Thursday, July 24, 2008

Old School Thursday: Tequila!

National Tequila Day sounds awfully festive, doesn’t it? At least in the MTV Spring Break definition of the word?

Unfortunately, everything else about today is on the more practical side. Kind of. In 1910, the Detroit News-Tribune published the first installment of the Paul Bunyan stories, which actually is more creative than practical, but it only relates to food in that the story’s hero ate a lot. Practical.

In 1936, the Army Subsistence Research Laboratory opened and got to work on the notoriously not-delicious rations soldiers would enjoy for the next…well, that soldiers still “enjoy.” As an aside, Cooper and I used to keep a trashbag full of MREs in our hallway closet, “in case of emergency.” I can’t remember what we did with them, but they never did make it to this house when we moved here. Which is not really a shame. Even if we’re under siege, I’d like to think I’d be able to whip up something better.

The most recent food-related event of note happened all the way back in 1938, when Nescafe Instant Coffee was introduced by Nestle.

So, for the past 70 years, it seems that the food community’s been coasting by, celebrating National Tequila Day. Understandable, I guess.

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