Today is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, and that’s fitting, since it’s also the 105th anniversary of the invention of the ice cream cone (by one account). The cone was supposedly created by Charles Minches, for his customers at the St. Louis World’s Fair.
Today is also St. Phocas the Gardener Day. He is the patron saint of farmers and gardeners and, apparently, really bad saints’ names. Phocas? Not terribly surprising that it never caught on with the Catholic parents.
And finally, today in 1894, Arthur Treacher, of fried fish fame, was born.
Which makes today’s celebration easy: a trip to the farmer’s market, a basket of fish and chips and a vanilla ice cream cone for dessert. Happy July 23rd!