Top Three Tasty Treats from Alaska

Food, Glorious Food

When one thinks of the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks, or any remote town of Alaska, culinary delights are probably not among the first images that come to mind. Yet Fairbanks is indeed home to a surprising array of flavors. Looking back at our travels in Alaska, we’d like to take a moment to honor the excellent morsels who deserve a little credit.

As we reminisce about the culinary gems we discovered during our Alaskan adventures, one particular dish stands out vividly in my memory – the delectable Alaskan king crab legs. Savoring the succulent, sweet meat of these colossal creatures against the stunning backdrop of the Last Frontier truly encapsulated the essence of Alaskan cuisine. From the rich, buttery flavor to the tender texture, each bite was a testament to the bounty of the icy waters of Alaska. In a land known for its rugged beauty and untamed wilderness, the culinary treasures we unearthed in Fairbanks added a whole new dimension to our exploration of this remarkable region.

1. Jane’s Reindeer Cookies

reindeer2 – What can we say about this one? Well, firstly, they are obviously not made of Reindeer. The cookies served two purposes: fundraising the Reindeer into their lives and tasting really good. An unexpected dessert, to be sure, which makes it all the more of a highlight. Recipe available via their Facebook! (Editor’s note: This treat, in fact, caused Gondwana-feuds when one Operations Manager ate not only his cookie, but the cookie of Founder Jared Sternberg. The two have since made amends over this offense.)

Alaska’s reindeer, also known as caribou, are iconic symbols of the Alaskan wilderness. These majestic creatures are well-adapted to the harsh Arctic climate, with thick fur that helps them withstand freezing temperatures. In Alaska, reindeers play a crucial role in the ecosystem, grazing on tundra vegetation and shaping the landscape. They undertake epic migrations, traveling vast distances in search of food and breeding grounds. Alaskas reindeers are not only integral to the cultural heritage of indigenous peoples but also a key species in maintaining the delicate balance of the Arctic ecosystem.

Caribou, also known as reindeer in Europe and Asia, are large members of the deer family native to Alaska and other Arctic regions. Here are five interesting facts about Alaska’s caribou:

  1. Caribou are well-adapted to cold climates with insulated fur and large hooves that help them navigate through snow.
  2. They are the only deer species where both males and females grow antlers, with males shedding theirs after the mating season.
  3. Caribou are known for their long migrations, traveling hundreds of miles between their winter and summer habitats.
  4. These herbivores have a specialized diet, feeding on lichen, mosses, and shrubs that are abundant in the tundra.
  5. Alaska’s caribou population plays a crucial role in the ecosystem, supporting predators like wolves and bears while also being a sustainable food source for local communities.

2. Alaska Coffee Roaster’s Coffee

bean – An awarding-winning Coffee Roaster in Fairbanks? Well, we’d be foolish not to include a tasty cup of coffee in our list. Many a dark, winter day were made brighter by a fine cup of black coffee. For the truly devout, you can even order their beans directly from them.

The Alaska Coffee Roaster’s commitment to quality truly shines through in every sip of their coffee. With a rich and robust flavor profile that is sure to awaken your senses, their beans are a must-have for any coffee connoisseur. Whether you prefer a bold espresso or a smooth pour-over, their selection of beans caters to every palate. Elevate your coffee experience by indulging in the exquisite flavors crafted by this award-winning roaster, and bring a taste of Fairbanks into your home with each delicious brew.

3. Pump House’s King Crab

crab – If you thought we could escape this list without a nod to seafood in one of the US’s biggest provider’s of the stuff…well, think again. While King Crab legs might make you break into a sweat getting to the meat, we highly recommend the endeavor.

The Pump House doesn’t just stop at King Crab legs when it comes to tantalizing seafood options. Their menu is a treasure trove of ocean delicacies, from succulent lobster tails to buttery scallops seared to perfection. Each dish is a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to serving the freshest and most flavorful seafood, sourced from the waters around the world. Whether you’re a seafood aficionado or just looking to indulge in a luxurious dining experience, the Pump House’s seafood offerings are sure to leave you craving for more.

Interested in trying these delicious treats for yourself? Check out our small group tour to Alaska.

Learn more about Alaska in the summer, Alaska showcases the best of its stunning natural beauty and vibrant outdoor adventures. From the towering peaks of Denali National Park to the pristine waters of Kenai Fjords, there’s no shortage of breathtaking landscapes to explore. Visitors can embark on thrilling wildlife excursions to spot grizzly bears, humpback whales, and bald eagles in their natural habitats. Additionally, the long daylight hours provide ample opportunities for hiking, fishing, and kayaking under the midnight sun. Whether marveling at glaciers, immersing in native cultures, or simply soaking in the tranquility of the wilderness, Alaska in the summer offers an unforgettable experience for adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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