May 5, 2011: Cinco de Mayo, Hoagies, Oysters

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May 5, 2011

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Today’s Quotes: “Stay” is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.”   ~Louisa May Alcott

★~ Happy  Cinco de Mayo!

On May 5, 1862, the Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla. A single military battle signified the defeat of a European colonial power and a victory for the Mexican people. In the battle lie the roots of Cinco de Mayo.

On Cinco de Mayo,  celebrate the anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Puebla with a nice cold margarita or shot of tequila, and a Cinco De Mayo Hoagie!

★~Today is Hoagie Day!

The Hoagie was originally created in Philadelphia, and was declared the “Official Sandwich of Philadelphia” in 1992.

If you want to keep with the Cinco de Mayo theme, order your Hoagie with a little chorizo, salsa, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime!

If you want a genuine Italian Hoagie, build it with Italian ham, prosciutto, salami, provolone cheese, and the works.

Wondering how Hoagie got its name? The most widely accepted story centers on an area of Philadelphia known as Hog Island, which was home to a shipyard during World War I (1914-1918). The Italian immigrants working there would bring giant sandwiches made with cold cuts, spices, oil, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and peppers for their lunches. These workers were nicknamed “hoggies.” Over the years, the name was attached to the sandwiches, but under a different spelling.

★~ Oyster Day:

Now, I know this is really odd but before or after your Hoagie, you must have an oyster. Or just wear your pearls in honor of Oyster Day. Seattle, Washington is the world’s largest producer of cultivated pearls. The city is known as the “Oyster Capital of the World.”

★~ Today in History;

♥~ 1958 – On the cover of LIFE magazine: “Fresh Hope on Cancer”. A 2,000,000-volt radiation machine was pictured.

♥~ 1961 – Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the first U.S. space traveler as he rode a Redstone rocket on a 15-minute, suborbital flight that took him and his Freedom 7 Mercury capsule 116.5 miles high and 302 miles downrange from Cape Canaveral, FL.

♥~ 1973 – 56,800 fans paid $309,000 to see Led Zeppelin at Tampa Stadium. This was the largest, paid crowd ever assembled in the U.S. to see a single musical act. The concert topped The Beatles 55,000-person audience at Shea Stadium in New York ($301,000).

♥~ 1985 The first husband and wife team to win a major marathon, Ken and Lisa Martin, won over $50,000 for their first-place finishes in the Pittsburgh Marathon. Interesting also, because they had never run in the same race before.

♥~ 1994 Four strokes with a cane , was the punishment for Michael Fay.Fay, an American teenager, was charged along with eight others for vandalism in Singapore. Although, in the U.S., this is considered unusual and harsh punishment for vandalism, U.S. public support for the whacking was overwhelming (running 90% in Fay’s home town of Dayton, Ohio).

♥~ 2004 – A 1905 painting by Pablo Picasso titled Garcon a la pipe (Boy with a Pipe) sold for a record $104 million at Sotheby’s in New York City.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1927 – Pat Carroll Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: Caesar’s Hour [1956], The Ted Knight Show, With Six You Get Eggroll, Brothers O’Toole

♥~ 1942 – Tammy Wynette (Virginia Wynette Pugh) Grammy Award-winning country singer: I Don’t Wanna Play House [1967], Stand By Your Man [1969]; D-I-V-O-R-C-E, Near You, Apartment #9; died Apr 6, 1998

♥ ~ 1944 – John Rhys-Davies actor: Sliders, Lord of the Rings series, Helen of Troy, The Gold Cross, Au Pair, Marquis de Sade, The Untouchables, The Lost World, War and Remembrance, Raiders of the Lost Ark

♥~ 1973 – Tina Yothers actress: Family Ties, Laker Girls, Spunk: The Tonya Harding Story

♥~ 1979- Vincent Kartheiser – Mad Men

★~ Did You Know:

♥~ Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. The date — May 5 — actually commemorates a battle in 1862 between the Mexican and the French forces.

♥~ Mexico is the third-largest country in Latin America after Brazil and Argentina.

♥~ Mexico introduced chocolate to the world

♥~ At the beginning of the 21st century Mexico’s population was over 100 million!

♥~ Mexico is the largest salt producers in the world. Along with that petroleum is their major export.

♥~ Hot chocolate is the sacred drink of the Aztecs.

♥ ~ Tequila is Mexico’s national drink.

★~Todays Silly:

Two oysters walk into a bar, as one gets eaten the other one says, “Don’t look at me, the sign said ‘Oyster Bar’

What did the girl oyster say to the boy oyster?
You never open up to me

Who is an oyster’s favorite comedienne?
Minnie Pearl!


Italian hoagies! Yum! But I don’t think that I have ever called my sammie a hoagie. I just call it an Italian sub. It never seems to mind or maybe I just never noticed . . . I’m still not entirely clear on the difference between a hoagie and a sub, but I am researching it. Does it have something to do with the bread? Do you know?

I like this story about how the hoagie got its name better than the accepted version: An Irish worker who brought an American cheese sandwich to work each day looked enviously at his co-worker’s lunches, and said, “If your wife will make me one of those things, I’ll buy it from you.” The man went home and said to his wife, “Tomorrow, make two sandwiches, one for me and one for Hogan,” his co-worker. So everyone started calling the sandwich “hogans,” which eventually was shortened to “hoagie.”

What do you call your built-to-order multi-layer sandwiches with a variety of fillings? Usually served on a “loaf” of bread. This is of vital importance. I must know! Odd Loves Company!

Have a most wonderful day!

7 thoughts on “May 5, 2011: Cinco de Mayo, Hoagies, Oysters

  1. Never thought about this before, but we called ’em Hoagies when I was down South in college but Subs here. Maybe it’s a different-parts-of-the-country-thing! Happy Cinco de Mayo — have a chocolate bar AND a Margarita!

  2. I’ll take a hoagie (we call them “subs” in Canada), and some oysters…yum!

    Back in the 1990’s, my ex-husband worked in country radio. He was doing a bio of Tammy Wynette, and accidentally referred to her as having been “a licenced hairdryer” before she was a singer. I’d forgotten that she had passed away…


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