Kids & Family

When it comes to family fun, options in the 49th state are, well — Alaska-sized! Bear viewing, ziplining, mushing, camping, beachcombing, whalewatching… from the youngest child to the oldest grandparent, every member of the family will go home with a lifetime’s worth of memories. Scroll down to find activities for all, or use the menu below to further narrow your selection.

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Kodiak Island is hard on buildings. Wood rots. Metal rusts. Rain finds the leaks. Freight is expensive. People here reuse for economy and practicality, like the shipping containers repurposed as storage sheds and offices around town. Sometimes the act of adapting what’s available leads to interesting spaces and design. For the few months it was […]

Jamie Gonzales | March 27, 2017

Spenard Road has always attracted an off-kilter attitude to match its meandering path. In the city grid, Spenard stands out. Now, thanks to a $3 million grant from ArtPlace America, the area has grown even more colorful. Just check out the Church of Love marquee for proof; stitched in strips of neon polar fleece, it’s […]

Jamie Gonzales |

The Alaska kitchen is a problematic space. Kitchens tend to be the room where families, friends and guests gather to share food and conversation—but many Anchorage kitchens are too dark, too cramped and often oddly shaped.

Catalina Dengel |

  A quick and easy, yet powerfully flavorful, soup can be made with a handful of ingredients and a blender. If you’re strapped for time or resources, use canned roasted peppers, or take the time to roast your own and fill the kitchen with their intoxicating aroma. Roasted Red Pepper Soup Serves: 4 Time: 50 […]

Nina Wladkowski | March 24, 2017

  A Frenched rack is created when a butcher cuts the fat and minimal meat from around the rib bones, leaving them exposed. Racks cut this way can usually be found at a local grocery store, but don’t hesitate to ask the butcher if there aren’t any in sight. Celery root and parsnip infuse a […]

Nina Wladkowski |

Golden beets can be a bit tricky to find, but their color bursts off the plate when mixed with the red radicchio. Roast the beets with their skin on, as it slips off more easily once roasted by simply rubbing the vegetable down with your hands or a paper towel. The mild flavor of Gorgonzola […]

Nina Wladkowski |

  Impress everyone with this brilliant red tart. A twist on traditional cranberry preparations, this curd is rich and sweet. The hazelnut crust pairs perfectly with the fruit and dark chocolate adds a lasting, lingering memory that will endure long after leaving the table. Cranberry Curd Tart with Hazelnut Crust Serves: 6-8 Time: 1 hour, […]

Nina Wladkowski |

IN THIS ISSUE: Date Night in Old Russia by J. Besl I’ll Have What Harding’s Having by Kirsten Swann Let Them Eat Naan by Elin Johnson Seeds of Change by Bailey Berg Feast for the Senses by Jamie Gonzales Trash Talk by Catalina Dengel SPONSORED: Sea to Table by Bailey Berg, for Alaska Native Tribal […]

Jamie Gonzales | November 14, 2016

Popular toy brands like Shopkins and TokiDoki have made eyes on food a continuing trend. And who better to imagine that than some of Alaska’s young artists? For this edition of What We Love, we tapped Gracie Occhino, age 7, to illustrate some of her favorite friendly foods. Do you like to play with your […]

Kirsten Swann |

When you think about food in the 49th state, you might think about wild game, fresh fish, traditional Alaska Native favorites or tundra staples like Sailor Boy pilot bread. But for those living with food allergies, blood-sugar issues and other conditions, Alaska culinary culture can be hard to stomach. Ingredients like milk or wheat flour […]

Kirsten Swann |

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