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Arab traders introduced spices such as saffron, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves to African cuisine.
There are hundreds of barbecue cook-offs in the U.S. on a yearly basis.
The United States has the highest minimum drinking age in the world.
The world’s first breakfast cereal was created in 1863 and needed soaking overnight to be chewable.
There have been public houses serving alcohol to locals since Roman times.
The term "brunch" first appeared in print in an 1895 Hunter’s Weekly article.
The buffet was first popularized in 18th century France.
The Hamburger Hall of Fame is located in Seymour, WI.
Burritos became popular in the early 1900s around the time of the Mexican Revolution.
Food in the Caribbean is based on mostly African, Spanish, Chinese, and East Indian.
Bolivia was the first South American country to get rid of all McDonald's restaurants.
Drive-ins became popular in the U.S. after World War 2
Buffalo wings started to become more popular after the Buffalo Bills appeared in four consecutive Super Bowls.
Pumpkins are usually labeled as vegetables but they contain seeds and are technically fruit.
The fortune cookie is originally Japanese, not Chinese.
American coffee drinkers average 3 and a half cups of coffee every day.
On an average night, a driver travels 75 to 100 miles on deliveries, averaging four solid hours of drive-time mostly on residential streets.
To 'dunk your doughnut' was allegedly introduced as a trend after actress Mae Murray accidentally dropped one in her coffee.
Organic farmers use insect traps, careful crop selection, predator insects or beneficial microorganisms instead to control crop-damaging pests.
The modern fish fry tradition is strongest in Wisconsin, where more than 1,000 eateries hold a weekly fish fry on Fridays, and often on Wednesdays
The French value mealtimes so much that a two hour lunch break is not uncommon.
Frozen yogurt has had many names including: Frogurt, Humphreez Yogart and Danny.
Gelato dates back to the 16th century.
Bratwurst is considered a big part of Milwaukee's local cuisine.
Wausau, Wisconsin is the Ginseng Capital of the World.
Greek immigrants began opening restaurants in the U.S. in the early 20th century.
Middleton, Wisconsin is home to the National Mustard Museum.
The city of Las Vegas has the most hotel rooms in the world.
Milwaukee became known as the "unofficial frozen custard capital of the world" after the 1933 Chicago World’s fair.
The first Indian restaurant in the USA was opened in the mid-1960s.
A coffee and a cornetto is the typical Italian breakfast.
Rice cookers are more common than ovens in Japanese households.
There are six major kosher certification symbols in the U.S.
2014’s Midwest James Beard award winner was Justin Aprahamian from Sanford restaurant in Milwaukee.
Anju is the Korean word for bar food, and it's lighter and healthier than nachos, fries and onion rings.
Key lime pie dates back to the mid-1800s, when sweetened condensed milk was introduced.
Mediterranean food is considered of the healthiest cultural cuisines.
The number one ingredient in traditional Mexican food isn’t meat, veggies or chicken: it’s chilis.
Baklava is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert made with over 30 layers of phyllo dough, butter, honey and nuts.
10% of America's national workforce works in the restaurant industry.
Milwaukee has one of the highest numbers of restaurants per capita of any American city.
Approximately 20% of all American meals are eaten in the car.
There are five pizza farms listed in Wisconsin.
Ramen noodles were the first ever noodles to be eaten in space.
Independent restaurants account for 66.6% of the restaurant market in the United States.
As of May 2014, there are over 665,000 restaurants operating across the United States.
Cuddling can alleviate headaches.
Americans eat more than 300 million sandwiches each and every day.
Eel is a mainstay of many classic soup recipes throughout Europe.
The term "soul food" didn’t exist before the 1960s.
Americans eat more than 10 billion bowls of soup each year.
You should let your steak rest for half the amount of time you cooked it.
Food trucks are typically just as clean (if not cleaner) than traditional restaurants.
Supper clubs are more popular in the Upper Midwest than anywhere else in the country.
The word “sushi” actually refers to rice that has been seasoned with vinegar, sugar, and salt. Contrary to popular belief, sushi does not mean raw fish.
The history of tacos dates back to the Mexican Revolution, when refugees brought the food to the United States.
Tapas originally were slices of cheese or something else used to cover a drink in order to keep flies and mosquitoes away.
Traditionally in Thailand the spoon is used to cut meat and larger vegetable rather than a knife.
Plants yield 10 times more protein per acre than meat.
Vietnamese recipes make use of a range of herbs, including lemongrass, mint, long coriander and Thai basil leaves.
Wine can be made from virtually any fruit.