When farmers’ markets and grocery stores across the U.S. stock large quantities of watermelon, is there a juicier sign it’s summer? With increasing regularity and creativity, watermelon dishes are popping up on drink and food menus at restaurants nationwide. The top four watermelon-growing states are Georgia, Florida, Texas, and California, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Other states grow watermelons, too, so you might find a local supplier wherever you live. Only when the fruit vegetable isn’t in season is it imported from other countries to ensure that watermelon remains available year-round.
Georgia-grown peaches are recognized for their flavor, texture, and appearance. Georgia, which is proudly nicknamed “the peach state,” designated the peach as its official state fruit in 1995. Georgia ranks as one of the nation’s top four peach-producing states and harvests several different varietals of peaches from May to August. Come during peach season to load up on crates of peaches to enjoy at home.
Food traditions, regional agriculture, local novelties, and simple good tastes are celebrated across the U.S. with countless seasonal festivals and themed parties. It’s easy to fill up your travel calendar with foodie events. To help you get started, here are a few suggestions; this is by no means a comprehensive list! These featured foodie events aren’t necessarily the best known or largest of their kind, but they all offer a variety of events and last multiple days.
It’s not surprising that Florida—known as the Sunshine State thanks to its more than 230 days of great weather every year—has a plethora of restaurants with outdoor patios and porches where your pooch is welcome to join you for a meal. From funky Key West and cosmopolitan Miami to historic St. Augustine and laid-back St. Petersburg, you’ll find everything from beach bars to award-winning haute cuisine.
In recent years, blooms have leapt from garden to plate. The use of edible flowers at restaurants and bars has surged. For visual appeal, health benefits, and distinctive taste, rose, hibiscus, squash blossom, and many other petals are planted on menus across the country. Here are some of the budding chefs and venues that are increasing the everyday diner’s vocabulary and appetite for edible flowers.
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.
Good tastes continue to expand in Tennessee. Here are just a few of the newest (and soon to open) places to eat and drink across the state.Sounds like an invitation to us!
Between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, the Spanish moss-strewn, swampy stretch of the Lowcountry coast makes for a world-class road trip—especially if you love boiled shrimp, boiled peanuts, alligator sightings, humidity and the boondocks. You can complete the drive in about two hours if you resist pulling over at the numerous tempting stops. But what fun is that?
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.
It was so flaky, buttery and light I had to suppress a loud “mmm” sound and the urge to stash a couple more delicious biscuits in to my purse for later.The experience of eating these heavenly light brown rounds was enhanced by sitting on the elegant porch of Mississippi’s Biscuit Queen herself, Chef Regina Charboneau, in Natchez, the Biscuit Capital of the World.As a child of the South and a lifelong biscuit lover, I am saddened by the state of what most places call a biscuit—they’re too often dry, tasteless and a waste of butter. But in my passionate pursuit of biscuit perfection, I’ve been lucky enough to encounter a few gems. Here are five biscuits worth a road trip.