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Weekly Food Holidays: August 21st-27th

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in August Food Holidays, Food, Food Blog, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Uncategorized, Weekly Food Holidays August 21st-27th | 0 comments

Weekly Food Holidays: August 21st-27th

Quote of the Day: Anyone who’s a chef, who loves food, ultimately knows that all that matters is: ‘Is it good? Does it give pleasure?’ Anthony Bourdain

National Food Holidays

Here’s a look at this week’s food holidays. If you’d like to see more, go to our Annual Listing of National Food Holidays. You can plan now to celebrate this week’s food holidays. Do you have some good recipes for these food holidays? Share them with us and we’ll post with our food recipes and give you credit.

This Week’s Food Holidays ~ August 21st – August 27th

Weekly Food Holidays, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogAugust 21:  National Spumoni Day

Weekly Food Holidays, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogAugust 22: National Pecan Torte Day, and National ‘Eat a Peach’ Day

 

 

 

August 23: National Sponge Cake Day, and National Cuban Sandwich Day

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August 24: National Peach Pie Day, and National Waffle Day Weekly Food Holidays, Travel & Food Blog, Roadtrips R Us

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August 25: National Banana Split Day, and National Whiskey Sour Day

August 26: National Cherry Popsicle Day

August 27: National Pots de Crème Day (French custard)

 

 

 

Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog, Weekly Food HolidaysWe invite you to follow our blog and connect on social media where we post daily about travel, food, and music. CJ & TJ

Summer Reading Ideas

The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen – Read FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

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Great American Eclipse 2017

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Great American Eclipse 2017, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Solar Eclipse 2017, Travel, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote of the Day: Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul. Victor Hugo

Great American Eclipse 2017

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Many folks are traveling now specifically to enjoy viewing the 2017 solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. We wish you safe travels and remind you to use your special solar eclipse glasses. If you don’t have a pair yet, check with your local library. There have been more than 2 million ISO-compliant safe solar eclipse glasses distributed to more than 6,900 libraries across the US.  Special thanks to NASA, Google, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Space Science Institute’s STAR_Net initiative have stepped up to provide free glasses to the public. Note that securing a pair may require your participation in an eclipse programming event.

Other optionsWarby Parker eyeglasses chain is handing out free solar eclipse glasses at their 47 locations. Check with the one nearest you for they are going in a hurry.

Your local Walmart, Kroger and many chain service stations like 7-Eleven, Pilot/Flying J, and others may still have some in stock. Good luck!

See history in the making by watching the great American eclipse this August 21st 2017. The next solar eclipse will not occur until April 8, 2024, according to NASA. This eclipse (2017) will stretch diagonally across the U.S. from Texas through the Northeast US.

Follow the trajectory of the solar eclipse with NASA’s interactive map here.

The North GA mountain region particularly the city of Blairsville is being touted as the place to watch the eclipse. The Copperhead Lodge is hosting a solar eclipse viewing party on their lawn and covered porches. Check for details here:

Always be prepared and bring a book to read! We suggest downloading Carolyn Bowen’s mystery thriller, The Long Road Home free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited.

Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogWe invite you to follow our blog and connect on social media where we post daily about travel, food, and music. We wish you, your family and friends, safe viewings of the great American eclipse. CJ & TJ

 

 

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Destin Seafood Festival 2017

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in 39th Annual Destin Seafood Festival, Destin FL, Destin FL Harbor, Destin Seafood Festival 2017, FL Seafood Festivals, FL Vacation, Food, Food & Music Festivals, Food Blog, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Seafood Festival, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized, Weekend Getaways | 0 comments

Destin Seafood Festival 2017, Destin Florida, Roadtrips R UsQuote of the Day: “Seafood makes you live 10 years more.” Kevin Steele

Destin Seafood Festival – Destin Harbor

The 39th Annual Destin Seafood Festival will be October 6 – 8, 2017. What a great time to visit and enjoy the offerings of Florida’s Emerald Coast at Destin. Known for its sandy white beaches and sand dunes, emerald green waters, and plentiful seafood, it has been nicknamed “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” This annual seafood festival is your chance to sample coastal living with food and music all located in the Destin Harbor with FREE admission.

Sunset Cruise Fishing Boat Destin, Roadtrips R Us, 39th Annual Destin Seafood FestivalThe seafood selections will be enormous at the festival and at the local gulf front restaurants. It has been said that Destin has the largest fleet in the State of Florida. The seafood you’re eating could very well be freshly caught from the fishing vessels now anchored at the docks. Enjoy watching the sunset while dining on some of the best seafood in the world.

Music – Gulf Front

There’ll be three sound stages where the best coastal musicians will be showing off their talent. Rock, Reggae, Country, and tropical music will be played along the Harbor. Get your dancing shoes ready or you can pull up a chair and enjoy the gulf breeze and sounds of coastal living. For the latest information about festival music, click here for updates.

We hope you enjoy the 39th Annual Destin Seafood Festival this year. We’d love for you to post some of your photos to our Facebook page for others to admire and drool over your FL getaway.

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Summer Reading

The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen Download Kindle here.

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Weekly Food Holidays – August 14-20, 2017

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in 2017, Food, Food Blog, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Weekly Listing of Food Holidays | 0 comments

Quote for Today: “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw

Weekly Food Holidays – August 14-20, 2017

This week’s food holidays feature some tasty desserts and spicy food days. Mmm good!

National Creamsicle Day, Roadtrips R Us, Weekly Food HolidaysAugust 14: National Creamsicle Day

August 15: National Lemon Meringue Pie Day *Julia Childs Birthday 

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Lemon Meringue Pie

August 16: National Bratwurst Day

August 17: National Vanilla Custard Day Weekly Food Holidays, National Vanilla Custard Day, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog

August 18: National Ice Cream Pie Day

National Hot and Spicy Day, Weekly Food Holidays, Roadtrips R UsAugust 19: National Hot & Spicy Food Day, and National Soft-serve Ice Cream Day

National Lemonade Day, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog

August 20: National Lemonade Day, National Bacon Lovers Day, and National Pecan Pie Day, Roadtrips R Us, Weekly Food HolidaysNational Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

If you want to take a look at the annual listing of National Food Holidays, click here. We enjoy seeing your interest in these delicious food holidays. Pass it on…

 

 

 

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Summer Reading

The Long Road Home by Carolyn BowenDownload Kindle here! 

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Weekly Food Holidays – August 7-13th, 2017

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quote for Today:  One cannot think well, love well, and sleep well if one has not dined well. Virginia Woolf

Weekly Food Holidays

We enjoy talking about food and post regularly on social media about the food holiday/s of the day. It has come to our attention that a blog post highlighting the food holidays for the week may help meal planning for celebrating the holidays. You can always go to our annual listing to peek at the holidays ahead of our weekly post. CJ & TJ

National Food Holidays

 August 7-13, 2017 – Food Holidays

Weekly Food Holidays, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogAugust 7: National Raspberries in Cream Day

August 8: National Zucchini Day, and National Frozen Custard Day

August 9: National Rice Pudding Day Weekly Food Holidays, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog

August 10: National Banana Split Day, and National S’Mores Day

August 11: National Raspberry Tart Day

August 12: National Julienne Fries Day, and National Toasted Almond Bar Day

Weekly Food Holidays, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogAugust 13: National Filet Mignon Day 

 

 

Roadtrips R Us LogoWe invite you to follow our blog and connect on social media where we post daily about travel, food, and music. CJ & TJ

Summer Reading – The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen

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Weekly Food Holidays – August 1-6th

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Uncategorized, Weekly National Food Holidays | 0 comments

Quote for Today: “We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” Anna Thomas

Weekly Food Holidays

We enjoy talking about food and post regularly on social media about the food holiday/s of the day. It has come to our attention that a blog post highlighting the food holidays for the week may help meal planning for celebrating the holidays. You can always go to our annual listing to peek at the holidays ahead of our weekly post. CJ & TJ 

Roadtrips R Us - Weekly Food Holidays - August 2017August 2017 – The 1st week of August daily holidays and monthly celebrations (Tuesday-Sunday)

National Catfish Month

National Panini Month

National Peach Month

National Sandwich Month

 

Raspberry Pie, Weekly Food Holidays, Roadtrips R UsAugust 1: IPA Day, and National Raspberry Pie Day

Weekly Food Holidays, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogAugust 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

 

 

 

 

Weekly Food Holidays, Roadtrips R Us. Travel & Food BlogAugust 3: National Watermelon Day

Weekly Food Holidays, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogAugust 4: National Chocolate Chip Day 

 

 

 

 

Weekly food holidays, Fresh Oysters, Roadtrips R UsAugust 5: National Oyster Day 

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Root Beer Float

 

 

 

August 6: National Root Beer Float Day

 

 

Here’s a meal planner notebook that may come in handy for grocery shopping and make your meals easier to plan. Meal Planner (Yellow)

 

Electonic meal planner – grocery list shopping –

 

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39th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival

Posted by on Jul 29, 2017 in 39th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, Celebrity Food Stars, Food, Food Blog, MasterChef Season 7 on FOX, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Shaun O’Neale, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Photo Credit: Bill Strange Photography and Lara Schraft.

The annual Gilroy Garlic Festival is being held July 28, 29, and 30, 2017, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. This three-day event draws guests from around the world. Those traveling by automobile, bus, airplane, and train will find easy access to the event.

This year festgoers can catch the “Garlic Train” from the San Jose Diridon Station to Gilroy on Saturday, July 29 or Sunday, July 30. A shuttle bus will transport guests to and from the Festival. Train tickets include Festival admission and must be purchased in advance online. 

39th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival

Photo Credit: Bill Strange Photography and Lara Schraft

This festival offers everything leisure lifestyle folks could want. There’s plenty of garlicky food to sample, food demonstrations/contests, live entertainment plus arts and crafts. It’s a family friendly event with the children’s area filled with lots of fun & games.

Celebrity Food Stars

There will be special appearances by Food Network superstar Giada de Laurentiis and MasterChef Season 7 winner Shaun O’Neale.

Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis will be appearing at the Festival on Sunday, July 30. Giada will emcee the Garlic Showdown professional chef competition and then prepare one of her own favorite garlic-laced recipes on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage. 

Shaun O’Neale, Winner of MasterChef Season 7 on FOX, will be at the Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29. O’Neale will emcee the Champions for Charity cooking competition, show off his “flame-up” skills with the Pyro Chefs in Gourmet Alley, co-emcee the Great Garlic Cook-Off, perform his own cooking demonstration on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage, and sign copies of his book –My Modern American Table: Recipes for Inspired Home Cooks.

Entertainment

There’s music for every taste all weekend on three stages.  Enjoy your favorites – Country, Blues, Rock, Americana, and more.

DOWNLOAD THE GARLIC FESTIVAL APP

The Gilroy Garlic Festival app is available for FREE at the AppStore and Google Play. Features include a live upcoming event feed, map with filters, driving directions, full event schedule, booth listings, and more!

Roadtrips R Us, Travel and Food BlogWe invite you to follow our blog and connect on social media where we post daily about travel, food, and music. CJ & TJ

 

 

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Paying Homage to the Caesar Salad

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 in Caesar Salad History, Food, Food Blog, National Caesar Salad Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Today in Food History, Travel | Comments Off on Paying Homage to the Caesar Salad

Quote for Today: No matter where I am, especially when I’m on tour around the country, Caesar salad is my standby. In a random city and eating in random to-go restaurants, you’re kind of scared about trying things, but you can always count on a Caesar salad. Sasha Cohen

Caesar Salad, Roadtrips R Us

Today we pay homage to the Caesar Salad.  Most will agree that back in the roaring 20’s the salad was created by Caesar Cardini at the restaurant bearing his name.  Mr. Cardini was born in Italy but emigrated to the U.S. after World War I. Although living in San Diego, he had his restaurant further south (Tijuana) to circumvent prohibition.  Caesar’s restaurant was very popular with the film industry.  One late night (July 4th, 1924) when his food supply was running low he hurriedly came up with the Caesar Salad using what he had on hand. With a dramatic flair, he prepared the dish tableside.  The Hollywood royalty loved it so much that news quickly spread across the border and up the coast.  It is hard to believe that the most popular salad in the world was made by a man flying by the seat of his pants.

After Caesar Cardini’s death, his daughter Rosa sold Caesar Cardini Foods, Inc. It’s now owned by the T. Marzetti Specialty Salad Dressing Company.

The Caesar Salad dressing remains popular today and the company offers more than a dozen varieties of the original recipe. Whether dining in or out – a Caesar Salad is always a great option.

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National Martini Day

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Martini Quotes, National Martini Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Today in Food History, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on National Martini Day

Quote for Today: The Martini is the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet. H. L. Mencken

Martini, Food HolidaysToday is National Martini Day here in the United States. I was originally worried about getting this post out in time but I then realized most Martini lovers would go ahead and make this holiday stretch out through the weekend. No one is really sure who came up with the Martini. Some suggest that the Martini came about around the 1860’s at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco. Before hopping on the ferry home commuters would enjoy a drink at the Hotel Bar. The boat ride home was to Martinez so they called this Gin concoction a Martini.

Others proclaim that the Martini got its start at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York and was named after the man pouring them around 1911. The classic Martini was a mixture of chilled Gin and Vermouth garnished with a green olive or a twist of lemon. In the beginning, the ratio of Gin to Vermouth was 1:1. However, by the 1930’s it was 3:1 or 4:1 and by the second half of the century it was 8:1 and sometimes even 12:1. When I was taught how to make this drink I was instructed to just wave the bottle of Vermouth over the mixing glass. It didn’t take me long to realize they weren’t kidding.Martini Recipe, Travel & Food Blog, Roadtrips R Us

In the 70’s and 80’s the Martini and the Three Martini Lunch became outdated and even frowned upon. Come on you remember those days when lemon drops, Long Island Tea’s, Alabama Slammers and two old guys pushing Bartles and Jaymes in T.V. commercials ruled the land. The 90’s saw the Martini back in vogue again and the number of variations became astronomical. Luckily, if you can’t see yourself having an Appletini and you won’t tolerate the site of liquor bottle with Godiva on it, there are still some great places to get a classic Martini. Here are five of them.

National Martini Day, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog1) The Bar at the Dorchester: London, England – Giuliano Morandi will create for you the perfect Martini in this dark intimate bar from days gone by.  

2) Columbia Room: Washington, DC – The classic Martini is alive and well here. They even take the temperature of your Martini making sure it is served at the perfect temperature of 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

3) American Bar at the Savoy: London, England – One of the most famous hotel bars in the world. The late Queen Mother herself is rumored to have stopped in for a late morning drink. Dudley Moore had also been bullied on stage to play the piano by pals Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole. Today, Erik Lorincz, a world-renowned bartender can be found behind the bar racking up awards for outstanding cocktails and service.

4) Scofflaw: Chicago, IL – It is here that you will find a seasonally changing cocktail menu that focuses on Gin. Even those that normally scoff at Juniper Juice walk away smiling. The bargain price for cocktails has nothing to do with it.

Porchlight NY, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog5) Porchlight: New York, NY –  Danny Meyer in a collaboration with his Blue Smoke partner Mark Maynard-Parisi, have joined the elite circle in the world of bars. The Porchlight has been named one of the best bars in New York and rightfully so. You can have a cocktail your way – shaken or stirred. 

 

 

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A Thousand Reasons to Enter: Hellmann’s Burger Route Contest

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Food, Hellmann’s Burger Route Contest, Metro Diner, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Roswell Ga, Travel, Travel Blog | Comments Off on A Thousand Reasons to Enter: Hellmann’s Burger Route Contest

Quote for Today: Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius. Matthew McConaughey

Hellmann’s Burger Route Contest

Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog, Hellmann’s Burger Route ContestFor many folks, brunch in Roswell GA is the norm on Sunday mornings. It’s not for the faint hearted to find a restaurant with seating room. We suggest making reservations, where available, for waiting in line for first come first served, you may be there awhile.

Case in point, last Sunday we made our way to three different eateries before finding a spot for our family. We decided to try the newest diner in town, Metro Diner. The restaurant was filled to capacity but we managed to get a table. And, that’s where our story begins.

On the table was a little table tent that caught my attention with the words “Win $20,000 in prizes” headline. We were all in for playing this game. What was there to lose?

Hellmann’s Burger Route Contest, Roadtrips R Us. Travel and Food BlogWe decided to take the quest and enter the Hellmann’s Burger Route Contest. It was easy! TJ snapped a picture of my burger, posted it on social media #BurgerRouteContest and mentioned the restaurant. All done! And, being a Hellmann’s Mayonnaise fan, it seemed only right.

You can enter too, by dining at the locations for the Burger Route Contest. If you like burgers, here’s your chance to sample one at some of the top spots across the United States. You may even win a prize!

By the way, our brunch was delicious at the Metro Diner. We will return to play the burger route contest again. With so many burgers to choose from, It’ll take more than one trip to sample our favorites.

Hellmann’s Burger Route Contest, Roswell GA, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogWe invite you to follow our blog and connect on social media where we post daily about travel, food, and music. CJ & TJ

 

 

 

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