While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Wine rules! Appropriately enough, February 18 is both Presidents' Day and National Drink Wine Day.
It might be coincidence that Presidents' Day and National Wine Day coincide, but our nation’s leaders would probably find it fitting. That’s because since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, American presidents have enjoyed drinking wine. So much so that our Founding Fathers celebrated the event with glasses of Madeira.
Not every president enjoyed wine, some preferred spirits and some like Lincoln didn’t drink much at all.
Every move of the current President is documented in detail, but historians have to search through journal entries and letters to learn about the daily routines of our First President.
“We know that George Washington’s step-granddaughter, Nelly, wrote that George Washington’s favorite breakfast was hoecakes swimming in butter and honey,” said Melissa Wood of the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. The recipe is on display until August 2013 as part of the “Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington” exhibit at the Mount Vernon museum.
In honor of George Washington’s 280th birthday, four Washington, D.C. chefs were invited to his Mount Vernon home to recreate the first President’s favorite breakfast. Each culinary team invoked its own twist as they cooked modern versions over open fire pits for guests who were touring the estate.
Bartender Todd Thrasher shares a taste of Old Town Alexandria with Brianna Keilar at neo-speakeasy PX.