products, and helped manage a five-star resort hotel, all while completing a masters in Multimedia and Instructional Design. Upon relocating to the Pacific Northwest with her family, she pursued her real estate license and is now deeply involved in helping her clients search for the perfect property in the local real estate market. When not at work, Edy practices Aikido and takes advantage of the local boating, picnicking and hiking riches with her family and friends. Oh, yes, and the great restaurants!

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