How Did French Fries And Caesar Salad Get Its Name?
The fact that French fries are not an invention of France is probably not a big surprise to you. The product does come from a neighbouring European country, though.
According to the magazine National Geographic, French fries originated in Belgium where, due to the shortage of fish during the winter months, fishermen near the river Meuse started frying up potatoes as a way to survive during the harsh winter months.
During World War I, American soldiers stationed in the area learned about this particular dish and dubbed it "French Fries" since that was the predominant language spoken by the people in the area at the time.
Potatoes, the main ingredient in French fries, originated in South America and were brought to Europe in the 16th century. Today, French fries are popular all over the world.
The famous Caesar salad is nothing to do with Julius Caesar, as popular belief has it.
Caesar Salad became known as the Caesar Salad when it first appeared in Tijuana, Mexico in 1924, when Italian-American restaurateur Caesar Cardini created it in his restaurant.
When Cardini's restaurant was low on supplies, he stirred up the Caesar Salad out of compulsion. The dish was composed of romaine lettuce, eggs, olive oil, croutons, and Worcestershire sauce.
Cardini's Caesar Salad was an instant hit and his restaurant gained immense fame and success. It is still one of the most popular salads worldwide. Unbeknownst to him, this dish would feature on food menus across the world for generations to come.