Seattle is enclosed by a wild and picturesque natural world, squeezed between Lake Washington and Puget Sound. Elliott Bay, the city’s main harbor, connects the city with Puget Sound and the Pacific beyond, making Seattle an oceanic port. To the west of the sound, the snow-clad peaks of the Olympic Mountains can be seen striding across the Olympic peninsula. Closer by, a series of peninsulas, passes, islands and fjords contain several easily accessible yet gloriously wild state parks, a world of water, rock, and diverse woodland creatures that provides an invigorating contrast to the Seattle skyline which remains frequently visible on the eastern horizon.
Visiting a city such as Los Angeles can be overwhelming with all the restaurants and bars available. Locals come from all over the world bringing their different cultures and cuisines, which can make it difficult not only to decide what restaurant to go to but also what type of food to eat. For instance, Latin food alone can range from Salvadoran to Mexican to Peruvian — each having their own unique flavor. Because of all the options, food tours are available for visitors to experience the most the city has to offer while sampling a piece of L.A. culture along the way. These five food tours add the perfect amount of spice to any foodie adventure.
San Francisco is known for being a foodie city, so it’s only natural that the city’s food culture would take it to the streets and become a leader in the ever-growing gourmet food truck movement. With about 150 food trucks now available in the Bay Area, San Franciscans can find their favorite cuisines literally on the street curb in front of their office building or at the weekly Off the Grid market, where several food trucks roll up to provide visitors with an array of on-the-go options. San Francisco’s food trucks are so popular that they have fan bases of people who will follow them all over the Bay Area to get their foodie fix. These five food trucks are just a few worth following.
As St. Louis Magazine rather brilliantly put it, “the food-truck presence in St. Louis has blown up like metal in a microwave.” There’s now a guild of trucks, aptly called the St. Louis Food Truck Association, as well as special events including Feast in the Park, a summertime series where food trucks and musicians feed and entertain the masses at various parks throughout the county. While serving everything from traditional tacos, burritos and sandwiches to vegan specialties and Filipino favorites, the city’s best trucks have mastered the basics: fresh ingredients and inventive preparation. Scout one out for a satisfying street meal that won’t break the bank and discover why The ‘Lou’s food truck scene continues to grow in popularity.
The fast-paced food truck trend fits in well in downtown Washington D.C., where politicians and other business professionals have very little time to sleep, let alone eat. Now, more than 100 trucks troll the greater metropolitan area in hopes to serve some of Washington D.C.’s best culinary experiences to the foodie on the go. Customers looking to get a taste from a variety of the area’s food trucks should check out Truckeroo, a monthly food truck festival held in the D.C. area from April thru October. It features more than 20 food trucks and live music as well as cornhole and other festive games. Here are five food trucks that will certainly add to the festivities.
New York has a long history of brewing, starting when immigrants moved to the United States and brought their appetite for beer with them. In the city that never sleeps, beer is the perfect addition to any event, celebration, festival or even just a mellow Friday night on the town. Brooklyn has especially started to make a name for itself with Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver having such a strong influence on the beer community. Of course, there are thousands of spots to sip a cold one throughout the five boroughs, and new ones open up almost every day of the week. Here are just five worth checking out.
With more breweries than you can count and more brews you can handle, the city of Bend is nothing short of legendary on the beer drinker’s line up of go-to cities in the American West. Today, it’s recognized the world over as one of the genuine capitals of micro-brewing, attracting hops fanatics and masters of the craft from right across the continent. There’s diversity too, and the network of quirky brew houses, artsy fermentation barns and classy tasting rooms means there’s something for everyone, whether you’re after an al fresco ale above the rushing Deschutes River, or a dark stout in the snow-capped hills of the Oregon Trail.
Coffee is not necessarily the drink of choice anymore in Seattle. Instead, beer has made its way onto the corners of this coastal city. Some even say that the state of Washington, long known for its craft brews, started the microbrewery rebirth in the 1980s. This would make sense considering three-fourths of the nation’s hops are produced in the state’s Yakima Valley. As such, Seattle continues to make a name for itself in the craft brewing world with several hoppin’ brews crafted in the heart of the city. Not only is the beer superb, the brewers and servers are excited to talk shop about their creations. Beer lovers will want to take a bar seat at one of these five great Seattle beer-drinking spots.
Philadelphia is home to some of the nation’s greatest historic achievements. Not only was it where the Declaration of Independence was written, it is also the birthplace of the American lager in the 19th century. For years, the City of Brotherly Love has been home to thirsty beer lovers looking to celebrate a variety of Philly moments: the invention of electricity, the creation of the first American flag and, of course, when the beloved Phillies won the pennant. The city has such a long history in just about everything that its history with beer is just an addition to the list. Here are five spots that beer drinkers continue to enjoy year after year.
San Francisco has long been known for its sustainable, organic produce, which helped influence the farm-to-table trend that continues to make its way across the country. San Francisco ice cream is no different. Those same fresh and local ingredients show up in the ice cream served to residents and visitors alike, creating some of the tastiest flavors in the country. As such, local ice cream makers think up flavors based on the local fare. Goat cheese, lavender and basil are just a few ingredients that these top five ice cream shops incorporate into their delicious, creamy concoctions, which customers should check out for a one-of-a-kind San Francisco treat.