My personal challenge to buy nothing for a month

We’re drowning in needless products and waste in the US, so I’m trying to buy noting for a whole month except for food and toiletries. Join my challenge.
Jul 21, 2016
A Stand.earth volunteer adds another cup to the more than 8000 hung in the early morning action. (Photo by Esmy Jimenez)

Environmentalists target Starbucks cups in SoDo action

Why were the 8000 Starbucks cups hanging outside the company's headquarters in SoDo yesterday?
Jul 8, 2016

The trouble with living in Seattle with a foreign-sounding name

Having a foreign-sounding name in Seattle can be difficult in many different ways — from the casual to the substantial.
Jul 30, 2015
The Specialty Coffee Association of the Americas conference in Seattle this week is all about improving the experiences of coffee consumers. But some participants are looking at how it can improve the lot of growers too. (Photo courtesy SCAA)

Ensuring the global coffee boom gives farmers a fair shot

A giant coffee conference held in Seattle this week will include local efforts to help coffee farmers escape poverty.
Apr 10, 2015

Breakfast in Beijing

Fewer countries offer a better buffet for the traveling chowhound than China, and Beijing is one of the best eating cities in the world.
Apr 17, 2014
Cherries from a Coffee arabica plant, before the seeds are removed, dried and roasted. (Photo by Rodrigo via Flickr)

As Seattle’s beans get better, Colombian coffee farmers suffer

After a century as a flagship industry, Colombian coffee growers have fallen on hard times, driven by free trade agreements, the global financial crisis and changing tastes for our morning cup.
Aug 28, 2013
A volunteer handed out food from the patio of the Taksim Square Starbucks in Istanbul, Turkey last week. (Photo by Christan Leonard)

Starbucks lends a hand (and a toilet) to Turkish protesters

Starbucks has long been a target of anti-corporate protests. But one store on Istanbul’s Taksim Square has quietly given aid to Turkish protestors.
Jun 13, 2013

Ines Patisserie brings the taste (and attitude) of France

It’s 5 a.m. on a black and blustery morning as I drive through the empty streets of Madison Valley looking to find out what croissants have to teach Seattle about living right. Little yellow leaves — wet with rain and stuck to the black asphalt — are illuminated by light glowing through the steamy windows […]
Nov 9, 2012
Las Vegas strip sunrise

Full disclosure on my weekend in Vegas

Las Vegas must be heaven for those who don’t get the chance to travel much: Paris, Venice, New York, even Giza. All the wonders of the world packed into one place. When my aunt suggested we go there for a family reunion of sorts a couple weeks ago, I recalled what a friend once told […]
Mar 28, 2012