The West Coast, and more particularly San Francisco and Seattle, has always distinguished itself by its cultural influence throughout the country. The great American literary and artistic movements, which crossed the last century and influenced much of the Western world, were born among the hills of San Francisco. Whether it is the literary fertility of the first writers of the American West, the humanistic realism of the authors of the Great Depression, the cultural revolution of the Beat Generation poets, the hyper creativity of the Haight-Ashbury hippies in San Francisco or the artistic experimentation of the new generation, the hard-rock and grunge groups born in Seattle, the West Coast has always kept one step ahead of its era.
Hedonism and voluptuousness :
Good wine and good food, what more could you ask for? The West Coast is perfect for the good life: sunny Californian wines, refined cuisine, new flavours and intoxicating aromas are all to be found in this prolific region. Americans are often despised for their junk food and sodas. None of this in a region that has been able to rediscover sensible eating habits, thanks to a craze for fresh, high-quality products and for the very healthy trends that include currents that were once marginal and are now completely in vogue, such as gluten free or veganism. Pacific Northwest's cuisine is renowned for its seafood and the richness of its first-rate local products: crab from the Olympic Peninsula, fruit and wine from the Yakima Valley. California Cuisine", a true culinary revolution born in the Bay of San Francisco in the 1970s, will wake up your taste buds and make you salivate more than once. Add to that a wonderful Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley in Oregon or an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley's famous vineyards and you're done. A small paradise for fine gourmets and lovers of excellent wines.
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