Is it a cookie? A cake? A pie? A dessert sandwich? When it comes to the Maine whoopie pie, the answer is all of the above. In its most basic form, a whoopie pie is made up of two dark chocolate cake discs about the size of a hamburger bun with a layer of sweet, creamy, thick white frosting sandwiched between them. While the origins of the treat are up for debate, Maine claims to be the birthplace of its invention: The first whoopie pies came out of a Lewiston, Maine bakery in 1925.
In today’s crowded restaurant scene—where traditional favorites are joined by new dining venues almost constantly—it can feel like you’ll never get to every hotspot you want to check out. In such a market, it’s easy to imagine that chefs would foster a spirit of competition, thinking that somebody else’s restaurant has to fail in order for his or hers venture to succeed. Fortunately, in many communities and for many chefs, that is not the situation: Chefs often feed their creative souls through collaboration and cooperation which best shines through during special dining events that showcase the talents of all involved.
Home to less than 4,000 residents, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California is a wonderland for gourmands, with a jaw-dropping 50+ restaurants situated within its one-square-mile area. If that statistic amazes, consider the little town’s location: Tucked away two hours south of San Francisco on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel-by-the-Sea benefits from the bounty of the Pacific plus ultra-fresh foodstuffs delivered from the neighboring Salinas Valley.
Elvis Presley will forever be regarded as an icon in the world of music, an innovative performer in multiple genres ranging from rock to country to gospel. His legacy as the King of Rock ‘n’Roll lingers long after his 1977 death.
“I'll have what she's having” is arguably one of the most recognized lines in movie history. Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron's 1989 “When Harry Met Sally” humorously explores the difference between men and woman and whether or not they can really be friends. Sally, played by Meg Ryan, is depicted as a picky eater who wants things the way she wants them. She's eating a deli sandwich in the classic scene, proof that movie food scenes layer theme into cuisine.
Oysters and champagne have been a classic pairing ever since the first Benedictine monk opened up a Mediterranean bivalve to slurp alongside a glass of his bubbles. Beyond offering complementary flavors, oysters have a lot more in common with grapes than you might be aware of. They say that great wine is created in the vineyard by the growers, not in the winery, and oyster farmers have also developed similar techniques to create and select premium oysters from their beds.
Asheville, North Carolina boasts amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, outdoor adventures from hiking to zip-lining, high-quality resorts plus bed and breakfast inns, a wide range of visual and performing arts, and there are many more reasons to visit the beautiful, historic mountain community. One element completes its heart and explains why Explore Asheville likes to call Asheville, “Foodtopia:” With about 250 independent restaurants, award-winning chefs, over a dozen local farmers' markets, and nearby farms, the food on your plate is most often locally sourced, perhaps even hand-picked earlier that morning! In short, you couldn’t be in a better place to taste the best of what the North Carolina mountains have to offer.
With Virginia Wine Month on the horizon in October—the peak month in the Old Dominion for fall foliage—we’ve got grape-sipping and leaf-peeping on the brain. A couple of decades ago, Virginia wine was an oxymoron. Today, with more than 250 wineries and dozens of wine trails Virginia is now one of America’s top-producing wine states. Particularly known for its Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and red blends, Virginia also produces excellent Viognier and Chardonnay white wines. During wine month, most of Virginia’s wineries host special events from wine dinners and tastings to live music and multi-day festivals.
Ahhh, the dog days of summer in Maine, when truly, the weather cooperates for dogs and their humans to dine al fresco at some of the state’s best restaurants. While state law does prohibit canines other than registered service animals from indoor table service, many eateries do open their patio seating areas to man’s best friend.
With the summer heat turned on full blast, it can be nearly impossible to stay cool during a Southern summer. Down in Cajun Country, we rely on a couple of cool treats to help beat the heat, rather than sitting in front of an air conditioner. Starting in late spring, roadside snowball stands crank out their awnings and line up colorful syrups. Customers in need of sweet shaved ice in a variety of flavors come in droves throughout the summer for a cool treat that's as affordable as it is refreshing.