Lobster Newburg (1899); Beefsteak Johns & No NY Chinese Restaurants (1895)

Jerome Foster funex79 at SLONET.ORG
Sun Oct 27 00:38:43 UTC 2002

No Chinese restaurants in the city? The city was Brooklyn, not NYC. The
quote was from the Brooklyn
Eagle for whom the "city" was Brooklyn.

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> LOBSTER NEWBURG (continued)
>    From the NEW YORK TRIBUNE, 17 April 1899, pg. 6, col. 5:
>    "Years ago," says Colonel Henry Watterson, "when I belonged to a
coterie of gay young cavaliers in New-York City, I designed the dish now
generally known as lobster a la Newburg.  I gave my idea to "Charlie"
Delmonico, and he saw that it was carried to successful execution.  John
McCullough was one of us, and to John is due the appearance of broiled live
lobster in the East.  He had caught on to that epicurean way of preparing it
during his stay in California.  In after years I attained some fame as a
manipulator of certain dishes, terrapin perhaps being my masterpiece.
Curiously enough, all the newspaper stories have given me credit for being
an artist in the preparation of oyster stews, but my experience with the
bivalves is limited.  I always left them to John Chamberlain, while he would
not allow any one but myself to attend to the diamond backs.  I can't begin
to tell you how much of this ingredient or the exact quantity of the other
to put with the terrapin, but I know how to blend them all in an instinctive
sort of way, and I've never yet found the man who didn't admit that my
cooking was of the highest order."
> (Henry Watterson was the editor of the LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL.  I've
mentioned him before in connection with "Windy City" and "Gin Rickey."  I
was not familiar with his culinary abilities--ed.)
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>    From the BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE, 4 August 1895, pg. 19, col. 5:
> _Some of These Are Not Calculated to_
>    _Put a Fine Edge on Fastidious Appe-_
>    _tites--Italian, Hebrew, Swedish and_
>    _German Tastes Appealed To._
> (...)(Col. 6--ed.)
>    Scattered all over the city there are a large number of restaurants
commonly known as "Beefsteak Johns."  In these places a regular dinner is
sold for 15 or 20 cents and single dishes, like roast beef with potato, for
8 and 10 cents, according to the piece.  The regular dinner consists of a
bowl of soup, a cut of roast beef, lamb, veal or corned beef and cabbage, a
cup of tea or coffee and for dessert pie or pudding.  Places of this kind
are to be found on Myrtle avenue, upper nad lower Fulton street, lower
Atlantic avenue, and in the neighborhood of all the ferries, car stables and
the large factories.
> (...)
>    There are no Chinese restaurants in the city, although there was one
started at 97 Broadway about two years ago.  It was run on the same style as
those on Mott and Pell streets in New York.  The place was closed very soon
after opening, as it did not attract enough customers to make it pay.
> (No Chinese restaurants in New York in 1895?  See "Chinese Restaurants in
New York," LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY, 9 January 1896, pg. 28--ed.)
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>    Gersh Kuntzman's "Metro Gnome," to appear in Monday's NEW YORK POST, is
about the "fried twinkie."
>    MADE ME LAUGH: From THE ONION, 24-30 October 2002:
> _Motorist Overwhelmed By_
> _Array Of Jerky Choices_
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
> O.T.: WINDY CITY (or, YOU correct the TIMES OF LONDON)
> Sport
> Ascot less Royal as parade takes a day off
> Cornelius Lysaght
> 10/25/2002
> The Times of London
> News International
> Final 4
> 43
> (Copyright Times Newspapers Ltd, 2002)
>   (...)
> CHICAGO'S Windy City nickname, a reference to the changeable nature of the
hot air spouted by local worthies rather than the lakeside weather, has
rarely been so apt.

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