I meant to prepare a lavish French dinner tonight in honor of Bastille Day, which celebrates the French Independence and storming of Bastille. But with writing articles and obsessing over my “touring Seattle” novella yesterday, I forgot all about it.

Yesterday, Josh and I went for a walk in Belltown. We wandered into Boulangerie Nantaise, an organic French Bakery on 4th Ave. I have no idea how I missed it all the other times. It’s cute, trendy, and smelling richly of yeast and bread. And the baker was so friendly.

Since it was the end of the day, the baker gave us some bread because she couldn’t keep all that bread in her freezer and can’t sell it the next day. So she sent us home with a giant focaccia, 3 crusty mini baguettes, and a delicious country French loaf topped with sesame seeds. Josh can’t eat any of it, but I thought I’d take some pictures of it anyway. Ah, crusty, chewy French bread. I miss it. I admit it.

Here is my lunch in honor of Bastille Day. Crusty French bread with an assortment of cheeses. And cherries for good measure.

If you want to check out the bakery, they’re open 7-5 Monday through Friday and 8-4:30 on weekends. They have coffee drinks and incredible breakfast combos — Homestyle Petit Dejeuner of baguette, butter and jam with any 12 oz espresso drink for just $4.95. Pretty good deal. Have at it, my gluten friends! 
Gluten-free friends, you can check out Wheatless in Seattle for a pretty decent baguette. 
They also have croissants (chocolat, marionberry, almond; $2-2.65), sweet buns ($1), rolls ($3.10), and authentic soup ($5.27-7.27) and quiche ($5.86) offerings for lunch. 

Boulangerie Nantaise
2507 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
206-728-5999 (wholesale orders)