Starbucks Roastery & Tasting Room Or There is Always Something New to Discover

My relationships with coffee were always pretty tight. I started drinking it when I was at school and then continued all the way through university. There is a part of me that truly believes that coffee may have been the reason I was able to navigate between classes and part-time jobs during all five years while working on my degrees. Somewhere around that time, I understood that caffeine had stopped affecting me the way it affected others and my love for coffee continued on the basis of comfort and routine. And sometimes there were weeks when I had a menu consisting of seven to nine cups of coffee a day (I guess such revelations are actually needed to explain why I decided to change my life style and how damn difficult it was). Luckily, those days are long gone and today I enjoy mostly good quality decaffeinated coffee or regular ones a few times a week.

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Top 5 Seattle Attractions or Discovering what Seattle is About

I love when my friends from out of the state come to visit. First of all, it is ‘long time no see’ kind of excitement, a lot of giggling, sharing, food tasting, and walking. Second, and just as much enjoyable, I have a perfect excuse to do things that the locals barely do: visit the city’s most known places! Those who live near the ocean will understand me because, against the common belief, they enjoy ‘beach days’ pretty rarely, just as those who live near forests and national parks barely hike the same trails over and over again. I think it is due to the lack of time, the desire to find new attention-grabbing spots, and the need to avoid crowds. I definitely can add one more reason: getting used to seeing the same thing (even a truly fascinating one) makes its charm faint. So every time I go up the Space Needle is really special because I do it so infrequently.

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Tomatoes Stuffed with Quinoa and Tofu or How Quinoa rules the World

Today I am so happy, guys! My day was amazing! I spent hours writing, editing, reading, had a long walk through the downtown, a cup of steamed coconut milk latte and, last but not least, I cooked the dinner that surprised even me. Being honest, it does not happen very often, I am too exacting a cook. Nevertheless, today’s success made my day.

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Creatively Speaking about Dislikes

I do not know maybe it is a recent weather or just me being moody but this week I have decided to share a very unusual piece of writing with you guys.

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5 Pantry Essentials You Should Keep Handy

A long time ago, when I started changing my habits and thinking about the future I was going to have if I continued eating randomly, I needed such a list so badly. I did not know where to start from, where to begin. Putting all found pieces of information together, I finally came up with 5 must-haves for a successful transition from eat-it-all to eat-what-makes-difference diet. Some items from this list will help you to create delicious recipes and/or will improve your skin appearance, hair and nails condition as well as overall wellbeing.

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Appreciation Or Thinking Deeper

Oh boy! Time does fly by fast. Hard to believe it’s been almost … two weeks since the Memorial Day weekend! I hope you all guys had a great three-day break! I had an amazing one! In fact, the long weekend made me think about something very important, something that I do not think about enough. Appreciation.

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Living the Dream or From Seattle with Love

I have been thinking for a while now what to say in my first post about Seattle.  I mean, of course, I have to write how pretty it is, or clean, or modern. But I guess those are just the obvious criteria for each and every city described by its much-dedicated fans. I bet the people of Chicago could easily fight for their city to be the prettiest, or the people of Austin would argue that there is no more modern city than theirs.

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Health is not a choice – It is the way of living

I was born in the family of the doctors. Both of my parents, my sister, and her husband went a long way to get their medical degrees and I am … well, I am not one of them. Honestly, I have never been a big fan of blood and that kind of stuff. So these days I learn about health from literature, experience of others and, of course, my own. And this is the hardest part: I have to try everything out on myself. I claim it is the hardest because medicine has hundreds of researches to prove its point and I have to dig through the knowledge buried under the tons of information. What do I mean? Things like how to suppress inflammation in a body or how to heal irritated gums, or increase vitamins intake without actual pills.

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Denver Then and Now

I used to believe that our memories like to play tricks on us. We remember things not as they were or happened but as our brain allows us. It forces out negative, scary or embarrassing feelings leaving us the awareness that something unpleasant happened in the past. As much as I believe this is cheating of some sorts, I still really appreciate this ability. Otherwise, the weight of the things that were done and couldn’t be changed, can press down on us and mess with our present and future.

In 2007, the whole 9 years ago, I did the craziest thing my parents could have ever imagined and signed up for Work & Travel program that basically meant spending three months working in the United States as an international student and then traveling for a month around the country. Read More