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National Martini Day

Posted on June 19, 2013

National Martini Day

Five Food Finds about Martinis

  • The Martini, gin and vermouth, is probably the most popular and widely consumed cocktail. Its origin is in dispute, but it dates back to about 1862.
  • The Martini’s popularity has waxed and waned, and its recipe has changed considerably over the years.
  • Going from an original mixture that contained more Vermouth than Gin garnished with a lemon twist, to 2 to 1 gin and vermouth, to a 15 to 1 mixture, and finally straight chilled Gin.
  • There is also the Vodka Martini.
  • Standard Martini garnish is an olive, garnish it with a pearl onion and it is called a Gibson.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1912 The United States government adopted an 8-hour work day. (I’m still waiting!)

1931 The first commercial doors operated by a photoelectric cell were installed on the swinging doors between the kitchen and dining room of Wilcox’s Pier Restaurant in West Haven, Connecticut.

1941 General Mills introduced ‘Cherioats.’ The name was changed to ‘Cherrios’ in 1945.

1978 Garfield, the lasagna eating cat was born. He was brought into this world by cartoonist Jim Davis.

1987 Ben & Jerry Ice Cream introduced a new Ice Cream flavor, Cherry Garcia.

1993 English author William Golding died. His first novel was ‘Lord of the Flies’ (1954).

June 19 – National Martini Day

Posted on June 19, 2012

National Martini Day

Five Food Finds about Martinis

  • The Martini, gin and vermouth, is probably the most popular and widely consumed cocktail. Its origin is in dispute, but it dates back to about 1862.
  • The Martini’s popularity has waxed and waned, and its recipe has changed considerably over the years.
  • Going from an original mixture that contained more Vermouth than Gin garnished with a lemon twist, to 2 to 1 gin and vermouth, to a 15 to 1 mixture, and finally straight chilled Gin.
  • There is also the Vodka Martini.
  • Standard Martini garnish is an olive, garnish it with a pearl onion and it is called a Gibson.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1912 The United States government adopted an 8-hour work day. (I’m still waiting!)

1931 The first commercial doors operated by a photoelectric cell were installed on the swinging doors between the kitchen and dining room of Wilcox’s Pier Restaurant in West Haven, Connecticut.

1941 General Mills introduced ‘Cherioats.’ The name was changed to ‘Cherrios’ in 1945.

1978 Garfield, the lasagna eating cat was born. He was brought into this world by cartoonist Jim Davis.

1987 Ben & Jerry Ice Cream introduced a new Ice Cream flavor, Cherry Garcia.

1993 English author William Golding died. His first novel was ‘Lord of the Flies’ (1954).

November 9th is National Greek Yogurt Day / #NationalGreekYogurtDay

Posted on November 9, 2018

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Here are your five food facts about greek yogurt:

It’s actually Turkish.

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It happened on accident: primitive milk storage created yogurt.

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Yogurt contains high amounts of lactic acid which is good for your skin!

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It’s gaining in popularity: more than a third of the yogurt carried by grocery stores is greek yogurt.


Yogurt contains “good bacteria” which promotes healthy digestion and supports your immune system!


Today’s Food History

  • 1801 Gail Borden born. Inventor of process for making condensed milk, and founder of New York Condensed Milk Co. (later renamed Borden Co).
  • 1857 The first issue of the Atlantic Monthly was published. It contained the first installment of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ ‘The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table.’
  • 1891 George A. Hormel opened his packinghouse in Austin, Minnesota.
  • 1911 George Claude applied for a patent for an electric neon sign. It was issued on January 19, 1915.
  • 1938 Edward Murray East died. An American botanist and chemist he helped with the development of hybrid corn. Specifically, he concentrated on controlling the protein and fat content of possible hybrids.
  • 1948‘More Beer’ is recorded by the Ames Brothers.
  • 1953 Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet, died at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. He had consumed 18 straight martinis.
  • 1961 During lunchtime, Brian Epstein heard the Beatles for the first time at The Cavern in Liverpool.
  • 1963 The enigmatic ‘Louie Louie’ was released by the Kingsmen.
  • 1965 At 5:15 p.m. a 13 hour blackout of the northeastern U.S. and parts of Canada began when the electric grid failed.

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