Is it possible to see pictures of the breathtaking beauty of Alaska and not think Broiled Salmon? Not for me! I am passionate about many things – running, great books, my fuzzy slippers, a good glass of Sauvignon Blanc… but family, food, and travel are definitely top on my list. And I try to combine my passions whenever possible. I subscribe to The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts philosophy… That Aristotle was one smart dude. So traveling somewhere wonderful with my incredible family as we partake in gorging on some fantastic food is pretty much the ultimate trifecta. And so it was in Alaska.
We took a “
once in a lifetime” that-was-so-amazing-I-can’t-wait-to-go-back trip with my sister and her hubby, our parents, and in-laws last year. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. (If you remember from this post, I don’t exactly tolerate the cold very well.) So I packed my long johns, my wool socks, my ear muffs, and three pairs of gloves (I stopped short of bringing those cute little electric warmers that fit in your boots). I knew the cold would take my breath away. Well, I was wrong. It wasn’t the cold, it was the sheer beauty of Alaska that made me breathless. (And truth be told… it wasn’t even that cold!)
The breathtaking beauty stretches as far as the eye can see. Towering snow-packed ragged mountains spill into lakes, streams, bays, and the ocean. The marble blue-green color of the rivers and creeks is in a class by itself. And, of course, the glaciers. Wow! I had read a fair amount about the glaciers – their ebbs and flows, the melting and rebuilding – before the trip, but the truth is, they simply can’t be described with words. It’s like walking smack into the middle of one of the most magnificent pieces of art you’ve ever seen. The majority of our trip was spent along the coastline and we were lucky enough to witness the glaciers “calving” (that’s when chucks of ice the size of a VW Bus shear off and plummet into the ocean below with a roar that’s both muffled and deafening at the same time – truly incredible. Check out this video of the largest calving event captured on film. Amazing! ). We saw massive whales, active porpoises diving through the water, and gorgeous, graceful bald eagles soaring overhead.
But the real talk of the town was salmon fishing. Alaska produces 80% of the wild caught salmon in North America. People travel from all corners of the world to experience salmon fishing in Alaska, and who can blame them? That combination of peace and tranquility, surroundings that offer endless beauty, the challenge of “catching the perfect one,” and mostly the satisfaction that comes with sitting down that evening with one of the best, tastiest, and healthiest meals around – fresh broiled salmon. Although we didn’t actually catch our own, we certainly appreciated the exquisite taste of fresh caught wild Alaskan broiled salmon. The key is to keep it simple – a simple fillet with a simple glaze, served with a simple side of greens. Anyone can make it in about 10 minutes. It’s that easy! You don’t need to be in Alaska to enjoy fabulous broiled salmon, but I do recommend sticking to wild salmon (as opposed to farm raised). There’s almost nothing better. Combine that with travel to an amazing place with family I love… now that’s the sweet spot! Wherever your travels or culinary adventures take you, try to enjoy it with loved ones. Those memories will never be forgotten. Where is your dream destination? And who’s going with you?