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An Ann Arbor Photo Shoot, Coffee Style.

I’m at babo: A Market By Sava in Ann Arbor, Michigan enjoying and taking a few pictures of my morning coffee and doing a photo shoot came into my head. A photo shoot, coffee style that is.

So live in the moment I start writing this post, while the coffee(s) and coffee cup(s) were working the camera. First a mocha, than a Spanish Latte. Some shots indoors, than outdoors.

Babo is a local market with fresh produce, a hot and cold bar and groceries. It caters its products to the Ann Arbor area, supporting lots of local producers. They also have a coffee shop with a seating area, to spend some time and soak in the market and community. I was doing just that as the camera was clicking.

Babo Ann Arbor Market, cafe mocha, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, cafe mocha, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, cafe mocha, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, cafe mocha, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, cafe mocha, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Definitely got a better feel for the market as a whole through the coffee photo madness. No worries, I actually drank each coffee too before they got cold. Too coffee photo shoots! I’m now highly caffeinated. 🙂

Walking the Market on Pike Street in Seattle.

When people think Seattle they think Pacific Northwest, coffee, seafood, the Space Needle and Mount Lanier. One of the first things that came to mind also when I found out I’d be spending a little time there was Pike Place Market.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Right along Elliott Bay and Pike Street, in the heart of the city, is a foodie and shopping paradise. It’s one of the oldest public farmers’ markets in the United States.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

You’ll find many, many people capturing the signage and clock. It’s almost lunch time.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

One thing that will definitely catch the eye right away are the flowers. The assortment of boutiques, arrangements and flower colors at very reasonable prices will make the tourist wish they lived locally.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Being along the water in the Pacific Northwest you’ll definitely find a lot of every kind of seafood imaginable. The size of some of the fish you can buy wow!

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, fresh seafood

Ditto on the produce. One stand after another of colorful vegetables in perfect condition.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, vegetables

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, vegetables

Walking outside of the main market area along Pike Street you’ll find shops, restaurants, stands and people lining the streets.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

One of the shops is the original Starbucks. Of course I will notice anything coffee related. 🙂 It’s definitely worth a visit, but get there early. If you want to sit inside and/or get a caffeinated coffee beverage, be prepared to stand in line. A good alternative is Local Color Art Coffee and More a few doors down. It’s part coffee shop, part gallery and a good place to people watch and hang out.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, original Starbucks, coffee shop

There are unique vendors all-around selling something for everyone. One that caught the eye was the tie-dyed t-shirts stand. If you’re looking for a local souvenir to take home check out Mt St Helen’s Ash and get something made of the ash from the 1980 volcanic eruption.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Tip: Hearing a lot from the locals while there, finding a parking spot is a major issue so pack patience or walk/take public transportation.

Whether its people watching, shopping, hanging out in the big city or enjoying coffee and some eats, Pike Place Market in Seattle is definitely worth the time.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

What other markets would you recommend that you have come across in your travels?

#ElCafeDe2013: The Local Color Art, Coffee & More of Seattle.

It was a late-summer afternoon in Seattle and we were hanging out in the foodie and market heaven that is Pike Place Market. There was only a short time to explore and of course that included finding a local, non-chain, independent coffee spot.

Local Color Art, Coffee & More, Pike Place Market, Seattle coffee shop

Right along the main stretch of the market at the corner of Pike and Stewart is Local Color Art, Coffee & More.

Local Color Art, Coffee & More, Pike Place Market, Seattle coffee shop

Local Color Art, Coffee & More, Pike Place Market, Seattle coffee shop

Upon entering you’ll not just be in a cafe, but an art gallery as well. A variety of work from local artists hangs on the walls, with a full-time working studio within. Local Color immediately gave off a relaxing atmosphere with locals and tourists inter-mixed. A nice change of pace from the crowded, crammed, touristy feel of the original Starbucks down the street.

Local Color Art, Coffee & More, Pike Place Market, Seattle coffee shop

The cafe includes coffee from Seattle-based Caffé Vita and service from friendly baristas.

Local Color Art, Coffee & More, Pike Place Market, Seattle coffee shop

It was a warmer, sunny day so we went with an iced vanilla latte and mocha which hit the spot! 🙂 Desserts, pastries, beer, wine and music are also among their offerings.

Local Color Art, Coffee & More, Pike Place Market, Seattle coffee shop

Depending on your seat it’s a great place to people watch, checking out the hustle-and-bustle of the market.

Local Color Art, Coffee & More, Pike Place Market, Seattle coffee shop

It was a short, but good time hanging out at Local Color Art, Coffee & More in Seattle. What a great way to dive into the well-known Seattle coffee culture.

What non-chain, independent coffee shops would you recommend in Seattle?

The Holidays at Detroit’s Eastern Market.

This past Saturday morning I went down to Detroit’s historic Eastern Market to do some holiday shopping and to consume some local coffee. While I was there, I also captured some photos of the holiday scene. Who doesn’t love being at an outdoor market during the holiday season?

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Eastern Market is a six block long public market that has been open since 1891. People were out in full force on this morning.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Even though it’s the winter season here in the Midwest, you’ll still find lots of fruits and vegetables. On the more festive side you can get some cider.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Eastern Market offers plenty of local coffee choices. I went with a latte from Germack Coffee Roasting Co.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

You will find wreathes, baskets and candle arrangements aplenty along with some people spreading the holiday cheer through music.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

I would have liked to light all those candles up. That would have been a pretty scene. 🙂

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

To a lot of people the holidays mean it is poinsettia time.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

I am always on the lookout for a good red one.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Real holiday trees every where you look.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Pine, pine, pine. You gotta love the smell of pine.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

There are lots of pine options in regards to decorations.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Who knows what kinds of holiday items you’ll come across as you walk around outside. Cute reindeer.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

There was a festive atmosphere inside the stores around the market as well, like at DeVries & Co. which has lots of Detroit and Michigan based products.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus stopped by!

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Love seeing ice sculpting up close. Hope it gets colder in the Midwest so sculptors can showcase their work for longer periods of time.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

I was also inspirated to checkout the holiday market scene by a shot of Krakow’s Christmas Market in Poland from Jetting Around.

What markets do you plan to checkout or have in your travels during the holiday season?

Cleveland: West Side Market

Food lovers (Foodies) from all over the world flock to West Side Market in the historic Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. West Side Market has been highlighted on both the Food Network and Travel Channel and has roots all the way back to 1840.

The market is open four days a week and my most recent trip there was this past Saturday. Saturday morning is the best time to go. There are more stands open and more people making it more vibrant inside and outside in the neighborhood. The market is not open on Sunday’s.

Cleveland - West Side Market - Ohio City neighborhood

The main part of the market is in an enclosed old yellow brick market house with a 137-foot clock tower that stands out in the whole neighborhood. It’s home to the best and an amazing variety of:

Cleveland - West Side Market - Ohio City neighborhood

Cheeses and dairy products.

Cleveland - West Side Market - cheeses

High quality meats, including of course lot’s of varieties of bacon!

Cleveland - West Side Market - bacon and meats

Fish, eels and lot’s of seafood.

Cleveland - West Side Market - eel, fish, seafood

Breads, desserts and other baked goods. Who can’t beat filled-to-order cannolis?

Cleveland - West Side Market - breads, baked goods

Cleveland - West Side Market - cannolis and desserts

Every kind of ravioli and pasta you can imagine. Pumpkin ravioli? I guess it is the season. I always check out Ohio City Pasta.

Cleveland - West Side Market - ravioli, pasta

Lot’s of oils, hot sauces, spices, candy and more can be found. Lot’s of people weren’t there to shop or sight-see, just to grab lunch or a snack. Some of them were upstairs eating gyros, sausage sandwiches, pastry treats or having a hot coffee. Great views of the market and people watching opportunities can be had upstairs.

Cleveland - West Side Market - Ohio City neighborhood

The arcade portion of the market, recently enclosed and right next store is home to vendor after vendor selling a wide variety of vegetables and fruits.

Cleveland - West Side Market - fruits and vegetables

Cleveland - West Side Market - vegetables

Cleveland - West Side Market - fruits

I always seem to gravitate towards the onions and garlic.

Cleveland - West Side Market - vegetables, onions, garlic

You’ll see lots of people throughout the market like myself with cameras out getting pictures of all the amazing products. No vendors have ever raised an issue about it. You’ll also see all the fruit and vegetable vendors reaching out to you trying to get you to buy from them, but you can’t really go wrong it terms of price with any of the stands. I always make sure to pick the specific tomatoes, onions, oranges, etc. that I want.

Cleveland - West Side Market - foodies, photography

As this is the holiday season, outside the market we saw holiday trees for sale, Santa Claus for the kids to see, a small arts and crafts market and even a line to get some of the Christmas Ale being brewed. You’ll find breweries, restaurants, book stores and other shops and my favorite spot, Koffee Cafe. Grabbed a peppermint stick coffee with Bailey’s. I wasn’t be able to take it outside haha, but it was well worth relaxing inside and getting out of the cold.

Cleveland - Ohio City Neighborhood

West Side Market is my favorite market. I love driving a few hours each way just to go there to people watch, have a coffee, soak in the city neighborhood atmosphere and bring back goodies to make some amazing meals. This is one market I hope you’ll get to someday.

Cleveland - West Side Market - Ohio City neighborhood

What do you like about West Side Market and the Ohio City neighborhood? What markets in the United States and around the world are must visits?