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Catfish: Not the Movie

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays, Food Recipes, Louisiana, National Catfish Day, Opelousas Catfish, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus,, Today in Food History, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: My husband calls me ‘catfish’. He says I’m all mouth and no brains. Dolly Parton June 25th is National Catfish Day in the good ole old USA. Unlike many other so called food holidays, this one was put on the calendar when Congress, by House Joint Resolution 178, authorized and requested President Reagan to issue a proclamation in its observance back in 1987. Between 1975-85 the farm raising of catfish in the US increased by 1200%. This created thousands of full time jobs and an inexpensive source of delicious protein with low cholesterol and caloric content. Catfish suddenly became the third most consumed fin-fish in the US.  Right around this time, America was becoming infatuated with Cajun cuisine thanks to the efforts of Paul Prudhomme who introduced us to blackened Redfish. This dish became so popular that restrictions were put on their harvesting to keep them from becoming extinct. That’s when catfish stepped in to take over as king of blackened fish. Here’s a recipe for Opelousas Catfish named after the town in Louisiana where Prudhomme is from. Opelousas is also the home of Tony Chachere’s Products, Targil Seasonings, Savoie’s Cajun Meats, and LouAna Cooling Oil. Put your diet on hold when enjoying this dish.  Opelousas Catfish 2016-06-24 21:08:07 Serves 6...

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National Lobster Day

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Andrew Zimmern, Food, National Lobster Day, New England, North GA, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Travel, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: “When life gives you lemons, order the lobster tail.”  Ziad K. Abdelnour Today is National Lobster Day. It’s a holiday celebrating one of our favorite large marine crustaceans. And, yes they can grow plenty big. Most don’t get as large as  the one caught in Novia Scotia, Canada weighing 20.15 kilograms (44.4 lb) according to the Guiness World Records.  Generally, most lobsters are 25–50 cm (10–20 in) long. Wikipedia You’d not know from the demand today that this delicious seafood was not always a popular dish. Lobster was considered a mark of poverty or as a food for indentured servants or lower members of society in Maine, Massachusetts, and the Canadian  Maritimes prior to the mid-19th century. The household servants declined eating lobster more than twice weekly as a point of employment. Lobster was also commonly served in prisons. The then lowly American lobster was deemed an unworthy dish until well into the 20th century.  The American Lobster gained popularity in the 20th century when New Yorkers and Bostonians developed a taste for it. Since that time restaurants have catered to crustacean lovers.  If you get a chance to drive through New England this summer, here are a few places you might want to stop to get some great lobsters. Abbots Lobster in the Rough: Muank, Conn. ~Famous for low steaming their...

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Early Bird Specials

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Early Bird Specials, Food, Food Blog, Roadtrips R Us, Travel, Travel & Food Blog | 0 comments

Quote of the Day: Early Bird Specials – There’s a Seinfeld episode about this: JERRY: (bewildered) Four-thirty? Who eats dinner at four-thirty? MORTY: By the time we sit down, it’ll be quarter to five. JERRY: I don’t understand why we have to eat now. HELEN: We gotta catch the early-bird. It’s only between four-thirty and six. MORTY: Yeah. They give you a tenderloin, a salad and a baked potato, for four-ninety-five. You know what that cost you after six? JERRY: Can’t...

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60th Annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in 60th Annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival, Food, Food & Travel Blog, Food Blog, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Southern Festivals, Tracy Lawrence, Travel | 0 comments

Quote of the Day: “The true Southern watermelon is a boon apart, and not to be mentioned with commoner things. It is chief of this world’s luxuries, king by the grace of God over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat. It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took we know it because she repented.”  Mark Twain 60th Annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival June 24th & 25th It’s official, the...

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British Sandwich Week

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in 11th Earl of Sandwich, British Sandwich Week, Earl of Sandwich, Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays UK, John Montagu, London England, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Sammies Awards, Today in Food History, Travel | 0 comments

Quote of the Day: Life is like a sandwich-the more you add to it, the better it becomes. Unknown May 8th-14th is National British Sandwich Week. The Brit’s love their sandwiches and take them very seriously. Although sandwiches in some form have been around since ancient times, the moniker sandwich did not come about until the 18th century. John Montagu, a British statesman, succeeded his grandfather in 1729 at the age of ten as the Earl of Sandwich. John...

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The 5th of May: Cinco de Mayo

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in 5th of May, Food, Food Blog, Food History, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Today in Food History, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quote: Cinco de Mayo – there’s no better excuse to celebrate. Cinco de Mayo via GIPHY Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo is upon us once again. This May celebration pays homage to the Mexican victory over the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. This however didn’t mark the end of the Franco-Mexican War as the French didn’t pull out until 1867. Many American’s confuse this date with Mexican independence although that day had passed some 50...

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National Hoagie Day: Top 5 Spots in the U.S.

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Food, Food Blog, Food History, National Hoagie Day: Top 5 Spots in the U.S., Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Today in Food History, Top U.S. Spots for Hoagies, Travel | 0 comments

A Sandwich with a History: National Hoagie Day   Today is National Hoagie Day. The term hoagie originated in the Philadelphia area according to some sources. There’s debate and different theories about the hoagies existence. The Philadelphia Bulletin reported, in 1953, that Italians working at the World War I–era shipyard in Philadelphia known as Hog Island introduced the sandwich by putting various meats, cheeses, and lettuce between two slices of bread. This became known as the “Hog Island” sandwich;...

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Brianna Shelko: Taking A Stand In Music

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Brianna Shelko Music, C & C Media, Felton Pilate, Roadtrips R Us | 0 comments

Quote for Today: All our Dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney Brianna Shelko is taking a stand in the music world. We’ve been talking about Brianna ever since she won the North Georgia Idol contest at Copperhead Lodge in 2012. She’s been a recording artist since she was 10 years old. Her previous music projects include Replay, Sing the Blues, and more. Check out Brianna’s new album on Itunes called How Life Goes. This 22...

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Today in Food History: The Birth of Coca-Cola

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Coca-Cola History, Food, Food Blog, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog, Uncategorized, World of Coca Cola | 0 comments

Quote for Today: The only way that I could figure they could improve upon Coca-Cola, one of life’s most delightful elixirs, which studies prove will heal the sick and occasionally raise the dead, is to put rum or bourbon in it. Lewis Grizzard, New York Times, Apr. 26, 1985 March 12th 1894, Coca Cola was first bottled by Joseph A. Biedenham of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Before that it was only mixed to order at the soda fountain. Coca-Cola began in...

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The Best Places To Eat: Off The Grid

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Food, Food Blog, Marie's Restaurant, Road Trips R Us, Roadtripsrus,, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quote of the Day: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” J.R.R. Tolkien Top 5 Spots for Eating off the Grid The Best Places To Eat: Off the Grid Seems like I am reading the same things day after day about food, especially restaurants. I am always hearing about Red Carpet Openings in the trendiest parts of the world using the wildest and most expensive ingredients. Celebrity...

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