cinnaholic comes to seattle

DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE. For years, I’ve wished for our very own Cinnaholic in Seattle. Every time they would announce via Instagram a new shop opening, I’d feel let down that it wasn’t in my city. Seattle needs this decadent treat, why are we being neglected?! One fine Friday late in October, my wish…

olympia coffee

Recently, I posted about my favorite neighborhood spots, yet I saved my very favorite spot for now. Because, quite frankly, Olympia Coffee deserved it’s own post. Earlier this year, a sweet little coffee shop by a company based in Olympia opened a gorgeous locale here in West Seattle. Now, before I go much further, you…

Queen Mary Tea Room

Have you ever looked at your bank account to see how much you actually spend on food per month? My generation is really adept at spending half our entire earnings on socializing and going out to restaurants as a way to spend time. The other half goes to rent, obviously. My bank account’s spending category…

Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building Farmers Market

It won’t surprise you to know my favorite Saturday morning activity in San Francisco, if I can get out of bed and into the city early enough, is wandering the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Because: FOOD. The Saturday market is the largest I’ve been to in the Bay Area. There is an ample selection of…

why I changed my diet for a year of travels

Prior to this past year’s personal sabbatical, I had lived the previous few years on a diet of mostly plant-based foods and avoided meat, eggs and dairy. Eager to see if it gave me more energy and a better overall feeling in my personal health, I jumped right into this way of eating in 2010,…

A Return to France

The entirety of my adult life, I’ve held onto an unwavering hope that I would get the chance to return to France and redeem my 16-year old self, who only spoke English during a 2 week visit in the summer of 1998 with my school French club. I swore that if I ever returned, I…

Ritter Sport and a Reminder to Choose Adventure

My mottos for this several-month-long enrichment of life has been “choose adventure,” and being sure to answer with an enthusiastic “YES” when presented with an invite to do just about anything, but sometimes I need gentle reminders. On the way to Gendarmentmarkt Christmas Market in Berlin one late afternoon in December, Andrew and I wandered…

In a New York (City) State of Mind

It felt like years since I’d stepped foot on that island they call Manhattan. Probably because it had been. Four to be exact. When I knew I’d be visiting family and friends in New York State, there was absolutely no question that a visit to the city would be in order. My super fun &…

Exploring DC in the midst of a Government Shutdown

What are the chances of visiting Washington, DC during a government shutdown? Perhaps more common these days, but of all the days and weeks we were traveling, who would have thought we would arrive in DC when all the museums & government buildings were closed? Unfortunately, our timing was spot on! ^^even during a government…

Forget Georgia, I’ve got Virginia on my mind

Apart from various family vacations ((and one memorable friendcation with my girls E and J)) to Virginia Beach, I hadn’t spent much time exploring Virginia before this USA road trip. They say better late than never, right? Right. Because weeks later I am still thinking about all that Virginia has to offer. First stop from…