This week’s Kitchen Road Trip takes us to the Last Frontier — Alaska. When I was in college, I went on two Spring Break service-learning trips to southeastern Alaska with a team of other students from my university. We spent the week exploring massive glaciers, hiking in the most incredible forest, going crabbing, watching for wildlife and learning about life in Alaska from the locals. The best part, though, was tutoring kids in the small Native American fishing village where we stayed. These trips opened my eyes to a lot of issues in education and the environment, as well as to the incredible culture of the Tlingit people. Both trips, the second one especially (which I had the opportunity to co-lead), marked a very personal turning point for me as I prepared to graduate. In other words, Alaska holds a very special place in my heart. I’ll never, ever forget the beautiful people and landscapes there. Ever since I left, I’ve been longing to go back, so I was extra excited to work on this week’s post.
With these posts, I try to find as many items as I can that are local to the state I’m covering, but in Alaska’s case this proved more difficult (perhaps because of its location, weather or smaller population?) so this time I opted for a few more items inspired by the state rather than from it.I very much cherish my memories of Alaska, so I hope you enjoy these finds as much as I do! (I’m so obsessed with those plates, by the way…) Hope you’re enjoying a nice long weekend for Martin Luther King Day! // susannah
See the list after the jump…
1. Glacier Ball ice mold ($29.99 for two) // 2. Truuli Vodka* ($42.99) // 3. West Elm Dapper Animal Plates ($8 each) // 4. Organic Alaska Pure Birch Breakfast Syrup* ($12) // 5. Alaska Rug Company Rope Trivet* ($20) // 6. IKEA Drömmar Cookie Cutters ($2.99) // 7. Alaska Pure Alder-Smoked Sea Salt* ($12) // 8. Zeroll Original Ice Cream Scoop ($18.64) // 9. The New Alaska Cookbook ($14.91) // 10. Glacier Bay National Park Poster by Anderson Design Group ($39)