Top dishes: Hamburger – the original and best
Staples: Lobster – once so prosperous it was fed to chickens
Tastes: Quality yet simple – hamburgers are subtle and pure, lobsters freshly boiled and enjoyed
Remember to: Never ask for ketchup!
There are very few foods that America can claim as her own, although New Haven is a veritable institution, because this is where they invented the hamburger. In New Haven they eat their burgers the authentic way – with cheese, tomato and onions but no ketchup or mayonnaise which would impair the natural and delicate flavour of the meat. The hamburger was invented here in 1895 and today at Louis Lunch on Crown Street you can still order an authentic New Haven burger at the same restaurant, cooked in the same stove from the same family who invented it prepared masterfully by Louis’ grandson, Ken. Remember not to ask for ketchup unless you want to get kicked out!
There are several theories about the birth of the hamburger, but its generally thought by New Haveners that over 100 years ago, a man ran into Louis’ Diner and asked for a quick meal he could eat on the run. Louis sandwiched a broiled beef patty in bread and sent him on his way. Thus the take away meal was invented.
Since then the making of the burger has been transformed into an art by Louis and his family. Each burger is made from freshly ground beef, broiled vertically in the original cast iron grill and served in two slices of toast.
The ingredients of the Hamburger include hamburger meat, onions, tomatoes, pepper, carrots, potatoe, celery and Worcester sauce.
People in the states typically eat around 64 lbs of beef a year – that’s over one pound a week and the hamburger is practically the staple dish of America, with billions being served up every day at Diner’s, fast food restaurants and serious eateries every day.
Vermont may be famous for its foliage, but it’s also famous for another American favourite, Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream. Set up in the 70’s by 2 hippies Ben and Jerry, their ice-cream became famous for its wild and crazy flavours.
Ben and Jerry were old childhood buddies Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield who sent away $5 for an information sheet on how to make ice cream. In 1978 they opened their first shop in a disused gas station and the ice cream shop prospered due to their unique and strange flavour combinations.
Have you ever wondered whatever happened to your favourite flavour of ice-cream, when you no longer see it on the shelf? Even ice-cream experiences the circle of life and they die. Ben & Jerry’s store all their old batches in a flavour graveyard.
The flavour graveyard notables include tropical Rainforest Chunk, the caffeine over load ofCoffee Coffee Buzz, Buzz, Buzz, Pulp Addiction, the nutty and fudge covere almonds ofDilbert’s World Totally Nuts, the classic Cool Britannia (mix of vanilla, strawberries and chocolate shortcake – think Wimbledon tennis meets naught decadence) and Monkey Wrench(banana and beanut butter). Watch out for the Holy Cannoli which is made from ricotta cheese.
Nowadays you can enjoy the great flavours of Berry Nice, Carawmel Chew Chew, Cherry Garcia, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chunk Monkey, Phish Stick (chocolate, marshmallow and caramel) From Russia With Buzz is a favourite – coffee ice cream, coffee liquor and expresson chocolate chips. Local specialities include the Full ver-Monty – Maple ice cream with pecan and caramel.
The hippie ideal lies behind the zany front of Ben & Jerry’s – the cult titled Cherry Garcia – cherries, cocolate chunks and walnuts – in homage to the Grateful Dead‘s notorious and radical frontman is a total giveaway. However you enjoy Ben & Jerry’s – remember to keep it chilled.
Lobster is unquestionably the food which defines Maine. It’s the state’s most famous export and brings in over $70 million a year.
Many trappers have up to 50 traps per string of pots and 1,000 traps in all. Each lobster is measured to ensure it is of legal size, which is usually 10 inches long and 5 years old. There were so many lobsters to go around during the days of early colonists that they would feed it to the chickens and prisoners.
Lobster appears on menus throughout New England, but it can be tasted at its best fresh boiled in one of the many lobster shacks alongs the coastal roads of Maine.
Ben & Jerry’s
Cool commercial site with games, fun, product info and the infamous “flavour graveyard”.
Recipe for unusal dish of a Hamburger broth.
The great New Haven hamburger-off
One Yale students end her vows of Vegetarianism and savours the delights of the New Haven burger
main image: By The Pancake of Heaven! – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50445674