Blue Lifestyle

Home of James Beard Foundation Award winner Anthony Dias Blue, one of the most influential food, wine, spirits, and lifestyle personalities in the United States.

Food Names

Don’t just pour over your food’s ingredients—it’s also fun to know the history of its name. Italian dishes often have playful names—gnocco, the singular of the potato pasta gnocchi, means “blockhead” or “dolt.” The concept of a calzone takes on new meaning when you realize the word means “sock” in the native tongue. Of course, there’s always the British dish of Bubble and Squeak—completely disguising what is in the pan, until you hear the cabbage and potatoes gurgle while they fry. For something a little more salacious, try the Turkish dish kadin budu—the name of these croquettes literally translates to “women’s thighs.” And Caesar salad has nothing to do with the fallen emperor: an Italian restaurant owner in Mexico named Caesar Cardini created the dish in the 1920s.

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