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Today in History: February 21

Today in History: February 21 1931  Alka Seltzer is introduced in the USA by Miles Laboratories. 1947  Lidia Bastianich born, an Istrain-born chef and immigrant to the USA. Chef, restaurateur, author and award winning TV cooking show host. 2001  The European Commission banned all British milk, meat and livestock exports following an outbreak of disease […]

Sicilian Oven

Sicilian Oven Fort Lauderdale, Florida I think no matter where you travel throughout the United States, you will find a strip mall (a small strip of individual stores).  And within that strip mall you will undoubtedly find a pizzeria. USA’s favorite food next to burgers.  This one is exceptional.  What I love is how they […]

De Martino Cuban Restaurant

De Martino 9 Davenport Street Somerville NJ 08876 martinoscuba.com Voted one of the Top 30 newest restaurants in New Jersey to dine, De Martino is affordable and well worth the visit.  Even if you come for lunch, the Ropa Vieja is the most authentic I’ve ever had. My wife, who is Venezuelan got very nostalgic […]

Today in History: February 15

Today in History: February 15 1758  Benjamin Jackson advertises mustard for the first time in America. 1882  First shipments of frozen meat left New Zealand for Britain. 1889  Norman Jay Coleman becomes the first US Secretary of Agriculture under President Grover Cleveland’s 1st term. 1945  Molson’s Brewery becomes a public joint-stock company. 2005  A San […]

Today in History: February 14

Today in History: February 14 St. Valentine’s Day *Today is one of the biggest days in retail for chocolate and flower sales, as well as dining. 1871  Thomas Adams of Hudson City, New Jersey receives a patent for a method of producing chewing gum. 1886  California oranges first shipped East by rail. 1922  The Fleischmann […]

Today in History: February 11

Today in History: February 11 1785  Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture founded. 1922  Frederick Grant Banting announces the discovery of insulin which is used to treat diabetes. 1926  Legendary French Chef Paul Bocuse born. 1963  The French Chef premieres on Television. It stars the iconic Julia Child. 1982  Florida Strawberry Growers Association founded.

Today in History: February 10

Today in History: February 10 1909  James Taylor dies.  Businessman and politician who served in the New Jersey Senate but best known for his breakfast staple in all diners, Taylor Ham, later called pork roll by those who wished to imitate it. 1944  Frances Moore Lappe was born, author of best selling books on food […]

Today in History: February 8

Today in History: February 8 1795  German Chemist Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge born. He developed a method for obtaining sugar from beet juice. 1946  German Chemist Felix Hoffman dies, he first synthesized aspirin in 1897.  Before you thank him for those headaches and hangovers, remember he also invented heroin. 2014  The first McDonald’s restaurant in Vietnam […]