Forgive the bad pun, but we had to do something to get your attention. If you’re like us down here in the South, August really isn’t your favorite month. It’s hot, like really hot, and not to mention humid. And, well, August usually means back to school and summer’s end. But, we now have our silver lining — it’s National Sandwich Month!
Now before you go out and order your favorite sando, first a little history lesson. According to the experts (yes, there are sandwich experts) the official written use of the English word “sandwich” dates back to 18th Century England and was named after eighteenth-century aristocrat John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. The word first appeared in a journal owned by Edward Gibbon referring to a “sandwich” as “bits of cold meat”.
Sandwiches officially debuted in American cookbooks in the early 19th Century with avant garde fillings like fruit, shellfish, nuts and mushrooms. By the end of the 19th century, sandwiches were everywhere with many of them earning their own names like the “club sandwich”, the “BLT” and the“Reuben”. Things really took off in the late 1920’s with Gustav Papendick’s invention that made it possible to slice and package bread. Sandwich lovers were finally free to concoct their sandwiches as they pleased.
Today sandwiches are everywhere, in almost every country. There’s the Philly Cheesesteak, the Cubano, the Croque Monsieur, the Falafel and the Shawarma. Then there’s the South’s almighty tomato sandwich. (The Bitter Southerner shows us the proper way to make the Southern staple.) We could list sandwiches all day, but we want you to go out and welcome National Sandwich Month at your favorite sando shop. Need help finding one? CurEaters like Piedmont Durham’s John May have made lists of the best sandwich shops in their community.
Are you an authority of sandwiches shops? Download CurEat, make a profile and create a list of favorite sammy shops.
July is National Hot Dog Month, which means we have an excuse to eat hot dogs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ok I know what you are thinking, hot dogs, really? And to that we say yes, really. Who doesn’t love a hot dog?!
Now, it’s time for a few, fun facts. Did you know that the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that over seven billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That is with a “B” for billion. During the July 4th weekend alone (the biggest hot-dog holiday of the year), an estimated 155 million are downed each year. That’s an aggressive amount of franks.
For those curious, the term “hot dog” has been linked to the sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan. According to the history books in 1901, vendors began selling hot dachshund sausages in rolls at a baseball game the Polo Grounds in New York. Dorgan was in the press box and could hear the vendors yelling, “Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!” From that he sketched a cartoon depicting the scene but wasn’t sure how to spell “dachshund” so instead he called them, “hot dogs.”
So, now you must be asking where can I get the best hot dogs. That’s where have you covered.
CurEater Robert Donovan has 3 CurEat lists to inspire your hot dog journey this month with over 60 of his favorite spots. If you’re in North Carolina, you’ll want to reference his “Carolina Hot Dogs” and “Old School NC Hot Dogs” lists. Traveling to the Windy City? Robert has a “Chicago Dogs” list that will be your best friend. Hot dogs aren’t limited to N.C. and Chicago, and we know there are hidden gems around the U.S. We challenge you to make and share lists of the best hot dog joints in your city and state. Now, go forth and eat as many hot dogs as you can.
The holiday weekend is upon us and we at CurEat know that planning your culinary excursions can be tough especially at the last minute. That’s where we can help out. We take on the heavy lifting with plenty of lists and locations to choose from.
Planning a NC beach escape over the holiday. Find and follow Chana Lynn of Raleigh What’s Up Blog. Her Wilmington list is spot on.
How about SC beaches? Check out Justin’s Amick’s Edisto list:
Heading north instead, follow Terry Fox and check out his Providence and Beyond list:
Is the West Coast calling your name….track down Felicia Trujillo for her Santa Monica / Brentwood, CA list.
Or Ashley Christensen for her San Francisco, California list.
Whatever you are in the mood for or whatever city you are in, we have you covered. And to top it all off, we will even map it out for you. Don’t forget to give us a shout on Twitter and Instagram and let us know your holiday plans!
At CurEat it’s clear we love all things that are independent, local and have to do with food. So it is no surprise we are huge fans of Max Trujillo, Matthew Weiss and their NC Food & Beverage Podcast. We listen on our walks, our runs, our drives to and from the office, any chance we get (Quick disclaimer here: we are sponsors of the app). And if you have downloaded it you know why. If you have not had the chance yet, download it now…seriously don’t wait, click here to download and listen.
Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss are both veterans of the hospitality industry and they use that along with their personalities to create an unbelievable auditory experience that will make you immediately hungry. Each new episode is release on Thursday and runs about hour. So far they are up to episode 39 and with the holiday weekend coming up you have plenty of time to catch up.
It’s a great mix of the food and beverage world. Their past guests have included Henk Schuitemaker (Angus Barn’s wine director), G. Patel owner of Echelon Experience and the founder of Larry’s Coffee, Larry Larsen. Not to mention CureEaters Mattie Beason, who owns Black Twig Cider House and Mattie B’s Public House, Craig Rudewicz the founder of Crude Bitters, Piedmont restaurant’s Chef John May and Chef Cheetie Kumar of Garland.
While we give you the opportunity to find independently owned and operated restaurants, bars and bakeries, the NC Food & Beverage Podcast gives you the opportunity to learn more about North Carolina chefs, bartenders and bakers. We are excited to see what they have in store as they bring on more guests from beyond the Triangle to share the North Carolina’s food story.