The holiday is not a holiday without food. What do Americans eat on Independence Day? Traditionally people arrange picnics or barbecues. There are two rules: 1. KISS (Keep it simple, silly) – such as the famous hot dogs(July is the month of sausages), hamburgers, french fries , pasta and green salads, beans, baked in the oven, boiled corn . Lot’s of people have grilled chicken, beef or prime rib. Traditional drink- lemonade with different flavors . Traditional guest on the table is cake, decorated with strawberries (sometimes raspberries) and blueberries in the form of an American flag.
2. If possible, red-white-and-blue colors have to be used in food (such as cake and sweets) and for the table decoration : disposable plates, napkins, forks, spoons and knives should also be blue or red according to the colors of American flag .
Let’s see where the traditional American food comes from . Texas provided the most quantity of beef for hamburgers. In 2008 the state produced 8.5 billion pounds of beef (total – 46.8 lbs.) Hot dogs and pork ribs are likely to come from Iowa. In 2007, there were about 16 million pigs – a quarter of all pork production in America. Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and North Carolina had more than half of the chicken production on 2008 . Lettuce and tomatoes were grown for hamburgers, most likely in California. The beans were brought from Nebraska and North Dakota – half of the beans eaten in America in 2008, was grown in those states. As for the potatoes, half of the potato crop in 2007 was collected in the states of Washington and Idaho. And last but not least -watermelons. Three quarters of the total crop of watermelons in 2008 were grown in the states of Texas, California, Georgia, Arizona and Florida.
Regency Hotel team has put together a guide to restaurants and hotels that are serving up a plate of barbecue favorites and other traditional dishes on 4th of July.
660 at the Anglers woos guests with a $15 “In between buns” trio. Enjoy an El Viejo burger slider, a guava BBQ pulled pork slider & a mini grilled hot dog. Add fries for an additional $4.
Area 31 shows locals some love by gifting Florida resident happy hour discounts all day long from July4-7. Bring proof of Florida ID and enjoy $9 terrace menu items and $5 beer, premium well drinks, house wine and champagne.
Big City Tavern continues the party with a special a la carte brunch on July 5. Dishes include creme brule stuffed French toast, crabcakes eggs Benedict and $10 unlimited Bloody Mary’s.
CocoWalk The 5th Annual Independence Day Hot Dog Eating Competition in the Courtyard begins at 4 p.m.
Brother Jimmy’s celebrates with a pig roast, live music & beer at its second annual 4th of July bash. The party starts at 2pm and includes a $5 pig roast, $6 Samuel Adams beer, $6 specialty cocktails & live music.
Monty’s Sunset celebrates with a specialty a la carte “all American BBQ” menu. Highlights include watermelon salad, firecracker shrimp skewers and a BBQ slider trio.
The Local House is celebrating with an “all-American Independence Day” dinner. Invest $32 per person and enjoy three courses of red, white and blue dishes. Highlights include summer garden salad, braised beef brisket and apple pie. Dinner served starting at 5pm,
Serendipity 3 offers up a $22 “Backyard BBQ” special featuring a 10oz pine rib, stuffed baked potato, broccoli & cauliflower. Wash it all down with $12 Uncle Sam’s spiked lemonade or $10 Star Spangled Sangria.
Mercadito is offering up a la carte specials including ceviche de sandia, Costillas de Puerco and the “El Patriota” red, white & blue cocktail.