Katie Lee has “basically the greatest job in the world,” she says. If you spend a lot of your summer daydreaming about when and where you’ll get to dip your toes in the ocean (and what you’ll get to eat right afterwards), you might just agree with her. For a second season, Lee is hosting Beach Bites and taking viewers to more sandy locales to tasting the dishes that locals and visitors adore. This time, however, all her locations are in the U.S., from Hawaii all the way to Montauk.
“I went to a lot of places in our own country that I haven’t been before, like the Gulf Shores of Alabama,” she explains, “and it was really fun exploring some of our own treasures that we have right here.” It also gave her an opportunity to experience some of the different influences on beach food, even if many of the ingredients are the same, from the Cuban influences in south Florida to the food in Hawaii, where East meets West and creates something wholly unique.
While she’s been to beaches all over the world now, Lee’s love of the ocean is rooted in nostalgia, and trips with her family to …read more