May 16th, 2018 12:00 PM
There has long been a dispute over whether the Cuban sandwich was actually created in Cuba. Three American cities are contending for the honor of being the sandwich's point of origin: Ybor City in Tampa, Key West and Miami, all home to many Cuban expatriates, all claiming that the sandwich was invented in their city. My tendency is to believe the Cuban Sandwich was invented in the U.S. The Cubano is heavily loaded, and we Yanks tend to over-do things.
May 9th, 2018 12:00 PM
For ancient peoples, it was all about fertility. If there wasn't enough water, there would be no crops, and whole civilizations would either die in place or move somewhere else. Some of the ancient rock carvings are focused upon honoring the forces that helped food grow and life continue.
May 1st, 2018 12:00 PM
Hand-made tortillas taste like fresh corn, and they're soft and absorbent, making them very good for swabbing up sauce and beans and other typical components of a Mexican meal. When they're fresh, they're pliable in a way that bagged tortillas cannot be, and they fold easily to hold their contents while retaining moisture so essential to a good sandwich (dryness being the great enemy of all sandwiches).
April 25th, 2018 12:00 PM
For millennia, bats have visited blooming agave plants by night, carrying pollens to other agave plants. This is good for the agave population because a population of clones could be wiped out if visited by a destructive pest. And with no agave, there would be no tequila.
April 18th, 2018 12:00 PM
There's a lot to like about Lima beans, and all we are saying is that maybe, just maybe, you should give Limas another chance by having a big bowl of them on (I kid you not: this holiday exists) National Lima Bean Respect Day, April 20th.
April 12th, 2018 12:00 PM
April 19 is National Garlic Day in the United States. For a twist on this day of celebrating of garlic (which we Italian-Americans celebrate every day of the year), consider getting some black garlic. It's fun.
April 6th, 2018 11:00 AM
Cermak Road staple Czech Plaza Restaurant has re-opened their doors at 7016 W Cermak Rd. The 45-year-old restaurant boasts the same time honored menu featuring Czech specialties like Fruit Dumplings and Breaded Pork Tenderloin; they've also added a kid's menu. Familiar faces will greet you, as previous Czech Plaza employees make up their new management team. A ribbon cutting was held in partnership with the City of Berwyn and the Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) on March 29, 2018. Connect with Czech Plaza at email@example.com, on Facebook (@czechplaza) or via phone at (708) 795-6555. For more information on the Czech Plaza restaurant ribbon cutting, contact the BDC at (708) 788-8100.
April 2nd, 2018 12:00 PM
Local chefs Williams, Bayer, Pancake, Poilevey, and McLean vie for the Golden Rasher, the Oscars of the bacon world, and you get to eat a lot of highly creative and hugely delicious bacon preparations.
March 28th, 2018 12:00 PM
There are an infinite number of possible paellas, and paella has become a local dish throughout the Spanish-speaking world and beyond, varying based on what's available locally.
March 21st, 2018 12:00 PM
Everyone is a food explorer these days, open to trying new foods because they want to learn about other cultures but also because there's a lot of deliciousness out there. If you want to sample the Filipino version of deliciousness, you now know where to go.
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