Program 330: Variety of American Roadfood; Coastal British Columbia

Release Date: 06-29-2013

On Air Description

Barbecue, chili, clam chowder, fresh oysters, and even buckwheat pancakes.  These are a few of local specialties that can turn your next American road trip into a comfort food pilgrammage. On the next Travel with Rick Steves, Jane and Michael Stern share more of their favorite classic food discoveries from across the Lower 48.  And travel writer Crai S. Bower joins Rick to share some of their favorite natural getaways in coastal British Columbia, Canada.    

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  • Jane and Michael Stern, authors of  "Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 700 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More" (7th edition, published by Broadway Books), and "500 Things to Eat Before Its Too Late"  (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Travel writer Crai S. Bower 

Related Links

Jane and Michael Stern's roadfood website includes driving itineraries for sampling the best of regional American roadfood, sorted by region. Among the specific restaurant examples the Sterns talk about today are: 


  • "Vancouver Island is such a diverse and vast island, and the perfect outdoor adventure paradise.  I've cycled the Saanich Peninsula north of Victoria, kayaked remote little islands covered with seals, hiked to huge and powerful waterfalls streaming from high peaks, swam in cascading rivers, and explored the coastal delights of Pacific Rim National Park."   (Sally in Lavelle, Pennsylvania)

Incidental Music

  • Martin Denny, "A-mer-i-ca," Baked Alaska /  EMI-Collector's Choice
  • Rosie Ledet, "Easy Come, Easy Go," Sweet Brown Sugar / Maison de Soul
  • Doug Riley, Jeanne Bastresser, Julius Baker, "Impromptu in 2 Keys/Promenade, (George Gershwin, arr. D. Riley)," The 'Disc Drive' Disc with Jurgen Gothe (collection) / CBC Records
  • Dock Boggs, "Turkey in the Straw," Dock Boggs:  His Folkways Years 1963-1968 / Smithsonian Folkways
  • * Erhard Bauschke, "At the Codfish Ball," Berliner Orchester (Der Deutschen Grammophon) (collection) / HDN
  • Quincy Jones, "Soul Bossa Nova,"  Cocktail Mix vol. 2 (collection) / Rhino
  • Osamu Kitajima, "The Elysian Fields," Claude Challe Presents: Sun Disc vol. 1 (collection) / Wagram (France)
  • The Beau Hunks and the Metropole Orchestra, "We're Out For Fun," Our Relations:  The Original Score by Leroy Shield (original score to the Laurel and Hardy film 'Our Relations') / Basta Audio-Visuals
  • Mamou Prairie Band, "Petite ou la Grosse," Catch My Hat / Swallow
  • Amos Milburn, "Chiken Shack Boogie," Hell's Kitchen (collection) / Goldenlane Records
  • Baltimore Consort, "Scotch Cap," The Dorian Stereo Morning Sampler (collection) / Dorian
  • Instrumental bridge from Diana Krall, "Frim-Fram Sauce," Disc Drive 2 with Jurgen Gothe (collection) / BMG
  • * Moe Koffman, "Swinging Shepherd Blues," Here and Now:  A Celebration of Canadian Music, disc 4 (Artists and Styles of Historical Importance) / Sony Special Music Products
  • Danielle Martineau, "L'Eau et le Vent," Here and Now:  A Celebration of Canadian Music, disc 1 (Music of the First Peoples and Folk Music) / Sony Special Music Products
  • Cha-Das-Ska-Dum Which-ta-lum (Lummi) and Dean Everson, "Cry of the Forest," Arctic Refuge:  A Gathering of Tribes (collection) / Soundings of the Planet
  • Tsa’ne Dos’e, "Inland Water Travel," from the benefit collection Arctic Refuge: A Gathering of Tribes / Soundings of the Planet
  • Cha-Das-Ska-Dum Which-ta-lum (Lummi) and Dean Everson, "Prayer for the Ancient Trees," Arctic Refuge:  A Gathering of Tribes (collection) / Soundings of the Planet
  • Lux, "Northern Lights," Café Del Mar, vol. 7 (collection) / Musicrama-Koch
  • Malvina Reynolds, "Skagit Valley Forever," Ear to the Ground / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Medicine Dream, "Jalasi," Identity / (self-released)

Dated References

  • In his opening remarks, at 41:25, Crai Bower says he's "flying to Calgary tomorrow."
  • Crai describes a surfing trip to Tofino with his son in the winter, at 44:07.  He adds at 45:06 that the west coast of Vancouver Island is a good place for winter storm watching. 

Haiku Awards

Not just chicken wings

Beef on weck in Buffalo.

What the heck's a weck?

— Phil LaFave, Buffalo, New York


No fudge shops live on

Beaver Island, Michigan -

Just sweet indolence!

— Marc Carmichael, Homer Glen, Illinois  



Next, we hope to return there

Once our house is sold.


Home of liberty

Betsy Ross and Boathouse Row

Pretzels, cheesesteaks, yum.

 — Jane Palestini, Clive, Iowa  


Midwest motocross

Dust-sweat face in July heat

U.S. pastoral.


Smooth peanut butter

root beer float or pumpkin pie —

Foreign tourists gag.

— Kathy Smith Whitman, Normal, Illinois