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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 years earlier on September 16th. Though a somewhat minor holiday south of the border, in the U.S. it’s a great excuse to enjoy some great Latin food along with a few Cerveza’s and maybe a Tequila or two. Some of the biggest celebrations in the U.S. occur in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston. Down South here in Atlanta there will also be plenty of folks hitting the town to start the weekend early. If you don’t mind the crowds, here are a few places to go. The original El Taco in Virginia Highlands, Escorpion Tequila Bar on Peachtree Street, Agave Restaurant downtown on Boulevard or If you want to stay on the North-side of town, there’s Eclipse Di Luna on Ashford Dunwoody. If dodging elbows and sombreros is not your style, why not create your...

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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; shortened to “Hoggies”, then the “hoagie”. Wikipedia The Philadelphia Almanac and Citizen’s Manual offers a different explanation. It claims that the sandwich was created by early-twentieth-century street vendors called “hokey-pokey men“. The first “hoagie” sold was when Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta H.M.S. Pinafore opened in Philadelphia in 1879, bakeries produced a long loaf called the pinafore. The entrepreneurial “hokey-pokey men” sliced the loaf in half, stuffed it with antipasto salad. Wikipedia There are more claims to fame for introducing the hoagie to the world. See Wikipedia for more versions. Personally, we like the sound of the hokey-pokey men version. It’s an example of the American entrepreneurial spirit that remains today. Is There a Difference Between Hoagies, Heroes, Subs, and Grinders? When you slice bread in the middle (roll or bun) and add meat and cheese plus...

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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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St. Patrick’s Day 2016

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Food, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus,, Saint Patrick Day, Savannah GA St. Patrick's Day, St. Patrick's Day Celebrations, St. Patrick's Day history, St. Patrick's Day Recipe, Travel, Travel Blog | 0 comments

St. Patrick’s Day: Lá Fhéile Pádraig Quote for Today: May the love and protection St. Patrick can give – Be yours in abundance as long as you live. Irish Blessing St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 with celebrations in Irish Pubs and restaurants across the United States. Many cities are promoting everything green from dyeing rivers and fountains to parades honoring the Irish.  Savannah’s historic district rates as a top St. Patty Day celebration destination. There’s always the possibility that you...

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Spring Fashion 2016: Top 10 Colors

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Top 10 Spring Fashion Colors, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quote of the Day: The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. Harriet Ann Jacobs Spring is on its way. The official astronomical spring (Northern Hemisphere) begins on Sunday, March 20 and ends on Sunday, June 19. We enjoy the changing of seasons. The weather this winter in our locale went from freezing to spring like temperatures all within one week. It was hard to know what to wear each...

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Mitch’s Meats and Fish: Roswell GA

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Food, Food Blog, Fresh Meats & Fish Roswell GA, Mitch Manoloff, Mitch’s Meats and Fish, Roadtrips R Us, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quote of the Day: A good butcher is important to have. It’s like a shrink. Carson Daly Food News: Mitch’s Meats & Fish – Roswell, GA I got a call the other day from the guy who gave me my first taste of the restaurant business. I was first introduced to Mitch Manoloff while he was the proprietor of Moriah’s Restaurant in Roswell, GA. This was back in 1994, long before historic Roswell was the chic and very expensive mecca...

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National Almond Day

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays, National Food Holidays, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog | 0 comments

National Almond Day Quote of the Day: I said to the almond tree, “Friend, speak to me of God,” and the almond tree blossomed. Nikos Kazantzakis Today is National Almond Day. Roasted, candied, smoked or salted they make a great snack on their own. These nuts are native to the Middle East and were domesticated around 3000 B.C. Evidence of almonds were found in King Tut’s tomb. Ancient people were brave souls because in their wild form, almonds produced...

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Valentine’s Day 2016

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Travel & Food Blog, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day History | 0 comments

Quote for Today: “Yet it is only love which sets us free.” Maya Angelou Valentine’s Day 2016 Our simple definition for Valentine’s Day: A holiday for expressing love to the one who makes your heart go pitter-patter. This translates to one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, florists, and chocolate companies. History of Valentine’s Day The auspicious beginning of this holiday has been filtered through the ages. The lasting legacy is about Saint Valentine. It is...

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