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.


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Adventures, Not In Seattle

Even More Lost In Travel

There is a part of me that only exists in travel.

This is likely because I grew up moving. Between states. Between cultures. And on a plethora of road trips crisscrossing the pacific northwest that built an undercurrent of discovery and adventure that fuels who I am to this day.

I let travel, in its many forms, wash over me. From selfies in front of classic monuments to the small moments of observation that can only occur when I am away from what I know. There are grand lessons that only travel can provide as well tiny bits of joy that can only be experienced by being there, wherever there is.

It is from this love of travel, that Amara Not In Seattle developed out of Amara In Seattle ~ Not in opposition to who I am at home, but as the part of who I am that is also at home on the go.

Because travel is a big part of the inspiration that sparks my adventures, last week I announced that my YouTube travel channel, Amara Not In Seattle, will be releasing a new video every #TravelTuesday! I was so on fire that I shared this excitement by getting to the heart of adventure at a park for grown-ups in Las Vegas ~ complete with a fire spitting mantis (really!).

As for this website, I aim to start sharing travel moments that inspire, amuse, or just take me away ~ like the discoveries below.

YouTube Creator, The Clueless Canadian eats a shrimp burger at McDonald’s in Japan, making me really wish I’d tried that Tamago Double Mac (roughly translated to egg on a double Mac) the last time I was in Tokyo.

Holly of The Holiad sent me thinking back through my past adventures with a piece on funny questions she’s been asked while traveling.

Jen of Gypsybus28 remembers her trip to Santorini and reminds me why this island is among my top travel goals.

While researching my trip to London for Summer In the City, I stumbled upon Emma’s Bookish Corner with this wonderful piece about The British Library Crime Classics. Now all I have to decide which of these tales I want to read first!

Lastly, because we travelers are all very busy, I shared episode two of my breif travel series, Just a Minute, where all it takes to get lost in travel is 60 seconds.

Maybe it was a moment, a book, or an experience… Where have you found the spirit of adventure? Please let me know in the comments below.

Getting Lost In Travel,
Amara Not In Seattle