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May 5th is National Hoagie Day
you're looking for something to do today then I hope you're hungry
because it's National Hoagie Day! Call it what you want to
it but it's a big sandwich! Let's get right into celebrating
National Hoagie Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Today is a holiday because almost every single person in
world will have eaten a hoagie at some point in their life. You can
call it a sub, submarine sandwich, hero or, as I like to call it, a
hoagie and then you may proceed to call it yum. People love these giant
sandwiches so much that they're just asking to be celebrated. I mean it
is a hero, right? Hoagies started to pop up in Italian
neighborhoods in the Northeastern areas of the United States back in
the late 19th to mid 20th centuries. But the name hoagie sprouted in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... the state where I have lived most of my
life. And Ed Rendell, the former Philadelphia mayor, actually declared
the hoagie the official sandwich of Philadelphia. But they're
really not sure why it's called a hoagie. Some people think that
Italian-Americans working in a shipyard known as Hog Island introduced
the sandwich. Their sandwich consisted of meats, cheese and lettuce in
between two slices of bread. But others think that street vendors
called "hokey-poke men" created the sandwich when the operetta H.M.S.
Pinafore came to town. Bakeries in the area started making long loaves
of bread called pinafores and the the street vendors sliced them open
and stuffed them with antipasto salad. And another
comes from the slang term "on the hoke" which referred to people in
South Philly who were in poverty. The local delis would give away
scraps of meats and cheeses and pop them on Italian rolls called a
hokie, but an Italian immigrant would have pronounced it hoagie.
Either way, it's a great sandwich that I'm happy to chomp on!
So how can you celebrate today? Well, you're going to have no
problem celebrating because there are actual franchises dedicated to
this sandwich. Does Subway or Quiznos ring a bell?
free to head on over to either of those places and order up any type of
hoagie your heart desires. And hey, maybe you should get two
them... get one that you'd normally order and get another one that's
filled with things you've never eaten before. You only live
right? And you can also get hoagies at tons of different
restaurants, delis and grocery stores, so you won't be limited on
options. Some places bake their own loaves of bread and have
of the freshest meats, cheeses and other hoagie toppings just waiting
to be eaten. Big franchises aren't always the best option ;).
But if you feel like doing things yourself and maybe having a
hoagie party at your place then grab up a bunch of hoagie rolls, meats,
cheeses, veggies, condiments and whatever else you like on your
hoagies. Lay everything out on the table and let everyone put
their own sandwich together. And may I recommend that you lay
your hoagie open on a cookie sheet and bake your hoagies, one at a
time, at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. This will crisp up the
edge of the roll while keeping the inside nice and fluffy while melting
your cheese. If you opt to do this then wait until after you
it to add your vegetables and condiments. Enjoy your day and