Tour The West With Your Tastebuds
Gathering influences from Mexico, Asia, and Europe, food in the American West is a melting pot of delicious culinary cultures. Red Lion Hotels serves as your gateway to these great cities and their rich culinary traditions. These West Coast farmer’s markets, food tours, and street vendors give you a taste of their city’s culture through your tastebuds.
Picnic at Portland’s Pods
Portland has been called The Street Food Capital of the World, and with over 600 curbside kitchens throughout the city, you’ll be overwhelmed with a smorgasbord of dining options. Unlike other cities’ mobile food trucks, most Portland carts stay put in groups called “pods,” which makes it easy to snap up several samples at a time. You can grab vegetarian, Italian, or Belgian-style fries without moving more than a few feet. Check out Cartlandia, home to more than 30 pods, including fried chicken and waffles and Portland’s famed Voodoo Doughnut. It’s the perfect example of how West Coast food is a mix of influences from all across the world. When you stay in Portland, it’s easy to never set foot inside a restaurant.
Devour History and Food in Oakland
The folks at Savor Oakland Food Tours relish all things Oakland, especially the culinary renaissance spreading through the city. There’s a lot to see, hear, and taste in Oakland, with its eclectic art during Art Murmur, diverse live music venues, and tasting dining options. Savor Oakland Food Tours give you the inside scoop on the cuisine and culture in Oakland. They’re one of the first walking tours to combine food, culture, and history together. You’ll get an engaging snapshot of Oakland’s delicious food and history by hearing fascinating stories and a dash of history and culture as you enjoy food and drink samples. Savor this great tour when you stay in Oakland.
Feast On Low-Flying Fish in Seattle
The famous Pike Place Fish Market is the best place to get the day’s catch in Seattle. Not just because it’s got the best fish, but because it also has the best atmosphere. Fishmongers in orange boots and suspenders call out orders to each other, chant, and make hilarious jokes as they complete their orders. The shouted repeating of an order was originally a prank on just one fishmonger, but now, it’s evolved into a tradition. Once you’ve ordered, watch out for low-flying fish! The fishmongers always hurl the fish across the shopping area to the wrapping station. This world-famous market can’t be missed when you stay in Seattle.
Shop From Local Farmers in Denver
Metro Denver’s Farmers Market has been going strong for nearly forty years. Vendors often include farmers from generations of Colorado farming families, making this the best location for locally-grown food. You can find them four days a week (Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) at various locations throughout Denver during the spring, summer, and fall. Aumma Gosh, the market’s go-to lady for what’s in season, even has some of her favorite recipes up on the website, so you know what delicious meals to make with your latest buys. When you’re spending the night in Denver, there’s no better spot for fresh ingredients for delectable dishes.