Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is best known as a place to experience nature and wildlife or hit the slopes or relish in all things winter.It’s a place where you expect to indulge in hearty game, cozy coffee, and massive slices of berry pie. And you can.But that’s not Jackson Hole’s only foodie story.In a place that sees eight months of snow, chef-driven artisan dishes showcasing fresh ingredients may seem impossible if not unexpected. Yet this northwestern community offers lots of flavorful local food made with produce grown right in the heart of downtown. How?
The Tennessee Music Highway, the stretch of Interstate 40 between Nashville and Memphis, is rich with music history, great places to eat, and it passes through and near some of the state’s significant Civil War battlegrounds. If you’re a history buff and hungry for some great Southern food, the route is a geographical (if not strictly chronological) tour through the history of some important Civil War sites.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Winding through more than 300 miles of southwestern Virginia, the Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail dishes up authentic gospel and bluegrass music along side a mouth watering selection of local pit stops. The trail features nine major venues and more than 60 affiliated venues where you can listen to bluegrass pickers, a capella gospel singers, fiery fiddlers,and old-time string bands, plus lots of spots to explore the region’s rich musical traditions at museums and educational exhibits along the way.
Beginning in Natchez, Mississippi and running 444 miles to Nashville, Tennessee (or vice versa), the Natchez Trace Parkway follows the historic Old Natchez Trace through three states. Initially used by Native Americans who were following the tracks of large game such as bison, the Trace became an important trail for settlers, slave traders and soldiers. Today, it makes for a gloriously scenic drive filled with opportunities to stop and sample some of the South’s best food.
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.
Once you pass underneath the gateway arch at the foot of Federal Hill, you’re in Providence, Rhode Island’s Little Italy. Classic red sauce restaurants—some of which date back a century—line Atwells Avenue. In between, there are Italian specialty shops where dried sausages hang in the windows while songs by old crooners are piped out into the street. There are bocce courts, and an Italianate fountain in DePasquale Square with twinkling lights hanging overhead. This time of year, there’s also a huge Christmas tree illuminating the piazza. If you can catch it during one of the season’s first snowfalls, you’re not likely to find a more magical scene.