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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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Valentine’s Day 2015

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Today in History, Uncategorized, Valentine's Day 2015 | Comments Off on Valentine’s Day 2015

Quote for Today: “Yet it is only love which sets us free.” Maya Angelou Valentine’s Day 2015 Our simple definition for Valentine’s Day: A holiday for expressing love to the one who makes your heart go pitter-patter. This translates to one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, florists, and chocolate companies. History of Valentine’s Day The auspicious beginning of this holiday has been filtered through the ages. The lasting legacy is about Saint Valentine. It is the story about a romantic priest who defied Roman Emperor Claudius II’s order that all marriages and engagements be canceled so he could fill his army. The ruler believed the difficulty in recruiting soldiers was because the men were married. When he discovered that Valentine was secretly marrying couples, he was beaten and put to death on February 14. circa...

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Jersey’s Steel Pier

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Atlantic City Restaurants, Atlantic City Steel Pier, Chef Vola's, Dock’s Oyster House, Food, Food Blog, Knife and Fork Inn, New Jersey Restaurants, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Today in History, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog | Comments Off on Jersey’s Steel Pier

Quote for Today: In the end, you are not measured by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish. Donald Trump Jersey’s Steel Pier On this day in 1898 Atlantic City unveiled it’s famous boardwalk known as the Steel Pier. This soon to be famous Summer destination had nine miles of food, drinks, arcades, concerts and everything else you could want on a lovely day at the shore. Six years after opening a storm destroyed much of the pier and most believed it could not be rebuilt. Edward Bader saw this as an opportunity and successfully completed it’s transformation back to its original glory. This triumph lead to more construction contracts in Atlantic City and eventually landed him the big chair in the Mayor’s Office. Over the years the pier featured every famous entertainer from Al Jolson...

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Today in History: Ritty’s Incorruptible Cashier

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Buffalo Bill Cody, First Cash Register, Jack Dempsey, James Ritty, John Dillinger, John Patterson, National Cash Register Company, Pony House Dayton Ohio, Ritty’s Incorruptible Cashier, Roadtrips R Us, Today in History, Travel & Food Blog | Comments Off on Today in History: Ritty’s Incorruptible Cashier

Quote for Today:  Life is like a cash register, in that every account, every thought, every deed, like every sale, is registered and recorded.  Fulton J. Sheen     On this day in history James Ritty put a damper on his bartender’s quarter horse lease and log cabin mortgage. Tired of subpar nightly cash outs, he invented the first cash register.       James himself was a barkeeper who opened his own saloon in 1871.  In 1882, he built the ever popular Pony House in Dayton, Ohio which quickly became the place to go for drinking, gambling and other activities.  Located next to the rail station, it was a haven for traveling salesmen.  Famous customers included Buffalo Bill Cody, who apparently rode his horse into the saloon and up to the bar, heavyweight champ Jack Dempsey and the...

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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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Guacamole: Use of the avocado as food, not as a refrigerators color.

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Avocados, Cinco de Mayo, Food, Food Blog, Hot Spots for Guacamole, Mexican Independence Day, National Guacamole Day 2013, Roadtrips R Us, The California Avocado Advisory Board, Today in Food History, Today in History, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog | Comments Off on Guacamole: Use of the avocado as food, not as a refrigerators color.

Quote for Today: Find a venue, over order on the booze and bulk buy the guacamole. Love Actually (Movie: 2003) September 16th is National Guacamole Day 2013. The Aztecs used avocado to make this sauce (dip) as early as the sixteenth century. The Spanish fell in love with the avocado and brought it back to Europe after they conquered the Aztecs. The California Avocado Advisory Board had a tough time marketing this fruit for a while. In the 40’s, they started giving Americans recipes for guacamole and tried to teach Americans how to pronounce it. In the 60’s, they sought to give the avocado a Pacific Island image. In the 70’s, they went for more of a Mediterranean theme. All this hard work has made guacamole one of America’s favorite snack foods, especially during football season. Approximately 5% of...

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