In Seattle, Noms, Uncategorized

Seattle Foodie-ish.

Often seemingly out of nowhere ~ my foodie self appears. Enthralled by the local food scene, and the community that surrounds it, a mood will strike and I will find myself hearting up Instagram posts ranging from sugar coated baked goods to health/environment focused Meat Free Monday meals (say that one five times fast).

A few months back, I attended a Seattle Foodies Instameet and since then I have been thinking more about the role of food and community building in the age of Instagram.

I have followed a number of local foodies and have begun to seek out unique cuisine in my travels. I have learned new hashtag lingo. I am delighted to see that a good food snap can lead to an interesting cross cultural or cross neighborhood dialogue/meetup.

Naturally, when I learned a Pie Instameet at A La Mode Pies was going to be led by my delightful friend Seattle Dessert Geek aka Jess Tupper I knew this was a chance to be part take part in something especially delicious. Every time I hang w/ Jess I seem to find myself consuming food that is wonderful, unique, and memorable… Also, I like pie ~ basically because I’m human.

Call It Like You See It
The Blue Hawaiian – signature pie of A La Mode & lovely Elvis Tribute 🙂
Edge of delicious
Mexican Chocolate Mousse – My chosen slice 
Oreo Okay
Cookies & Cream – this one was my bestie’s favorite.
Truth About Instagram
Instagrammer @SeattleOnTheRun aka Page snapping the magical Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse (also seen w/ me in the featured photo at the top of the post)

While people do complain about a world filled with people, “just posting pictures of food online”, I have seen friendships and professional growth develop through Internet foodie culture.  For me, becoming a #SeattleFoodie is an entirely delicious experience.

 

Adventures, Collabs, In Seattle, Life, Social Media, Technology

Social Media Puppy Love

What happened in Vegas did anything but stay there.

I was in the Paris Hotel taking a momentary break from a new media marketing conference to scroll through Instagram. It was just supposed to be a momentary digital refresher before going back the professional grind. That was before Sebastian Unleashed, an adorable mini American Eskimo mix, appeared in my feed.

A true Seattleite, Sebastian wakes to the smell of coffee. He snuggles with his nearest and dearest while reading the morning news. He is quiet and likes to take naps in his favorite chair. And when it is time to leave the house, Sebastian often walks to his favorite Space Needle view point, Kerry Park, to clear his head and Instagram.

After hours of panels discussing about the importance of seizing the social media in the moment, I decided to send a query to the Seattle based pup to see if he would like to do a collaboration when I returned to home.

The result is the social media puppy love story you see below.

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The day we met started with drinks at Fremont Coffee Company.
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Sebastian is a great listener.
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There was a modeling stop at Theo Chocolate Factory.
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Then we bundled up for a walk by the lake.
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There was fun, laughter, & silly faces.
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Sebastian was a little shy.
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Maybe, he was just camera shy.
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But in the end, he turned out to be the perfect social media valentine.

By seizing the social media moment Sebastian, his owner, & I have just begun a relationship of wonderful digital & irl adventures ~ I for one am glad that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there.

See Sebastian’s YouTube debut & some behind the scenes moments on the vlog channel:

Find Sebastian on Instagram as @SebastianUnleashed.

Learn more about Seattle dog culture in my most recent Amara In Seattle video:

Have a pup? Get dog related tips & styles from Sebastian’s favorite website Sew Doggy Style.

As I always love social media cuteness, please let me know about your favorite Instagram or YouTube pet in the comments below.

Best Adventures,
Amara in Seattle (and Sebastian Unleashed)

Adventures, In Seattle, Not In Seattle

YouTube SpaceLA – Internet Magic

I am going to LA in 2 days… I repeat I am going to Los Angeles in 2 Days!

New to content creation on YouTube I was delighted to learn that the YouTube Space in LA was having a YouTube 101 event led by Jacques Slade aka Kustoo open to all creator levels.

Was it too crazy to sign up for an event 3 states away that was happening in 9 days?! Unsure, I called my peeps doing a quick friend survey as to the feasibility of the idea. The result: It was just crazy enough to be brimming with the potential for an amazing story.

Excited about the idea of a whirlwind pop-up trip to LA, I decided to attempt to sign-up… and I got an error message… trying again and again with the same result.

Instead of closing my laptop and giving up, I made one last attempt, creating the video below to explain my wild idea to directly to YouTube.

I’d pretty much figured that would be the end of the story… but for some reason the next morning I tried one last time… and managed to register.

Since then it has been a delightful series of moments of pure #internetmagic.


I am typing this just 2 days away from the adventure and I couldn’t be more excited!

You can follow the adventure as it develops on my twitter @AmaraInSeattle  & on my Instagram (also @AmaraInSeattle).

And there will be all kinds of videos across the Amara In Seattle YouTube channels:

Main: Amara In Seattle

Vlogs: Amara In Seattle Vlogs

Travel: Amara Not In Seattle

And of course I’ve created some hashtags: #internetmagic & #ais2la

Best Adventures,

Amara In Seattle… for now 🙂

 

 

 

Adventures, In Seattle, Journal, Not In Seattle, Uncategorized

Now Uploading – YouTube Channels!

I am so excited. I just keep saying that. At the start of this month, I begin uploading Amara In Seattle videos and within a week I had launched all three Amara In Seattle channels.

Making the decision to start early, while I am still in a learning phase was hard, but I find that creating is about learning as you go. There are many things I am working to improve, but I am thrilled to dig in and grow. To start. To take one step at a time. But most of all, I am excited to start interacting with all of you, amazing digital rock stars.

I hope you will join me on these of strange, beautiful, and fun adventures by subscribing, liking, sharing, and interacting with the three AIS channels:

Amara In Seattle (#AIS), the main channel. Here we adventure in the pacific northwest looking at history, events, pop culture, Americana, geekery, music, books, technology, social media, DIY, thrifting, vintage, retro, nostalgia and all kinds of other cool stuff.

Amara Not In Seattle (#ANIS) is a travel channel. A place for us to get lost traveling from exotic locales to local experiences, these are life enriching journeys. And to help your travels, there will also be travel tips, tricks, books, and reviews.

Amara In Seattle Vlogs (#AISV) is the catchall. A place to do random stuff like unboxings, DITLOs, super random talking, bloopers, internet trend videos, behind the scenes fun and other such vlogish things. http://bit.ly/2dTHKZF

As I keep saying, I am… well… so excited and I hope you are too. It’s going to be such fun!

Questions? Ideas? Leave me a comment on one of the channels above or send an email to: amarainseattleinfo@gmail.com

Business, Press, Events or Collaboration Inquiries, please email: amarainseattlebusiness@gmail.com

Best Adventures,
Amara In Seattle