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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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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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National Chicken Wing Day

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in $3 Café, Chicken Wing Sauce Recipe, Food, Food Blog, Food History, National Chicken Wing Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Teressa Bellissimo, Today in Food History, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quote of the Day: Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. Voltaire Today is National Chicken Wing Day celebrating the culinary epiphany of epic proportion created by Teressa Bellissimo as an appetizer October 3, 1964. Not realizing it at the time, Mrs. Bellissimo created a dish that not only made her a fortune but also changed the fate of a discarded part of America’s favorite protein. On this fateful night Teressa’s son was tending the family’s bar when some of his friends came in at closing time in need of some fuel to keep them going. Without much in her pantry, Teressa fried some chicken wings she normally used for stock, tossed them in some hot sauce combined with margarine and served them with...

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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...

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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...

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National Peach Melba Day

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Food & Travel Blog, Food History, National Peach Melba Day, Roadtrips R Us, 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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