A shiny 1965 Tradewind Airstream trailer put Wes Hurt's "Hey Cupcake!" bakery on the map.
Located in Austin, Texas, the dessert stand specializes in, you guessed it, cupcakes.
The 30-year old Hurt told me that he has always been attracted to the classic/sleek look of Airstream trailers and that when it came time to putting the icing on his bakery concept, he knew that an Airstream - with its funky, retro vibe - would be the perfect fit.
Hurt, a self described entrepreneur, also figured the overhead would be substantially less than a storefront and that the Airstream would generate an extra buzz around the new business.
If the results of my Google search is a barometer, he definitely achieved the latter. continue reading... »
Celebrity chefs Bob Blumer and Jamie Oliver both have roadtrippin credentials.
Blumer (a.k.a. The Surreal Gourmet) is a a cookbook author, artist and professional bon vivant.
He has been described as "one of today’s most imaginative food personalities" and can be seen on the Food Network.
He also, apparently, enjoys long road trips.
In order to promote his critically acclaimed third cookbook, Off The Eaten Path: Inspired Recipes for Adventurous Cooks, Blumer embarked on an ambitious 30-city, three-month odyssey in the early 2000s in his customized Airstream trailer. continue reading... »
1. Waterfront Restaurant, Crest Hotel, Prince Rupert, British Columbia
A must stop in Prince Rupert, especially when the sun is shining on the deck. Carefully prepared seafood.
2. Pikes Landing, Fairbanks, Alaska
Home to what is apparently the largest outdoor patio in Alaska . Mushrooms stuffed with crab, seafood medley and a red salmon ceaser salad. Washed down with Alaska lager.
3. Seafood Express, Hyder, Alaska
Seafood served from a parked school bus. One of only a few places to eat in town
4. Shrimp Omlette, Ferries, Alaska Marine Highway System
5. Phylis’s Restaurant, Anchorage, Alaska
5. Ligthouse Café, MV Coastal Adventure, British Columbia’s Inside Passage Ferry Route
Pricey but tasty BBQ seafood on the ferry's back deck, with views of humpback whale pods
Originally manufactured to facilitate the roadtrippin experience, Airstream trailers have, over time, come to serve many purposes for many people.
In Seattle, a 1962 Airstream trailer is the home of a roving restaurant that is receiving national acclaim. Last week, the USA Today profiled Skillet) under the headline: "10 great places to flag down a fabulous feast".
The traveling kitchen had previously received favourable country-wide coverage in TIME and Sunset magazines. continue reading... »