Foodie Break: Hamburger Art

Though the origin of the “first” hamburger is, and has been, in hot dispute for over a century, there are reports dating back to 1885 of 15-year old Charlie Nagreen who served a meatball between two slices of bread at a fair in Wisconsin.

Western BBQ Burger
Western BBQ Burger

There are two reports from 1891 claiming the distinction of a hamburger, while the first “news coverage” appeared on July 5, 1896, in the Chicago Daily Tribune regarding a “hamburger sandwich.”

Bleu Cheese Burger
Bleu Cheese Burger

Regardless of exactly when and where the beloved hamburger originated, at the 1904 World’s Fair, held in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), it seemed to have become a rage, being sold by numerous street vendors. And the rest, they say, is history.

Manhattan Burger
Manhattan Burger

White Castle restaurants, which began in Kansas in 1921, were the first fast-food chain to serve a burger, though their offerings were the small versions (2.5 inches square), also known as “sliders.”

Kobe Burger
Kobe Burger

While there are some fast-food establishments that serve a good and tasty hamburger (In-N-Out Burger comes to mind) there are countless restaurants selling burgers ranging in cost from $10 to $25 (and much, much more if you search hard enough) in an effort to satisfy the American palate, adding several types of other foods/vegetables on top of the patty in order to win the ever-present flavor contest.

The Big Baja Burger
The Big Baja Burger

And, of course, it must be served with an order of fries for this Foodie to qualify it as Hamburger Art.

Foie Gras Steak Burger
Foie Gras Steak Burger

For Foodies, being able to sit down, relax and truly savor a world-class tasting burger becomes something akin to a highly satisfying and sacred rite.

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Favorite Flowers – Nymphaeaceae – The Water Lily

Water lilies, of which there exist approximately 70 species, generally live in freshwater, temperate and tropical climates around the world.

They are rooted in soil in water bodies, with leaves and flowers that float on the water surface.

The beautiful flowers are divided into two primary categories: either hardy or tropical.

The hardy water lily can only bloom during the day, but tropical water lilies are able to bloom during the day or at night. Tropicals are also the only group that have blue-flowered plants.

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Favorite Flowers – Tulip – Elegant – Graceful

The Tulip (from the Liliaceae family and genus Tulipa) is originally from Persia and Turkey and brought to Europe in the 16th Century.

Today, Tulips grow virtually planet-wide and enjoy festivals celebrating their elegance and grace.

As with most all flowers, there is symbolism and meaning that has been placed upon the species.

Yellow symbolizes cheerful thoughts
Purple symbolizes royalty
White symbolizes forgiveness
Red symbolizes perfect love

Some say that the velvety black center represents a lover’s heart, darkened by the heat of passion.

Then there are the variegated species…

These represent beautiful eyes

The Tulip serves as the 11th wedding anniversary flower. It is a flower that is simple in design yet beautiful in all aspects.

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Favorite Flowers – Calla Lily – Simple Beauty

The Zantedeschia aethiopica is a species of the family Araceae and has common names such as Calla Lily, Lily of the Nile, Easter Lily, among others, and is native to South Africa, though is grown in many parts of the world.

The simple beauty of the Calla Lily lies in its pure white spathe and yellow spadix which provide a wide variety of curvature formations.

In the early 20th century the Calla Lily was cultivated for the Easter time floral trade, hence one of its nicknames.

It is a perenniel and under the right conditions the Calla Lily is able to bloom year-round. A truly elegant flowering plant.

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