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At 1:30 AM on November 20th, I stood in a puddle, not quite sure if I’d peed myself or my water broke. The nurse on Overlake Hospital’s Labor & Delivery line had me lean forward a cough. The puddle grew bigger. It was go-time.

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Carl • 12/04/2019 at 06:34PM • Like

Congratulations Mikaela and thank you for sharing Penellope Marie's birth story.

I get it. Starbucks is a big-box chain. There’s one on every corner. They aren’t ‘unique.’ Howard Shultz let the Sonics leave Seattle.

I understand all the arguments against Starbucks. And, I love me some mom-and-pop local shopping.

But here’s the deal — I also really like Starbucks. Sure, I’m not going get some ultra-inspiring experience at the green mermaid. But it offers a few things that make it invaluable in my world.

1. Free Internet
2. Consistency
3. Holiday Panini
4. Mobile Office
5. Free (or Cheap) Refills
6. Rewards Program
7. Dog-Friendly

Which Starbucks do I like the absolute best? The on Lake Union! Follow the link in my profile to find out why.

Are you a fellow Starbucks lover? What would you add to my list?

Who inspires you?

I'm lucky enough to have quite a few amazing people in my life, not the least of whom is Chelsea Farmer. Her raw honesty and perseverance are a constant motivation to be the best version of myself.

Lady, you're a boss 👏 👏 👏

"Mari Peterson was born to fly. It’s in her blood. Her great grandfather was a Navy pilot during World War II. And growing up, her dad flew the family’s small airplane."

Learn more about Mari -> https://www.kenmoreair.com/article/237/Kenmore-Air-Pilot-Mari-Peterson/

One of the BEST parts of my job is all the amazing people I get to meet — like Mari Peterson.

I'll be flying with this lady again tomorrow and I can't wait. She's a total rockstar and an amazing human.

Don’t just dream about Side Hustle Doughnuts. Don’t just think you’ll visit someday. Set your alarm. Get yourself out of bed. And get yourself down to Georgetown. You won’t be disappointed. In my humble opinion, these are the best doughnuts in Seattle.

We weren't an "outdoorsy family." My mom, always said, “Camping is one bathroom and slow room service."

So while I grew up hunting with my dad and building forts in the backyard, my childhood was spent with easy access to a shower and a soft bed.

But the older I've grown, the more I've learned to love the outdoors. The more I relish nature. It's a passion I can't wait to share with this little girl and continue to foster in myself.

A huge shoutout to Rachel Zupke for letting a novice hiker tag along and for introducing me to the amazing Brenda Ulinski — who graciously captured the pictures in this piece. You two fill my heart with joy. I can't wait to hit the trail with you again, perhaps with a little friend!

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Alex • 08/23/2019 at 09:57AM • Like 1

Nice article!

Not gonna beat around the bush, flying on a seaplane is one of my all-time favorite things to do. The views. The thrill. The fast travel times. Did I mention the views?

If you're curious what it's like and what you really should (and maybe shouldn't) pack — I have you covered!

I can't say enough good things about Rachel. Though I've known her for more than half my life, I'm constantly blown away by how she uses her talents to give back to the community and the world. She's truly an amazing woman — and she's currently doing some pretty fantastic stuff with a non-profit called Rescue Freedom that's committed to freeing women and children from sex trafficking.

Needless to say — I'm proud to call this woman my friend.

Silky porters. Hoppy IPAs. Citrus loaded sours. Bend brewers know more than a thing or two about crafting exceptional microbrews. But as luck would have it, beer’s not the only tastebud satisfying game in town. Many a brewery and tap house are plating up savory treats that will rock your world (while also helping you stay sober enough for another round).

When his first restaurant, Sawyer, earned a James Beard Nomination for ‘Best New Restaurant,’ was Mitch Mayers surprised? Maybe. But after experiencing his eclectic menu loaded with Pacific Northwest ingredients and Mexican-South American flare, it’s clear no mistake was made.

https://www.mikaelajudd.com/seattles-sawyer-featured-in-grn-tea/

I’m committing a mortal sin. Or so my younger self would tell you.

Somewhere in my freezer, near the ice cream and homemade popsicles, there are a half dozen or so very black bananas. Bananas which I SWORE I would never eat.

Oh, how times have changed.

I’m incredibly honored to have a piece included in the third issue of GRN TEA Magazine featuring James Beard Nominated Sawyer Seattle — where an anything-goes menu features inspiring comfort food crafted by Chef Mitch Mayers.

From the moment I met Rick Takagi, he was gregarious and incredibly generous. He was not only willing, but excited about answering my photography questions and empowering me to pursue my passion.

Get to know Rick a little better and his top tip for photogs in our fun Q&A!

By 4:50 on a Wednesday night, the line stretched down the block and around the corner at JuneBaby. Whispers of turkey legs fried in oxtail fat spread from patron to patron. When the door finally opened at 5:01, the street was flooded with the savory scent of braised meat.

The line wasn’t new. It’s a regular occurrence in Seattle’s quaint Ravenna neighborhood. After all, Chef Edouardo Jordan won not one, but two James Beard Awards in 2018 — Best Chef: Northwest for his nearby restaurant Salare and Best New Restaurant for JuneBaby....

Review originally published in GrnTea February 2019

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Loy • 02/07/2019 at 12:14PM • Like

Definitely must try this restaurant, the food sounds amazing. Your blogs always make me hungry :)

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Mikaela Cowles Judd • 02/08/2019 at 06:39AM • Like

Thanks Loy! It really is an amazing spot! I can't wait to go back. There were so many good things on the menu that I didn't get to try.

In my humble opinion, a good lunch salad needs a few key components: hearty greens that’ll stay fresh through the week, crisp veggies for plenty of texture, grains to give it some stick-with-you fullness, and a tasty dressing.

This combo of kale, barley, and veggies meets the mark perfectly! It even had a creamy chipotle dressing to give it some zing. And the best part is, it’s easy to make — whether you’re great at buying socks or not.

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