Iconic food and gustatory moments in history.
Competitive Eating: A History
Competitive eating is one of those activities that you either love or hate. The idea that people could compete to see who can eat the most is a concept that reeks of gluttony to the point of it being nauseating. Despite that, it's a sport that's slowly gaining popularity and visibility in mainstream culture.
Crazy Discontinued Doritos Flavors
Doritos, a long time beloved chip, most classically known for its red “Nacho Cheese” or blue “Cool Ranch” packaging actually has a long history of outrageous discontinued Doritos flavors. Upon inspection of these old-school flavors, it appears that some of the flavors themselves were outrageous, while some seem so tasty that the discontinuation is the real outrage. Regardless of whether you're a lover or hater of the obscure flavors, we can all give props to Doritos for their hugely successful model of utilizing fan-created content. Throughout the history of outrageous discontinued Doritos flavors, the company has exemplified interesting marketing methods to maximize fan engagement. And while not all the flavors lived to tell the tale, the methods to engage fans and increase customers certainly succeeded.
Shaw Shank Lamb Redemption
In the good old days when ABC was singing about poisoned arrows and Jimmy Saville was well respected (I never liked him) lamb shanks were a thing of revoltingness with the fore shank and hind shank being a lower sheep's leg of connective tissue and fatiness, needing hours of old fashioned slow cooking to render it down to an edible state – you could get a shank for less than a pound then, after all it’s only a ‘Tibia’.
The History of Truffles
The History of Truffles The chocolate truffle is one of the most popular and classic of all confections and its origins are steeped in a rich and fascinating history.
Why We Actually Sit Around the Table for Dinner
Eating is a part of the human experience in every single sense of the word. We all get excited when we smell something delicious wafting from the kitchen. Everyone loves to sink their teeth into a favorite meal, chat with others, and maybe drink something refreshingly smooth.
Evolution of the Donut
When you think of a donut, what do you think of? Glazed icing? Delicious gooeyness? If you're a huge fan of donuts, chances are that your mouth is probably watering for one right now. We've all been introduced to the tempting assortment of chocolate-covered donuts, strawberry donuts, and of course – the classic glazed donuts, but how far have donuts come? To emphasize, where do our donuts come from? In the beginning, donuts weren't exactly donuts back then, either.
What Really Is American Cheese?
Of all the items in the dairy aisle, American cheese is certainly the most controversial. Ignoring the contentious debate over nutrition and taste, many would argue that both parts of its name are actually inaccurate. Not only was it invented by a Canadian and popularized abroad but many refuse to even acknowledge that it is cheese. So, is the delicious slice of melted goodness blanketing your burger patty secretly a fraud? Here is the truth about American cheese.
Most Interesting Food Delicacies
Economic globalization may have its pitfalls, but foodies can at rejoice in the fact that along with inexpensive do-it-yourself furniture, classy alcohols, and cutting-edge electronics, the world’s countries are also exporting the secrets of their most interesting food delicacies. The next time you want to wow party guests with obscure food trivia, or even delight their palates with a nouveau dish, use one of these most interesting food delicacies to cue their awe.
Chocolate: The Sweetest Drug
The emperor was Moctezuma II, last ruler of the Aztec Empire of Mexico, and his addiction to chocolate like a drug, was revealed to us by Bernal Díaz, a Spanish soldier under the conquistador Hernando Cortés who destroyed Moctezuma’s empire in 1521. The beverage that so captivated Moctezuma was actually called cacahuatl by the Aztecs, which Díaz corrupted to chocolatl, from which chocolate and other modern names derive.
Authentic Civil War Recipes
During the Civil War, food shortages were common and soldiers needed to be able to carry food for days. Consequently, the food they ate was meant to keep people alive, with a rare delight mixed in here and there.
History of Pho, the National Dish of the Vietnamese
Pho is considered a national dish for the Vietnamese. To some extent, it is held as a reflection of the heritage and daily life of the people of Vietnam. In layman’s terms, pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup that is traditionally made with chicken or beef broth, spiced with various flavors and topped with different herbs. Because of its complex flavors and deceptive simplicity, pho captured the attention of many people in the West when it was brought over via Vietnamese immigration. Events such as the unification of Vietnam under the French rule and others also delineate the history of pho; what follows is an exploration of this most beloved of Vietnamese dishes.
Sizzling Shish Kebab Recipes
Edmund Kean, the Shakespearean actor, dined according to his role. When he acted the hero, he ate beef. When he played the tyrant he preferred pork. But when he had a lover's part he chose lamb. If he had done an action romance, it would have been lamb shish kebab.