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Gourmet Ghetto: More Delicious Than It Sounds

July 16th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Regions, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: , , , |

If you know only one thing about the food that comes out of Berkeley, California, just across the bay from San Francisco, you probably know about Chez Panisse. There, Alice Waters opened her iconic restaurant in 1971 and, effectively, introduced farm-to-table dining to middle-class America. Thousands upon thousands of diners still make a pilgrimage to Chez Panisse every year to dine at the altar of the slow food movement.

A Passion for PEEPS

July 11th, 2019|Categories: Americana, Cuisines, Desserts, Featured, Northeast, Producers & Purveyors, Regions|Tags: , |

It’s one of the United States’ most iconic candies—just maybe the most iconic this country has ever produced. After all, what other sweet treat has had its durability tested by a world-renowned university, guest starred in a hit television show, boasted its own world eating championship, and be featured in annual art contests? No candy other than PEEPS, the sugar-coated, brightly-hued marshmallow confection made in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania by the third-generation family-owned outfit Just Born, which also produces Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales, and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews.

In Season: Watermelons!

July 9th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Regions, Salads, South, Southeast, West Coast|Tags: , , |

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.  

Meals on Two Wheels

July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Featured, Mid-Atlantic, Regions, Trends & Trails|Tags: , , |

Summer is here and it’s time to get those bicycles out of the garage and hit the trails! Designated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) as the only silver-level ride center on the East Coast—and one of only 15 in the world—Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a perfect choice for riders of all levels. From family-friendly greenways in the city of Roanoke to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and more than 300 miles of mountain trails, America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital is a cyclist’s bucket list destination.

Cajun vs. Creole Cuisine

June 25th, 2019|Categories: Cajun/Creole, Cuisines, Featured, Regions, Restaurants, South|Tags: |

In Louisiana, Creole and Cajun food often get blended together, but the old timers will tell you they are not the same at all. First, they come from two different regions of the state and, second, they include different ingredients. The main distinction between the two is that Creole food has tomatoes and Cajun doesn't, but of course it's a bit more complicated than that.