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The Scoop on Celebrating Cinco de Mayo 2017

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Cinco de Mayo, Food, Food Blog, restaurants, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Today in History, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Scoop on Celebrating Cinco de Mayo 2017

Cinco de Mayo 2017 It’s time to plan a Cinco de Mayo party. 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. Dining Out 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...

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National Clams on the Half Shell Day: Food Holiday

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Clam Recipes, Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays, National Clams on the Half Shell Day, National Food Holidays, Recipes, restaurants, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Today in Food History, Today's Food Holiday, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on National Clams on the Half Shell Day: Food Holiday

National Clams on the Half Shell Day Quote for Today: There is only one drinking spot for us and it is the Clam. Peter, The Family Guy      March 31st is National Clams on the Half Shell Day.  How this day came about I have no idea. In doing some research on this subject, I came to realize that no one else had any insight as to how this day came about either. No matter, Clams are delicious and don’t need a special day to be enjoyed.  I personally love raw clams on the half shell, but some of the most die-hard, full bellied, fried clam lovers do not.  Since this holiday does not specify raw clams, I am going to focus on a New England favorite, the “Stuffie.” These Clams available all along the North Atlantic Coast are generally...

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Tallichet: European Theatre to Mine Trains

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Brittany Hill Denver, David Tallichet, Food, Memphis Belle, restaurants, Roadtrips R Us, Shanghai Reds, Specialty Restaurants Corporation, Today in Food History, Today in History, Travel | Comments Off on Tallichet: European Theatre to Mine Trains

Quote for Today: Life is better with company, everybody needs a co-pilot. George Clooney, “Up in the Air” On All Hallow’s Eve back in 2007, David Tallichet, founder of Specialty Restaurants Corporation, passed away. Born in Dallas, Texas, David graduated from the University of the South in Tennessee and the University of Texas before 1941. As America entered World War II, David joined the U.S. Army Air Force. Here he followed his dream of being an aviator by becoming a co-pilot for a B-17 Flying Fortress. Eventually he and his crew became the 350th Bombardment Squadron which flew twenty-three missions before the collapse of Germany in May 1945.   Back Stateside in 1948, David accepted a position as an employee of Conrad Hilton. In 1955, he became General Manager of the Lafayette Hotel in Long Beach, California. When the...

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Where’s the Hamburglar Today?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Food, Food & Travel Blog, Food History, McDonalds, restaurants, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Travel & Food Blog | Comments Off on Where’s the Hamburglar Today?

Quote for Today: If you have billions and billions served, you must be doing something right – McDonald’s. TJ  Richard McDonald was born on this day,1909, in Manchester, New Hampshire. He and his older brother Maurice headed West to California seeking their fortune. Their goal was to make their first million before age fifty. The movie business however was not very kind to them.  Changing gears, they opened up a hot dog stand which turned into a drive-in, giving them some success. The brothers however had the idea of increasing volume and moved the operation from Monrovia forty miles East to San Bernadino, California in 1940.  They renamed the establishment McDonald’s. Their new speedy service and low prices were a big hit. Their first franchise appeared in Phoenix, Arizona in 1953. Milk shake machine salesman, Ray Kroc, visited the...

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The Original Restaurant Man…

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in entertainment, Food, Food Blog, Fred Harvey, Historic Restaurants, restaurants, Roadtrips R Us, Today in History, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Original Restaurant Man…

Quote for Today: Harvey provided the West with food and wives. Roy Rogers I am very close to finishing a great book entitled “Restaurant Man.” However, today we are not writing about Joe Bastianich or Mario Batali, this happened much earlier. One hundred and two years ago, Fred Harvey passed away. He arrived in America at the age of fifteen with ten dollars in his pocket. Who the heck is Fred Harvey?  In an age when America was growing, Mr. Harvey cut out his fair share of the American pie. Fresh off the boat, he landed a job as a dishwasher and fell in love with the hospitality business. With grander aspirations, he joined the booming railroad business and quickly moved up the corporate ladder. Harvey saw an opportunity to feed and lodge the railroad passengers that was not being...

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A Moment in Time…

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Canton GA, Cumming GA, Food, Food & Travel Blog, Food Review, Georgia, Kani House Cumming GA, restaurants, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Sushi, Travel, Travel & Food Blog | Comments Off on A Moment in Time…

Quote for Today:  We do not remember days; we remember moments.  Cesare Pavese CJ and I headed North for Thanksgiving and landed in the metropolis of Free Home, Ga.  If the name isn’t familiar to you, it should be.  Free Home is the halfway point between Cumming and Canton on GA Highway 20.  Think of it as you do Kissimmee, Fl to Walt Disney World and Orlando, only on a slightly smaller scale. CJ and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at my sister’s house with turkey, ham and all the trimmings. Once we were able to put our belts back on, we were ready for something that we don’t get much of in the Wiregrass of Florida – Sushi. After a couple of hours of Black Friday shopping for baskets and bags at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby, I was ready...

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