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More Powerful Than Granny’s Chicken Noodle
The first war of Kappel divided the idyllic Swiss countryside, pitting neighboring cantons against one another in armed religious conflict. Like in most intra-Christian conflicts of the Reformation, men were prepared to spill blood over theological differences. Unlike any war in history, however, it was over before it even began thanks, perhaps, to an iconic pot of soup.
Cocktails to Shake at Home
Dive into a world of beverages beyond your go-to nightcaps. From Philadelphia social clubs to the meat stalls of Addis Ababa, the drinks on this list tell stories that can transport you. There’s a frosty, accidental Oklahoma cocktail, a Mexican brew made from up-cycled pineapple peels, and a Slovakian Christmastime favorite that unironically includes bacon.
Peanut Butter–Slathered Patties
One small drive-in burger joint in the city of Sedalia, Missouri, introduced fast-food fans to a peanut butter–slathered hamburger known as the guberburger. The Wheel Inn, about an hour-and-a-half drive from Kansas City, attracted customers with their well-loved patties, and hungry drivers pulled up for roadside service from the 1940s until 2007, when a highway expansion project compromised the building.
American Pie: Culture War
Although meant to unify people, the 19th-century campaign to make Thanksgiving a permanent holiday was seen by prominent Southerners as a culture war. They considered it a Northern holiday intended to force New England values on the rest of the country. To them, pumpkin pie, a Yankee food, was a deviously sweet symbol of anti-slavery sentiment.
Pre-Emoji Peach Buns
A longevity peach is a steamed Chinese dessert bun. Made of soft white dough and filled with lotus seed paste or custard, it is often served at birthday celebrations, especially for the elderly, as a blessing for a long life. Since real peaches aren’t always in season, these buns offer a meaningful birthday wish any month of the year.
Lunching at Tower One
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is the tallest city hall in the world, it evokes a gothic cathedral wrought in metal, and it includes observatories and gift shops. But don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at the staff cafeteria in Tower One, which is a cut above, as well as 32 stories above the ground.
Canadian Whisky, Overlooked No More
Canadian whisky is all contradictions. It’s unknown and yet somehow incredibly popular. It’s critically dismissed but wins global whiskey awards. It’s blended, which whiskey drinkers have been indoctrinated to think means it’s inferior, yet blending is what gives it its quality. Canadian whisky is among the most fascinating liquors on the market.
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