Coming to Terms with Hardships & Sharing Big Plans to Overcome Them

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Inspirational Quote: "Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will."

Titling this post was hard. Starting it was even harder.

I almost went with “Where You Been?” as the title because that’s something I’ve been asking myself. I haven’t updated the blog in a few months and, as time passed, the excuses kept piling on. Travel plans, new job, boyfriend, family, exhaustion…you name it, I used it to justify why I wasn’t writing.

But enough is enough. It’s time to confess why I haven’t been updating and do something about it. So I’m here to tell you my story and announce the new (and scary) way I’m going to turn things around.

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Arctic Char Recipe with Homemade Tomatillo-Mango Salsa

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Making your own homemade salsa is so easy! This tomatillo-mango salsa is served with Arctic char, but you can use it for anything (like carnitas, for example). Via @emeraldpalate

Raise your hand if you currently or used to think Arctic char was some kind of leafy green. (raises hand sheepishly)

Luckily I now know that Arctic char is one of the yummiest fish around. It’s typically pink like salmon and has similarly fatty, but mild flavor. I’ve come to substitute it for salmon whenever I can because it’s often more affordable and can be used in a variety of different dishes.

This Arctic char recipe highlights one of its versatile uses. It sat in a quick poblano pepper marinade before being roasted, and it got topped with an equally-versatile homemade tomatillo-mango salsa. Trust me, you won’t be able to stop eating this!

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CoffeeFlour: The Next Super Food & the Chocolate Company Using It

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We sat down with the founder of CoffeeFlour, the next super food, and jcoco Chocolate, the company that's bringing CoffeeFlour to the masses by putting it in their chocolate bars.

Billions of coffee beans make it into our cups each year. Coffee is the second most valuable commodity only behind petroleum, and the industry employs more than 25 million people worldwide.

With any industry that touches so many people, it’s impossible to reap benefits without also being exposed to disadvantages. It’s no secret that many coffee farmers and workers around the world are exposed to terrible working conditions and unfair pay. The Fair Trade movement made great progress in shedding light on the injustices so many people in the coffee industry face. But there’s another disastrous byproduct of the industry that most people aren’t talking about…until now.

Coffee beans grow in fruit pods up in trees. They’re removed from their pods and sold so we can make our daily cup of ‘jo, but the pods are discarded. This leaves 1.5 million cubic feet of waste, which usually ends up in streams.

Luckily, someone right here in Washington identified this economic and ecological problem and came up with a solution: turn it into the world’s next super food and revolutionize not only the coffee farming industry, but also the nutrition of people in developing countries.

I was fortunate enough to sit down with the founder of the company that’s taking the coffee industry by storm and the chocolate company he’s working with to make this super food the next household staple.

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A Food-Focused Guide to Victoria, BC

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A food-focused travel guide to Victoria, BC that will leave you eating your way through the best foodie spots in this charming Canadian city.

When I travel, it’s all about the eats. I rarely care about the tourist spots or local attractions. Rather, I make obsessive Google Maps of where I’m going to eat and the nearby local shops I can peruse between meals.

If you’re like me and base all your travel plans around your gut, then you’re going to appreciate this foodie travel guide to Victoria, BC. You’ll find a list of what to eat and things worth seeing (or drinking) between meals.


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Weekend Wanderings: 3 Things to Do in Seattle This Saturday

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Here are the 3 best things to do in Seattle this weekend

If you got part one of our May events calendar that went out via our newsletter last week, you know the horrible truth about May. It’s full of crazy awesome events…but most of them fall on the same day. What kind of cruelty is this?

We’re all going to be faced with some tough decisions this month. To help make it a bit easier, I’ve curated three of the best events happening in Seattle this Saturday. All you have to do is decide if you want to oyster, beer, or treasure this weekend.

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