Mary Jo Manzanares

Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast,  is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, and is on a wine quest at Seattle Bits and Bites. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo lives in Seattle where she enjoys lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Israel, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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Delicious French Pastries at Belle Pastry, Bellevue

If you’re looking for a quiet spot to have pastry and coffee, Belle Pastry offers a delicious experience in downtown Bellevue, Washington. It’s almost like being in Paris at your favorite neighborhood cafe. If you have gluten, milk,  or soy concerns, Belle Pastry has you covered. And if you’re vegan, you’ll find lots of tasty options here …

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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Bellevue, Washington

Comfort Food at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Bellevue

When I learned that ramen wasn’t just a cheap dried noodle and instant soup mix, the door opened to a world of Japanese comfort food. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka in Bellevue, Washington, could become wonderfully – and comfortingly – addictive. Location: 103 Bellevue Way N.E., Suite 3, Bellevue, [amazon_textlink asin=’1402745451′ text=’Washington’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’theyums-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’93a965f2-d09b-11e7-8468-0dc833c4b617′] (between …

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Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Seattle

The late [easyazon_link identifier=”0962125806″ locale=”US” tag=”theyum-20″]Ivar Haglund[/easyazon_link] was a Seattle icon, widely known as a local entertainer, folk singer, and restauranteur. He was also an opportunistic marketer, getting his start in the seafood business when he started a chowder/fish and chips business to sell to the hungry visitors at his aquarium. From there, Ivar’s Acres …

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