Unique gifts – Send food gifts for something delicious and differentWritten by Nicole Martins
Whether it’s Christmas holiday season or middle of summer, necessity of having to shop for a birthday or anniversary present is inevitable. While it’s always a thrill to find just right gift for a friend or associate, sometimes issues such as lack of time or difficulty of trying to find a unique gift: how many ties can you buy your brother in law, make buying experience stressful and a hassle. Unique gourmet gifts: salmon, lobster, crab and steak
There’s really no need to buy yet another tie because what your brother in law really wants is a unique food gift such as an assorted steak box featuring specialty cuts of premium beef. This is a gift that he can take outdoors and grill on a nice summer evening or enjoy dining indoors. If you have a seafood lover to please, you can send them anything from smoked salmon gift baskets to a crab bake, lobster bake, or lobster gram. The last two are really fun because your lobster gifts come with live lobster, a pot, lobster bib and other items for a delightful lobster dinner. Crab bakes are generally same idea only with live crab.
Maxwell House Coffee HistoryWritten by Randy Wilson
Maxwell House Coffee History:
Legend has it that in 1907 President Teddy Roosevelt visited Maxwell House, prestigious Nashville hotel and after finishing a cup of their namesake coffee, he declared it was, "good to last drop." At least that is what Maxwell House Coffee Company advertised in 1920. While legends are romantic they are rarely accurate. Teddy Roosevelt did indeed visit hotel and probably did have a cup of coffee but there is no evidence that he ever uttered those words. Still, legends are romantic and this one sure sold a lot of coffee.
The story of Maxwell House Coffee begins in rural Kentucky in 1873 when Joel Cheek, a traveling salesman for a wholesale grocery firm was asked by a customer what best coffee that he sold was. In rural areas in 1870’s people bought their coffee green and roasted it at home. He naturally recommended most expensive one, though he knew nothing about differing qualities of coffee.
Whether bothered by his conscience or simply out of curiosity, that night he roasted some of each type of coffee that he sold and sampled them side by side. He decided that actually one of cheaper brands had best flavor. The next day he returned to grocer that had asked him question and explained why he would be shipping him cheaper brand.
Continuing to experiment with different varieties of coffee, Cheek became quite aficionado, recognizing that some brands had better body and some better acidity and yet another better flavor and aroma. He began mixing different coffees together to find just right blend.
Many years passed before he would move to Nashville in 1884 and meet Roger Nolley Smith, a British coffee broker who could reportedly tell origin of a coffee simply by smelling green beans. The two became fast friends bound by their passion for coffee. This friendship would be beginning of Maxwell House Coffee though it would be several more years before either of them knew it.