Prepare an optimal trip: Cook Renee Erickson shares her favored oneworld locations to take a trip for the very best food

International traveling has actually constantly been transformative for Renee Erickson, a prize-winning cook as well as restaurateur in Alaska Airlines’ home town of Seattle. Everything started with a journey to Rome.

Erickson was a 21-year-old art pupil that located herself attracted to dynamic markets full of seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as cheesemongers distributing examples. She keeps in mind little cookies being supplied while standing in line for pizza bianca– as well as the gelato as well as negronis that she would certainly avoid lunch to manage.

” It was the minute when I got up to the concept of various other societies as well as just how food went to the facility,” Erickson claims. “I got back as well as right away began considering just how I can return.”

Rome released a cooking trip that led Erickson to get her very first Seattle dining establishment when she was simply 25. She’s given that checked out foods throughout Europe from Paris to Normandy as well as London– all locations obtainable to Alaska visitors via our oneworld companions.

Those journeys formed Erickson’s team of Seattle dining establishments, consisting of The Walrus as well as the Woodworker, her admired oyster bar motivated by French brasseries. And also currently her love of food as well as traveling collaborated in her most recent publication, “Escape,” a cookbook-meets-travel narrative posting April 27.

She’s constantly checking out brand-new locations– with Baja, Mexico, a much more current favored (as well as obtainable to Alaska visitors by means of Cabo San Lucas as well as Loreto). Yet Italy stays her very first traveling love.

And also while COVID-19 limitations still restrict traveling to Europe, Erickson really hopes the dishes as well as memories in her publication will certainly move visitors– as well as sharpen their hungers for future traveling.

Right here, Erickson shares a couple of traveling ideas to enjoy a few of her favored locations:


” The magic of hopping on an aircraft as well as winding up in Rome is simply astonishing to today,” Erickson claims. “I can not think that in 9 hrs, I’m mosting likely to be drinking coffee in Piazza Navona. It’s the best point.” Erickson going to Rome in autumn 1994.

” When my partner Dan as well as I discuss traveling or desire regarding having an apartment or condo, it’s constantly Rome. It’s the mix of background as well as art being all over, in addition to a society that’s consumed with food as well as white wine. And also it’s a little bit insane. It’s loud as well as filthy as well as stunning. I really feel comfy there, as well as I assume that relates to existing so young.”

What to consume: “Most likely to Testaccio, a market beyond the facility. Invest time as well as consume some food there. Attempt these fantastic little pizzette treats. (There’s likewise a dish in my publication.) You’ll likewise reach example all sort of veggies, as well as there’s a cheese individual that will certainly offer you 5 various examples of pecorino that are all various.”

What to consume alcohol, preferably at sundown: “Ensure you have a negroni someplace on a piazza.”


An excellent mid-day treat at Le coffee shop de la Nouvelle Mairie.

” As a young cook as well as dining establishment proprietor, I intended to most likely to Paris due to the fact that it had lots of dining establishments as well as the experience of eating was skillful there. It was a stimulating location to be as well as still has a few of my favored dining establishments.”

Eating at the marketplace in Deauville.

Where to enter Paris: “La Buvette, a store that offers scrumptious treats like white beans with lemon oil, unbelievable patés, as well as a charming option of white wines, is a must. I am likewise a significant follower of Martin, a rowdy white wine bar with the sweetest little puppy called Saucisse, that examines everybody out. My favored place may be Le coffee shop de la Nouvelle Mairie, which has wonderful straightforward food, a stunning tree-lined road as well as pleasant individuals.”

What to consume in Normandy: “There’s a shellfish market in Deauville where the ships are available in as well as discharge every little thing, as well as you can have these gigantic plateaus of fish and shellfish with white wine. Absolutely nothing fancy. You remain on the road consuming one of the most scrumptious oysters that they shuck for you right there as well as shrimp that they have actually simply prepared. They offer you a little aioli to dip them in, as well as they offer you some rye bread. Which to me is the best dish in Normandy.”


Erickson as well as her partner, Dan Crookston, in London, 2016.

” The last time we remained in London was 2 Decembers back when a pal had an art program there. We mosted likely to the Columbia Roadway Blossom Market. London, specifically, does blossoms much better than any individual. They had amaryllis that were 4 feet long as well as something like $3 each, as well as I stated, ‘Allow’s get a lots!’ They were so lavish therefore huge therefore stunning.”

What to consume: “There’s this location called the Marksman Bar that I enjoy. Attempt to consume a well-sourced variation of traditional British food– like something that would certainly have been prepared 100 years back. Meals like Yorkshire dessert as well as peas as well as haddock, or any type of kind of meat pie, as well as beer.”

One food misconception: “If individuals still assume that England has poor food, they’re incorrect. London is most likely among the leading 3 cities that I would gladly return to any type of day to consume. It’s vibrant, very innovative, as well as has extremely scrumptious food.”


Sundown in Todos Santos, Mexico.

” Baja is so simple to reach from Seattle, simply 4 hrs away by aircraft. And also the environment is so various, yet still on the water, which I enjoy. It resembles Joshua Tree by the Pacific Sea. I enjoy to get an entire fish from the anglers as well as prepare it. I’ll take a container of olive oil as well as salt with me, as well as ensure to obtain fruit, veggies as well as tortillas, plus tequila, certainly.”

What to consume: “Fish tacos in Baja are the most effective. Relying on where you remain in Baja, there are various customs. Attempt as lots of as you can. They have gigantic clams there, as well. You can consume them raw, yet they likewise barbecue them as well as place salsas in them on the grill. They’re rounded like a manila clam, yet they resemble the dimension of your clenched fist– it’s quite enjoyable.”

Finest guidance: “Do not hesitate of consuming road food. In Italy, I such as to comply with building employees right into a dining establishment. In Baja, I comply with building employees right into a taco store. I intend to consume where they’re consuming.”

Baja-inspired dish: Tomatillo as well as Avocado Salsa

Active Ingredients:

    • 12 tomatillos, husks got rid of
    • 1 little ripe avocado, cut in half, matched, as well as peeled off
    • 1/2 lot cilantro, leaves as well as stems consisted of (regarding 2 cups/80 g)
    • Passion as well as juice from 2 little limes (regarding 3 tbsps juice)
    • 1 serrano chile, stem got rid of
    • Salt
    • Makes regarding 1 mug (240 ml)

In a big, hefty frying pan over medium-high warm, prepare the tomatillos till charred on one side, regarding 5 mins. Transform the tomatillos as well as proceed food preparation till they are browned on the majority of surface areas as well as conditioning, one more 10 to 12 mins.

Slide the tomatillos right into a dish as well as cover with a plate. Allow heavy steam for 10 mins, after that position the tomatillos in a mixer with the avocado, cilantro, lime enthusiasm as well as juice, serrano, as well as 1/2 tsp salt. Buzz till really smooth. Preference as well as period with even more salt or lime juice, if preferred.

Shop in a closed container in the fridge till all set to consume. It will certainly maintain well for 2 to 3 days.

Renee’s leading 10 points to pack:

In her carry-on:

  • A litre steel canteen that she fills up to stop dehydration. (#FillBeforeYouFly)
  • Dark delicious chocolate (when the climate isn’t as well cozy)
  • Almonds
  • Satsumas (a range of mandarin oranges) in the winter season. “They’re simple to peel off as well as they simply scent so great.”

In her traveling bag:

  • One cook’s blade in carbon steel. “It’s truly simple to maintain sharp.”
  • A microplane for zesting as well as grating
  • A red wine secret
  • A traveling set with a miniature mandolin as well as mini cheese grater. “I enjoy having a mandolin to cut onions as well as fennel to make salads. These are sharp points that make your life less complicated.”
  • Sea salt– unless it’s conveniently offered in her location, like in Italy as well as France
  • Olive oil

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