AM774 . Bruce in Beijing

A road trip that is a 'foodies dream'

2015-07-27 20:26:39


Alaska Seafood Ceviches

Chefs Michael and Yannick at Conrad Beijing

Chefs Yannick and Michael

Route 66

Salmon bake Fairbanks Alaska (Bruce Connolly)

The American West (Bruce Connolly)


The most famous highwayin the U.S. Route 66 runs from Chicago southwest across the country towards California. For many years it carried migrants wanting to fulfill the 'American Dream' - it could be likened to a 'Journey To The West' with dreams coming true the farther west people travelled.
Europeans first settled along the eastern seaboard of America and over two hundred years gradually move westwards. The Gateway Arch above the Mississippi River at St Louis remembers this movement. Spanish settlement had also happened in today's California and New Mexico.
In today's final food experience recorded at Beijing's Conrad Hotel along Route 66 Bruce is talking mainly with Chef Michael D Rosenblum, Executive Chef for the U.S. Ambassador to China. The idea for this food festival came initially from the hotel's Executive Chef Yannick Ehrsam.
Michael takes us eastwards along Route 66 from California to experience unique foods from New Mexico then through the ranching landscape of Texas with its barbecued beef and up to St Louis for its famed ribs before going close to Canada for 'maple cured ham'.
Travellers taking the cross-country road or rail trip from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts can look forward to a 'foodies dream experience'.