In these days anyone in American can describe what a sub sandwich is. The most common fast food restaurant in today’s America is the Subway chain of sandwich shops. So, as the chain grew so did the use of the term sub to describe that pile of meats, cheeses, and toppings that get stuffed into a long bun.
About the only time I favor drive-thru fast food is when traveling and having to keep a schedule. On our recent drive to Miami and back I took note of what seems to be a bread war between fast food chains. Hardee’s was touting their buns as being fresh baked and several chains, Wendy’s included, were featuring what’s becoming a food fad, the pretzel bun sandwich. Even aboard our cruise ship pretzel breads and bread sticks were served at every meal. Wraps seem to remain popular and McD’s has added several new versions to its menu.
FACTOID: Today there are over 24,000 Mexican restaurants in the United States. In 1970 you couldn’t buy a tortilla in Greenfield, Ohio and almost nobody knew what a nacho was.
For at least ten years I was in search of the world’s best barbecue and have driven countless miles and made countless out-of-the-way trips following up a lead. One of the first times I had Southern BBQ was at Maurice Bessinger’s Piggie Park in Columbia, SC and for a short time it was my standard. Then my brother and sister-in-law turned me on to Wilber’s BBQ (Wilber Shirley) BBQ in Goldsboro, NC.
FACTOID: A survey of over 32,000 Consumer Reports readers resulted in McDonald’s being voted the worst burgers and KFC the worst chicken. The survey dealt with fast food chains. No surprises there.
What a difference a corner can make. If you’re in New Orleans and you decide to have a meal on the corner of St. Peter’s and Jackson Square in the French Quarter you may or may not be happy. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a corner restaurant to have lunch in, where there’s little chance of disappointment, you may want to stop at the corner of St. Ann’s and North Tonti in the Treme neighborhood.
The French Quarter option is The Corner Oyster Bar and my grandson and I had supper there recently. I debated between boiled crawdads or shrimp and went for the shrimp. Cyrus picked chicken wings. While he was satisfied with the wings I could tell that they probably came from a freezer. Being within spittin’ distance of the Gulf I was pretty sure the shrimp would be perfect. What I was delivered, however, was a half pound of dead cold shrimp still bearing their heads (not a problem) and veins (problem). Furthermore, they had been boiled so long the flesh had become tough and stringy. The only good thing I can say is their cocktail sauce was great.
Just noticed that one of my Facebook friends is on a trip out East and stopped for a visit at Hershey’s Chocolate World. We visited there several years ago with the grandkids and while they had a blast it was somewhat of a disappointment for me.
The reason being, I was there in the early 1970s when visitors were actually given a tour through the entire Hershey Chocolate factory. You got to witness the entire process of making chocolate from raw beans to the molding of millions of Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars and
For the second year now the Highland County Community Action Organization has participated in a summer feeding program for school age children. The Greenfield program is held at the McClain Cafetorium Monday through Friday from 11:30 am till 12:30 pm and provides a free lunch for all children regardless of need.
Last summer about 100 Greenfield children took part and this year has witnessed a significant increase. The first day of the program was June 9th with 40 children. The number rose to 70 on the second day and 132 on day three.
In addition to the meal program HCCAO has also, for the second year, received a grant from the state to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to the children that can be taken home to their families.
This morning, June 11, 2014, a large truck arrived at the Fifth St. colonnades and offloaded palates of watermelon, bananas, pears, oranges, and peanut butter. Volunteers broke the palates down into individual shopping bags and what the children didn’t take was donated to the Greenfield Area Christian Center’s food bank for distribution on Fridays between 2-4 pm.
This distribution effort depends on volunteer labor and if you have a few hours on Wednesday mornings during the summer please consider helping out sometime between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. Just come to the colonnades and lend a hand.
FACTOID: Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia. Their domestic camels are raised for domestic use and racing while imported camels are used for food.
I don’t eat a lot of candy but when I want to munch on a bar I most often reach for a Snicker. For decades this familiar rectangle of chocolate covered peanuts, caramel and nougat has been an American favorite. So what does a company with an icon in its lineup do? Well, it prostitutes the brand name by plastering it on everything it can.
A recent stroll past a candy counter brought me face to face with a whole array of different flavored Snickers bars. There was the regular Snickers, the Peanut Butter Snickers, the Almond Snickers, and the 3X Chocolate Covered Snickers. Missing were the Snickers Fudge Bar and the Snickers Dark Chocolate.
I saw the included photo on Facebook and it brought to mind a couple of true stories about the love affair cops are supposed to have with donuts.
The first one involves a former chief of police in my hometown. We were having a private conversation once and I asked him about what he would be doing if he weren’t a cop. His response was, “I won a blue ribbon once at the county fair for my donuts. I think I’d like to open a donut shop.” Sure enough, several years after he got out of the cop biz he went in with his brother and opened a donut shop that, by coincidence or design, was directly across the street from the village police station.
Greening Greater Greenfield (G3), with the McClain High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter. is offering a free garden plant package to residents of the Greenfield School District. This season’s package will include three tomato plants, three pepper plants, four onion sets, and six marigold plants. The packages can be picked up on May 8, 2014 at the Vocational Agriculture Building, corner of Fifth and Lafayette Streets in Greenfield between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:30 pm. A donation would be appreciated and all donated funds will be given to one of Greenfield’s food banks.
This is the beginning of what G3 hopes to become a community gardening program that will eventually include workshops on establishing a proper backyard garden and hands-on food preservation workshops teaching participants the proper methods of canning and freezing surplus vegetables.
FACTOID: Betty White is older than sliced bread. Betty was born in the early 1920s, sliced bread came on the scene in 1928.
FACTOID: There are neighborhoods in Los Angeles where a person has to work 53 minutes to buy a hamburger. The average cost of a hamburger is $10.03 and the average hourly wage is $11.56.