Seattle’s Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

Visiting the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room in Seattle has long been on my list of things to do. A pet project of Howard Schultz, the Starbucks roastery is where you can experience the roasting process, try out some unique blends that become Starbucks Reserve coffees, and try your preferred coffee blend via several different brewing …

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Top 10 Things to Do in Hamburg, Germany

This time last year I joined my husband in Hamburg, Germany for a week while he was at a work conference. It was my fourth time in Germany but only the second time I've ever traveled with him for work, and the first time I was really exploring the Schleswig-Holstein region of the country. I’ve …

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Hawaii’s Big Island: Along the Kona Coast

We started off 2017 with a bucket list trip to Hawaii. We only had about a week so we limited ourselves to visiting two islands-- the Big Island and Oahu-- knowing we wouldn't get to fully experience either place in our limited amount of time. We flew into Kona late on a Friday night. The …

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Worldly Fare: Nielsen’s Pastries

Our latest local find for wordly fare was Nielsen's Pastries, a Danish pastry shop that's been operating in Lower Queen Anne since 1965. We were in the neighborhood, ready to spend our day seeing some films at the Seattle International Film Festival but were a bit early to line up for our first show. We hadn't had breakfast so we decided …

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Coffee Roastery and Museum in Hamburg

One of my favorite finds in Hamburg, Germany was the Kaffee Museum in the Warehouse District, known as Speicherstadt. Brian and I discovered it one of our first days while wandering around but it was after hours and already closed for the day. I decided to check it out after returning from a day trip one …

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Local Library Love

I am ashamed to say it took me four weeks to find my local library. Well, not technically. We had passed it a couple of times driving through town handling other post-move necessities, like transferring our licenses, registering our vehicles, shopping for groceries, etc. So I had found it--I just had not visited it. Until …

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