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National Guacamole Day

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Food, Food Blog, National Guacamole Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: Find a venue, over order on the booze and bulk buy the guacamole. Love Actually (Movie: 2003) November 14th is National Guacamole Day 2015. The Aztecs used avocado to make this sauce (dip) as early as the sixteenth century. The Spanish fell in love with the avocado and brought it back to Europe after they conquered the Aztec. The California Avocado Advisory Board had a tough time marketing this fruit for a while. In the 40’s, they started giving Americans recipes for guacamole and tried to teach Americans how to pronounce it. In the 60’s, they sought to give the avocado a Pacific Island image. In the 70’s, they went for more of a Mediterranean theme. All this hard work has made guacamole one of America’s favorite snack foods, especially during football season. Approximately 5% of avocado sales, or 8 million pounds, are sold for Super Bowl Sunday. Cinco de Mayo Celebrations literally kicks football’s butt with over 14 million pounds consumed on the 5th of May. Guacamole is one of those dishes that is best when it is freshly made using the best ingredients available. Another temptation is going crazy with ingredients, here less is more. Try to resist adding Perigord Truffles, 100 year old Balsamic Vinegar or Grilled Watermelon....

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Southern Christmas Tour of Homes

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in Chef Kathryn Filipiak, Food, Food Blog, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog, Washington GA, Washington GA Christmas Tour of Homes | 0 comments

Quote For Today: “Magic of Southern expressions? Similes and metaphorical allusions. They are the yellow highlighter of conversation.” Tim Heaton The 2015 Christmas Tour of Homes and Candlelight Dinner in Historic Washington GA is December 11-12th. Friday, December 11th the Historic Holiday Gala is set for 7 P.M. at the Callaway Plantation. The Christmas Tour of Homes headquarters is located at Washington-Wilkes Visitor’s Center. The tour hours are from 10 A.M. -5 P.M. There’s a walking tour, presentation of Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, at the Robert Tombs house and more.   Local hosts invite you to enjoy a candlelight dinner prepared by chef Kathryn Filipiak of Southern Scratch. For ticket information and dinner menu, Click here. Proceeds from the 2015 Christmas Tour of Homes and Candlelight Dinner provides funds for the continued restoration of the Callaway Plantation. The Plantation is now owned by the city of Washington, GA. The house was the center of a 3,000 acre cotton farm. It is registered as a Plantations National Historic Landmark. Washington -Wilkes County History The city of Washington was founded in 1774 and has a rich and turbulent past. It was the first chartered town named for George Washington. Washington-Wilkes has the most antebellum homes in GA – over 100. Wilkes County (pop 10,500) originally...

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National Chili Month: Chili Joints

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays, Food Recipe, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Travel & Food Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: “Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili.” Harry James October is National Chili Month. Surprisingly there’s no debate about it. For there is much contention over the ingredients for creating a pot of Chili and the original recipe source. I doubt anyone knows the real story behind this recipe. A review of history shows that Chili was featured at the World’s Fair...

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National Seafood Bisque Day

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Food, Food Blog, National Seafood Bisque Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Seafood Bisque Recipe. Travel & Food Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: Heavy cream, sherry, a splash of brandy and shellfish make me happy. Chef TJ Today is National Seafood Bisque Day. This delicious creamy dish of French origin is a delight for seafood lovers. It can be made from shrimp, lobster or crayfish. The crustaceans are first sautéed lightly in their shells, then simmered in wine and aromatic ingredients, before being strained, followed by the addition of cream. I love bisques of all kinds: pumpkin, butternut squash,...

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Winter is coming…

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog, What to Wear Winter 2015, Winter Clothes, Winter Quote | 0 comments

Quote for Today: “Winter is coming.” George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones Autumn broadcast its kaleidoscope of colors this season leaving us mortals with breath-taking views. The beauty of the changing leaves invited us to explore the outdoors. Watching the leaves change and slowly fall to the ground, I realized Winter is right around the corner. That’s not a bad thing, It’s just different. Learning to embrace the seasonal changes has been a gradual process. I was tending...

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Spooky Halloween 2015

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Halloween 2015, Holidays 2015, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quote for Today: On Hallowe’en the thing you must do Is pretend that nothing can frighten you An’ if somethin’ scares you and you want to run Jus’ let on like it’s Hallowe’en fun. Early Nineteenth Century Halloween Postcard Spooky Halloween night continues to gain momentum as a holiday worthy of celebrating. Although this isn’t one of our all out favorites, we value your right to participate at the level you find comfortable. The History of Halloween  “Halloween is...

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Today’s Food Holidays

Posted by on Oct 10, 2015 in Aaron's Deli, Connecticut, D.C, Food, Food Blog, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Soda & Swine Restaurant, Today in Food History, Today's Food Holidays, Top 5 Stinky Cheeses in the World, Travel, Travel Blog, Washington | 0 comments

Quote for Today: “To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.” Anthony Bourdain Today’s Food Holidays   Today October 9th is not only Grinder, Hoagie, Hero Day, it’s also National Moldy Cheese Day. I happen to love both repulsive smelling cheese and the variety of items stuffed in a long roll. Below are five places to eat a great sandwich today and a list of the...

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Crabapple Festival 2015

Posted by on Sep 27, 2015 in Crabapple Festival, Food, Food Blog, GA Autumn Festivals, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time. Robert Browning The crisp air of Autumn is a reminder that nature’s annual color show is on the way. We are waiting for the tree leaves to burst forth with their multifaceted colors from fresh spring and muted summer greens to autumn colors. Those who are fascinated with nature’s displays during the changing...

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Music in the Appalachian Mountains

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Appalachian Mountains, Copperhead Lodge, Mike Watson Band, North GA Getaways, North GA Music Events, The Lodge at Copperhead | 0 comments

Quote for Today: “How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!” John Muir Music in the Appalachian Mountains Every season there is a reason to take in the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. This weekend is the perfect time to getaway and breathe in the fresh mountain air at the comfy Copperhead Lodge. The Mike Watson Band will rock the porch with special guest bassist Lex Luther Saturday, September 19th, 6-11 p.m. The popular MWB has received multiple awards for...

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Celebrating July 4th 2015

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in 4th of July, Copperhead Lodge, Food, July 4th, July 4th 2015, July 4th Fireworks GA, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Travel, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall...

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