I’m taking a little break from reporting on the various places we stayed on our journey from Dallas to Seattle to talk about some of the foods we ate along that way. Deke and I love to eat and, more specifically, we love to cook. One of the greatest things about living in Chicago was the Green City Market and the access we had to foods grown in the Midwest. So during our trip, we tried to cook a majority of the time instead of eating out, and shopped local as much as possible.

Here’s our favorites!


Big Bend Coffee Roasters. We came across Big Bend Coffee in Marfa, TX, at The Get Go independent grocery store. We drink a lot of coffee, and we figured we would need plenty for the trip, so we picked up a bad of the Big Blend of Texas.  Owner Joe Williams roasts only Fair Trade, organic coffee and his facility is carbon-neutral. Besides that, this coffee is awesome! Runner up: Ruta Maya coffee, Austin, Texas.

Really, really good bread.

Dave’s Killer Bread, Portland, OR. Dave’s bread is killer. No doubt about it. We found this bread at The Red Rooster Grocery is Sequim, WA (more on that later), and have since sought it out whenever we grocery shop. Long story short — Dave is an ex-con whose father was a baker. Dave decided to change his life around and make wholesome, certified organic bread with no chemical preservatives. This bread tastes delicious, and by eating it, you’ll not only do good for yourself, but Dave’s also donates over 300,000 loaves to shelters and food banks in the Portland area. Need more reasons? Their bread bags are biodegradable, they buy 100% wind power to offset their carbon emissions and they use bicycles to deliver bread in their area! Dear Dave, I’d like to work for you. Love, Tiffani. To show you that its not just me … here’s a picture of my local Abertson’s Killer Dave bread shelf:

Sold out.

Absolutely necessary.

San Simeon Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA. There are hundreds of good wines coming out of California, but I’m including this one because, well, we know the people at one of the vineyards. But the wine is really good, I promise — plus it’s awesome to see the vines and meet the people responsible for whats in the bottle! Here in the Airstream, we like to throw down a few drinks here and there — especially red wine and whiskey. This red is just how I like it, a bit fruity, a little oaky and goes down smooth. All for about $20 a bottle.

Bone dry cider.

Another great find in the Olympic Peninsula was Alpenfire Organic Hard Cider, made in Port Townsend, WA. We had the Pirate’s Plank Bone Dry version, which was delicious. These guys use old English cider making techniques for small batch deliciousness and have been certified organic since 2005.

So that’s it — coffee, booze and bread. It’s all you really need for a great road trip!