Who was the first First Lady to be called “First Lady”? What were they called before that?

From Martha Washington through Julia Grant, presidential wives did not have a title. Martha was called “Lady Washington”; later wives were often called “Mrs. Presidentress.” In 1876, journalist Mary Clemmer Ames referred to Lucy Ware Webb Hayes, as “the First Lady of the Land” in her column “Woman’s Letter from Washington.” Lucy Hayes turned out to be a popular First Lady, so the term stuck.

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Cafe Astoria – Sidney’s Taste of the Twin Cities

Cafe Astoria is truly an Instagram heaven, and the food and drinks taste even better than they look. They have something for everyone with sweet or savory crepes, smoothie bowls and drinks.

Astoria Caffe 24k Latte

Cafe Astoria became very popular last year when they came out with their 24K latte that has real gold flakes on it! Continue reading Cafe Astoria – Sidney’s Taste of the Twin Cities

Sidney’s Taste of the Twin Cities

Where our very own foodie, Sidney, dishes on what’s good to eat in the Twin Cities.

Martina

4312 S Upton Ave,  Minneapolis, MN 55410

If you’re into food even a little bit you may have heard of Martina. It is an Italo-Argentinian restaurant in Linden Hills. Despite opening just a few months ago it is already one of the most talked about and most popular restaurants. I’ve been there for brunch three times already. That may sound like a lot, but if you’ve been there you know why.

Martinas burger

The double cheeseburger is arguably one of the very best in the Twin Cities. The Crab Carbonara, Lobster Toast and Potato Churros are equally as incredible. The space itself is beautiful and perfect for dates or foodie brunch with friends! 😉 I can’t wait to try dinner there!

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Designing With Chocolate the Easy Way

Adding a chocolate design to cakes, brownies, and other confections gives them a sophisticated touch sure to be appreciated by your friends. To easily use chocolate for decorating, place old candy, unwrapped, in a plastic sandwich bag. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, turning until melted. Then snip off the corner and use like a pastry bag to write words and create embellishments.

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Why do we eat popcorn in movie theaters?

Calvin (of Calvin & Hobbes fame) once proclaimed, “It’s not entertainment if you can’t sit in the dark and eat.” Americans really seem to enjoy combining those two activities: concession sales account for about 85 percent of a movie theater’s profit, and popcorn accounts for most of that.

It’s an odd custom when you think about it: while trying to pay attention to what’s happening on the screen, movie patrons absentmindedly reach into a bag of $6 popcorn (actual value: a few cents) and then snarf down handful after handful. It’s greasy, loud, and not very healthy—especially when you add all that butter. So whose bright ideas was it to make popcorn the cornerstone snack at every movie theater from London to Honolulu?

Back in the early days of cinema, eating anything in a theater was frowned upon. The Great Depression changed that. With little money available for more expensive entertainment, Americans flocked to movie theaters (now offering movies with talking!). At the same time, popcorn was becoming a popular—and cheap—snack.

Eager to cash in on both fads at the same time, enterprising vendors started setting up carts with popping machines outside if cinemas. At first, theater owners wouldn’t allow patrons to bring the loud, messy snack inside…until they saw there was money to be made. Then the vendors were invited inside, and the rest is snack history.

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