Drinking my way through the best coffee places in Seattle & Portland

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Subtitled: All the Stumptown Coffee shops in the PNW with a few others thrown in because they are also good.

Last October I was fortunate enough to tag along with my sister and her husband Leon (owner of a premier coffee company Papa Palheta and coffee shops Loysel's Toy and Chye Seng Huat Hardware) and his business partner to Seattle and Portland.

They were there on business, my sister was there to learn and (by proxy) so was I. Plus it was bonding time for the two of us since I hardly get to see my family. More on the food we ate and the trip in general later. For now, here are all the coffee places we went to. Click to view the gallery.

Didn't manage to get pictures but our first day in Seattle, we stopped by Milstead & Co in the Fremont area in Seattle. Cute little place, walking distance to a ton of restaurants too. While in Portland we also dropped into Heart to look around and Clive Coffee to look at all sorts of coffee contraptions and toys. And of course, we went to the original Starbucks to look around.

I think I left my heart in the Pacific North West so I guess I'll have to go back again soon!

Instagram Accounts That Inspire Me

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As of today, I follow 426 Instagram accounts. A lot of those are friends, some of those friends don't post anymore or hardly post at all so it's always fun to see on the rare occasion they do. I should probably go through that list and stop following the ones who aren't active but for the most part, the people I do follow are interesting, and I try not to follow "just because."

This list is of my favorite visually stunning accounts that I think you'll love. These are accounts where you can scroll... scroll... scroll and not be bored. These are also accounts that inspire me so I hope you enjoy!


Untitled Projects is my sister's company she started a couple of years ago. If I had to have only one source of inspiration, it's her - a person of impeccable taste and a keen eye for great design and packaging and form, her Instagram account makes me so proud to be related to her. Now if she'd just rub off on me a little, I'd be set.


Do you like baking? Do you like pretty things? Do you get inspired by an edgy sense of humor, clever captions and awesome taste? Libbie's your girl. The woman has the best wardrobe and shoes, she's SUPER cool, and... am I gushing? I'm gushing aren't I? I'm a big fan. HUGE fan.


Lydia is an illustrator in Singapore. Lately, I've developed a love for hand-lettering and hand-drawn illustration and Oak & Bindi's pop art, comic book style is right up my alley. It's also inspiring to see how someone has taken her passion and by sticking to it, she's now commissioned for murals and artwork. Plus she's also got great style.


I'm a sucker for animal accounts. @Oul (I guess his name's Louis) lives in Nashville by beautiful Radnor Lake, and he manages to capture pictures of animals in the funniest positions. Throw in his captions and you've got laugh-out-loud moments.


Talk about eye candy! Joy is a pastry chef in Sweden who makes the prettiest pastries and then takes even prettier pictures of them. She doesn't post a lot so I always look forward to seeing what she's baked.

If you have any suggestions on who to follow or any favorites of your own that inspire you, please leave the link in comments so I can check them out too!