Tuesday, January 20, 2015

National Hot Sauce Day

We didn't need to remind you, we know, we know. Everyone knows that National Hot Sauce Day is right after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No disrespect is intended to MLK. In his honor, we're posting our favorite pop Birthday Song, written by Stevie Wonder as part of the effort to lobby our nation's political leaders to adopt the holiday. You might be surprised to learn that MLK Day was signed into law fairly recently in 1983 and first observed in 1986. And it wasn't until the year 2000 that all 50 states celebrated it. Funny how you have to write "the year 2000" and not just "2000" or it sounds weird...

We're pretty sure that MLK loved hot sauce so he'd probably be honored to know it's celebrated on January 22nd, which is weird, because March is National Sauce Month. Good to know, right? Try to unlearn that, we dare you. If there is one thing we here at Eat It, Miami hope is our legacy, it's that our readers push out some meaningless info from their brains so as to retain this tidbit. We can't stress enough that March is National Sauce Month. Crystal Hot Sauce, our personal favorite, is the official hot sauce of the New Orleans Saints, which makes sense since it's made in Louisiana. Have you ever heard the Louisiana song by Aaron Neville? It's beautiful. It was written by Randy Newman (and sounds like all of his other songs. You know how Randy Newman thinks that everything is terrible and there's nothing all of us poor regular folk can do because some mean rich guy is keeping us down. In case you can't tell, we're not that keen on that message.), but it's pretty touching when sung by the mellifluous Neville.

If you've ever inspected the nutrition information on a bottle of hot sauce, you've seen that most of them are made with just a few ingredients: hot peppers (red chili pepper, cayenne, habanero, jalapeño), vinegar, salt, and sometimes a variety of other spices like garlic or paprika.

And then there's Tabañero. Wait a minute! Why is there an "ñ"??? Habanero doesn't have one! God I hate when people do that. It's like using "I" when you should just say "me." Like, hey why don't you come over to Jane and I's house for dinner. Oh dear Lord. Habanero doesn't have an ñ and neither should Tabanero.

Henceforth I shall ommit the ñ. Moving along...

I was sent a bottle of Tabanero by a marketing/PR/whatever dude named Mike. This stuff is delish. It's just a little bit sweet, due to the introduction of Agave nectar. which cuts the spiciness of the habanero peppers and bite of the onions. The recipe also includes carrots (like some of my favorite tomato sauces), key lime juice, and grapefruit seed extract. It's a winner. Try it.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Food News

This suggests you probably shouldn't be eating a ton of fast food -


And we may well be the greatest country on earth, but that doesn't mean we're the best at everything. There's a ton that other countries do a lot better and we should emulate them. To wit, school lunches -


Thursday, January 15, 2015

I Love Philly Like a Brother

I have three brothers, so I know brotherly love.

And Philly knows how to treat a brother. More on that later...

They also have this cool statue of Rocky, but it's not at the top of the museum steps like it is in Rocky III, but it is close by. Finally! I was there for business in 2004 and was devastated to arrive at the iconic steps and find no Rocky. My cousin who lives in Philly had no idea what I was talking about. Women!

Speaking of women, the smart ones know that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. And the fine folks at Visit Philly were kind enough to make me about 1000 times more fond of their city by overnighting me a couple of Cheesesteaks from this ingenious website, www.goldbely.com. Goldbely will overnight you a specialty dish from a bunch of different restaurants across the U.S. Think Primanti Bros from Pittsburgh (yikes, Philly probably HATES them) or Key Lime Pie from Florida.

This is pretty much the best gift you could get a man. I am having trouble thinking of a better one. My wife was like "oh I guess a guy would like that." Totally. She got me tickets to the upcoming Seinfeld show. Maybe that's about as good.

Key to the Goldbely order were the instructions that arrived with my cheesesteaks (from Jim's btw). To prevent a really dry sandwich in the oven, you're instructed to keep it wrapped in foil. Excellent advice I will be heeding in the future.

So my 2015 started out totally awesome, as you can tell.

Thanks Philly!