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10 Best Coffee Shops in Seattle

June 26, 2016
Coffee Shops in Seattle

10 Best Coffee Shops in Seattle

Where else can you see the flying fish early in the morning, spend the day on the ferry cruisers Puget Sound and finish the evening skiing or snowboarding in the incredibly beautiful Cascade Mountains? The answer – in Seattle (USA), or as it is affectionately called, and the house of the Emerald City Superbowl champions Seattle Seahawks! I love traveling a lot. So, I and my friends decided to go on a trip to Seattle last month, which is famous for coffee, rain, beautiful green forests, clouds, breathtaking mountains and Puget Sound. I gather some awesome experience from there. However, did you know that this wonderful city is also the birthplace the world famous coffee company Starbucks? Talking about coffee, let me tell you that I am a caffeinated person, so coffee is must for me. And in the city when the weather is always wet, you cannot say no to a cup of good coffee. On this trip, I visited some well-known coffee shops to fill up my heart with various flavors of coffee. Here I made a short list of best coffee shops in Seattle, for those who love caffeine a lot like me.

Coffee Fiore

No Seattle coffee-shop list would be complete without a mention of this “Coffee Fiore” which has a coffee-connoisseur grade coffee and a comfy vibe. I would say, this place is somewhere I would love to spend my time

Neptune

This Greenwood cafe goes out of its way to get you out from behind your laptop. Neptune has a thriving social life, known for trivia competitions and knitting nights. I truly loved this place.

Zoka Coffee

Tables? Lots of them. Outlets? Enough to get by if you share. This place is awesome and the coffee is my fav. The company’s Greenlake location has ample workspace, and its University District cafe is usually laptop friendly.

Street Bean Espresso

I can’t forget to list in the Street Bean Espresso that makes Seattle a better city. In fact, if I could clone this coffeehouse into 100 locations and disperse them around Seattle. Offering excellent service by excellent baristas who are turning their lives around and offering a different alternative to homelessness and joblessness in the city, this coffeehouse is amazing. From the coffee they serve, to the people that serve it, and to the community it helps, Street Bean Espresso is worth every visit.

Easy Street Café

Easy Street Cafe is one of my favorite spots to grab a cup of coffee or have breakfast in West Seattle. With great food, Coffee Vita coffee, a ridiculous amount of great music, this place is worth your visit.
Seattle Coffee Works

Sebastian got it right when he created Seattle Coffee Works which offersa well roasted, direct-trade coffee, and serve it to people who want to learn how to enjoy it. His “slow bar” offers a way to try his coffee brewed from different methods so that you can compare them. Whether you want to come in for a quick Latte to go or you want to stay around and learn about brewing coffee, this Seattle coffeehouse is definitely worth a visit.

Kaladi Brothers

On the way to Alaska, Kaladi Bros. has been a staple on Capitol Hill for about 8 years now. They’ve designed a beautiful café that incorporates other community organizations to be integrated within their business – a layout which should be studied by designers everywhere, in my humble opinion. Great coffee, great service, and an emphasis on community activism, makes Kaladi Brothers wonderful.
Café on the Ave

best coffee shops in Seattle

This place is great. Actually, while bustling, it is one of my favorite camping spots in Seattle to get work done. Perfect for meeting friends, working on assignments, or simply enjoying Caffe Vita coffee, Café on the Ave has it all. The owner, Song, is also a terrific guy who is passionate about providing excellent service every single day.

Lighthouse Roasters

This tiny café/roaster has been churning out top-notch coffee since 1994. Get a French press of fresh-roasted coffee, and hang out in the cozy, no-frills environs.

Espresso Vivace

Operating on Capitol Hill since 1988, Vivace was a pioneer in the local and national espresso craze, and now it’s the home of the classic rosette latte-art design. All three locations are worth checking out, but definitely visit the Sidewalk Bar on Broadway, which has been a fixture on the street stories for more than two decades.

 

Seattle knows where to find a good cup of coffee and is the home to some of the best cafés and roasteries in America. As I traveled a lot, I have visited a lot of coffee shops in Seattle but these are my top choice.

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Top 7 Photo Editing Apps For Travelers

June 12, 2016
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Top 7 Photo Editing Apps For Travelers

While traveling, photo editing app comes really handy and useful especially for those who travels a lot. While you are traveling, it is not easy to carry heavy photography tools with you on the go and you can’t even ignore all the amazing moments you captured with your phone. Like all other devices, photos taken with a mobile phone also needs to be edited a bit, so here are the top 5 photo editing app that might add some extra spice on your travel album.

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Top 7 photo editing app recommended for travelers

 

Snapseed

 

Snapseed is pretty standard for mobile photo editing. All effects are divided into groups. Users can easily select effects from the bottom of the app and can change by swiping their fingers up and down on the screen. Crop, rotate, brightness, exposure, and other basic photo editing can be done by this app. Google it on android play store, and there you have it. You can also find it on iOS app store.

 

Facetune

The second one on the list is facetune, but am sure it will never be your second choice. This app is basically built for selfies, so this will always be on the first place of your list as selfies are now on demand. Smoothen your skin, reshape your face line and even you can whiten your teeth too. So, forget about your dizzy, pail face while taking selfies as facetune got your back. This app is available on both iOS and Android.

 

VSCO Cam

Nowadays, mobile photography is becoming more and more popular. I’ve seen people taking exceptional photos using mobile devices, editing, and sharing on Instagram and other social networks. VSCO is not different but it is much easier and stands out from the others apps with the insane variety of filters. It is easy to use, minimalist and small size free photo editing app which is available on both Android and iOS. However the app is free, the filter packs might cost you a bit as it has in-app purchase.

 

Touch Retouch

This is the best app to remove unwanted marks from your photo and undoubtedly the best one on this genre. Using this app, one can easily remove unwanted marks, face spots and even and object from your photo too. This is a smart tech that takes a bit cue from the background of the photo to vanish the spot or object you are annoyed with. This is also available on both iOS and Android app store.

 

iWatermark

This app is basically for those who are professional, meaning pro photographers and designers. This app will help you add your watermark or logo onto your photo before you can share it on social media. You can upload your own logo, signature or your QR code that protects creative property. Keeping the copyright issue in mind, this app was built for photographers who love to show their work on social Medias. Well, I think this is an intelligent way to contact and promote a company.

 

AfterFocus

It is now easy to create professional-like photos on mobile. With the help of this application, you can specify which parts of the photo be blur and which should be clearer. However, this app is free but a paid version allows you to work with pictures with higher resolution, add filters and provides new tools to work with. Both the user of iOS and Android can find this app on their app store.

 

Adobe Photoshop Touch

And the last application on the list, but not the last on the utility – Photoshop Touch. Yes, this is the Photoshop from Adobe and of course, this is the truncated form. You can say, this is the small version of Photoshop with almost all the basic functions of the desktop version. Well, this app is not available is the Google play store, but there is nothing to be upset as there is another Photoshop version for the android users available in the play store named “Photoshop express”. So, hit on search and enjoy.

 

These are all the top photo editing app which are handy and easy to use. One can find it useful for their moments captured with mobile while traveling.

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The 10 Things I Do to Stay Fit While Traveling

June 2, 2016
The 10 Things I Do to Stay Fit While Traveling

The 10 Things I Do to Stay Fit While Traveling

Keeping fit has become a priority for many Americans in recent years and many people in addition to healthy eating habits have incorporated working out as part of their daily routine at home. You might be planning to go on a vacation and you are probably wondering How to Stay Fit While Traveling .If this is bothering you, then you are reading the right article. I am an occasional traveler,and I always love travelling . However like everybody else I have the desire to remain fit I have therefore devised a formula keeping fit during my travels. Here is a list of the 10 things I do to stay healthy while traveling.

1.Wise packing

When traveling it is not possible to carry much of your workout equipment as you do not want to end all with a lot carry. It is, therefore, advisable to pack the small things that can be taken but are very vital for workouts. Some of the essentials you should consider include running shoes, one or two outfits if it’s a short vacation like a weekend. If you are planning to stay longer, you should also consider a skipping rope crank straps etc.

2.Healthy Eating

When going on vacation, there is always this feeling that you are on holiday and many people tend to give themselves a vacation everything including healthy eating. If the vacation is short for example lasting just a weekend unhealthy diet might not have any significant impact but what if your vacation spans a month or more it’s a different case. If you want to give yourself a break from a strict eating diet that is fine, this does not, however, mean that you can eat junk food try out new food instead. Try exploring the different cuisines served by the local people and believe me most of the time they turn out to be the most delicious cuisines you have ever tasted in your entire lifetime.

3.Be creative

Some of the workouts techniques that you might be used may depend largely on gym equipment at home and that is where the question of How to Stay Fit While Traveling again comes in. Due to this fact creativity becomes essential. In addition to simple work out you can try things like hiring like surfboards, a paddle board, a bike or anything you can think depending on your location.

4. Take the pleasure of exploring by foot or bike

A vacation should give you a break from your normal driving life it is a chance to rejuvenate yourself so why not try discovering the city or the countryside by foot. If you are a city folk exploring the countryside by foot can be a lot of fun for you and your family. Even if you are on a shopping spree, you can consider waking up a little bit early and taking a walk around town before the shops open to learning how to find your way around the city and locate the stores that you will be shopping. The best way of doing this is by foot or bike.

5. Make use of already working out plans

If you are traveling for business purposes, you might find yourself left with little time for working out. In such a case a core workout techniques can be helpful. These workouts are done within a short period but are designed to exercise almost every muscle in your body. The following are examples of workout plans you can choose from:

(a)An Express session of 15 minutes

Fifteen minutes exercise plan involving a jog or a quick walk which followed by push-ups, twenty-five crunches, twenty-five triceps, twenty-five prisoner squat and finally three yoga poses can also be useful for stretching?

(b)Island fit workout session

The course involves swimming in the ocean, skipping, jetty runs, water sports and finally at sunset a core session. This session can last a whole day, excellent for people who are on vacation or if you are on a business trip and have a day or two off.

(c)Skiing

Skiing is not only an enjoyable sport and hobby but also an excellent exercising activity. You can also add some more exercise to your skiing session to make it wholesome.

6.Skipping

A skipping rope is a small work out equipment and can fit in a very tight space so even if your suitcase is full you can insert the rope inside shoes and travel with it. Skipping is in fact among the best cardio, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout alternative.

7. Use nature as your gym

You do not always have to visit a gym changing the environment has a positive impact on working out. Changing the place where you work out adds fun to exercising. The natural environment is a good alternative for a gym if you are in a big city with many beautiful parks, a park can be an excellent venue or if you are in warm Caribbean coastal town head down to the beach.

8. Make use of hotel facilities.

Most hotels usually have a swimming pool and a gym, facilities which you can utilize. If you have a tight schedule, for example, you are attending a business meeting in the hotel you can give yourself a quick swimming session during lunch break. All you have to do is make sure you carry your swimming costume and goggles with you when you travel.

9.Use workout guides

Drill W guides are readily available online; you can download them online wherever you are. Articles based on body fitness are also right to take away options if you don’t want to go through the trouble of online research. You can also download guiding mobile apps.

10.Learn to know your limits

It is not important to forget the main reason why you are working out. If you are reading this article you main issue was probably How to Stay Fit While Traveling and not how to start body building, so why not stick to you plan. So do not push yourself too much when you feel tired and your body cannot take it anymore do not push yourself too much, you have a vacation to enjoy. By saying this, I don’t, however, mean that you should be lazy but rather you should practice moderation.