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William Beck
(907) 562-2213
1236 72Nd Ave
Anchorage, AK
Alaska Travel Source
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents

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American Express Travel
(907) 266-6666
9138 Arlon Street,Suite A-1
Anchorage, AK
Annual Travel Benefit

Robert Alberts & Associates
(907) 561-6600
Anchorage, AK
Phillips Cruises & Tours LLC
(907) 276-8023
Anchorage, AK
Prince William Sound Glacier
(907) 277-2131
Anchorage, AK
Don Williams
(907) 243-2200
Po Box 111125
Anchorage, AK
Quality Travel Service, Inc.
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Anchorage Express
(907) 561-1009
PO Box 200503
Anchorage, AK

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Whitsett Travel
(907) 277-7671
Anchorage, AK
Kenai Fjords Tours
(907) 276-6249
Anchorage, AK
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(907) 266-6666
Anchorage, AK
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A Culinary Tour of the East Coast

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December 7, 2010 by Hoby · 2 Comments  

I had a ton of ideas on what to post during “Food Week,” but a story helped me decide. Some friends of ours asked what we liked best about each part of the country as we traveled, and our answer was all about the foods we discovered. They said this was odd because most people talk about the climate. My response was, “since we follow the weather, the climate is similar everywhere we go, so it is the food that stands out.” So, I decided to talk about the foods we discovered as we roamed up and down the East coast our first year as full-timers. These are the foods everyone who visits the area should try.

Oyster Shucking

(Photo Caption: Oyster Shucking)

Our trip started in Charleston, South Carolina where we discovered Gullah cuisine (my wife and I still eat collard greens when we can get them—this is the food the slaves created based on their styles of cooking and what they found locally). Our absolute favorites from this area were She-Crab Soup and Shrimp ‘n grits. Naturally, the she-crab soup is best when served with some sherry to pour on top. The other event we enjoyed in Charleston was the Oyster Fest where we enjoyed steamed oysters (easier to shuck than raw). As we moved to Myrtle Beach, we discovered “calabash” buffets; while I am not sure what that term means, the seafood-focused buffets were incredible.

We then moved into North Carolina and discovered that you can put coleslaw on almost anything—BBQ sandwiches, hamburgers, and even hot dogs. We also learned that rhubarb is good for more than just pie. From there, we discovered Virginia where my wife says she ate the best liver and onions she ever tasted and I had an incredible cherry and white chocolate bread pudding.

Amish Buggy

Parked outside an Amish restaurant

Then we arrived in Amish country around Lancaster, Pennsylvania where we ate family style and discovered things like shoo-fly pie (think pecan pie with no nuts and you are close) and spackle (an interesting breakfast food—meat?—served with syrup). We learned that the Amish enjoy sweet-tasting food, and attended an incredible Sunday lunch with a family after attending an Mennonite and Amish church service.

We then roamed to the Albany area of New York where we found the most incredible Italian food and pizza. And, for some reason, the meats there (sausages, salami, etc.) tasted better than other places we have been. In Massachusetts, our big discovery was Kimball Farm ice cream and, according to my wife, the best hash browns ever at a little diner in Littleton. Another food from this area was Johnny cakes cooked on an open fire with apples or peaches.

Bar Harbor Restaurant

A Restaurant in Bar Harbor

Then we made it to Maine—and (you guessed it), lobster. My favorite (from when I lived in Connecticut years ago) is a hot lobster roll (which is a simple recipe—take lobster meat, sauté it in butter, and serve it on a toasted roll). While the hot lobster roll was difficult to find in Maine, ...

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Authentic New Mexico Cuisine

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December 9, 2010 by Rex Vogel · 3 Comments  

Where to find local flavor

A mural in Santa Fe's historic La Fonda on the Plaza depicting Pueblo life. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Oh, that cuisine! With all that chili, blue corn, squash, range-fed meat, sage, and mesquite to work with, New Mexico’s chefs have created one of the country’s tastiest and most imaginable cuisines. Following are four of our favorites.

La Plazuela at La Fonda Hotel

Location: 100 East San Francisco Street, Santa Fe

Information and dinner reservations: (505) 995-2334

Operating Hours: Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.-1:30 a.m. daily; Lunch, Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner, 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. daily

Where can you dine on sophisticated fare at surprisingly reasonable prices in the most beautiful Santa Fe style?

La Fonda on the Plaza is Santa Fe’s most historic and authentic hotel and restaurant experience. This charming, landmark hotel has delighted travelers since the early 1920s when the original hotel was built on the oldest hotel corner in America. Indeed, early records show a fonda, or inn, on the historic corner of San Francisco and Water Streets since the founding of Santa Fe in 1607.

La Fonda on the Plaza is Santa Fe’s most historic and authentic hotel and restaurant experience. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

But, it wasn’t until two centuries later, when Captain William Becknell completed the first successful trading expedition from Missouri to Santa Fe—which came to be known as The Santa Fe Trail—that the original adobe hotel, literally “at the end of the trail,” came into its own.

Lane Warner, Executive Chef since 1993, innovates with savory cuisine and recently won gold and bronze medals at the international hotel and restaurant show in Las Vegas.

We’ve had several memorable meals at La Plazuela at La Fonda. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere incomparable with friendly, helpful, and efficient staff.

It’s truly one of Santa Fe’s treasures.

La Posta de Mesilla

Location: On the Plaza in Historic Old Mesilla at 2410 Calle de San Albino

Information and dinner reservations: (575) 524-3524

Operating Hours: Open 7 days a week at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner

Visiting Historic Mesilla is like stepping back in time. With its territorial style buildings, the town square looks much like it did back in the 1850s when it was home to Pancho Villa, Kit Carson, Billy the Kid, and Judge Roy Bean.

Mesilla also offers some of the finest New Mexican cuisine, including that of the nationally renowned La Postas de Mesilla, with an atmosphere that’s an experience in itself.

Judge Bean and his brother Sam operated a freight and passenger service line from the building in the 1850s. Following the Civil War the La Posta compound served as an important stop on the Butterfield Stagecoach Line. In the 1870s and 1880s the Corn Exchange Hotel, o...

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Freeport, Maine - Stores, tours, �chowdah� and coastal desert ... It�s all here.

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Shopper’s Paradise

In addition to L.L.Bean, Freeport has more than 170 other retail stores, including everything from one-of-a-kind boutiques with Maine specialty foods, products and crafts to designer shops and outlet giants. This location is also home to the Thomas Moser Cabinetmakers and J.L. Coombs, considered by some to be the oldest shoe company in the United States.

Until June 2006, Freeport was also home to the 20th Maine Civil War Shop and American History Center. For 10 years, this establishment held one of the largest collections of Civil War books for sale, plus items relating to other wars and military conflicts. Although the Center is no longer here, you can purchase items from the shop online.

Pulling in and finding a place to park shouldn’t be a problem. The town of Freeport has created a

special, free RV-parking area, with room for even the biggest rigs, near the center-of-town shopping district.

Freeport’s Past Life

If you like history, take a stroll through Freeport’s downtown area. It has more than 40 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including Harrington House, circa 1830, which houses the Freeport Historical Society, with its archives and rotating historical exhibits.

The oldest structure in town dates to 1789, the year that the town was incorporated.

You also should stop by the Jameson Tavern. It was here, in 1820, that documents were drawn up for Maine’s statehood and separation from Massachusetts. It’s a good place to try clam “chowdah” and “lobstah,” as well as other regional cuisine. Or dine at the Maine Dining Room or the more casual Broad Arrow Tavern at the Harraseeket Inn. This Main Street establishment is historically interesting, as it encompasses two period buildings built in 1798 and 1850.

The family-owned Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster, a local favorite located at the Town Wharf in South Freeport, also offers delicious “Down East” home cooking. Harraseeket’s lunch menu includes fried sea-food, clam rolls, chowder and a wide array of side dishes. While you’re there, be sure to stop by Harraseeket Lobster, a traditional lobster pound on the other side of the building, where you can purchase fresh lobster, steamers, corn on the cob and other necessities for a lobster bake.

Tour the Distilleries

Just down the road from L.L.Bean is another busy Freeport attraction, Maine Distilleries, home to Cold River Vodka, a super premium vodka produced from Maine-grown potatoes. Free 30-minute tours several times daily offer visitors a chance to learn about the vodka and observe the production process, from cooking to bottling.

Coastal Desert

One of the seaside town’s most unusual attractions is the Desert of Maine, a 40-acre sand dune that contradicts the lush, pine-studded image of the state. Visitors can hop on a tram for a narrated tour of this natural phenomenon (actually a glacial wash plain) that was exposed when overgrazing and other poor agricultural practices turned Willia...

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