Sausage po'boy sandwich with french fries

The Story of the Po-Boy Sandwich

Order a tasty po’boy for National Sandwich Day at Daiquiri Depot in Arlington, TX!

What is a Po’boy?

A po’boy, often spelled po-boy, po boy, or poor boy, is a sandwich with Louisiana origins. It typically contains roast beef or some other fried seafood like shrimp, crawfish, fish, oysters, or crab. The meat is placed atop New Orleans French bread, which is renowned for its flaky interior and crisp exterior.

From Poor Boy to Po-Boy

At Martin Brothers’ French Market and Coffee Stand in New Orleans, during the 1929 streetcar strike, the poor boy sandwich, now known as the po-boy sandwich, was created. Bennie and Clovis Martin, the Martin brothers, worked as streetcar conductors from the middle of the 1910s until they launched their restaurant in 1922. The Electric Street Railway workers went on strike in 1929, and the Martin brothers gave out sandwiches to the strikers. This is when the poor boy sandwich was born.

Fried potatoes, gravy, and leftover roast beef were commonly included in the original Martin poor boy sandwiches, which were made with French bread. Benny would yell, “Here comes another poor boy!” to Clovis whenever a striker entered the eatery

In the 1930s, the po-boy spread fast across the nation and began to show up on menus and in newspapers. Older New Orleans eateries that served sandwiches known as “loaf” or “loaves” started switching to po-boys. In a letter to the strikers, the Martin brothers made a commitment to provide them with free meals and said, “We are with you till hell freezes, and when it does, we will furnish blankets to keep you warm.” The Martin brothers came to the conclusion that they required a new loaf created for their large sandwiches after the strikers were promised free meals. They got together with John Gendua, their bread supplier, and made a forty-inch-long loaf that startled the public. The Martin brothers were hailed by the city of New Orleans as the “Originators of Poor Boy Sandwiches”. 

National Sandwich Day

National Sandwich Day on November 3rd recognizes one of America’s favorite lunch items. The sandwich is believed to be the namesake of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, following the claim that he was the inventor of the sandwich.

Although John Montagu is thought to have inspired the contemporary sandwich, it is unclear exactly when it was created and how it was used. There is a legend that gave rise to the widespread misconception that Lord Sandwich was nourished at the gambling table by bread and meat in a modern travelogue by Pierre Jean Grosley titled Tour to London. According to rumors, Lord Sandwich was an extremely skilled gambler who spent long hours at the card table without stopping for a meal. He would order his servants to bring him slices of meat sandwiched between two slices of bread when he was hungry. His gaming acquaintances were well aware of this propensity and soon started to place orders “the same as Sandwich.”

Po’boys at Daiquiri Depot

In New Orleans fashion, Daiquiri Depot in Arlington, TX, brings to you a couple of po’boys you will love.

See our menu and order now!

By Leslie Radford

 

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail in Glass

The History of the Daiquiri

See how the daiquiri came to be and how it’s evolved into the delicious frosty drink we enjoy today

 

Sugar, lime, and rum shaken over ice and served in a coupe glass – These ingredients make up a classic daiquiri. The gallon-sized sugary slushies sold “to-go” from neighborhood stores like Daiquiri Depot are also referred to as “daiquiris” and have their own place in history.

A Drink Discovered by War

The origin of the daiquiri comes from the United States intervening in the Cuban War of Independence by blockading the island on April 21st, 1898. Yup. A war that started it all. 

Then-Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders landed at Daiquiri beach in southeastern Cuba. The Americans succeeded in driving the Spanish from the country and after the war, the Platt Amendment was passed, giving the US enormous authority over Cuban affairs. As a result, American corporations flocked there to seize the economic advantages that the Spanish had abandoned.

There were many farmers, engineers, and other professionals moving to the island due to the rapid rush of American investment into Cuban mining and agricultural ventures. Jennings S. Cox, a mining engineer, unintentionally stumbled into the history of the drink. While entertaining guests at his home near the village of Daiquiri, Cox ran out of gin. He ran to the local market to get more, but only found rum.

Evidently concerned about his American guests’ delicate palates, Cox made the decision to combine the rum with sugar, lemon juice, and other ingredients to make a punch. And thus, the Daiquiri was born.

However, since rum was first introduced to the Caribbean, people have been diluting it with citrus juice and sugar, primarily to lessen the potency of what was effectively the bathtub booze of its era. Cox, not being a native, was probably oblivious to this notion, had simply added sugar and ice to a local favorite and renamed it, and received recognition.

A Place in America

While visiting Cuba in 1909, US Navy medical officer Rear Admiral Lucius W. Johnson encountered the Daiquiri. He was so enamored with the drink that when he returned to the United States, he shared it with his pals at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C., and it quickly caught on.

Because word spread a lot slower back in that day, it wasn’t until the Prohibition era that the daiquiri appeared in American literature in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise in 1920. Hemingway was also notorious for imbibing daiquiris in Havanah who invented his own version The Hemingway Daiquiri (which leaves out the sugar as he was diabetic and adds a twist of grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur.) Some 50 years later, the Kennedys made it their go-to drink for sailing.

Crushin’ It

The beverage had some changes as it became more and more well-known. Crushed ice was first added to a daiquiri by renowned Cuban bartender Constantino Ribalaigua Vert at El Floridita in the 1930s when refrigeration technology advancements made it easier to find on the island. The frozen daiquiri ultimately made it to Middle America thanks to the popularity of Waring and Vitamix blenders in the second half of the decade.

Tropical beverages and tiki bars were extremely popular in the 1940s and 1950s and the frozen daiquiri (especially the strawberry daiquiri) was among them. But throwing fruit and booze into a blender wasn’t the best way to make a balanced cocktail. So in the 1990s, people started taking the drink seriously again as historians and bartenders started working together to dig up original recipes for classics that hadn’t been seen in years. 

Who Dat?

The word “daiquiri” is more of an umbrella term in modern New Orleans society, referring to any frosty mixture of alcohol and different fruity flavors. Popularity of the daiquiri rose in Louisianna during the disco era with its sweet, colorful, and often imbalanced cocktails that defined drinking culture in the 1970s. The timely invention of the first frozen margarita machine in neighboring Texas set the framework for the frosty boozy drink boom in the decade that followed.

A historian traced the roots of the daiquiri craze to a tiny mom ‘n’ pop liquor shop on the outskirts of Ruston, LA (a town nearly 300 miles from New Orleans). Proprietors Red and Hazel Williams combined unused bottles of “Tequila Sunrise” mix with ice and sold the resulting cocktail as a form of “impulse purchase” at the counter of their store in 1979. 

Due to the high demand, the family switched from traditional blenders to frozen slush machines made in Italy. Later, Dolph Williams, the couple’s son, started building his own line of machines that could handle even more capacity. His company, Frosty Factory of America, would go on to equip numerous shops in Louisiana and beyond.

David Briggs Jr., a real estate entrepreneur from Houston, read about Wilmart, this little liquor store in Ruston that was revolutionizing the state by selling frozen drinks made with slush machines. Seeing the Williams’ family’s success, Briggs moved his family to New Orleans and opened the first New Orleans Original Daiquiris in Hammond, Louisiana, in 1983. This latest version of the daiquiri cocktail blended very well with the local way of life in New Orleans. 

We’ll Drink To That!

Today, people experiment with flavors beyond the classic daiquiri recipe making it the ultimate adult version of a snowcone. There are whole festivals that revolve around this frosty drink. Every now and then, a mixologist comes up with a new flavor to share with the world, carrying on the tradition of ever-changing recipes.

From the ever-famous strawberry daiquiri to hearty white Russian, find your favorite flavor at Daiquiri Depot!

By Leslie Radford, Advent Trinity Marketing Agency
seafood boil

6 Health Benefits Of Eating Seafood

Seafood not only tastes delicious but has many health benefits

Because seafood includes so many vital vitamins and minerals, eating it frequently is good for your health in a number of ways. Are you getting enough seafood in your belly?

 

What Are The Benefits Of Eating Seafood?

 

Great Source of Essential Nutrients

Your body needs certain nutrients to stay healthy, especially your immune system, eyes, and brain. Because your body cannot create omega-3s on its own, it is crucial to include seafood in your diet if you want to maintain good health. Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, and B vitamins are just a few of the essential elements found in seafood, which is also low in saturated fats and abundant in protein. 

Helps With Eyesight

The likelihood of losing your vision grows as you age. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in seafood, can, fortunately, help with that since they lower your risk of getting eye disorders. Vitamin A is essential for eye health. Without enough vitamin A in your diet, you could develop night blindness, which makes it harder to drive. 

Increases Brain Power

Seafood can improve long-term brain function and provide your brain a much-needed boost. Omega-3 fatty acids can help lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and stop mental deterioration as you age. Additionally, these nutrients support your body’s healthy regulation of memory and emotion.

Promotes Heart Health

The omega-3 fatty acids in fish, particularly salmon, are extremely important for maintaining heart health. One or two servings of fish every week can help your heart and reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack. To ensure that you are getting all the necessary nutrients for your health, make sure to consume a variety of fish.

Makes Skin and Hair Healthier

Eating seafood will benefit people with chronic dry skin by keeping their skin hydrated. Your skin will be healthy and hydrated thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil in seafood, which also protect you from the sun’s UV rays and help decrease acne.

You should include fatty fish in your diet for hair that is stronger and healthier. The greatest fatty fish for healthy hair is salmon since it contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which give your hair shine and may even promote hair growth. Including fish in your diet is a wise decision because it has several advantages for both skin and hair.

Eases Joint Pain

You might need to include extra seafood in your diet if you frequently experience stiff joints in the morning. People who experience joint discomfort may get relief from the anti-inflammatory properties of the omega-3 fatty acids in seafood. Consuming seafood, particularly fatty fish, helps lessen arthritic symptoms and joint stiffness.

Seafood in Arlington, TX

Seafood not only tastes delicious, but it also makes you feel good. If you’re looking to enjoy the many health benefits of seafood by adding it to your diet, come down to Daiquiri Depot and let us hook you up with some tilapia, crab, oysters, and more!

 

By Leslie Radford
Celebrating Fourth of July

Hosting Your July 4 Party with Daiquiri Depot

Relax and enjoy your July 4th celebration with catering from Daiquiri Depot

 

Ah, summer is here. The kids are out of school, and it’s time to hit the pool. The biggest holiday of this season is good ole Fourth of July and Daiquiri Depot is here to cater your celebration.

 

Why Choose Daiquiri Depot to Cater your July 4th Event

Barbecuing is fun but it’s time-consuming when you have a lot of mouths to feed. It takes you away from entertaining your guests and you have a great big mess to clean up afterward. 

You may believe that catering your 4th of July celebration would cost extra, but it may actually save you money. We remove the guesswork out of buying, preparing, and serving food. Buy just enough to make everyone’s mouths happy and belly’s full without breaking the bank. 

Bonus: You don’t have to tally up all the ingredients you need to cook up your main dish, the side dishes, or the desserts and you don’t have to rely on Uncle Joe to actually bring the potato salad this year. 

Order in Time

Ordering is easy. Just head over to our online ordering website and take your pick from our catering menu. Grilled pork chops or meatloaf is an excellent choice for larger groups on a budget or beef tips or catfish are some fan favorites. Don’t forget your sides. Choose from 15 homestyle sides, cornbread or rolls, and even add some extra gravy! July Fourth isn’t complete without dessert. We have 5 flavors of whole cakes or a yummy batch of peach cobbler. Gallon drinks are also available. Get 128 ounces of Kool-Aid, lemonade, or brewed sweet tea.

Want to order from our regular menu? No problem! Get everyone exactly what they want from seafood plates to soul food dishes. You can also order daiquiris by the gallon! 

Don’t want to order online? You can call us. We’ll even make some recommendations if you’re not sure what you think your guests would like.

Make sure to get your order in early to make sure we can make everything fresh and on time. When your order is ready, just pick it up at Daiquiri Depot!

Bring on the Fireworks

You definitely don’t want to still be cooking when the fireworks go off. Instead, sit back and enjoy your party. Let us take care of all the cooking. 

 

By Leslie Radford
collard greens

Interesting Facts About Soul Food

Learn some interesting facts about soul food for National Soul Food Month

 

Soul food is a cuisine steeped in tradition. One-pot meals cooked on a shelf above the fireplace started in the humble kitchens of African American slaves. Families had little to work with, but they did have memories of their homes and affection for their loved ones, which shine through in the wonderful dishes.

The Culinary Historians of Chicago created National Soul Food Month to draw attention to the culture that surrounds soul food.

 

Interesting Facts About Soul Food

 

The Term “Soul Food” Didn’t Exist Before the 1960s

With the rise of the civil rights and Black Nationalism movements during that time, many African Americans wanted to establish their cultural legacy. Terms like “soul music” made way for “soul food” to describe the food that their ancestors had been cooking for generations.

 

The Traditional West African Diet was Mostly Vegetarian

Many think soul food came from a tradition of cooking a bunch of hog maws and fried chicken, but traditionally large portions of meat were saved for special occasions. For thousands of years, the traditional West African diet was mostly vegetarian, centered on things like millet, rice, okra, hot peppers, and yams – all food incorporated into today’s soul food.

 

Collard Greens have Been Eaten for at Least 2000 Years

It’s believed that even Ancient Greeks even ate collard greens. In soul cooking, collard greens are typically boiled down in a pot of salted water with a piece of smoked meat like a ham hock or turkey leg, and it’s a soul food classic.

 

Soul Food is the Epitome of Slow Food

In soul cooking, patience is essential. We all know things taste better when they are cooked low and slow, especially meats. 

 

Red isn’t Just a Color

Whether it’s strawberry, cherry, or tropical punch, “red” is the official soul-food drink. 

Red lemonade was immensely popular with African Americans attending circuses and Emancipation celebrations in the 1870s and 1880s. Red carbonated beverages became more commonly available in the 1890s, and they became the drink of choice until the 1920s when Kool-Aid and other powdered drinks arrived on the market.

 

Soul Food has African, Native American, and European Roots

Soul Food’s roots and influences encompass Native American, European, and African culinary traditions and ingredients and is considered to be one of the earliest examples of culinary fusion. 

 

The Gospel Bird

Fried chicken’s long preparation time played a role in the gradual development of the Gospel Bird. Slaves, including field cooks, had the most free time on weekends and holidays to butcher chickens, bread them and fry them.

 

Getcha Some Soul Food

Whether you’re looking to try some oxtails or have a hankering for rib tips and collard greens, you gotta getcha some soul food at Daiquiri Depot!

Daiquiri Depot has some of the most traditional soul food dishes in the DFW area

 

By Leslie Radford
people having fun at a catered party

Why You Shouldn’t DIY Catering At Your Own Event

Here are a  few reasons why you shouldn’t DIY catering at your own event

 

If you’re searching for a unique way to commemorate a special occasion, such as a birthday, anniversary, or huge family reunion, nothing beats throwing a party with food and beverages. One of the most important aspects of a successful gathering is the food. If your menu is on point and the food is delectable, your guests are more likely to have a good time and talk about your event for a long time.

However, if you’re considering catering your own event to save money, you might want to reconsider. DIY (do-it-yourself) catering frequently results in disaster. It consumes your time that you could be focusing on your guests and joining the celebration. The experts at Daiquiri Depot have listed a few reasons why you shouldn’t DIY catering at your own event.

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Do the Catering Yourself

 

  1. Underestimating the number of people who will be attending.

One of the most common mistakes people make when conducting their own event catering is failing to provide enough food and drinks for their guests. You’re more likely to make too much or too little food if you don’t have experience.

 

  1. Purchasing enough food

An issue you may have when doing your own catering is purchasing an insufficient amount of food. When you don’t know what average portion sizes are of particular items or don’t have your guest list up to date, you’re more likely to buy less food for your event. This is ultimately humiliating for you and unsatisfactory for your visitors.

 

  1. Exhaustion

If you decide to cater, organize, and host your own event, there’s a good possibility you’ll become exhausted quicker than you realize. Organizing such an event can be overwhelming. You will be fatigued before, during, and even after the event if you have too many things to accomplish. You don’t want to be too exhausted or preoccupied to appreciate the celebration.

 

  1. Overspending 

If you overspend on food, you won’t have much of your budget left to acquire decorations, valet services, waiters, or other requirements for your occasion. Overestimating your guest list can also lead to overspending.

 

  1. Forgetting things on your list

Without the help of a caterer, you risk forgetting important ingredients to prepare your meals. You or someone else will have to rush back and forth to the store if you fail to get a few crucial things or supplies. As a consequence, you’ll wind up spending more money than you planned.

 

Hire a Professional for Your Event

It’s critical that you hire a reputable caterer to prevent the problems we’ve discussed above. As a result, you’ll be able to relax before your event and enjoy yourself with your guests throughout the celebration.

Daiquiri Depot caters for events. We’ll help you determine how much food is enough and choose seafood, soul food, and daiquiris that your guests will enjoy. Let us take the load off of you when it comes to catering your next special occasion.

 

Let Daiquiri Depot Cater Your Event!

 

By Leslie Radford
crab legs butter lemon

Why You Should Include Fish and Shellfish in Your Diet

By incorporating more healthy foods, like fish and seafood, into your diet, you can improve your overall health by giving your body important nutrients.

 

Why You Should Include Fish in Your Diet

Fish oil supplements have become a popular trend because of their nutritional value and health benefits. However, medical experts recommend adding more seafood into your diet to get the full benefits of fish oil. 

Fish and shellfish are loaded with essential nutrients like high-quality lean protein, vitamin D, and vitamin B12, along with omega fatty acids. According to studies, as you get older, you can improve your health by eating at least two servings of seafood or fish a few times per week. Research shows there are numerous health benefits to eating fish, including lowered risk of heart attack, stroke, and cognitive function such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, and taking fish oil supplements alone has not proven as effective. 

 

What are the Healthiest Shellfish to Eat?

Eating a serving of shellfish once a week is as beneficial as any other fish. These are the top three shellfish to include in your diet.

  • Oysters
  • Shrimp
  • Crab
  • Lobster

Oysters 

Oysters are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and are the highest dietary source of zinc. They also contain a healthy dose of copper and vitamin B12. Daiquiri Depot carries their cousin, the mussel, which is also high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12, needed for the production of red blood cells.

Order Mussels

 

Shrimp

Shrimp is one of the most beloved and versatile shellfish. These small shellfish are packed with nutrients: omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, niacin, vitamin E, vitamin B6, selenium, and vitamin B12.

Order Shrimp

 

Crab

Crabmeat is filled with essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, vitamins B12 and C. They have less of a fishy smell and aftertaste than most seafood, making them a fan favorite here at Daiquiri Depot.

Order Crab

 

Lobster

Lobster is rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.

Adding it to your diet may be beneficial for weight loss and mental health and may help reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol.

Order Lobster

 

What are the Healthiest Fish to Eat?

 

The American Heart Association recommends fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Their list includes:

  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Trout
  • Tuna
  • Sardines

Salmon

Besides its delicious flavor, salmon has the highest content of omega-3 fatty acids. It is also an excellent source of calcium, iron, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin D, and B vitamins.

Mackerel

Consider mackerel as a cross between tuna and salmon as far as flavor goes. It’s a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and vitamin B12.

Trout

Trout is a mild white fish and a wonderful source of omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, potassium, vitamin B12, and potassium.

Tuna

Tuna is one of the most popular fish in America because of its versatility. It’s also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, iron, vitamin B12, and magnesium.

Sardines

These salty little fish are full of nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, selenium, vitamins B2 and B12.

 

Incorporate Fish and Seafood Into Your Diet

By incorporating more healthy foods, like fish and seafood, into your diet, you can improve your overall health by giving your body important nutrients. Find a variety of seafood at Daiquiri Depot in Arlington, TX.

By Leslie Radford
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6 Things You Didn’t Know About the History of Mardi Gras

Key Points

Feast upon some trivia about New Orleans’ wildest day of the year

 

While not everybody can attend the most talked about party of the year, Daiquiri Depot can bring a little piece of NOLA to Arlington with its frozen daiquiris, soul food, and party-like atmosphere.

 

About Mardi Gras

 

Every year, the city of New Orleans hosts a frenzy of people, most of them wearing colorful masks or bodypaint, all in celebration of Mardi Gras (aka “Fat Tuesday”). Mardi Gras is the Christian feasting period before Lent begins on the following day, Ash Wednesday. This day of indulgence includes galas, parades, and parties that pretty much take over the city, growing bigger and badder every year over the last few centuries.

 

Here’s some interesting trivia about the unique history and culture of Mardi Gras.

 

1) Mardi Gras—the French term for ‘Fat Tuesday’—lasts for weeks.

Carnival kicks off 12 days after Christmas on January 6 (otherwise known as Twelfth Night) and continues until Fat Tuesday (the evening before Ash Wednesday.) It’s a period filled with celebrations, parades, balls, and parties, all of which culminate on Mardi Gras.

 

2) The first North American Mardi Gras was celebrated in Alabama—not Louisiana.

French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville arrived in what is now modern-day Mobile, AL, on Fat Tuesday, 1699. He named the location Point du Mardi Gras and threw a party. In the years that followed, French travelers would come to the spot explicitly for Fat Tuesday celebrations. To this day, Mobile, Alabama claims to hold the oldest Mardi Gras celebrations in the country.

 

3) The traditional colors are purple, green, and gold.

This trio of colors has symbolic meaning: purple for justice, gold for power, and green for faith.

 

4) The King Cake, a traditional dessert, has biblical roots.

The story of these colorful pastries dates back to the Medieval Times when French, Belgian, and Spanish cultures commemorated the 12th day of Christmas with gifts and sweets. Biblically, the kings during this time visited the newborn baby Jesus, bringing gifts and sweets of their own. That’s where the “king” in king cake comes from. Today, the cakes are fried and doughy, glazed and frosted, typically in the Mardi Gras colors. They’re usually circular and braided, to resemble a King’s crown. Most cakes are baked with a tiny baby figurine on the inside, and whoever finds the toy, as tradition holds, must host the next big party.

 

5) Mardi Gras became the celebration we know today because of a secret society.

Since its first impromptu celebrations in the early 1700s, Mardi Gras was regularly canceled or banned for its destructive drunken parties. In 1837, a secret society known as the Mistik Krewe of Comus aimed to elevate the chaotic experience, replacing the anarchy with posh balls and joyful parades. Eventually, the “Fat Tuesday” celebrations of New Orleans garnered much support and enthusiasm, establishing itself as the Mardi Gras capital of the country.

 

6) It is illegal to wear masks in New Orleans except on Mardi Gras.

The masquerade is a tradition of the Mardi Gras festivities as an opportunity for people to shed their inhibitions and fully imbibe in the party spirit. A New Orleans city ordinance prohibits the wearing of masks on any other day, and on Mardi Gras masks must be removed by 6:00 p.m.

By Leslie Radford

What Defines Authentic Soul Food?

Key Points

What is authentic soul food and where did it come from?

 

From collard greens to pork chops, soul food is the ultimate comfort food. Rooted in African-American history, it’s mostly popular in the deep south, but you can find soul food kitchens across the US. For centuries, black Americans have passed on hearty, savory recipes that have marked many a special occasion.

Soul Food Origins

The cuisine originated with the foods that were given to enslaved black people by their white owners on Southern plantations during the Antebellum period; however, it was strongly influenced by the traditional practices of West Africans and Native Americans from its inception. The expression “soul food” originated in the mid-1960s, when “soul” was a common word used to describe African-American culture.

With the rise of the civil rights and black nationalist movements during the 1960s, many black Americans sought to reclaim their part of the American cultural legacy. As terms like “soul brother,” “soul sister,” and “soul music” were being used, and people began to use the term “soul food” to describe the recipes that black Americans had been cooking for generations. 

The term may have first been used in 1962 by civil rights activist and poet Amiri Baraka. Sylvia Woods opened her now-famous Harlem restaurant Sylvia’s in that same year; today, Woods is known by many as “the queen of Soul Food.” 

The Food

Soul food is basic, down-home cooking with its roots in the rural South. The staples of soul food cooking are beans, greens, cornmeal (used in cornbread, hush puppies, and johnnycakes and as a coating for fried fish), and pork. 

Pork has a limitless number of uses in soul food. Many parts of the pig are used, like pigs’ feet, ham hocks, pig ears, hog jowl, and chitlins. Pork fat is used for frying and as an ingredient in slowly cooked greens. 

Spices such as thyme and bay leaf blended with onion and garlic give some dishes unique characteristics. Peppers are also used and can be found abundantly in Creole dishes. Rice is also an essential side dish.

Soul or Southern?

The distinctions between soul and Southern food are hard to make. In his “Soul Food Cookbook” (1969), Bob Jeffries summed it up this way: “While all soul food is Southern food, not all Southern food is soul. Soul food cooking is an example of how really good Southern cooks cooked with what they had available to them.”

Soul food has its roots in the enslavement of African people when they had to make do with what was on hand. For the next 100 years after the abolition of slavery, many black Americans continued to make use of the ingredients that were available to them and a part of their food traditions. 

Of course, soul food isn’t entirely defined by a racial divide. Historically, there hasn’t been much of a difference between the foods eaten by poor black Southerners and poor white Southerners. John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, wrote, “The differences between the foods of black and white Southerners are subtle. More capsicum pepper heat, a heavier hand with salt and pepper, and a greater use of offal meat are comparative characteristics of soul versus country cooking.”

Authentic Soul Food

If you’re looking for a comforting meal, head over to Daiquiri Depot and get yourself some authentic soul food. Take a look at our Soul Food Menu for something to please your palette.

 

By Leslie Radford
Seafood feast with multiple seafood entrees

Important Nutrients in Seafood that are Hard to Get from Other Sources

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Seafood is full of nutrients that keep you healthy

 

Seafood plays a large role in the diets of the top 10 healthiest countries. Countries like Japan, Italy, and Australia eat lots of fish and shellfish and have longer lifespans and fewer health risks than Americans. Seafood is full of nutrients essential that are good for your health. It’s also low in calories and saturated fats. Bonus!

Seafood Contains 5 of 6 Hardest Vitamins to Get Enough Of

According to health experts, six essential vitamins that most Americans don’t get enough of are vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, vitamin K, iodine, and vitamin B12. You can get all these vitamins except for vitamin K (which is primarily found in leafy greens and spices) by eating seafood. Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and halibut are especially rich in these nutrients.

Many people take fish oil capsules to reap the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Medical studies suggest that eating seafood is more beneficial than taking a supplement. In fact, The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of non-fried fish per week to reduce your risk of congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, and sudden cardiac death. 

Eating fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids regularly can also reduce your risk of mental decline as you age. 

When you eat boiled or steamed seafood, instead of taking a fish oil supplement, you benefit from essential nutrients that are hard to get, like vitamin D, magnesium, iodine, and vitamin B12. These four essential nutrients play a vital role in regulating your energy, metabolism, hormones, and more. 

Your body needs vitamin D to support your immune system, strengthen bones, and produce energy to power you through your day. 

Magnesium plays a vital role in over 300 metabolic functions, from stabilizing blood sugar to reducing blood pressure and regulating your heart’s rhythm. 

Your thyroid, which regulates your hormones, needs iodine to operate. 

You need vitamin B12 to have healthy blood cells and nerves. There aren’t many dietary sources of these vital vitamins in the food we eat, but you can get all of them from eating seafood regularly.

Along with the top five hard-to-get vitamins, there are a handful of other nutrients in seafood. Fish and shellfish are also excellent sources of high-quality minerals including protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, and riboflavin (vitamin B2).

Top Health Benefits of Eating Seafood

Studies suggest that the top health benefits of eating seafood twice a week include:

  • A healthy heart with lower blood pressure and reduced risk of abnormal heart rhythms, stroke, heart attack, and sudden death.
  • Improved mental health and reduced risk of depression, ADHD, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Reduced inflammation and decreased risk of diabetes and arthritis.
  • Healthy brain, nerve, and vision development in infants and young children.
  • Mental acuity as you age.

Let’s Eat More Seafood!

It’s hard to deny the evidence that eating seafood plays a vital role in a healthy diet. We know that eating well can be tough, especially during the coldest time of the year. Daiquiri Depot is the best place to get fresh lobster, crab legs, oysters, shrimp, and more.

See our seafood menu.

By Leslie Radford
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