How did you celebrate National Waffle Day? On August 24 in 1869, a man named Cornelius Swartwout received the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron. Waffles are a delightful breakfast food and can be paired with almost any topping. Butter and maple syrup, fruit and whipped cream, a big scoop of ice cream, or even a helping of fried chicken—the choice is yours! Missed National Waffle Day? Don’t despair. National Waffle Week begins Sunday! The first waffles originated in Ancient Greece. The Greeks would cook flat cakes called obelios between two metal pans held over a fire. The Europeans (especially Belgium) perfected their recipes in the 1700s. Waffles in America. It is said the Pilgrims brought the waffle to America around 1620 when they founded New Amsterdam (later called New York). It seems they picked them up in Holland where they made a brief stop before turning west. Some stories say Thomas Jefferson started a mini-American waffle movement in the 1790s when he returned from France with a goose-handled waffle iron. In the late 1940s, when the electric waffle iron replaced those inconvenient metal plates, waffles officially became an American favorite. Things improved even more at the 1964 World’s Fair, when Americans were introduced to the Belgian waffle, made fluffy with the help of yeast and egg whites. Now the focus is on how to make the best-tasting waffle, not just how to cook it. Today the American waffle varies in size, shape, and toppings.
I love movies and I love food and this summer gave us three delightfully funny films involving chefs & their passion for food. Why? Because we are all Foodies at heart. 1. Chef Remember my blog & video dealing with Cuban food? This is a great film where a father reunites with his son while imparting his passion for cooking. Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favearu) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner. His love of cooking takes him back to his roots in Miami, where he is free to express himself with true Cuban cooking in a Food Truck. Most foodies have that same zest for life and love to enjoy their favorite foods even if it means traveling across country.
Labor Day 1890, in Grand Central Station, New York City, a Pullman porter named John Williams, assigned to station duty, put a piece of red cloth on his cap and asked people if he could help with their luggage. Thus Red Caps were born. For more than 100 years Red Caps have been helping people with their luggage FOR FREE. Leap ahead now to early 1943. A 2-year-old boy is on his way from Brooklyn to California to see his dad before he ships out to WWII. It was Cheyenne, Wyoming, and he, his mother, and brother were stretching their legs at a 10-minute station break. His mother turned her head, the boy quickly ducked inside the station and Mom panicked as the conductor shouted “All Abroad.” Just then, a man wearing a red cap appeared, holding the boy’s hand while saying, “Come on now, you got a train to catch.”
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