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In Season: Watermelons!

2019-07-08T21:03:28+00:00July 9th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Regions, Salads, South, Southeast, West Coast|Tags: , , |

When farmers’ markets and grocery stores across the U.S. stock large quantities of watermelon, is there a juicier sign it’s summer?  With increasing regularity and creativity, watermelon dishes are popping up on drink and food menus at restaurants nationwide. The top four watermelon-growing states are Georgia, Florida, Texas, and California, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Other states grow watermelons, too, so you might find a local supplier wherever you live. Only when the fruit vegetable isn’t in season is it imported from other countries to ensure that watermelon remains available year-round.  

10 Fun Foodie Festivals

2019-07-31T20:04:20+00:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Midwest, North, Northeast, Northwest, Pacific, Regions, South, Southeast, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: |

Food traditions, regional agriculture, local novelties, and simple good tastes are celebrated across the U.S. with countless seasonal festivals and themed parties. It’s easy to fill up your travel calendar with foodie events. To help you get started, here are a few suggestions; this is by no means a comprehensive list! These featured foodie events aren’t necessarily the best known or largest of their kind, but they all offer a variety of events and last multiple days.

Edible Flowers

2019-11-22T20:55:09+00:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Cuisines, Featured, Fine Dining, Midwest, Northwest, Regions, Southeast, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: |

In recent years, blooms have leapt from garden to plate. The use of edible flowers at restaurants and bars has surged. For visual appeal, health benefits, and distinctive taste, rose, hibiscus, squash blossom, and many other petals are planted on menus across the country. Here are some of the budding chefs and venues that are increasing the everyday diner’s vocabulary and appetite for edible flowers.

Farm-to-Table

2019-05-22T17:30:21+00:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: TEST|Tags: , |

Farm-to-table dining is a term most popularly used to describe restaurants that source ingredients from local or regional producers—in such relationships, the executive chef proudly sources ingredients directly from food producers (from farmers to winemakers, ranchers to cheese makers, and so on). It’s an arrangement that can yield fresh results.

Celebrating Female Distillers

2019-03-05T18:00:52+00:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Mid-Atlantic, Producers & Purveyors, Regions, Southeast, West Coast|Tags: |

The spirits industry is booming and the number of distilleries across the U.S. is growing. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States reported record spirits sales in 2017, with a four percent increase for a total of $26.2 billion. While the majority of American distilleries are male-owned, the number of women helming the stills is on the rise. Since March is National Women’s Month, we’re featuring seven women who are shaking up the status quo. Here, they share some of the highs and lows of their work.

Farm-to-Table

2019-02-25T15:55:02+00:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Midwest, North, Northeast, Producers & Purveyors, Regions, South, Southeast|Tags: , |

Farm-to-table dining is a term most popularly used to describe restaurants that source ingredients from local or regional producers—in such relationships, the executive chef proudly sources ingredients directly from food producers (from farmers to winemakers, ranchers to cheese makers, and so on). It’s an arrangement that can yield fresh results.

Happy Thanksgiving

2018-11-19T16:40:43+00:00November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Featured, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, North, Northeast, Northwest, Regions, South, Southeast, Southwest, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: |

All of us here at Foodie Travel USA wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.  We’d like to take this opportunity to say a simple “thank you” for reading our posts. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy putting it together and digging into flavors from coast to coast. While gearing up for the holiday, some of us stopped to reflect and share memories, insights and even some home-cooking tips from past Thanksgivings.

Sun Valley Resort, Idaho

2018-10-26T15:23:15+00:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Featured, North, Producers & Purveyors, Regions|Tags: , |

Nestled in the state of Idaho is a resort famed equally for its winter skiing as its summer golfing. Since it was built in 1936, Sun Valley Resort offers a multi generational travel destination no matter the season. Popular with Hollywood celebrities and sports stars, locals and visitors, this is America’s original destination ski resort.

Harvest and Heritage in Lubbock, Texas

2018-11-13T20:08:31+00:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Americana, Cuisines, Featured, Regions, South|Tags: , |

The mention of Lubbock usually raises questions on where the city is located; even the fact that it is in the state of Texas typically garners curious looks. It may be overshadowed by many of the bigger, more popular cities in the nation’s second-largest state, but it’s a foodie travel destination worth notice. This southwestern gem has a surprisingly long history of agriculture as well as food and wine to sample.

Tasty Tucson, Arizona

2018-12-06T17:07:49+00:00August 16th, 2018|Categories: Cuisines, Featured, Native American, Regions, Southwest, Southwestern|Tags: |

Driving through Tucson, Arizona introduces a landscape quite unlike any other in the United States—no matter which direction you look, there is a towering Saguaro cactus dotting the horizon. They’re found in abundance on this arid terrain, along with other types of cacti. You wonder if anything else can grow amidst such harsh weather—temperatures soar well north of 100°F in summer!