Exploring Washington State

Exploring Washington State

The Exploring Washington State Podcast is for you if you are looking for ideas and inspirations of great places to visit, fantastic places to grab a bite to eat and drink. If you want to know more about the businesses that call Washington State home, learn about the amazing artists who are creating artwork.The State of Washington is an amazing place to live and a great place to visit. The Exploring Washington State Podcast helps to showcase the splendor of Washington State. Remember "there is always more to explore!”

Episodes

May 9, 2021 58 min

Nick Grow joins us this episode for a conversation about life as a professional musician and stay at home dad.

Starting off in High School and then through college Nick has continued to grow and develop as both an artist and a performer.  With over 600 songs in his arsenal Nick is a well rounded performer. 

This is a great conversation Nick was a joy to chat with.  We talk about Spokane and all of the changes that have happened thr...

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Kwabi Amoah-Forson's mission is to spread peace throughout the world. This episode is our conversation with Kwabi who lives in Tacoma.

Starting by spending Saturdays in Wright Park, Peace Campaigning. Through the dialogs he had Kwabi was able to understand what peace means to people. He then travelled to Europe to continue his conversations about peace.

Kwabi now has The Peace Bus a 1988 Mitsubishi Van. He drives the van around a...

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May 2, 2021 60 min

In this episode we chat with Laura Burkhart and Tawni Eakman the co-founders of Full Moon Market in Seattle.  Staring their market  in the basement of a coffee shop in Seattle.

Full Moon Market has grown into a thriving community that supports artisans and creatives. During the pandemic Full Moon Market has adapted into a virtual community that has monthly gatherings.

The market curates the vendors so that there is not duplication of...

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AJ Rantz the creator of Cocktail Cards.  The cards will take you from complete beginner to cocktail expert.

Starting  out pouring beers at the Gorge Amphitheater,  AJ shares some funny about Ozzie Osborn and other concerts during his years at the Gorge. This led him to a decade of being a bartender in the greater Seattle area.

Prior to COVID AJ left his job bartending due to the hours that were not working out with his personal life....

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Kim Roberts co-owner of Westport Winery joins us to talk about Westport, Wine, Whiskey, and Women (Mermaids).....

Kim and her husband Blain retired to Westport which is a great introduction to this episode. Realizing that they were bored and wanted to do something else.  After a visit to California they wanted a project. Soon they knew they wanted to open a winery. Without knowing much about wine!

Founding Westport Winery in 2008 and...

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Parker Olson founder of Forij joins us to chat about Granola, Functional Mushrooms, Sleeping in a tent for a year.  This is a wide ranging episode full of great stories.

After finding an apothecary and taking a class in adaptogens and tonics Parker was introduced to Functional Mushrooms which have become one of the basic components of Forij Granola.

For 18 months Parker tried a different diet each month to see how they would impact h...

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Westport Washington resident Jill Jacobs joins us to talk all about Westport in this episode.

Jill found herself living in Westport after living in New York, Hawaii, Alaska, and Bellingham. Her story about finding the house and her husband grabbing his surfboard and catching a wave on their initial visit in January is quite entertaining.  Find out what the most interesting object she has found on the beach near her home.

You will lea...

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In this episode we journey through Annie's Window to learn all about Annie Nguyen of Annie Eats Food.

Originally from Hawaii, Annie moved to Seattle a few years ago and has documented her journey on her blog  Through Annie's Window and on her Instagram Account @Annie_eatsfood

During this episode we chat about some of Annie's favorite places to eat in Seattle.  We plan out an actual food crawl.  Well, at least that ...

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Metamorphic Gear founder Lindsay Lawrence joins us to talk upcycling.  As an avid sailor and outdoors enthusiast Lindsay founded Metamorphic Gear in Seattle to help solve a problem with what to do with sails and truck covers after they were no longer in condition to serve their original purpose.

During our conversation Lindsay explains how Metamorphic Gear is able to keep products out of the landfill by upcycling into gear that can ...

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Gary Winston is a musician who calls Walla Walla Washington home.  Gary was born in Walla Walla and began his musical journey after seeing The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. You will love his story.

His first guitar was from Montgomery Wards and soon after he received his first guitar it was obvious that this would be his path in life. After all a person is dedicated to their craft if they take their guitar with them to the bathr...

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Gage Lang had a dream and he made it happen!  Gage is the owner of Breaüxdoo Bakery in Spokane.  Gage joins us and chats about Spokane, Cookies, and Late Night delivery.

Have you ever wanted a warm cookie and some milk late in the evening? Well, if you live in Spokane you can simply visit Breaüxdoo Bakery and they will delivery cookies and milk to your door.  How cool is that?  Gage Lang and his team are delivering warm cookies and ...

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Melissa Misoda is both a glass artist and high school teacher. Melissa joins us for this episode to chat about her inspiration and motivation as an artist.

Melissa and her husband own  Misoda Glassblowing Studio in West Seattle. After finding her passion after one day in a community college glass blowing class. Melissa has continued to study glass blowing at multiple schools across the U.S.  She also is a teacher at Sammamish High S...

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Cole Sisson founder of the Orcas Project, and owner of Doe Bay Wine Company  joins us this episode.

Cole grew up on Orcas Island and has a ton of stories to tell. The one about the Whales and row boat is one you need to hear. After high school Cole attended the University of Washington and found his way to wine.  After becoming a  sommelier Cole began a journey that has come full circle back to Orcas Island.

Currently Cole is the own...

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Chef Reginald Jacob Howell joins us to talk all about food and growing up in Tacoma.

Chef grew up in the kitchen. Following his grandmother and learning by watching her.  Playing Football in  high school and then in college makes for being hungry. Chef knew how to stretch his food budget to make food that was both tasty and filling. 

Soon the passion for food outweighed Football and Chef found himself working his way up in the resta...

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San Juan Island Sea Salt Company Founder Brady Ryan joins us to talk all things Sea Salt.

Brady has always been a curious person and when he graduated college, his impulsive side caused him to build an evaporation house and make his own sea salt. The San Juan Island Sea Salt Company is a result of this curiosity and Brady was kind enough to share all the details with us in this episode.

During our conversation we chat about varieties...

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When you are driving around Washington State do you ever look at the rocks and wonder what their story is?  Leslie Moclock and Jacob Selander have just published a book that will help you out.

Rocks, Minerals & Geology of the Pacific Northwest will explain everything you need to know about why there is a mountain here and a valley over there?  You will learn how to read the stories of the rocks, and minerals that make up Washing...

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When you think of Ceviche, Lobster Rolls, or Barbecue do you think Spokane? Chef Chad White is on a mission to make sure you do.

This episode we chat with Chef Chad White. Spokane native, Top Chef contestant,  James Beard semifinalist, and all around nice guy.

Growing up in Spokane, joining the Navy, opening a restaurant in Tijuana, (plus a bunch of stuff you have to listen to the episode to find out about) and then coming back to hi...

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Have you ever had a blister while hiking?

Blisters are the worst.  Rami Nasr had a blister and it inspired him to create a sock company. From The Ground Up Socks.  Designed to be the best socks you have ever worn FTGU Socks will not disappoint.

We have a conversation with Rami about his inspiration and his journey to make socks to help you stay comfortable no matter what you are doing.  One of the great things about FTGU Socks is th...

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Louise Bendall  joins us for this episode.

Louise is a DJ on KBFG FM 107.3 in North Seattle.  She  is the host  of "Local With Louise" a Friday night show that showcases Seattle area musicians.

We chat about the Seattle music scene and how musicians and music venues are navigating through the pandemic. Louise shares  some of her favorite local bands and musicians. This episode is full of great suggestions of music from Seattl...

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Our first Foodie Friday episode!  Seattle Foodie Podcast hosts Monica and Nelson join us to talk about the Seattle food scene.

This is our 50th episode and it was a lot of fun to chat about all of the great things that are happening around Seattle when it comes to food.  I know that when I finished recording this episode I was ready to drive to Seattle and try every single place that Monica and Nelson shared with us in this episode...

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