Caesar Salad, Summer Reading Bingo, Street Markets, Librarian Names & More: Endnotes 28 June

Caesar Salad, Summer Reading Bingo, Street Markets, Librarian Names & More: Endnotes 28 June

Friday, 28 June, 2024

Every Friday, we celebrate the weekend — and all the reading and relaxing and daydreaming time ahead — with Melissa's favorite book- and travel-related links of the week. Why work when you can read fun stuff?!

This post is part of our Endnotes series.

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The illustration above depicts the patio at Caesar’s Palace restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico — the birthplace of the Caesar Salad. Next Thursday, 04 July, is the 100th anniversary of the Caesar Salad’s invention. The now-ubiquitous combination of romaine lettuce, garlicky croutons, parmesan cheese, and a tangy umami dressing made with salty anchovies mashed into a homemade aioli was invented by Caesar Cardini, an Italian chef who landed in San Diego after World War I. You can read his story here. It’s a corker that features Prohibition, Independence Day celebrations, glamorous LA customers, maybe flying aces, and, potentially, a hangover.

 
 
 
  • I really enjoyed this excerpt from the new novel Service by Sarah Gilmartin. (Do you love books set in restaurants like I love books set in restaurants? Here’s a roundup of our podcast, recommended books, and other fun stuff to take you behind the scenes at restaurants.)

  • Each week, Apollo Magazine shares ‘Four Things to See,’ a collection of four interesting objects from the world’s best museums. This collection of music-related art includes the Brontë sisters’ piano.

 

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New Episode of The Library of Lost Time

In each mini-podcast episode, we discuss two books at the top of our TBR, then share a fun book- or travel-related distraction. Get all the episodes and books galore here.

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In this episode, we get excited about two books: A Super Upsetting Cookbook about Sandwiches by Tyler Kord and Good Material by Dolly Alderton. Then Dave shares three great stories about India from his podcast research. [transcript]

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Photo: Kaushik Vijayan/SWNS.com.

Distraction of the Week: Three Cool Things About India

Parts of the Strong Sense of Place podcast are produced in udio. Some effects are provided by soundly.

 

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