June 03, 2019
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Ethnic Foods That Really Aren't
Think you know ethnic foods? You might be surprised. See if you can guess what English muffins, Cuban sandwiches and spaghetti and meatballs have in common?
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Today's Random Fact:
Spaghetti and meatballs are not considered an Italian dish, though they were made by Italian immigrants in the U.S. If you go to Italy you won't find spaghetti and meatballs on their menus because they don't put meatballs in their pasta.
English muffins aren't muffins and they weren't invented in England. They are really a form of crumpet, with the holes and pockets on the inside of the bread rather than the top. They were invented by Samuel Bath Thomas, an Englishman living in 1880s New York and didn't make their way to England until a century later.
Although it's called a "Cuban sandwich" it did not originate in Cuba. It was invented in Tampa, Florida, specifically Ybor City, which was home to many Cuban immigrants in the 20th century.
Despite its name, German Chocolate Cake is actually American. The cake got its name from its creator Sam German. It was originally called 'Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate' but the name was shortened as the years passed.
The hard shell taco is not a Mexican invention. This is a north of the border food made popular by Taco Bell.