If there’s one thing I love, it’s exploring local fleas, vintage shops, and craft fairs.
You should see the mania that ensues when I travel. I try to find all the best maker markets in the area. In fact, I was just in Brooklyn a few weeks ago and I laid out an itinerary of the local fleas and indie markets I would be attending.
But perusing for local gems isn’t just for when I travel. I’m obsessed with doing it right here in Seattle, too. That’s why, every season I update my Seattle events calendar (nerd alert!) to keep track of all the holiday craft fairs and indie market pop-ups happening in the area. This year, I thought I’d share it with all of you because I’m a huge believer in shopping local and finding that perfect gift with a story behind it.
So mark your calendars people. You’re about to see the ultimate (maybe borderline obnoxious) list of all the Seattle-area holiday craft fairs and maker pop-ups happening this year.
If you follow me on Instagram at all (particularly my stories), you know my favorite emojis are the wine and smiley face with hearts…used together. So it’s no surprise I found myself doing a lot of research and drinking to find the best wineries in Lake Chelan, WA a few weeks ago.
So if you liked my guide to Walla Walla’s best wineries, you know I take finding the best of the best seriously. Here’s a run down of the wineries worth visiting.
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.
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!
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.