February 17 is Café au Lait Day
5 Food Facts about Café au Lait
1. In Europe, “café au lait” stems from the same continental tradition as “café con leche” in Spain,
2. In Poland it is referred to as “kawa biała” (“white coffee”)
3. In Germany it is referred to as “Milchkaffee” (“milk coffee”)
4. In The Netherlands “koffie verkeerd” (“incorrect coffee”)
5. In the French-speaking areas of Switzerland, a popular variation is the “café renversé” (“reverse coffee”), made by using the milk as a base and adding espresso, in reversal of the normal method of making a “café au lait”.
Today’s Food History
on this day in…
- 1665 Rudolph Jacob Camerarius was born. A German botanist, he showed the existence of sexes in plants, and identified the stamen and pistil as the male and female organs.
- 1876 Canned sardines went on sale in the U.S. for the first time. They were packed in oil.
- (Some sources say 1873).
- 1889 H.L. Hunt, the pioneering Texas oil millionaire (Hunt Oil Company) was born. He carried a brown bag lunch to his office each day and considered himself as ‘just plain folks.’
- 1958‘Sugartime’ by the McGuire Sister topped the charts.
- 2002 New regulations to go into effect this year require German pig farmers to spend at least 20 seconds every day with each pig, 10 seconds in the morning and 10 seconds in the afternoon. I do not know about what regulations there might be for spending time with German cows, sheep, chickens and other farm animals.
- 2008 The USDA announced the largest beef recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse.