From sea to shining sea, America is pretty big. The United States in total is nearly 4 million square miles, and geographically speaking is the third largest country in the world. Not to mention, the USA is extremely diverse. This not only means that there are so many beautiful cultures being represented in each American, but there are so many different cuisines across the country.
Shrimp and grits is a true taste of Southern Comfort, that began as a popular breakfast for fisherman. Now, it’s a favorite in the Heart of Dixie!
Santa Claus would not be too thrilled to hear that one of Alaska’s most famous delicacies is Reindeer hot dogs. And yes, you heard that correctly!
Besides being a mouthful to say and eat, Chimichangas are one of Arizona’s most iconic dishes. This fried take on the classic burrito is delectable!
Fried pickles became super popular in Arizona in the 1960s, and have been a staple in their cuisine ever since! For a DIY take, batter some pickle chips and toss them in your airfryer!
California is known for being one of the healthiest and most sustainable states, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that they seemingly invented avocado toast.
These definitely are not the oysters you are accustom to. Rocky mountain oysters are not the best option for the weak stomached, as they are actually deep fried cow testicles. Anyway…
If you’ve ever visited New Haven, Connecticut, you’d know how passionate they are about their “New Haven style” pizza. Whether it’s as good as New York pizza is up to you to decide.
Believe it or not, Delaware has some pretty beautiful beaches. Rehoboth Beach, DE is an adored vacation spot. On the board walk you’ll find one of Delaware’s favorite delicacies: Thrasher’s french fries!
Sweet and sour all at once, no trip to Florida is complete without a slice of Key Lime pie (or a trip to Disney World)!
Though Georgia is of course known for their beautiful peach trees, Georgians LOVE to enjoy biscuits and gravy, especially when paired with some sweet tea!
Of course the Hawaiians have such amazing beach bodies, look at how healthy that Poke bowl is! It’s like Chipotle, but filled with fish, and colorful veggies. Where can we get our hands on one of these?
Don’t be fooled, that’s a Huckleberry pie right there, and it is one of Idaho’s most prized desserts!
Move over, deep dish pizza! Illinois has got another popular dish and it deserves all the clout! Italian beef sandwiches are a fan favorite in Chi-town!
You’ve heard of fried chicken but have you ever heard of fried steak?! This delicacy doesn’t have to be enjoyed just in Indiana, it can be found at some of America’s favorite comfort food chains like Cracker Barrel and Texas Roadhouse!
Fried catfish is an essential meal in the South, but it is especially popular in Iowa. This meal is delicious with some tartar sauce and veggies!
Bierock is actually a traditional German dish, made out of pastry dough and meat, but it is also popular among the German community in Kansas.
Burgoo, otherwise known as “Roadkill Soup” is a stew dish that is well known in Kentucky. We’ll stick to calling it Burgoo, though.
Are you noticing a trend here? Those southern states LOVE their fish! The Po’ Boy is a shrimp filled sub, served on New Orlean’s French style bread. We’ll take two please!
We’d be remiss if we did not give Maine the street creds for Lobster rolls. Nothing is more refreshing than one of these bad boys after a long day at the beach or on the boat on a warm summer evening.
Nobody loves Maryland more than Maryland. From their beloved flag, to their obsession with Old Bay seasoning, they love it all. They even love their famous crab cakes!
Boston, the capital of Massachusetts is not only home to the Red Sox and Boston University, but it is also home of the Boston cream pie, the state’s official desert.
Surprisingly, Detroit is famous for the Coney Island hot dog, not New York. The Coney Island hot dog is pretty much just a chili cheese dog.
Booyah! No, literally. Booyah is one of Minnesota’s favorite stews to warm themselves up during their freezing fall and winter seasons!
Okay, now we’re drooling. Mississippi mud pie is rightfully one of the state’s most prized dishes. It’s rich and decadent and makes the perfect dessert.
St. Louis is well known for it’s famous Gooey Butter cake. And it’s exactly that, oozing and goozing with sweet buttery goodness.
Montana is one of the most mountainous states in the US, so it only makes sense that they bring meatballs to the next level by using bison meat. They even love to stuff them with mozzarella. Bon apetito!
Nebraskans have no time for your run of the mill, average Joe grilled cheese. They love Cheese Frenchees, which is essentially a battered and deep fried grilled cheese sandwich. YUM!
Nevada is home to the City of Sin, AKA Las Vegas, so it only makes sense that one of their most famous delicacies is a cocktail, the Picon Punch!
Apple cider donuts may be a fall favorite for all Americans, but they are also a classic New Hampshire delicacy!
New Jerseyans are so passionate about Pork Roll Egg and Cheese sandwiches that there is even a debate over what it’s name is. Northern NJ folk think it’s called Pork Roll while those from South/Central Jersey proudly call it Pork Roll. What do you think?!
New Mexico is one of the many states in the Southwestern region of the US, so it only makes sense that their food mirror Mexican cuisine, which is why beef and chicken enchiladas are very popular in this state!
We all know that New Yorkers love their pizza and bagels, but did you know they are also well known for their Manhattan clam chowder?
Besides being home of the UNC Tar Heels and beautiful beaches, North Carolina is also home of the deviled egg!
Though Kuchen is a popular German dessert (it literally means “cake” in German, it is also well loved by people from North Dakota.
If you’ve ever been to Cincinnati, you’d know that the people their love Goetta, a mixture of meat and grain in patty form, similar to sausage. Like Kuchen, this dish is German inspired!
Whoever said that veggies don’t have to be delish definitely was not from Oklahoma! The people from the Sooner state love fried okra!
If you’re from Oregon and you have a sweet tooth, you’ve definitely made a trip to Salt and Straw Ice Cream. With their delicious variety of flavors, how could you not?
Amish Country lies in the heart of Lancaster, PA. Here, you can buy plenty of their famous Shoofly Pie, which is absolutely mouth watering, and worth every bite.
Rhode Island is one of the most beautiful coastal states in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It makes sense that one of their most famous dishes is fried calamari!
Oyster roasts are not only one of the favorite foods of folks from South Carolina, but it also serves as a social event.
Chislic is a beef cube appetizer that is widely popular in South Dakota.
Tennessee is known for being home to the music capital of the world, Nashville, but it is also known for sweet tea! No southern meal is complete without sipping on this southern comfort!
Everything is bigger in Texas, and so are their decadent pecan pies! You’ll want to save room for dessert while in the Lone Star state!
You wont catch people from Utah eating a Big Mac, they’d much prefer a pastrami burger!
The woodsy outdoors of Vermont are home to miles and miles of maple trees, so it isn’t surprising that they are so well known for their maple syrup production!
Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay is a hot spot for crabbing. Virginians love to eat blue crabs in any form, especially topped with some Old Bay.
Washington state is one of the many Pacific states of the US known for fishing salmon. One of their most beloved dishes is cedar planked salmon!
It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to enjoy cornbread! Cornbread is a delicious compliment to barbecue food, especially according to West Virginians!
Wisconsin may be the cheese capital of the world, but don’t be mistaken, they love their beer brats, especially topped with onions and with a cold brew to wash it down with!
Soda bread isn’t just for the Irish, it’s a staple for people from Wyoming. Slap some butter on there and serve with some rib roast for a true taste of the Cowboy State!
If You Like Piña Coladas…
Piña coladas are never a bad idea. No matter what time of the year it always, piña coladas are great cocktails that will ensure that everyone will have a great time. Here are some of our favorite piña colada recipes!
Let’s get to it
- 2 ounces light rum
- 1 1/2 ounces cream of coconut
- 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
- 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- Garnish: pineapple wedge
- Garnish: pineapple leaf
Add the rum, cream of coconut and pineapple and lime juices to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds.Strain into a chilled Hurricane glass over pebble ice.Garnish with a pineapple wedge and pineapple leaf.
- 25ml Coconut Rum
- 25ml White Rum
- 75ml Pink Guava Puree
- 25ml Coconut cream
- 10ml Sugar Syrup
- 5ml Lime Juice
Pour your preferred coconut rum, white rum, Funkin Pro Guava Puree, pure pour lime, sugar cane and coconut cream into a blender with one cup of crushed ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with pineapple wedge.
- 5 ounces of coconut cream
- 5 ounces of pineapple juice
- 1 ounce of white rum
- 1.5 ounces of Blue Curacao
- 1 cup of Ice
Mix all the ingredients in a blender and crush until smooth. For a fun and tropical presentation, pour into a chilled glass and garnish with two slices of pineapple and a few blueberries. Top everything off with a tiny umbrella.
Old Fashioned Style
- 1 ounce of Coconut Ciroc (coconut vodka)
- 2 dashes of cherry bitters
- 1 ½ ounces of Zacapa 23 Rum
- Coconut cream
- Pineapple juice
Combine coconut cream and pineapple juice and pour the mix into a sphere-shaped ice mold. Freeze for 2-3 hours. When ready to serve, mix the coconut vodka, aged rum, and cherry bitters in a tall glass. Add regular ice and stir for a few seconds. Set the frozen coconut and pineapple juice sphere in an Old-Fashioned glass and pour the rum and vodka mix over it. Sip slowly, as the sphere melts the flavors evolve from the spirit-forward Old Fashioned to the more tropical piña colada. For added texture, top the cocktail off with some pineapple foam and grated coconut.
New York’s Finest
- 4 pineapple chunks – muddled
- 1 cilantro sprig
- 3 cucumber slices
- ¾ ounce of lime juice
- ½ ounce of simple syrup
- 2 ounces of Barrilito Two Stars rum
Add the pineapple chunks, cucumber, and cilantro sprig into a shaker, along with the lime juice and simple syrup. Muddle those ingredients for a few seconds. Pour in the Barrilito Two Stars rum, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over a square ice block. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a cilantro sprig.
- 1 can Bacardi Mixers Piña Colada
- 1 Cup Bacardi Superior Rum
- 2 Kiwis
- 1/4 Cup Lime Juice
- 2 Cups of Ice
- Kiwi wheel (for garnish)
In a blender, add in the mixer and rum. Peel the kiwis and add to the blender. Add lime juice and ice.Blend on high until smooth. Pour the mixture into a glass. Garnish with a kiwi wheel.
Which piña will you try?
Refreshing July Cocktails
The hot month of July calls for some refreshing and relaxing cocktails by the pool. We have found a variety of cocktails to accompany you on those hot July weekends!
Lets get to surfin’ and sippin’
Grilled Mango Margarita
2 oz silver tequila
1 oz triple sec
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz simple syrup
grilled mango puree (strained)
tajin salt for rim
Heat grill to medium heat. While the grill heats up, cut the skin off the mango and cut into slices about 1″ thick. Add the mango slices to the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes or until they have a nice char on the outside. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, place the mango in a blender with a handful of ice cubes and pulse until it forms a purée. Strain into a container to store. To make the cocktail, combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker feels frozen. Rim your glass with Tajin. Strain into a fancy margarita glass with ice or up.
Rose Water Gin Fizz
.5 oz heavy cream
.5oz lemon juice
.5oz grapefruit juice
.25oz elderflower liqueur
3 dash rose water
1 egg white
Soda water to top
Combine all ingredients in the shaker except for soda water. Add one ice cube and shake until the ice cube dissolves. Open the shaker and fill with ice, shake 30 more seconds, and double strain over ice in a glass of your choice. Slowly add soda water pouring to one side of the cocktail.
Sage And Cranberry White Sangria
1 bottle vino verde
1/4 cup brandy or apple jack brandy
1/2 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
2 oz fresh orange juice
fresh fruits, such as citrus, cherries, peaches, applies, and blackberries
club soda or 7up
sage for garnish
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
1 cup fresh picked sage leaves
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water, and bring to a simmer. While syrup is coming up to temperature, take a small torch and lightly burn the sage leaves a couple at a time. Add the burnt leaves to the saucepan mixture. Simmer for three minutes and remove from the stove. Let steep for two hours. Strain sage leaves through a double strainer into an airtight jar for storage. Combine all ingredients except club soda or 7up into a pitcher. Let sit for 24 hours. Pour individual servings into a glass with ice until 3/4 full, then top with club soda or 7up.
Sparkling Kombucha Cubana
1.5 oz white rum
1 oz Humm Kombucha passionfruit mango
.5 oz lemon juice
3 dashes of black walnut bitters
thin lime slices for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all of the ingredients. Cover and shake. Double strain into a glass with ice and thin slices of lime. Top with bubbles!
Strawberry basil caipirinha
2 oz Cachaca
1/2 lime, juiced
1 bar spoonful of simple syrup
a few dashes of cherry bitters
fresh strawberries, sliced
Muddle the strawberries and basil in a cocktail shaker. Add in the remaining ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with more strawberries and basil
1 oz Bourbon Barreled Big Gin
1 oz Cocchi Americano
1 oz Martini & Rossi extra dry vermouth
Organic blueberry Juice
The night before, mix together blueberry juice and water in an ice tray. Freeze overnight. The next day, combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with regular ice, stir, and strain over the glass of your choice. Place blueberry ice cubes in drink and stir.
Thai Chili Colada
2 oz dark rum
1 oz coconut rum
2 oz coconut milk
4oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz lime juice
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup water
3 Thai Chilis
Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Remove pineapple rind. Slice pineapple width wise into very thin slices. Place pineapple slices onto a baking sheet spaced evenly. Bake on one side until it looks dry, begin checking at the half hour mark. Flip pineapple slices and bake that side until dry. Remove from the oven and place pineapples in an empty egg carton to make the “petals” curve up. Meanwhile, Slice Thai Chilies and remove seeds. Dice peppers. Bring a cup of sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the chili peppers and remove from heat. Let cool and strain out peppers. Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice, adding 1/2 oz – 1 oz chili syrup based on your heat tolerance. Shake for 2 minutes to get the drink cold and frothy. Strain into a tall glass. Top with pineapple flower for garnish
Which drink will you make this weekend?
6 Starbucks Iced Coffee Recipes to Recreate At Home
Let’s face it. For many of us, Iced coffee is way better than hot coffee, especially during these hot summer months. However, making Iced coffee at home never tastes the same and buying coffee everyday can really hurt your wallet in the end. But this does not have to be the case anymore! We have found 6 at home Iced coffee recipes to try right now! Delicious, easy and affordable. Now that is what we are talking about!
Let’s get energized
Regular Iced Coffee
A classic, this OG drink will have you feeling refreshed during a hot summer day!
• Simple Syrup
• Half & Half
fill a glass with half ice and half coffee, stir in 2 tablespoons of simple syrup and splash in some milk.
Iced Caramel Macchiato
This sweet and delicious iced coffee will make you look forward to mornings.
Add together ⅔ cups of vanilla syrup, 1 cup of milk and half a glass of ice together. Top mixture with a single espresso shot. Drizzle caramel sauce on top.
Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
The seasonal special is always a huge hit. If you’re a pumpkin fan, you definitely need to try this delicious recipe.
•Half & Half
•Pumpkin Spice Syrup
• You also need a french press to make this recipe!!
Add half a cup of half & half and pumpkin spice syrup into a french press and pump a few times. In another glass, mix pumpkin spice syrup into 8 oz of coffee. Then pour the coffee over a glass filled half with ice and top with foam from the french press.
Rich and chocolatey goodness mixed with coffee. Sign us up! This recipe will be your new favorite drink.
Shake 8 oz of Coffee and 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup in a cocktail shaker or airtight tupperware. Pour concoction over glass that is filled halfway with ice and a splash of milk
Salted Caramel Cold Brew with Cold Foam
This is for the at home barista that loves to go above and beyond.
•Cold brew coffee
•Half & Half
•You also need a french press for this recipe !!
Add ⅔ cup of half & half and two tablespoons of simple syrup in french press and pump a few times. In a cocktail shaker or airtight tupperware, add together 8 oz of cold brew, three teaspoons caramel sauce, and two pinches of sea salt. Shake these together until evenly mixed. Pour coffee over a glass filled halfway with ice. Top with caramel cold foa
Iced Brown Sugar Coffee
A new addition to the starbucks menu and your new favorite to make at home. Try out this Iced Brown sugar for a delicious and refreshing drink.
Directions: Boil water. Once water is boiling, add brown sugar and mix. Quickly set aside to cool. Once a little cooler, add simple syrup to the glass. Then add ice to the glass with milk. Top the drink with coffee. You should be able to see three different layers in the glass!