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February Favorites

Some of my favorite things this month...

1. Norte Cafe

Why I love Norté Cafe...

Small biz alert!

You all know I care about coffee.

I was so pleased to receive some Norté Cafe goods for the holidays this year

(how cute is that mask?).

It’s a great small business founded recently by a man that grew up in Columbia and wants to share Colombian coffee and goodness with those around the United States.

A bit more about Norté Cafe...

"My name is Yair “Leo” Carvajalino. I grew up on a coffee farm in Colombia. My parents and grandparents were also coffee farmers, so it runs in the family. Growing coffee is a business that requires dedication, diligence and passion. Generation by generation, these values continue to flourish in the region where I grew up since coffee production is one of the main economic activities there.

Norte Café is a dream come true. I always wanted to be able to create value for the society. And what better way than by creating a brand that offers the best coffee in the world! Norte Café is a source of coffee information, so you know what you are drinking, where it comes from, and the faces behind the production."

Buy different Norté Coffees here:

Find them on Instagram

2. Lightroom Presets by "Find Us Lost"

Why I suggest @finduslostpresets...

Not an experienced photo editor? No problem, there is a learning curve.

And what better way to learn but through example and presets?

That is why I often suggest purchasing editing presets to friends that are intimidated by editing tools, or want to create more eye catching photos with ease.

Find Us Lost is one of my favorite travel pages, and one of my favorite preset creators. The Lightroom App is completely free for your phone, and you can check out her different packages to select one compatible for your app. She sends along a super easy step-by-step guide on how to upload them all to your phone to easily apply them to all of your personal photos.

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Check out "Find Us Lost" Presets here:

Check out Adobe Lightroom here:

(ps the Lightroom App is free and the presets work!)

Find Find Us Lost presets page on Instagram here: @finduslostpresets

Find her page on Instagram @finduslost

3. Delicious & Romantic Washington, DC

Valentine's Day Spots

"Washington, DC: Romantic Restaurants to Visit for Valentine's Day"

Last year around this time, I wrote a DC Blog post outlining my favorite romantic restaurants around DC.

Read the full post here:

  • For the Beautiful Atmosphere: Iron Gate (Mediterranean)

  • For Great Wine: Le Diplomate (French)

  • For a Splurge: Kinship (New American)

  • For the Laid Back: Daikaya (Ramen)

  • For the Views: Fiola Mare (Seafood)

  • For the Adventurers: Maydan (Middle Eastern)

I still stand by all of these recommendations!

In addition, some other favorites if you're going out or ordering-in are:

  • Bresca (New American)

  • Rasika (Indian)

  • Thip Khao (Laotian)

  • Chiko (Chinese/Korean)

  • Filomena Ristorante (Italian)

  • Wiseguy Pizza (Pizza)

  • Zaytinya (Mediterranean)

  • Oyamel Cocina Mexicana (Mexican)

4. Take a Day Trip to Leesburg, Virginia

What we did on our day trip to Leesburg...

It’s an adorable part of Virginia, and a great day trip from DC!

We fully plan to go back and visit some more spots around the area.

Definitely put it on your list if you’re looking for a place to explore the outdoors (hiking and biking) and then enjoy some good drinks afterwards!

Check out my reel about it here: "The Perfect Day Trip to Leesburg, Virginia"

Featuring and approved by @seymour_buutts

5. "Madam" by Republic Restoratives Distillery

What better way to celebrate the new administration?

Why I love Republic Restoratives...

"A small batch, women-owned distillery and craft cocktail bar in the heart of Washington, DC."

Explore all their drinks here:

Find them on Instagram @republicrestoratives


Let me know what some of your favorites are.


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