City Guide: Seattle, Washington

 In today’s city guide series we are going to Seattle, Washington with Christina from Happy or Else

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Seattle is my favorite city to visit! The only reason you’ll be sleepless in Seattle will be because there is too much to do! I loved visiting so much that I decided to live here one year for my husband’s work! Come visit in the summer for outdoor sunny days or winter for coffee shops and art galleries. The food is incredible all year round and you will find your favorite stores along with cool local jewelry makers and vintage boutiques.

You can see the magnificent Space Needle from many points in the city. Take a night trip to the top. You’ll gain a new perspective. Plus it is super romantic-even if you go with a friend.
 
 
Pike’s Market is located downtown and on the water. It is home to mouth-watering bakeries (Piroshky Piroshky-get the marzipan roll), the first Starbucks, fresh flowers, crafts and of course the freshest seafood. It’s bustling and fun. Ask the fisherman to throw a big wet fish for you to catch! You can buy some shrimp cocktail and walk through the market while munching. Sample the pepper jellies and pick one up for your suitcase. I love serving them with cream cheese and crackers.
Be sure to check out the “Gum Wall,” around the corner.
Grab a coffee or chai charger (chai tea latte with a shot of espresso-pictured below with Chris’ sister, Mattie). There is a local coffee shop every few feet!
Enjoy the beautiful skyline on a sunset cruise with Let’s Go Sailing. Bring some snacks and wine you picked up while walking through the market and relax. That’s the Seattle Great Wheel back there!
In the summer there’s a festival practically every weekend. Here’s a cool mobile shop called Fashion Bar set up in West Seattle.
Expect to see some pups everywhere, even in stores. Seattle is extremely dog friendly. Those sweaters were sooo soft and drapey!
Ballard is a favorite Seattle neighborhood for hipster dining. Stoneburner is perfect for fancy cocktails and rich small plates in a swanky vintage atmosphere. Think champagne cups with a staff of handle bar mustaches and cat-eye glasses.
Order an Alpini Smash: bourbon, cherry, lemon, mint and cane. It makes me feel old-fashioned, fancy and festive.
The heirloom and white anchovy bruschetta is so richly flavored and makes me feel like I have a sophisticated palate!
Living in Seattle has felt like one big vacation this year with all the of the special occasion/themed/incredible ambiance restaurants, evergreen backdrop, busy city center and cultural activities (the symphony rocks BTW and the music scene is out of control). 
 
Missed the previous city guides, catch up here
 
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City Guide: San Francisco, California

Today we are back for another edition of the city guide series. This time we are going to San Francisco with Lauren from Seventeenth & Irving
 
It’s interesting living in a city that’s a major tourist destination, having grown up outside of Atlanta. At times, the tourists can be a bit overwhelming, but if you take a moment to just appreciate the amazing city you live in, San Francisco has many wonderful things to offer.
 
 
 
 
If you’re going to do one thing touristy, I highly recommend The Ferry Building. It’s one of my favorite places to grab a quick bite to eat, at favorites like Mariposa Gluten-Free BakeryPrather Ranch, or Boccalone. It’s also one of my favorite places to shop. Make sure you check out The Gardener for the perfect gift, or Heath Ceramics for locally crafted dinnerware and homegoods. On Saturdays, the world famous Farmers Market is a must do. Each week nearly 25,000 shoppers visit, but if you go early you can beat the crowds and the line at Blue Bottle Coffee.
 
My favorite neighborhood to shop in, away from the crowds and designer flagships of Union Square, is Hayes ValleyLavish carries the perfect little something to brighten your day, a hostess gift, and the coveted Rifle Paper Co. line. Cisco Home carries furniture that’s both sustainable and covetable. Miette is the perfect place to grab a sweet treat – the macarons are a big hit. My favorite clothing store is, by far, Steven Alan. I’m slowly adding pieces from this boutique to my closet because I love the fact that many of them are made in the USA, with unmatchable quality.
 
A trip to San Francisco without a trip to Golden Gate Bridge is a trip wasted. Even as a local, the glimpse of its bright “International Orange” takes my breath away, every single time. I feel lucky to live in a city that offers so many jaw-dropping views around every corner.
 
I hope you enjoyed reading about San Francisco to hear more about Lauren’s adventures in the city visit her blog here
 
Next week we will be heading to another city in the United States. 
 
**Interested in sharing your hometown, Email Me for details. 

City Guide: Sydney, Australia

Today I’m launching a new travel series for the month of September. Each Wednesday a blogger from around the world will be taking over Eat.Drink.Shop.Love to share their city. Today we are going to Sydney, Australia with Designer + Photographer, Erika Raxworthy

City Guide Sydney Australia

Photographed by Erika Raxworthy
 
I had so much fun being a tourist in my own city again! There are so many great things about Sydney taken for granted which I loved seeing from a new point of view. 
 
The best place to start discovering Sydney is an area called The Rocks. This is a historic neighborhood with the best view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. There are also markets on weekends, the Museum of Contemporary Art, great little cafes for brunch and it is close to Circular Quay where ferries to the zoo and Manly Beach embark from.
 
My favorite neighborhood for all things food and shopping is Surry Hills. If you take your coffee seriously, this is where you want to be. I love going to Orto Trading Co. and Joe Black. There are also loads of bars and restaurant if you want to head out for the night. 
 
Finally, Bondi Beach is really iconic and sums up Sydney’s love of the outdoors and beach. I love walking from Bondi to Bronte as the view is such a great distraction from the exercise. 
 
I hope you enjoyed reading about Sydney to hear more about Erika’s adventures in the city visit her blog here
 
Next week we will be heading back to states to learn about another city. 
 
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Looking for Guest Bloggers to Share Their City

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I’m a launching a new series and I am looking for guest bloggers to share their favorite places to eat, drink, shop, along with what they love most about the city they live in. Since I live Atlanta, I’ve got this place covered. However I’m looking forward to seeing what exciting places you will take me this summer. 

What I’m looking for: 

I’m looking for bloggers who have access to a photographer or who can take high quality high-res shots around their city. You must have an active blog and love chatting with others on social media. I want to you to make me and my readers want to visit your city in the near future. 

Guest bloggers interested in participating in this project should e-mail me for further details at
jewel@eatdrinkshoplove.com
. The series will launch in the middle of August. 

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Road Trip Essentials + A Giveaway

 

Road Trip Essentials

Fourth of July is tomorrow any many of you are headed out of town on your first road trip of the summer. Road trips can be short or long distances but you always need an in car bag filled with snacks, music, and reading material (if you aren’t driving) to get through the trip. I’ve made some great suggestions below on how to pack your road trip essentials. 

1. Pack Fresh Fruit– Packing fresh fruit is an easy snack to grab while you are driving. Fruit like bananas, apples, and oranges don’t need to be refrigerated, so they make the perfect car snacks for long trips.

2. Make a Playlist– Download your favorite tunes on a play list ahead of time to jam out to on your trip. Either burn it on a CD or add it to your Ipod. There are also some awesome already created play lists on Spotify.

3. Pack Magazines and Books– I also have a stack of books or magazine whenever I take a trip to keep me company while I’m not driving. Check out my summer reading list.

4. Pack Healthy Snacks– Ditch the trip to the convenience store for the bag of chips and soda. Instead bring bottles of water and snacks like KIND Bars for a more nutritious option.

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In honor of your next summer road trip the nice team at KIND Snacks has decided to give away three gift packs (worth a value of $75 each) to three lucky Eat.Drink.Shop.Love readers.  The winners will receive a variety of flavors to try like the Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants, and the Blueberry Vanilla & Cashew.

Kind bars recently released two new flavors Dark Chocolate Chili Almond and Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt. I love Kind bars because they are all-natural, gluten free, and delicious. They are perfect for a summer vacation, post workout snack, or your next afternoon treat.

To enter, leave a comment below telling me what’s your must have road-trip essential item and fill out the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway is open until July 8 at Midnight, and the winners will be contacted shortly after.

 
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