The famed Tennessee Music Highway, more prosaically known as Interstate 40 between Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee, connects two of the nation’s greatest music cities plus has some pretty cool attractions along the way. If your goal is to get from Graceland to the Grand Ole Opry as quickly as possible, go ahead and set the cruise control on 75 mph and burn up the miles. But we suggest taking your time and checking out some of the great attractions along the way—plus, being Foodie Travel USA, we suggest worthwhile eats near each musical stop.
Salt is the stuff of life. It infuses our oceans, which average 3.5 percent salinity. It’s in our bodies, too: a typical-sized adult is comprised of around 100 grams of sodium chloride. Of course, salt has long been used for preserving and seasoning food, but it’s responsible for more than keeping grub fresh and flavorful. Humans need to ingest salt to live, something our ancestors must have guessed; salus, the Latin word for health, originated from sal(salt). Among other bodily functions, sodium helps our muscles to contract and our blood to circulate. It’s crucial to preventing dehydration, too.
A bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day or any romantic occasion may be a no-brainer, but roses are also an ethereal edible treat. “Rose is commonly used in Indian dishes and drinks, likely through a Persian influence on the cuisine developed through the Mughal era,” says Corporate Chef Manish Mehrotra of New York City’s Indian Accent. The Mughal(or Mogul) Empire was founded in 1526—so roses have been tempting palates for a very long time!
Chicago might be noted as one of the Midwest U.S.’s meat and potatoes (and pizza) capitals, but during the last century it’s earned the title"Candy Capital of the World." Back in 1884, the national Confectionery Association was founded in Chicago. In those days, the Windy City boasted 69 candy factories, including the companies that introduced Snickers, Baby Ruth, Tootsie Rolls, M&Ms and even Cracker Jack.
Sonoma County,California has already earned a reputation as one of the world’s best wine producing regions. Its aim is to seize another title: First 100 percent sustainable wine region in the United States. A popular destination for travelers who love good food, good wine and good conversation with local wine producers, Sonoma County is home to wine grape growers with an uncommon commitment to sustainability. These folks are passionate about their commitment to protecting the gifts Mother Nature has provided in northern California and ensuring resources remain bountiful for generations to come.
There are few better ways to immerse yourself in a destination than dining your way through it. Hawaii is no different. The diversity of food found in the Hawaiian Islands today is the result of multiple origins—among them, the indigenous Hawaiian culture, dozens of multicultural influences, and modern-day cuisines from around the world. Although the Islands offer their fair share of prestigious dining options, one of the best ways to understand the cuisine is to check out local favorites including the most popular and beloved food-truck, hole-in-the-wall, and hidden-gem eateries.Spaced between all of your hikes, beach stops and relaxing getaways, you’ll need a reliable list of local eateries to refuel your adventures.
To celebrate The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel’s 125th anniversary, its historic in-house bar, The Sazerac Bar, is now serving a commemorative “Sazerac 125” cocktail, offering a few discerning guests and locals a chance to take a sip of history.
From decadent to healthy, distilled luxuries to grilled and fried savories to sugary confections, Sevierville, Tennessee offers a mouthwatering range of flavors. These best-sellers and perennial favorites are listed in alphabetical order because narrowing the list down to ten was hard enough;we couldn’t possibly rank them!
Home to the state’s highest peak of Mount Mansfield, Stowe, Vermont is best known for its skiing. It is so much a ski destination, in fact, that the tiny town is referred to as both the Ski Capital of the East and the Swiss Alps of the East. When snow is on the ground, you can fill your days with endless outdoor activity: not just alpine skiing, but traversing cross-country trails, skating at an outdoor ice rink, ice fishing on frozen ponds, dog sledding or “fat biking”—which, despite what SoulCycle might have you believe, is mountain biking on bikes with wider tires made for snow and ice. It’s easy to have a healthy, exercise-heavy vacation in Stowe, especially in January, when resolutions are new and, in the quiet after the holidays, your time is finally your own again.
As culinary trends go, feasting on funky fermented foods feels fresh. Drinks like kombucha(made from fermented tea leaves) that were once only available at hippy health food stores but now fill the shelves at every grocery store, and dishes like kimchi(the fermented cabbage, radish, or cucumber dish from Korea) appear on what feels like every other menu. So what’s the deal? Are these bites meant for the foodiest of foodies, the ones willing to go to an extreme to impress their friends with their culinary prowess? No. That’s more a dish like hákarl, the fermented shark that’s the national dish of Iceland and, frankly, gross. Very gross.