Sunday, May 11, 2014

Caffeinating the world


犬も歩けばStarbucksに当たる
Wherever you are, you'll encounter coffee shops 

Ever since I came to Seattle, well technically it's still month and a half
 I have been trying out new coffee shops literally everyday. 
This means I am spending minimum $3~ for
coffee shops but it's worth it.  Besides, I was gonna try out
every coffee shops. It's part of my reason why I chose this
espresso represent city. Apparently Seattle is famous with 3 Vs
Espresso Vivace, Cafe Vita, Victrola coffee
without even telling, you can tell that i've been there already
but for people who's planning to visit in a limited of time
I think it's little hard to substitute your 3 meals with coffee...
so here's my must go espresso shop

シアトルに来てから1ヶ月半の間、色んなコーヒーショップや
至る所でコーヒーを日々比較
日本よりかは値段は安いといえども最低8ozで$3〜くらい
(たまにtipをとる場所もあるけど)
シアトルを留学の場所に選んだのもこれが多少は影響しているから
これからも色んなところを試して行くつもり
シアトルで有名な3VといえばEspresso Vivace, Cafe Vita, Victrola Coffee
もちろんどこも試したのだけど私的にはEspresso Vivaceが1番
クリーミーで好きだったかな
店舗もたくさんあるから目的に合わせて選べるのも魅力ね
シアトルのエスプレッソはダークロースト
一番小さなサイズを頼んでもdouble espressoで来るお店もある
だから日本のBe a good neighbor,Streamer coffee,Bear Pondなど
東京で続々と増えて来ているthird wave系のcoffee shopの
ラテを多く使ったミルキーなカプチーノはこちらだとなかなか巡り会わないかも
さて、これからシアトルに訪れる予定の方のために
短時間で回れてどれも身近にある
おすすめのcoffee屋さんを教えます
でも私もまだ開拓途中なので
至らない点も多々あると思うけど、そこはご理解よろしくお願いします
1. Espresso Vivace at Alley 24


Established in 1988
Velvet,creamy and pure texture
it's not as bitter as other coffee shops

2. Ugly Mug Cafe

It's close to UW, so if you ever come to UW
you should definitely drop by 
unlike their name "Ugly Mug Cafe", the coffee is very good!
it's not Seattle ish espresso but you'll love it for sure
it comes with beautiful latte art

3.Storyville coffee


It's locating at heart of Seattle
Pike Place Market
unlike outside, it's very calm and sophisticated inside
I love everything about this place
coffee is very nice and their salted caramel roll is amazing! 
4. Uptown Espresso

They have the best thick creamy foam 
I suggest you to go to one in Queen Anne's
because you can see iconic Space Needle view infront
it's priceless
 5. Monorail Espresso


Iconic espresso to go only shop
locating next to Banana&Republic at Downtown
It's founded as first espresso cart in Seattle
worth stop to have a classic Seattle espresso
you can feel their bitterness as soon as you sip it
This place accept cash only so be careful with that! 

6. Sound and Morsel


The staff here seems very nice and casual friendly
atmosphere was amazing too! 
They were hanging out many 
without saying, the coffee is SO good
apparently the biscuit is famous, so better try them next time

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Life with Art

Life with Art

I have been taking art class for a month now
Although I have no great knowledge I find myself liking 
contemporary/modern art more than historic art
Their "Techniques" "Concept" "originality" 
stimulate my brain
sometimes I get puzzled who leaves their 
art work vague and not clear
but in the end I think art is free so we don't need any answer
Frankly, art makes my life more beautiful and joyful
I get to explore new things and get to see things in different perspective
Have you ever realized that you are surrounded by art 
in everyday lives? it's very interesting how art plays big role in our life

There's this beautiful Henry Art museum where I can go watch free
next to UW campus because i'm a student at there
I think all the universities should do this...

アートのクラスも週2で専攻してひと月が経過
全く美術に関しての知識は皆無だけど、
前にやっていたNYのfashion magazine internshipのおかげで
自分はモダンアートやコンテポラリーアートに興味があるんだなって思ってた
"技術的" "コンセプト的" "斬新さ"の面が私を刺激してくれる
たまに理解不能な不透明なアートがあるのだけどきっとそれがアートのいいところ
私は答えがないものが好きで、数学みたいに答えがあるものが逆に苦手
正直アートは自分の人生を彩ってくれたり楽しくしてくれるものだと思う
色んな視点や切り口から見れたり、新たなことをたくさん学べるし
いいことだらけ...?
皆は日常生活の中にアートを垣間みれるか意識したことある?
アートがどれだけ自分たちの生活で大きな役割を
果たしてくれているのかが分かって面白い

私の通っている大学にHenry Art Museumっていうコンテポラリーアート美術館が
併設されているのだけど、ここに通う学生は無料で見れる
とても綺麗で大きくて魅力が満載! 
日本もこういったサービスを行えばいいのになあ…なんて思った