This past May, we had the opportunity to capitalize on a work trip to Anchorage, Alaska, by flying up a few days prior to the convention.
How often is it that you get paid to go on an Alaskan adventure?! Looking back, we can truly say it was one of those great trips of a lifetime.
“I’m dying to hear about your trip! What was the best part?” — the popular question we repeatedly were bombarded with following our return. Having squeezed so much sightseeing, exploring and eating (duh!) into three days, it was tough to decide our absolute favorite activity.
The somewhat odd experience of it not getting dark outside until 1 a.m. in the Land of the Midnight Sun? Cool, but no. The photo below was snapped around 2 a.m., and this was the darkest we ever saw Alaska get.
The thrill of ziplining through the forest while taking in spectacular views of the snow-capped mountain range in the distance? Perhaps.
The accomplishment of hiking the daunting 3-mile Flattop Mountain, a strenuous 3,510-foot climb that includes a vertical scramble to the top? Top five, definitely.
The up-close-and-personal moose sighting that stopped us right in our tracks during a bike ride on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail? A close second.
The nearly daily morning indulgence of the Stuffed French Toast at Snow City Café? YES.
Normally, we don’t get overly jazzed about French toast. When it comes to breakfast, we tend to stick to the savory side with a dash of sweet. But when French toast is *this good* and you eat it not once, not twice, but THREE (!!!) times during your weeklong stay, it suddenly becomes a dish to excitedly write home about.
Snow City Café slices a French baguette, stuffs it with mandarin orange-spiked cream cheese and toasted walnuts, dusts it with powdered sugar, and tops it with raspberry butter and warm maple syrup. Paired with a side of salty reindeer sausage (only in Alaska!), it’s what breakfast lovers’ dreams are made of.
For the record, we’re still dreaming of this Stuffed French Toast.
This Stuffed French Toast is drool worthy. (Not that we’re drooling on the keyboard as we type this or anything.) It’s sweet enough on its own that you don’t necessarily need syrup, but even if you do drench it with the sticky-sweet sap, it’s not too rich that you need a half-gallon of milk just to wash it down.
OK, so the dish didn’t exactly come as pictured on Snow City’s website, but our taste buds couldn’t care less. You don’t need to eat this Stuffed French Toast with your eyes first. Trust us and dive right in.
Most ho-hum stuffed French toasts feature the overdone combination of cream cheese and strawberries. Yawn. Snow City kicks it up a notch by whipping mandarin orange zest and toasted walnut pieces that somehow still retain their crunch into the airy cream cheese. The tart, creamy berry butter speckled with real raspberry flecks nicely contrasts the dish’s sweetly filled center.
For $10.50, you get three big ol’ slices of rich, gooey, decadent French toast. It’s not a bad deal considering things generally cost more in Alaska compared to the Midwest. But on second thought, we don’t care how much the Stuffed French Toast costs. You can’t put a price tag on love.
We think it goes without saying that you should probably book your next vacation to Anchorage ASAP just to try this glorious Stuffed French Toast. It may seem a bit rash, but you’ll soon be thanking us when you’re feasting on the best thing that’s happened to brunch since blueberry muffins. Or cinnamon rolls. Or doughnuts. You get the idea. Until our next Alaskan adventure, we’ll be in the kitchen attempting to recreate this dreamy dish.
If You Go…
Snow City Café
1034 West 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
PS: Snow City’s small indoor café tends to fill up quickly regardless of the day of the week, so we highly recommend a reservation, which can be made online or by phone.