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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 | 0 comments

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

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Top 5 Spots: National Hoagie Day

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Best Hoagies in the US, Food, Food Blog, Food History, History of the Hoagie Sandwich, National Hoagie Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Today in Food History, Today's Food Holiday, Travel, Travel Blog | Comments Off on Top 5 Spots: National Hoagie Day

National Hoagie Day Quote for Today: Too few people understand a really good sandwich. James Beard Today’s National Food Holiday is “National Hoagie Day.” The name hoagie for a sandwich has its roots in Philadelphia. Elsewhere in the United States, pretty much the same size sandwich with various types of bread and fillings have many different names. How the name “hoagie” got attached to a sandwich in Philadelphia has multiple versions. One story claims that Italians working at the World I shipyard in Philadelphia, known as “Hog’s Island,” introduced the sandwich by putting various meats, cheeses, and lettuce between two slices of bread. In different parts of the City, other names for this sandwich included the Hoggie, Hog Island, Hokie, Hogan, Honkie, Hoogie, and Hooky. However, by 1955, restaurants throughout the district were using the term “Hoagie” with many of...

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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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Scamper To The Table With Some Beautiful Shrimp

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Food History, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Scamper To The Table With Some Beautiful Shrimp

National Shrimp Scampi Day April 29th is National Shrimp Scampi Day. Restaurants across America have been serving Shrimp Scampi for years, especially the Italian-American establishments in the Northeast and the Midwest. You’d be hard pressed though to find this dish when traveling through Italy. Scampi in Italy are small crustaceans with light pink shells that look closer to lobster than they do shrimp. In Europe, they’re also known as Langoustine or Dublin Bay Prawns and Norway Lobster.   The traditional way to serve them in Italy is sautéed in olive oil with garlic, onion and white wine. When Italians came to the US they substituted domestic shrimp for the small crustaceans they were used too. They cooked them the same way they always did and thus Shrimp “Scampi” style was born. One big problem was the access to good...

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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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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 | Comments Off on National Lobster Newburg Day

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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