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The Dabl Insider Food Tour - West Coast Edition
We’re continuing our deep dive into good eats and seeing what the locals eat, all across America. Next up: the West Coast!
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For the next stop on our food tour, we are headed to the West Coast! Forever immortalized as the final frontier, the once Wild West has become the hot spot for many thriving industries, from entertainment in California to aerospace production in Washington. With such a rich history, there is no surprise that the Western region is also home to some of the most delicious food in the country.
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Alaska...you may have heard of their smoked salmon, but did you know the coldest state also has some of the best ice cream?
During the Winter, Alaska’s temperature can dip to below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. But despite the extreme cold, Alaskan locals know how to make some unique, delicious ice cream! This ice cream is known as Eskimo Ice Cream, and is most likely not like any ice cream you’ve ever tried. Also known as Alaskan Ice Cream or Native Ice Cream, this dessert is made from dried fish, dried moose, or caribou meat and fat. Then, berries or mild sweeteners, such as roots of Indian potato or wild carrot, are mixed in with the meat and whipped with a whisk. Eskimo Ice Cream is a delicacy that Alaskan Natives have enjoyed for thousands of years, and now that you’re in the know, you can, too!
California...you may know California as the state that tries to add avocado to everything, but have you tried the french dip sandwich?
The original french dip sandwich was founded in Los Angeles, California over a century ago, when a restaurant owner, named Philippe Mathieu, accidentally dropped a sliced roll into a roasting pan full of hot juice that came from a beef sandwich he was preparing. The delicious result became a trend that has remained a local favorite through the decades. Today, the french dip is a roast-beef sandwich, typically served hot on a baguette or french roll. Every sandwich comes with a side of au jus from the cooking process, in which you dip the sandwich.
To this day, Phillippe’s restaurant is still a family run establishment, and they haven’t changed their french dip sandwich recipe once since its creation. If you want to try the original french dip sandwich, you can purchase a French Dip Party Pack from Goldbelly to be delivered straight to your door.
Colorado...you may have heard of the Rocky Mountain Oysters, but have you heard of Mountain Pizzas?
When people think of famous pizza, their first thoughts would typically go to New York or Chicago. However, Colorado has their own special pizza that the locals love! Mountain Pizzas were first created by Beau Jo’s in 1973, and have since cemented their place as a local staple. These pizzas come in a variety of flavors, including but not limited to Cheese Mountain Pizza, Italian Sausage Mountain Pizza, Green Pepper Mountain Pizza, and Black Olive Mountain Pizza. No matter what version of Mountain Pizza you choose, your pizza pie will be big, doughy, and cheesy. Mountain pizzas are known for their unique, braided crust that wraps around the pizza and encloses the ample toppings.
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Hawaii...you may have heard of the delicious fresh fish and juicy pineapple, but did you know about the Maui Banana Bread Company?
The Maui Banana Bread Company was founded in 2013, after Hawaiian Native Kiendra Fleck decided the world needed to taste her mother’s banana bread recipe. After quickly gaining popularity, the Maui Banana Bread Company expanded to offer a variety of types of banana bread from its storefront in Lahaina. Each flavor is created using locally sourced, Hawaii-grown ingredients, such as Maui apple bananas, coconut, macadamia nuts, and Hawaiian pink salt. The Maui Banana Bread Company is now a local favorite, and even has gluten free options for sale!
Try all the flavors, and order a 6 pack of Maui Banana Bread Company’s mini loaves from Goldbelly!
Idaho...you’ve definitely heard about their potatoes, but have you heard about the Wagyu Beef?
If there were a superhero in the world of steak, Wagyu Beef would be it. Once you’ve tried Wagyu Beef, there is no going back. This type of meat is known for its unparalleled flavor, its marbled appearance, and its tender texture that allows it to melt in your mouth. Wagyu Beef originally hails from a special type of Japanese cattle, but Idaho has its very own herd at Snake River Farms.
Thanks to Goldbelly, you can try American Wagyu Beef from Idaho no matter where you live! Goldbelly ships Snake River Farms’ delicious beef selections nationwide.
From bison to steak, Montana is a meat eater’s paradise. But, have you ever tried their huckleberry desserts?
Montana is the land of big sky, and even bigger flavors! Huckleberry season in Montana is the best time of year for tasting the most scrumptious desserts. Montana’s red huckleberries tend to be more tart, while darker huckleberries may be sweeter in flavor. If you have never tasted a huckleberry before, try to think of the flavor as tasty, mild, and similar to that of a blueberry. Locals in Montana know how to use huckleberries to create the finest desserts, from hand pies and mini pies in fun shapes, to delicious cheesecakes.
Nevada...has a lot of really good food as America’s culinary playground, but have you tried the fried chicken sandwiches?
If you’re not in the South, finding high quality, authentic fried chicken is easier said than done. Luckily, those of us on the West Coast have the opportunity to visit Shaquille O’Neal’s restaurant on the Las Vegas strip for some of the best fried chicken around. While most people only think of basketball when they hear Shaquille O’Neal’s name, locals know he is also the owner of a top fried chicken restaurant. From fried chicken sandwiches served on artisan brioche buns to crispy, golden chicken tenders, your taste buds will be blown away! The chicken used is always all natural and hormone free, and is breaded by hand in Shaquille’s signature seasoned flour and fried until golden brown and delicious. For extra flavor, you can ask for a side of Shaq Sauce with your order!
If you don’t have a trip to Las Vegas planned, do not fret. Goldbelly ships Shaquille O’Neal’s delicious fried chicken meals nationwide!
Oregon...you may have dreamt of visiting this state’s more than 500 wineries or craft breweries, but have you tried the homemade bleu cheese?
Rogue Creamery is one of the most celebrated creameries in the United States, and has won awards for its variety of delicious blue cheeses. But unless you’re a local, you would have no idea the famous Rogue Creamery was hidden away in Oregon’s Rogue River Valley. Since 2002, Rogue Creamery has been sustainably crafting blue cheeses, which spend up to 6 months maturing in caves depending on the desired flavor intensity. Blue cheese is famous for the appearance of having blue veins. It is a great addition to a variety of meals, whether it’s melted on burgers, or mixed into soups and salads. Plus, eating blue cheese is correlated to preventing osteoporosis and heart disease!
Luckily for you, Rogue Creamery ships their delectable blue cheese nationwide. We recommend trying the Rogue Creamery Brilliant Blues Sampler, which allows you to try all of the Oregon blue cheeses that made Rogue Creamery famous.
Utah...you probably know about the tomatoes and corn, but did you know about the French baking scene?
Who would have thought you could get a taste of France without leaving the country? Utah’s Salt Lake city has a blooming French baking scene that the locals love. One of the most popular treats is the swirling Kouign Amann. Pronounced as “Queen Aman,” the name translates to “buttery cake,” which describes this dessert well. Native to the northwest Brittany region of France, this pastry is flaky, gooey, caramelized, and overall delicious!
When you think of Washington, your first thought probably goes to the epicenter of coffee culture that is the city of Seattle. But, have you tried Pike Place Chowder?
Although Washington is often associated with rainy weather, it is actually home to some of the country’s loveliest beaches, and some of the freshest, tastiest seafood is found along the Washington coast. Starting in 1907, fishmongers would gather at Pike Place in Seattle, Washington to sell their fish. Today, Pike Place Market is an open-air fish market that both locals and tourists love to visit for the special cuisine. The most famous meal served here is the Pike Place New England Clam Chowder, which was named Yelp’s Most Popular Dish in America in 2018. This chowder consists of meaty clams in a creamy broth, deliciously flavored by potatoes, onions, celery, bacon, thyme, and white pepper. If you would like to try Washington’s best selling chowder, Goldbelly will send a quart of the New England Clam Chowder straight to your home, along with a quart of the equally incredible seafood bisque chowder.
Wyoming...you probably already know this state is known for its sausages, but we bet you’ve never heard of Turducken!
Wyoming is the cowboy state, and there is no shortage of ranches, farms, and livestock. But, why should you eat only one type of meat at a time when you could eat three? In the late 1960s, Chef Paul Prudhomme was experimenting when he discovered it was possible to stuff a chicken into a duck, before stuffing both inside a turkey. Thus, Turducken was born! Over the years, turducken has gained a loyal cult following from local foodies and chefs.