Throughout the last frontier we have a deep sense of pride for all things wildly caught, locally grown and sustainably sourced. We are proud of our small businesses and it is our responsibility to be educated on what products we can buy to keep our money with local, hardworking people throughout the great 49th state. We also enjoy being one with nature and camping on the beach, exploring in the back-country and outfitting ourselves with the warmest and most durable Alaska Native clothing attire in the entire world. With that being said, you gotta check out these 20 things that everyone in Alaska should avoid at all costs.
1. Farmed seafood.
With the exception of responsible aquaculture, of course (we have some of the best farmed oysters EVER.) If you haven't already taken the wild, natural, sustainable Alaska seafood oath... you better get on that STAT. As the third largest industry in the entire state of Alaska, wild seafood is just the name of the game and the claim to our fame in the 49th state.
2. Or buying fish in general.
If you have the time, always try to catch your own wild Alaska seafood. There is just something you can't deny about fish that tastes better when you've caught it yourself.
3. Even feeding your dogs farmed fish.
Don't you dare do it! Hey, our state sport is dog mushing. That means our dogs have to take the wild, natural, sustainable Alaska seafood oath as well. And by how quickly these bags disappear off our shelves, we think they are A-OKAY with it!
4. Eating hot dogs.
Say no to hot dogs and YES to reindeer dogs! When in Alaska... do as the Alaskans do! M.A.'s in downtown Anchorage is one of the best places to grab an epic reindeer dog in the entire state of Alaska.
5. Camping without a view.
Just don't do it. It's Alaska. If you were in the lower 48, we'd understand if you wanted to pitch a tent somewhere sub-par. But in Alaska, go big or just go back home.
6. Snacking on chips from the lower 48.
You heard it right folks, even our potato chips are better than the mass produced options. It's easy to feel less guilty about indulging in savory snacks when you know you're supporting incredible Alaska businesses.
7. Shopping at big corporate box stores.
Serving Alaska since 1980, Three Bears stores sell anything from guns and hunting supplies to cleaning supplies and delicious meats. Keeping money with Alaska grown businesses what being an Alaskan is all about.
8. Drinking wine that isn’t from Alaska.
Nowadays with some excellent options in the last frontier, there is no need to give our money to out of staters! Plus, our wines are way better anyway.
9. Or drinking beer that isn’t from Alaska.
Same goes for our breweries! With hard working Alaskans crafting the most delicious blends on the market, we won't ever go back the boring stuff.
10. Who are we kidding, spirits too!
That's right! Alaska has a little bit of everything. And with flavors infused with birch, smoked salmon and so much more... we will keep in Alaskan, always.
11. Combat fishing.
We know, we do it too. But really, there is no place we'd rather be than away from the rush (that feels like a crazy city on the river) and fishing in peace somewhere... anywhere... else. We know we aren't the only ones!
12. Giving away secret secluded fishing spots to tourists.
Don't you DARE! The moose are watching. And so are the bears, wolves... and us!
13. Buying produce without an ‘Alaska Grown’ label.
With so many local Alaskans working tirelessly and putting their blood, sweat and tears into making sure that we have the most delicious products around, eating Alaska Grown is always the responsible (and most delicious) choice.
14. Seasoning your meat with a product that isn’t made in Alaska.
Say whaaat? Yup, that's right. Say goodbye to traditional seasonings and clean out your cubbord Alaska Seasonings Company and others in the state offer the most superior products on the market. Plus, if you dare to season meat from Alaska without the proper Alaska-made seasoning, your meat just might jump right off the grill and run back into the woods. Don't take that chance.
15. Or buying meat in general.
I mean, when you have so many animals that you can responsibly hunt, it doesn't get much more organic and humane that gathering your meat with your two bear hands. Oops, we mean "bare" hands.
16. Shopping for name brand winter gear.
These traditional Native Alaskan products don't even play ball in the same arena as the products that you'll find in the stores (which are generally all made outside of Alaska, or even America.)
17. Heck, don’t even think about breathing air that’s not from Alaska.
Wink wink, nudge nudge. 😉
18. Going into the back-country unprepared.
In this wildly uninhabited and unforgiving state, it would just be silly and not smart at all to go into the back-country unprepared. Ever.
19. Staying inside when the Northern Lights are dancing.
When Mother Nature and the Aurora Borealis come together to give you the most magnificent FREE show of your life, don't offend them by staying inside. Live in the moment and lose out on a little sleep. You'll thank us in the morning.
20. Uttering the words “I am bored" in Alaska.
Unless you want the longest eye roll of the century passed in your direction, don't ever say that you are bored in Alaska. It's freaking ALASKA. Boredom is not possible in the last frontier. Nope, nadda, no way jose!
Can you think of anything else that everyone in Alaska should avoid at all costs?