West Coast

Celebrating Crawfish

Crawfish season officially gets under way in early spring, and the bright red crustaceans usually remain in supply through June. The majority of crawfish in North America come from Louisiana, where rice fields are flooded in late summer to make way for the Cajun delicacy. Louisiana leads the nation in crawfish production, with crawfish farms producing more than 100 million pounds a year.

Deviled Eggs

What’s an American picnic, holiday gathering or family reunion without deviled eggs? The dish of boiled eggs sliced in half and stuffed with a yolk/mayonnaise filling has been an American staple for decades.But our love affair with deviled eggs wasn’t born in the New World. The dish’s origin dates back centuries to ancient Rome, Spain and other parts of Europe. Around the first century A.D., Romans enjoyed boiled eggs enhanced with spices, oil and wine. Spain began stuffing its eggs in the 13th century, adding flavors such as cilantro, pepper and a fermented fish sauce. Over the next few centuries stuffed egg fever spread across Europe, and what filled the boiled eggs ran the gamut from raisins to herbs.

Hops Aboard

Breweries, wineries and more foodie stops dot the map between Los Angeles, California, and Seattle, Washington. Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, which runs between the two cities and hugs much of the West Coast—and is billed as “one of the most spectacular of all train routes”—offers a compelling way to explore the region. The entire trip from the Los Angeles Central Terminal to Seattle Amtrak Station, or vice versa, takes 35 hours without stops, but to savor a taste of the West Coast plan a leisurely trip with multiple stops. As an example, you might hop off at these six stations to visit six unique independent breweries.

2019-04-08T17:57:18+00:00April 9th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Producers & Purveyors, Regions, West Coast|Tags: |0 Comments

Celebrating Female Distillers

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.

Salt

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.

2019-02-14T17:53:17+00:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Producers & Purveyors, Regions, South, Southeast, West Coast|Tags: |0 Comments

Sonoma County = Sustainable Wine

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.

2019-02-05T17:06:26+00:00February 7th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Producers & Purveyors, Regions, West Coast|Tags: |0 Comments

8 Authentic Dining Destinations

If your favorite excuse to jump on a plane is to get to a foodie experience that’s unmistakably unique to a place, then consider this your round-up of where to plan your next several trips. From dishes inspired by years of tradition to modern creations, you may find your mouth starts watering as you read. Even better: Not only do these destinations offer something worth savoring, they’re all pretty cool to visit in general.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes: West Coast

San Francisco’s restaurant scene is known for three main types of cuisine: California, fusion, or both. Local and sustainable ingredients are routinely showcased; it’s common to find names of farms and vineyards featured alongside menu items. Special occasions and pop-up dining events are often an excuse to feature ingredients not otherwise available on the menu.

2018-12-31T13:21:13+00:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving

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.

Thanksgiving Culinary Traditions

Dressing or stuffing? Pumpkin or sweet potato pie? Brine, baste, roast or deep-fry the bird? What you consider to be the “correct” answer to these and other culinary questions about our nation’s annual Thanksgiving feast depend largely on where you live.