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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/20 21:13:43 (permalink)
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I'm busy researching my trip right now to Alaska. Of course I want to find at least one bread pork tenderloin sandwich. So far I think I have found one in Palmer, AK at Rusty's at Dahlia Street. One is enough, but if there are others I wouldn't mind checking them out. The farther you get out of the Midwest the more they take on a different description. Most commonly a Schnitzel sandwich or often misnamed porkchop sandwich. Any pork pounded, breaded and fried counts.

 
Since you are on your way to Alaska, I suggest (strongly) that you by "Milepost" which dsescribes each and every mile you travel on each and every road.  I have been there three times and I have bought one each time.  If you do not have it, you drive for miles and just see scenery but with the milepost, they point out every little turn and point out to you things you would have never noticed.  A very valuable tool and informative also. 
 
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/20 21:16:02 (permalink)
My congrats to Lleechef for representing her state, roadfood and herself in a outstanding way.  Even if you have never met Lisa, you know that she is a Roadfood treasure.
 
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/20 21:29:53 (permalink)
Thank you Sundancer.  And yes, a Milepost is a MUST as I said on the broadcast, I have given many, many away to newbie travelers to Alaska. 
I was very pleased to represent Roadfood in Alaska.
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/20 21:48:26 (permalink)
Milepost is a great publication ...we learned a lot from it before and during our trip a few years back. Lisa pointed us to several fine places to eat during our visit in Anchorage, Whittier, and Hope. I would never get tired of the seaford we found.
  We hope to get in the Halibut Fish trip sometime in the future...one of our Bucket list goals.
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/21 09:13:45 (permalink)
Mr. Mayor I mentioned the place in Hope just for you because we had been there and had that delicious halibut!
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/21 10:04:41 (permalink)
Here is the cafe in Hope, AK, with a shot of the great Halibut they serve...then a couple of special dishes Lisa had introduced us to in Anchorage, Tuna and Bacon-wrapped Scallops !  She is a Master with Seafood !





I would love to return to AK for a fishing expedition and to enjoy the great food you can find in that wonderful place.
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/21 10:15:27 (permalink)
Thanks for the pics Al, I forgot all about those!
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/21 10:20:45 (permalink)
I have the Milepost. I've had the Milepost going back. For 7 years since we bought our first Class B camper van we have been saying we were going to drive to Alaska in it and something always came up to alter those plans. This year was kind of a now or never decision. We want to make the trip while the B still is relatively new and in top condition. However, we have already put 25,000 miles on it in a year from coast to coast.
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/21 14:37:10 (permalink)
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I am so jealous......wish I were making that trip this year.  Be sure to take the Jules Verne-like scary tunnel to Whittier and eat at the Swiftwater Seafood Cafe overlooking Prince William Sound.  Very beautiful.  Very, very excellent seafood. 
Are you planning on driving the Dalton Hiway to Prudhoe?
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/22 15:10:09 (permalink)
Lisa,
 
I seriously doubt we'll attempt to drive the 400+ miles to Prudhoe Bay considering that it is mostly unpaved gravel. I expect to try and stay on paved roads as much as possible but know we'll run into a lot of road repair. I want to minimize tire and windshield damage opportunities.
 
Whittier is definitely in the loop. We might even give the ferry to Valdez a go. We will be everywhere we can get to on the Kenai. We should get as far north as Fairbanks. Talkeetna is definitely a must. We have a niece in Anchorage we will visit. Denali, of course, is the crown jewel. We'll poke down to Haines and Skagway. We went to Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka when when we took a cruise in 2001 just the week before 9/11. It would be nice to go back but we probably won't. We had a small 30 passenger kayak cruise scheduled a few years ago for Glacier Bay but it got cancelled on us when they went to a lottery system and our ship missed out.
 
Tentatively we plan about two weeks up and two weeks back which should give us a whole month in Alaska if we stay out that long. So, we will be winging it as far as plans go.
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/22 16:07:01 (permalink)
I can understand not going to Prudhoe.  From Anchorage it is 1000 miles up and 1000 miles back.  We took 2 weeks to do it. 
If you drive to Valdez you won't be disappointed, it's beautiful, especially going through Thompson Pass.  You could also stop in McCarthy and go back to see the old Kennecott Copper Mine. 
Of course the Kenai itself could keep you occupied for a month!  Above all, do NOT miss Homer.......take a halibut charter and go catch yourself a big lunker.
If you happen to have a couple hundred dollars you don't know what to do with in Talkeetna, go to K2 Aviation and charter a plane to fly you around Denali.  It was the most breathtaking experience I had in Alaska.
Can't wait for your trip report to begin!
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/22 17:07:01 (permalink)
I visited Point Barrow several years ago and had pizza at Artic Pizza and Mexican chimi at some place close to the ocean.  Really weird as I saw some of the natives using some type of spear standing on a ice float harpooning for warwus or seal.  Me and a friend flew up there from Fairbanks.  It was about a 2+ hour flight.  I will never forget the very early morning flight.  There was a native American sitting next to me and totally intoxicated.  He removed his seatbelt a few minutes into the flight and fell out of his seat about ten minutes later.
 
As I recall, we paid about $20.00 for a cheeseburger, $20 for a pizza and $25 for a chimi.  It cost a bunch to get food that far north.  
The day we were there it snowed in July and then the sun came out.  We were given jackets by the tour it was very cool 
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/22 17:29:37 (permalink)
We did the fixed wing flight around Mt. McKinley. You only get up to about 10,000 feet but it sure feels like you are almost to the peak (20,320 feet). I video taped it and have yet to get it transferred digitally. In fact I have about 5 hours of Alaska video tape.
 
We also did a helicopter excursion out of Juneau to the Mendenhall Glacier and one other - two landings on the ice fields. Imagine huge chunks of brilliant blue ice at the base of a 1,400 foot waterfall and breaking out champagne and chocolate for a celebration.
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/22 17:44:34 (permalink)
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We did the fixed wing flight around Mt. McKinley. You only get up to about 10,000 feet but it sure feels like you are almost to the peak (20,320 feet). I video taped it and have yet to get it transferred digitally. In fact I have about 5 hours of Alaska video tape.

We also did a helicopter excursion out of Juneau to the Mendenhall Glacier and one other - two landings on the ice fields. Imagine huge chunks of brilliant blue ice at the base of a 1,400 foot waterfall and breaking out champagne and chocolate for a celebration.

 
The compressed blue ice always fascinated me.  I often thought that a few cubes of that with some of my favorite vodka would be super.  I walked on a glacier and I always thought that would be peaceful but I was amazed how noisy they were with ice constantly melting and cracking and groaning.  Sorta weird.
 
The drive from Anchorage to Fairbanks was outstanding and at one time I saw a triple rainbow.  We were in some type of evergreen forest and the aroma of the evergreens was highly aromatic.  The drive from Fairbanks to Valdez was equally outstanding.  We spent the night in Delta Junction and it seemed to me that we drove about four hours without seeing any population.  We finally saw a restaurant on some lake and stopped and had breakfast.  We ate like we would never ever see another foodstop.
 
The food in Valdez was outstanding.  We ate at a Portuguese restaurant on the waterfront and had some type of fish.  They know how to cook.
 
The drive to Valdez included a tour of Thompson Pass.  That is the snowiest place in Alaska and at one time recorded a 1,000 inches of snow.  I noticed all the markers at the side of the road indicated the depth of the snow.  Back to Anchorage we passed a outstanding glacier.
 
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/23 17:08:12 (permalink)
Great stuff Lisa, congrats...new food show tryout in your future??
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Re:lleechef Does Roadfood On KSKA 2012/06/24 09:56:08 (permalink)
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I don't think there is a food show in my future.  I'll leave that to the youngsters.
 
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You have me beat.  I have never been to Barrow.  I would like some day to go to Nome to see the finish of the Iditarod.
I landed on the Ruth Glacier.  I thought it would be like slippery ice but it was like walking on a sno-cone.
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