My friends and I road tripped through Alaska and until I created this food journal, I did not realize how much we ate! Journaling your food really puts in perspective what you ate and how much you ate. I absolutely love food journaling because I enjoy food and travel, simple as that. We had some amazing meals while in Alaska and made some wonderful memories, in-between those meals.
From Alaskan Wild Blueberries to dining in swanky restaurants, my list of “What I ate in Alaska – A Food Journal”.
King Crab legs
I mean how can you not eat King Crab Legs if you are visiting Alaska? I know there are people who are allergic to it or do not eat seafood/ shellfish but for those who can- Let’s EAT!
Although you can find King Crab Legs throughout Alaska, we did not start eating them until we were in Seward. The legs were so fresh and when dipped into that clarified butter, my goodness, it just melted in your mouth.
Alaska Blueberry Pie
If in Alaska, try to eat something with Alaskan blueberries is what I was told many times over. I found just that, a delicious Alaskan wild blueberry pie while in Denali and it was something truly special. The berries were fresh tasting and naturally sweet, it was a very delectable piece of pie.
I had this luscious blueberry number along with an Alaskan Blueberry Cosmo from Salmon Bake in Denali.
Aurora Chocolate in Anchorage
I had read about Aurora Chocolate and their Northern Lights/ Aurora Borealis inspired sweets. I had to have them. They looked beautiful and I had read that they tasted divine. It was true, the chocolates tasted as good as they looked. I bought an assortment for my daughter and for myself, along with chocolate covered gummy bears and other pieces of fine candy. This little sweet shoppe is a must do for those who love chocolate.
What used to be Sweet Chalet is now Aurora Chocolate and is still located inside the Captain Hook Hotel.
For ordering information, please visit their official website – Aurora Chocolate
Fresh Steamer Clams
If steamed clams are on the menu, more than likely I order them wherever I am. I truly enjoy them and the wine broth they sit in. Alaska was one place that I loved eating them due to their freshness.
I can recommend steamer clams in both Anchorage and Seward. Both restaurants I tried were very good quality and the broth was excellent.
While in Seward, we decided to eat at Ray’s Waterfront and we were lucky enough to get a waterfront seating. This was a very nice restaurant and we were happy with everything except for the scallops, they were a little tough. Do not let that stop you from eating here because all of the other dishes were quite delicious.
From seafood to chicken to dessert, Ray’s Waterfront has a lot of delicious dishes to try! If you can, try and get a seat by the windows for a lovely view of the harbor.
I was not sure what to expect when I ordered salmon bacon from The Red Chair Café in Anchorage but this was what was handed to me. I liked it a lot so much that I tried to order it the next week but they ran out. I am grateful that I got to try it, once.
Salmon bacon has a tougher consistency than regular cooked salmon, but softer than fish jerky. It also had a nice smoky flavor to it and was slightly crisp along the edges.
One restaurant that we were recommended by locals in the small town of Denali was Moose-AKa’s. It was definitely something different than what we were expecting to dine on that night as it is Eastern European food. We all enjoyed our dishes and I know I loved the moussaka that I ordered. For dessert I chose the PB&J Flash Fried Crepe and my friend said “Bro, that’s got a ton of sugar!” He was right…
If you plan on dining at Moose-AKa’s it is recommended that you make dinner reservations as this is a popular place.
Great Harvest Bread in Anchorage
Great Harvest Bread in Anchorage has been covered by Social Media and TV shows for several years so since I was in Anchorage, you know Da-yum right I was going to check this place out. All I have to say is Da-yum YUM!
Besides the samples that were given to us, I ordered a Ham, Egg and cheese roll plus a breakfast sandwich to go. Everything was very fresh and a nice way to begin the drive to Denali.
Day Cruise lunch
In Seward, we took an incredible day cruise along the Kenai Fjords, everything was stunning. I recommend that you take this day cruse as part of you trip to Seward, information and photos are in my Yelp review below.
On board we were served a tray lunch with a chicken wrap which was okay. There was more lettuce than chicken, thank goodness there were packages of dressing on the table because I felt like I was eating a wrapped salad. We were also given a granola bar and chips with our lunch tray. It was like a school lunch really!
Smoked salmon is a popular used ingredient in Alaskan dishes and it can be served in various ways. When I was there I tried it in a bisque as well as a salad. Although both were very different from each other and delicious, I enjoyed the smoked salmon bisque the best.
I seemed to have been on a seafood chowder pilgrimage in Alaska, I loved it so much. It was filling and warm especially on those chilly August days. These two were my favorites, one from Orso and the other from Glacier Brew House, both in Anchorage. If I were to choose my favorite of these two, it would be the seafood chowder on the left from Orso. Both are excellent by the way, it was a tough choice.
The Perfect Shortbread Cookie
Excerpt from my YELP Review: “It did not take long for the server to convince me to try one of their cookies, actually there was no convincing. I hear cookie and I say “Yes” before the question is finished. I tried their shortbread cookie that is dipped in chocolate and Holy Mary it was phenomenal. The cookie was a perfect delicious shortbread.”
You can find one of these perfect chocolate dipped shortbread cookies inside The Red Chair Café in Anchorage.
Cocktails Darling, Cocktails!
If you can have a cocktail or two, then you know how important it is to any meal or social hour(s). I absolutely love them and find them just as important as any part of a good meal. While in Alaska, we found some impressive cocktails. Slideshow pics of some of my faves…
From Happy Hour Champagne Cocktails to a tilted Alaskan Blueberry Cosmopolitan, it was always 5:00 somewhere!
Rockfish- My First Time
I love trying new fishes to add to my tasting palate. While in Anchorage, I tried rockfish for the first time. It was delicious! Rockfish is quite a heavy fish and worked well when it was stuffed with crab. It was an impressive dish due to the texture and flavor combination- rockfish and crab. It worked well with the simple root vegetates that were served.
I enjoyed this delicious Crab Stuffed Rockfish with root vegetables from Orso Restaurant in Anchorage.
Halibut is in season from March through November in Alaska, which is outstanding because that is travel season. The halibut in the state known as ‘The Last Frontier’ was so fresh and delicious. It is a very firm fish so it can be used in a variety of dishes.
While in Alaska, I tried Halibut Fish & Chips in Denali and Halibut Tacos in Seward. Both were very good and different from each other and to be truthful, I loved them both the same.
Red Chair Café
This café was as solid of a breakfast/ brunch place as you can get. I came here twice, I liked it so much. I loved the fresh local asparagus that was served as lower carb side option, it was great topped with slivered almonds. If I were to go back to Anchorage, this would be my definite breakfast place.
Sweets in Seward
While strolling around Seward, my friends and I walked into a cute old store with checkered floors. It reminded me of the 100 year old house we owned in the Mid-West, so adorable. This sweet shoppe sold both homemade candies and gelato, it was mind buzzing.
Why choose chocolate or gelato? I definitely did not. I chose one chocolate piece and a scoop of the local Sitka Rose Gelato- So divine, both of them, It was a great finisher to the big meal we had at Gold Rush.
A lot of Caffeine- Alaska Edition
I believe that I drink more caffeine on my trips than I do normally, which makes sense. I love a cup of hot black coffee or something frilly like a Lavender Chai Latte, it is all wonderful. Alaska has some great coffee places like the AK Alchemist or the Espresso Café inside of Nordstrom’s. The best part of having a nice cup of coffee in Alaska is the ‘warming up’ feeling from the chilly weather!
A Swanky Happy Hour at Ginger
Don’t you just LOVE a good happy hour? I know we do! My friend found an excellent happy hour at Ginger, an Asian fusion restaurant in Anchorage. It was lovely- the ambiance, the cocktails, the service and the food – it was all outstanding.
We started off with a couple of champagne cocktails and went through the happy hour menu ordering the Mushu Tacos, Chicken Soba Noodles, Wings and of course their crispy fries. I enjoyed this place so much that I gave it a Five Star Yelp Review.
Cabin Fever Food and Grocery Shopping
We decided to stay at a cabin in Denali, which was a perfect idea as it had a large kitchen that allowed for us to cook breakfasts. Although there was one morning that we woke up and we had no electricity, (lightening hit tree – hit power line) so we had to eat breakfast by hanging our headlamps. Other than that we good filling breakfasts every morning.
If you are planning to stay at a cabin in Denali and driving from Anchorage like we did, I suggest to stop off at the Fred Meyer in Wasilla. This town is outside of Anchorage and the grocery store is off the freeway, it is very convenient. The prices are a lot better than what you will find in Anchorage and the selection is a lot better than what you will find in Denali.
American Diner Food in Anchorage
Our last meal together as a group we decided to head to a popular diner close to the airport in Anchorage, Southside Grill. The food was pretty good and so were the Yelp reviews. It was a nice casual way to unwind before everyone started flying back to California.
I love tuna melts as they remind me of the sandwiches that I grew up on. I added a cup of clam chowder with it and it rounded off the whole meal.
Airport Turkey Stacker Sandwich
Fairbanks Airport is so small that it does not have a business lounge. So eating at ‘The Local’ was my choice. I am serious this was my choice… MY ONLY CHOICE! To be fair there was a Starbucks but for a sit down meal this is the only choice. I am grateful though because this turkey stacker with a side salad was decent for airport food.
“One of the Best Dozen Donuts in America”
According to the Huffington Post! So I purchased one of each Old Fashioned donut sold: Regular Glazed, Fire Weed and Cinnamon. If you do not know what Fire Weed is, it is a purple wild flower that grows all over Alaska. I tried it several times in different food items and it is like infusing Rose or Lavender into anything.
The donuts were very good. I am not sure if it was the “One of Best Dozen Donuts in America” but they were what an Old Fashioned donut should taste like. They were soft but a bit crunchy on the outside. They were definitely not oily which can spoil an Old Fashioned.
Croissant Breakfast Sandwich with a Bad Review
It happens and I try to give people the benefit of the doubt. In cases like this, where my Eggs and Lox Croissant Breakfast Sandwich had to go two rounds before I could take it back to my hotel was ridiculous. I wish I would have liked this sandwich better, it had so much potential. The realities of food and travel.
Ice Straight From the Source
While sailing along the Kenai Fjords the crew members pulled in a chunk of ice from Holgate Glacier. They broke it down and started to pass out the glacier in cups for all of us to share and taste. I know, it is just ice but the taste was so clean and light. Plus it was part of the glacier that we had just viewed, which was very cool.
Fox Island Buffet
While on our incredible day cruise of the Kenai Fjords in Seward Alaska, we were served dinner on Fox Island which was done buffet style. The food was so-so but the time cruising on the water was well spent.
My thoughts on the food served: It was a prime rib and Alaskan salmon buffet, both were a bit overdone and dry but it is understandable especially when you are feeding the masses. The King Crab was pretty good and I could have eaten just that but we were limited on how much crab. What can I say? I like King Crab!
Homemade Ice Cream in Talkeetna
The Ice Cream! Even on a cold dreary day, ice cream here at Shirley’s Burger Barn is a definite treat. We spoke with the gentleman who was working at Shirley’s and he mentioned the care and attention that is put into every flavor of ice cream. There are local favorites which are made from Alaskan blueberries or the Fireweed that grows wild. This is a very special ice cream place in Alaska, down to the very last scoo.
I enjoyed the blueberry because I fell in love with the Alaskan blueberries while on my trip.
A Cheesy Stromboli in Talkeetna
We figured that we would all share a pie when we walked into Mountain High Pizza Pie in small town Talkeetna. I do not know what happened but we all ended up with some great individual Italian food. I ordered the Stromboli that had a lot of melted cheese inside, which I really enjoyed. The Chicken and Rice Soup was very good to especially on that rainy day.
Retro Doritos on a Retro Couch
“Hey Guys, look at my selfie”- Doritos crumbs all over.
The cottage we were staying in at Seward had a very retro sofa that matched the Nacho Cheese Doritos bag that one of my friend’s had bought. I have not seen this bag design since my youth, nor the sofa design. It was a good match!
Yours Truly, upside down, in Alaska.
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