Trends & Trails2018-09-03T21:47:55+00:00

Food & Music on the Tennessee Music Highway

February 21st, 2019|Categories: Featured, Regions, Southeast, Trends & Trails|Tags: |

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.

Roses

February 14th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Northeast, Regions, Southeast, Trends & Trails|Tags: |

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!

What Kind of Hawaii Foodie Are You?

February 5th, 2019|Categories: Cuisines, Featured, Hawaiian, Pacific, Regions, Trends & Trails|Tags: |

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.

Fermented Foods

January 24th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Regions, Southeast, Trends & Trails|Tags: , |

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.

Virginia’s Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail

January 15th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Mid-Atlantic, Regions, Trends & Trails|Tags: , |

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.

10 Best Eats on the Natchez Trace Parkway

January 10th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Regions, South, Southeast, Trends & Trails|Tags: , |

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.