Most people in the ancient city of Rome lived in apartment buildings that lacked kitchens. Thus most people relied on prepared food was sold at pubs, inns, and food stalls. Some establishments had counter tops fitted with openings for pots that may have kept food warm for extended serving.
The Oslo Breakfast was a meal that began to be served to Norwegian schoolchildren starting 1932. A typical version included an orange, milk, whole-wheat bread, rye biscuit, cheese, carrot and a spoon of cod-liver oil. It reportedly increased the average height of 14 year olds by 4 inches.
Philadelphia Cream Cheese was invented in New York and has never been produced in Philadelphia. It’s name is was a 1880s marketing strategy because at the time Philadelphia was known for high quality dairy.
Koreans eat about 600 million chickens per year and Korean fried chicken (or KFC) and beer is so popular that its facination has spread to China via Korean soap operas. A Chinese company once flew all 4500 of its employees to Korea so they all can have KFC and beer.
Sausages have been commonly referred to as “dogs” since the 1800s due to a belief that sausage makers used dog meat in their sausages. Consumption of dog meat was common in Germany up to the early 1900s so these suspicion was “occasionally justified”.
A team of international scholars have been working to recreate recipes from 4000 years ago from tablets. One Mesopotamian dish resembles a chicken pot pie, with layers of dough and chunks of bird smothered by a sort of Babylonian béchamel sauce.
The popular Sriracha sauce in the US (in the green-capped bottle) tastes different because they have a different supplier of chile peppers. The owner sued the original supplier for $1 million claiming he overpaid. The farmer countersued and won $23.3 million and now makes his own sriracha.
Paris holds an annual contest to find the city’s best baguette. Around 200 bakers each submit two baguettes (must be eligible) to be graded on quality, look, smell, taste, and crunch. The winner wins €4000 and a contract to supply the French president fresh baguettes every day for 1 year.
In 2013 tech retailer GAME released an affordable £2 ($2.64) Christmas dinner in a can for hardcore gamers who spend their Christmas playing games online and don’t want to leave their chair.