Mar 08 2011
People generally ask what is in a specific dish they are about to eat, but seldom do they ask how that specific meal got its name. Some food items and drinks have intriguing origins. The roots of a dish are typically as intriguing as the food or the drink itself.
Let’s begin the list with the World’s Oldest Major Soft Drink, Dr Pepper. Like its flavor, the roots of Dr Pepper is out-of-the-ordinary. Charles Alderton, a young pharmacist who worked at Morrison’s store, is believed to be the inventor of the now renowned for drink. The name of the drink is said to be named for Morrison’s first employer, who ran a pharmacy in Virginia.
Have you ever thought why you consume a sandwich? John Montagu did not invent the sandwich. Meat between slices of bread had been consumed long before him. His title name was applied to it in about 1762, after he often ordered his servant to bring him meat tucked between two pieces of bread, and since Montagu also happened to be the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, others began to order a “Sandwich!” It is thought that Lord Sandwich liked this form of food as it allowed him to continue playing cards, while he was eating without the fact that he his cards greasy from eating meat without cutlery and their card games then were not disturbed by the need for forks and such.
Why we consume Margarita? There are numerous claims about who invented Margarita, yet the prevailing credit goes to Margaret “Margarita” Sames who was a rich Dallas socialite. As the story goes, the cocktail was born at the time of the Christmas holiday in 1948. Margarita and her husband had some friends over to visit them in Acapulco, Mexico. Their cliffside house was being rebuilt, so they rented a home from a local friend. She wished to make up a new drink to impress their guests. Tequila was her favorite spirit, so she made use of it. Having tasted and enjoyed the orange-based French liqueur Cointreau, she decided to mix the two and it was completed.
And lastly, the biggest favorite of all. You will be definetely forgiven for assuming that a Caesar Salad was the favored dish of Julius Caesar. Nevertheless, this cusine masterpiece did not appear two thousand years before. In the 1920s, Caesar Cardini, owner of an Italian restaurant and his brother, Alex, created a salad of romaine lettuce, anchovies, coddled egglemon juice, grated Parmesan cheese, and garlic-flavored croutons which is with a garlic vinaigrette flavored with Worcestershire sauce. The salad was created on a weekend which was busy at Caesar’s Restaurant. It is thought that Cardini was short of supplies and did not want to disappoint the customers so he made this salad with what was on hand. To add a flair to this he prepared it directly at the guest table. At first it was called Aviator’s Salad, but later Cardini named the dish after himself.
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