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Snooth User: Stephen Harvey

Independence Day

Posted by Stephen Harvey, Jun 21, 2011.

With July 4 approaching, how do the United Snoothers of America celerate their National Day.

The Aussie equivalent is Australia Day whiich is celebrated on Jan 26, which is from  a seasonal perspective on a similar time to your day

Please share how food and wine evolves on 7/4 [or 4/7 as we describe it]

Also keen to hear how other non USA's celebrate their National day


Reply by EMark, Jun 21, 2011.

Well, Stephen, I would say that the traditional Independence Day holiday food over here is grilled--either in the back yard or at a park/beach with friends and family.  Lots of burgers (without fried eggs) and hot dogs.  Fermented drinks are quite popular.  In all honesty, I would have to say that beverages, carbonated ones, from fermented grains are much more popular than ones from fermented grapes.  

Personnally, my wife and I will probably hang around the old adobe.  More than likely we will grill some beef--marinated tri-tip sounds good.  In the spirit of the holiday, I will pick a truly American (nee Croatia/nee Italy) Zinfandel (I'm a Ridge Lytton Springs bigot.) to go with my meal.

Reply by GregT, Jun 21, 2011.

Beer, pina coladas, grilled ribs, burgers, chicken.  And M-80s.


Reply by Stephen Harvey, Jun 21, 2011.

What is an M-80?

Reply by dmcker, Jun 21, 2011.

A very large (bigger even than cherry bombs) firecracker. Not for visual display but rather noise and explosive impact.

If memories from a wastrel youth are still accurate, illegal in some/many states. Hadn't even heard or seen the name in years until Greg posted. Japan has lots more privately used fireworks (all for visual display) all through the summer than the States, but even here an M-80 would be illegal (plus cause huge problems with the neighbors even before the police came)....

More margaritas then pina coladas in my circles in CA when I'm there on that date. But also homemade or craft beers, as well as plenty of easy-flowing whites and reds. Depending on who procures, not so much emphasis on connoisseurship with the wine (usually more with the beer). Tandoori-style chicken, tritips, burgers, artisan sausages, skewered kebabs, veggies and seafood, too, for a range of diets.

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Jun 21, 2011.

M-80 sounds like what we called a fourpenny bomb, until we banned explosive firecrackers [somewhere around 1973-4] the 4penny was about six inches long and about an an inch in diameter.

We used to bundle up aout 4 or 5 and tie the wicks together or stick one inside a watermelon.  No wonder the government banned them!

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