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National Lobster Newburg Day

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Charles Ranhofer, Delmonico’s, Food, Food Blog, Lobster Newburg Day, Lobster Newburg Recipe, National Lobster Newburg Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Roadtripsrus.com, Today in Food History, Today's National Food Holidays, Travel, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: “A truly destitute man is not one without riches, but the poor wretch who has never partaken of lobster.” Anonymous National Lobster Newburg Day Today is Lobster Newburg Day. I have seen this dish spelled both Newberg and Newburg. Which one is correct may be argued endlessly. The dish itself had been popular from the last half of the 19th century through the 1960’s and 1970’s. Nouvelle cuisine and health consciousness may have taken it off many restaurant menus, but it is still a wonderful dish that can be found at some establishments.   The true creator of this dish may never be known, but the account I enjoy the most involved a wealthy sea captain by the name of Ben Wenberg. In 1876, he came home to New York and entered Delmonico’s Restaurant proclaiming he...

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St. Patrick’s Day: “Sláinte!” (Health!/Cheers!)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Food Recipes, History of St. Patrick, Recipe for St. Patrick's Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Savannah GA, St. Paddy's Day, St. Patrick's Day history, St. Patricks Day, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Quote for Today: May the luck of the Irish be with you! 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. Paddy Day celebration destination. There’s always the possibility that you may find a shamrock on River Street. It’s worth the search in this quaint southern city. History of Saint Patrick Saint Patrick was born in 387 CE and grew up on the border of Scotland and England. At sixteen years old, he was taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped when God spoke to him and said that a ship was waiting for him two hundred miles away. The ship took him back...

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National Peach Melba Day

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Auguste Escoffier, Dame Nellie Melba, easy recipe, Food, Food Blog, Food History, Food Holidays, London England, National Peach Melba Day, Peach Melba Recipe, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, The Savoy Hotel, Today in Food History, Today's Food Holidays, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today is National Peach Melba Day. This delicious dessert was created by the world famous Savoy executive chef, Auguste Escoffier in the late 1800’s. He named it Peach Melba in honor of Australian operatic soprano, Dame Nellie Melba. History In 1892, Nellie Melba was performing in Wagner’s opera Lohengrin at Covent Garden. The Duke of Orléans gave a dinner party to celebrate her triumph. For the occasion, Escoffier created a new dessert, and to display it, he used an ice sculpture of a swan, which is featured in the opera. The swan carried peaches which rested on a bed of vanilla ice cream and which were topped with spun sugar. In 1900 Escoffier created a new version of the dessert. He omitted the ice swan and topped the peaches with raspberry purée. Other versions of this dessert use pears,...

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National Bouillabaisse Day: Food Holidays

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Books, Food, Food Blog, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Travel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quote for Today: “Bouillabaisse is only good because cooked by the French, who, if they cared to try, could produce an excellent and nutritious substitute out of cigar stumps and empty matchboxes.” Norman Douglas, British novelist (1868-1952) Today is National Bouillabaisse Day. I honestly have never been to a restaurant that offered this classic provencal fish stew from the port city of Marseille. While in California, I had the good fortune to eat Cioppino at a couple of great restaurants that sold dozens and dozens of them everyday. The only problem that occurs is when you can not find a place that highlights their menu with a great fish stew. Odds are you are then better off making it at home. The recipe I am giving you is just a guideline. In no way shape or form is this...

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Let Them Eat Cake: National Cake Day

Posted by on Nov 26, 2016 in Baba Au Rhum Recipe, Cake Recipes, Chef Alain Ducasse, Corner Gift Shop, Food, Food Blog, Food History, Food Holidays, National Cake Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Travel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

National Cake Day Today’s food holiday is National Cake Day. We like the food history of Baba Au Rhum. The original form of this dish is the Babka, a tall cylindrical yeast cake that is still made in Polish communities around the world. The modern “Baba Au Rhum” with dried fruit and soaked in rum came about in Paris around 1835. Today the word “Baba” almost everywhere in Western Europe refers to the Rum Baba. The Baba came about when King Stanisles of Poland was exiled. On one of his voyages his Kugelhopf (a cake similar to the Baba) dried out. One of his pastry chefs solved the problem by soaking it in a combination of Malaga Wine, Saffron, Raisins, and sweetened cream. The popularity of the Baba spread throughout Europe and over the years rum with simple syrup has...

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The Original Black Friday Dinner

Posted by on Nov 26, 2016 in Black Friday, Black Friday Dinner, Food, Food Blog, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, the Day after Thanksgiving, The Original Black Friday Dinner., Today in Food History, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Original Black Friday Dinners: The Day after Thanksgiving  Today is the Day after Thanksgiving. I thought it was National Avocados have a Pit Day, but I was wrong. One website claimed it was “National Take the Wrapper Off the Cheese Day,” dedicated to the genius that perfected the Grilled Cheese Sandwich in America. But for our purposes, we will stick with the day after Thanksgiving, The Original Black Friday Dinners. Maxson Food Systems had produced a complete frozen meal by 1945. Their basic meat, potato and vegetable dinners were packed in a plastic container with separate compartments called “Strato-Plates.” The Maxson product targeted air travel both military and commercial. The death of its founder prohibited Maxson from hitting the retail market. In 1949, the Bernstein Brothers, Albert and Meyer, came up with Frozen Dinners, Inc. They sold the...

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