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How Much Will My Guests Eat & Drink?

As a host, when you invite people to your house, it is usually a goal to make sure your guests are comfortable, having fun, and enjoying themselves. Part of making sure this is accomplished is being assured that everyone has enough to eat and drink during your party. You do not want to have a situation where food and alcohol has to be rationed to make sure everyone gets a little.

There are many factors to consider when figuring out how much to buy. First, you will need to create your guest list. In order to buy the right amount of supplies you need to know how many people will be attending your party. Once you have this number determined, you will need to decide what you will be serving. Generally, a typical meal at a dinner party will include appetizers, salad, a meat of some type, a starch, vegetables, dessert, and drinks. You can decide to make all of the items yourself, have some guests bring a dish, or buy some of the items already prepared. You will also need to factor in the number of hours that you expect your party to last.

Now comes the question, how much will my guests eat? These numbers are based off the average amount of food a person typically eats while at a dinner party. You may want to overestimate a little just in case you have guests who want seconds.

  • Appetizers: Each guest will eat approximately 10-12 pieces of whatever you serve. If you have multiple appetizers, you should make about 3-4 pieces of each dish to ensure that there will be enough.
  • Salad: A head of lettuce feeds about 5 people or about 1 cup of salad per person.
  • Meat: People typically eat about 5 to 6 ounces of meat at a meal; you will want to buy enough so that each person will get this amount. If there are bones in the meat, you may want to increase the weight.
  • Starch: As a starch, you can serve pasta or rice. One pound of pasta will serve four people. You may also choose to serve a vegetable with your meal; your guests will eat about a cup of vegetables with their meal.
  • Dessert: The last course served is dessert. There are many different options as far as what you can serve; you want to make sure that you make enough so that each guest will have at least one serving or piece.

The last thing to figure out, how much will people drink at your party? This number is a little more difficult to figure out because you do not always know who will be drinking alcohol and who will not. What people prefer to drink and the weather and season can also impact this number. Buying drink items in bulk is usually the best way to go and the most cost effective. To figure out the quantity of drinks you will need, many people typically have two drinks the first hour they are at the party and will have one drink for every hour after that. On figuring out what types of drinks to buy, it is good to have a selection. Some people drink white wine and others drink red. If you have a party with a lot of beer drinkers it may be beneficial to buy a keg. If you are buying hard liquor but do not want to buy multiple bottles, vodka is typically the most popular and can be mixed with many different things. You can also check with your liquor store if they will allow you to return unopened bottles in case you buy too much. If you want to keep your costs lower and your options simple, serve only beer, wine and soft drinks.

All About the Indian Recipes and Food

When you talk about Indian food and drinks the major thing that you talk about is the spices that they use. In fact many spices that are used in the cuisine are similar to the spices that are used in the other parts of the world. For example saffron is known to have Iranian origin and not Indian. This way there are spices from all over the world and every civilization has its own set of spices. However, what is peculiar about the in Indian food is the special combination of these spices and the treatment they are given as per the different dishes and ingredients. For example it is not always necessary that the spices be always grounded for use in the food.

There is a particular style of cooking in the Indian cuisine that involves whole spices to flavor the food. This way when you eat the food you get a burst of flavor when you chew on these. Also, they are first fried in the oil which brings in a different kind of flavor to the food. When these spices are fried whole in the oil or fat that is used to cook food, it leaves the flavor in the oil and this spreads onto the whole dish. This is one way of spreading the flavor into the food. The other is by using these spices and steaming it with the food.

In this form the steam is used to permeate through the food. Some believe that this is a better way of making food as the spices are steamed and no longer harsh on the body system, however, this is very personal. People can use the spices the way they wish to. In most of the Indian Food books there is clear indication for the spices and their quantities, this brings in the accurate flavor of the food item. However, the personal touch and bringing in a flavor of your own is the liberty that the Indian cuisine gives to the cook. The next what we talk about is the use of spices in Indian drinks. There are many drinks that are known form this land.

The drinks of yogurt are the typical of the northern side. Then drinks like jal jeera and Amm Panna are from the plains of the country. The south brings in the delicacies of coconut flavor. Hence every part has its specialty to add to the list of Indian summer drinks. The spices that are most commonly used for the drinks are the cumin seeds (crushed and roasted), asafetida, rock salt, and powder of green mango.

They are known for their abilities to keep the ion composition balanced in the body and keep the water retained. This way it helps in the regulation of water content in the body. This also is extremely good for the taste buds. There are many variations these days which are making the Indian food and drinks very global. A few managing with the spices and there quantities they are matching up to the taste buds of different region bringing in a new dimension to the Indian food and cuisine.

Outdoor Wedding Reception Food and Drinks

Wedding Reception Food

For those who opt for an outdoor wedding reception, there are several ways food can be served. Following are some popular and money saving methods for serving food at an outdoor wedding reception:

  • Barbecue. At a casual reception, it is common to serve barbecue items such as hamburgers, chicken, or ribs. To make your barbecue buffet-style, ask your guests to forego a wedding gift in exchange for bringing their own special dish to accompany the barbecue. Although, if you do this, be sure to confirm with your guests beforehand so that you don’t have everyone bringing the same dish.
  • Buffet. Ask your guests to bring a favored dish instead of a wedding gift. If cost is an issue, serve vegetable, cheese, fruit, and meat trays with dips and other snacks rather than hosting a huge meal.
  • Theme. Create a theme to base your reception meal around, such as Mexican or Hawaiian. Choose an outdoor theme that is simple, easy and affordable.

Wedding Reception Drinks

The bar tab can often account for one of the largest wedding expenses. Following are tips on serving drinks at your reception without incurring a major expense:

  • Semi-open bar. Offer several beverages for free, such as beer and all non-alcoholic drinks, but have guests pay a nominal fee for mixed drinks, such as a dollar per drink to cover some of the expense.
  • Bring your own. Request that guests bring their own drinks to the outdoor reception in lieu of bringing a wedding gift.
  • Bulk purchase. Buy your spirits in bulk from a wholesaler.
  • Multiple purchases. Purchase the drinks over a time period rather than all at once to spread the cost and payments.

The beauty of hosting one is that it provides the flexibility to be casual or formal. A more casual theme will leave you with more room to reduce the expenses associated with the wedding reception food and drinks.

Train Your Taste Buds to Prefer Healthy Food and Drink

There is an ancient Latin saying, De gustibus non est disputandum, meaning that there is no disputing about tastes. Is this statement true? Perhaps it is true to a point, but in this article I will argue the opposite–that there is a degree to which taste and preferences in food and drink have an objective component to them. In particular, preferring sweet, salty, but bland foods leads us to make poor health and nutritional choices. In addition, I will argue that drinking tea actually retrains your taste buds to prefer food and drink which is healthier for you.

The Evolutionary History of Human Taste:

Humans evolved in an environment where certain foods were scarce. Our ancestors faced conditions where it was often difficult to consume enough calories and protein to get through the day; salt was also often a limiting factor. An active lifestyle in the hot sun leads to intense sweating and a great need to replenish salt and other electrolytes. It is no mystery then why we prefer sweet, fatty, and salty foods. The savory or umami flavor is a signal that a food is protein-rich, which ensured that we got enough protein daily, and our preference for sweet and fatty foods helped ensure that we consumed enough calorie-rich foods.

Food in Our Modern World:

The conditions we live in nowadays are vastly different from those faced by our ancestors. Calories, especially those from sugar, refined starch, and fat, are abundant, and many people consume too many calories daily, leading to epidemics of obesity, type II diabetes, and other problems associated with poor diet. MSG enables nutrient-free foods to fool our taste buds into perceiving these foods as nutritious and protein-rich. Our preference for sweet, fatty, and salty foods leads us to seek out highly processed foods, devoid of other essential nutrients. Our diet is low in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, not to mention the myriad of healthful phytochemicals that function as antioxidants or have other health-promoting properties.

Tea Offers a Solution to This Conundrum:

When people discuss the health benefits of tea, they usually focus on the chemical components of tea itself. While some of these have been studied extensively and demonstrated by rigorous research to have tangible benefits to human health, there is another, much overlooked way in which drinking tea can promote health. Tea is a bitter and aromatic drink. In stark contrast to the processed foods dominating our modern society, tea is almost completely devoid of sweetness and saltiness, and contains no fat. The predominant flavor in tea is bitterness, and the main complexity and depth of tea lies in its aroma, the beautiful smells that rise from the cup and ultimately define the experience of drinking a cup of tea.

Do Not Sweeten Your Tea; Confront Your Fear of Bitterness:

People often sweeten their tea and dilute it with milk because they find its bitterness unpleasant. Humans have a natural tendency to be cautious with bitter foods–and for good reason–most poisons are bitter. But we can naturally grow to enjoy bitter foods after we have been exposed to them for a period of time. Tea is no exception.

Bitterness is not to be feared. If we train ourselves, we will come to prefer bitter foods. It is actually a well-known phenomena that over their lifetimes, most people come to move away from sweet foods and develop a greater appreciation for bitter and aromatic foods. This development serves us well as many healthy vegetables are bitter, and many spices and other aromatic foods have numerous health benefits.

Our environment has changed considerably since the ancient times in which our innate biological taste preferences were formed. We would now be well-served to seek out foods that are less sweet, less salty, and more intensely aromatic. By drinking tea, and by refraining from sweetening our tea or adding milk to it, we will come to naturally prefer those foods which are healthiest for us in the context of our modern world. We will naturally shun the empty calories and chemical additives of processed foods, and develop an appreciation for truly natural flavors and aromas.

Certain Food And Drink Could Be To Blame

If you’re like several of my patients you may have an overactive bladder which keeps you running to the bathroom to urinate frequently. Some people have smaller bladder capacities than others and therefore naturally have to urinate more. Other people may be eating certain foods that can irritate their bladder causing the need them to urinate. I’d like to explain to you what some of these foods are and what you can do to minimize your “going” issues.

Overactive Bladder – What Is It?

Overactive bladder is a mild to severe condition that can not only become a nuisance in always creating the to find a restroom while you’re out in public, but can also have some embarrassing consequences. It is also a condition that can be accompanied by something called “urge incontinence”, or UI, where you have to go so badly you just can’t hold it and urine leaks into your clothes; or “stress incontinence”, or SI, where you have involuntary leakage of urine through laughing or sneezing. Usually UI and SI are just variant symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome which also can include nocturia (waking up at night to urinate) and frequency, just “going” a lot all day long.

As mentioned above, overactive bladder can be caused by a few things which include:

  • A congenitally small bladder that has less holding capacity than most people
  • A “neurogenic bladder” – caused by damage, or pressure, pinching of the nerves of the spine that may occur in certain medical conditions like spinal injuries, epilepsy, Parkinson disease, MS, and stroke, that can result in involuntary emptying of the bladder.
  • Certain medications used to treat other conditions like diuretics for high blood pressure, or medications that contain caffeine.
  • Hormonal. Decreasing estrogen in menopause can cause bladder and urethra muscles to weaken and fall forward, resulting in more frequent urination and leakage. In men, an enlarged prostate can cause frequent urination as well.
  • Constipation. Pressure from retained waste in the rectum can aggravate the bladder.
  • Obesity. Too much abdominal fat can put pressure on the bladder as well.

However, the most common cause of overactive bladder is simple foods that we eat everyday! These are foods that have certain compounds in them that can irritate the bladder and sometimes result in a chronic inflammatory condition. The bladder attempts to wash these irritants out through triggering frequent urination. Here’s a list of the top bladder trigger foods:

  • Tomato products – tomato products generally have a lot of acid in them and can really irritate the bladder. In an attempt to get rid of the irritant, the bladder tries to flush itself out with frequent urination.
  • Caffeine – a stimulant present in coffee and tea can really irritate the bladder and make you go more. Decaf varieties can help, but they also have very small amounts of caffeine.
  • Chocolate – also contains caffeine plus other compounds like theobromines that can irritate the bladder. White chocolate has less caffeine but still has some. Try to cut down on the amount of chocolate you eat.
  • Citrus fruits – also highly acidic, lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, can also irritate the bladder like tomatoes. Try to cut down on citrus fruits and supplement with an Ester-C type of Vitamin C to avoid further irritation.
  • Beer, wine, hard liquor – “spirits” draw more water out of your body to process it through your kidneys and make you urinate more.
  • Carbonation – soft drinks, champagne, tonic water, all contain carbonation that can trigger the bladder and make you urinate frequently.
  • Hot spices – like cayenne, jalapeno, especially when combined with tomato, can really keep you hopping to the bathroom. Not only does the spice itself irritate your bladder but they prompt you to drink a lot more cold fluids to wash them down.
  • Sweeteners – real sugar, honey, and artificial sweeteners like Equal, Splenda and Sweet N’Low, can over-stimulate the bladder as well.
  • Preservatives/Spices – MSG, salt, pepper, other kitchen spices and certain herbs like oregano and dill also have diuretic action that can keep you urinating more frequently.
  • Onions, cranberry – like tomatoes, are acidic based, which can irritate the bladder. However, cranberries can also help keep the bladder free of bacteria by neutralizing it with the compounds it contains and flushing them out.

What Can You Do To Slow Your Go?

The best recommendation I give my patients who seem to have overactive bladder symptoms from food sources is to do the following:

  • Keep track of your symptoms and what foods seem to irritate them the most. Then, try to reduce the amount, or eliminate, these foods altogether to cut down on your frequency of urination.
  • Keep drinking your recommended amount of daily water intake, generally eight 8 ounce glasses a day, or more if you’re sweating a lot. Adequate water intake dilutes your urine so that if you do eat some of these foods, they will be less of an irritant to your bladder.

If you have symptoms of overactive bladder, visit your doctor for an evaluation to determine if there is a medical condition behind it such as those mentioned above. If you’re like my patients, however, most likely foods and drinks that you take in every day are causing over active bladder symptoms. To get your “going” problems under control, try the recommendations noted above, watching what foods you eat and what your symptoms are. Continue to drink your recommended amount of water to flush out any irritants and keep the rest of you healthy as well!

Which Food and Drinks to Avoid

So the big question is, who is more susceptible to panic attacks from eating certain foods?

The are generally two types of people who are more susceptible to having a panic attack induced by food or drinks that they consume.

The first type of person who is vulnerable is a person who has had panic or anxiety attacks before. These are the type of people who are much more easily induced into a lapse from ingesting certain foods and drinks.

The second type of person is a person who has never had a panic or anxiety attack but are often referred to as a nervous person in general, or a person who is typically under a lot of stress from their job, relationships, health,etc.

Since panic and anxiety attacks are primarily stress related its important to know that certain food and drinks that you ingest can induce you into a panic attack.

You want to stay away from Food and drinks that are known to contribute to nervousness. Anything that can negatively affect the neurotransmitters in your body. One of the most obvious is from drinking coffee or tea. You need to stay away from anything that has stimulants in them such as caffeine, or anything with “drine” in them like ephedrine that is known to be found in illegal drugs and over the counter medicines and previously used in energy drinks. Also Guarana a plant from Brazil, and Glucuronolactone is also found in energy drinks.

Many different kinds of sodas also contain high levels of caffeine and other stimulants such as Coke, Pepsi, and other dark sodas as well as some orange drinks.

If you are a person who does not eat well and consumes a lot of candy, starchy foods, processed foods, or foods with sugar in them you should know that these types of foods can also trigger panic and anxiety attacks.

The most vulnerable trait and commonality of both types of people is that of stress which can easily cause either person to lapse into a panic or anxiety attack from drinking and eating some of the food and drinks listed above.

Food And Drink To Combat

Are you stressed out? Are you running on empty? Do you skip meals simply because you never seem to have enough hours in the day to sit down and refuel? If you’ve answered yes to all three questions, the chances are you’re already trapped in a vicious circle of unremitting stress. You may also be relying upon a diet that lacks the types of foods that can actually reduce your stress levels.

The fact of the matter is that certain foods can bolster the immune system and act as great stress-busters. And the good news is that simply increasing one’s intake of such food items can have a marked effect on how we cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life.

So, which foods have the thumbs up as stress-busters? Opt for foods containing:

Polyunsaturated Fats (Omega-3 Fatty Acids)

Foods containing polyunsaturated fats help reduce the risk of heart disease, a condition associated with stress. Oily fish, such as mackerel and tuna, are excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)

Pantothenic Acid (B5), often dubbed the “anti-stress” vitamin can be found in a wide range of food items including beef, pork, liver, kidneys, fish, fresh vegetables, nuts, whole wheat and rye flour and brewer’s yeast. Dandelion leaves are also a good source of Pantothenic Acid!

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Vitamin C, arguably the single most important anti-stress nutrient, is vital for boosting the immune system. Now, stress is known to deplete the body of this essential vitamin. Fresh fruits, vegetables, (particularly broccoli and new potatoes, cooked in their skins) and fresh herbs are all high in Vitamin C.


Calcium is essential for nerve transmission as well as the proper functioning of the heart. And, apart from its various other functions, such as helping the body absorb iron and magnesium, more effectively, calcium has also been shown to aid relaxation and to reduce tension in the body. Good sources of calcium include milk, cheese and yoghurt.


Magnesium acts as a natural tranquilliser. This important mineral can be found in meats, cereals, dairy products, shell fish such as shrimps, fruits, vegetables (particularly spinach and pumpkin), nuts including almonds and cashews, soy beans and, would you believe it, even in chocolate!


Potassium is important for the physiological functions of the body that affect stress levels. Foods high in potassium include meats, vegetables, fruits, cereals and milk.


Another essential mineral that can help reduce tension in the body, zinc can be found in a number of food items such as beef, chicken, sardines and oysters.


Iron plays a vital role in the functioning of the nerves and muscles, which, in turn, have a direct impact on how the body copes with stress. Sources of iron include red meats, fish, poultry, cereals, green leaf vegetables, wholemeal bread and egg yolk.

And finally…what to drink (and what not to drink) in order to de-stress…

The irony is that when we’re stressed, tired, and tensions are running high, we tend to over-indulge in alcohol and caffeine which, as we all know, only serves to crank up our stress levels! We’d be better off substituting that extra cup of caffeine-laden tea or coffee with natural fruit or vegetable juices, or even a soothing banana “smoothie” or a glass of calcium-fortified soya milk. Herbal teas, such as camomile or dandelion can have an immediate calming effect, in times of stress. And, there’s no harm in a glass or two of wine (preferably red and organically produced) provided, of course, that we imbibe in moderation.

An Elementary School in North Carolina Rethinks Student Rules

No gum. No food. No candy. No drinks. It’s easy to understand why elementary school students are asked to follow classroom rules. Teachers are too busy to spend time scraping gum off the floors and the underside of desks and mopping up spills made by their students. Perhaps it is far easier to simply forbid all food and drinks from the classroom. However the teachers and parents at the school where I serve as principal recently decided to rethink some of their rules nor the benefit of the students.

Why? Think about it this way. Let’s say a child eats dinner at home at 6:00pm on most evenings. The child goes to bed around 8:30pm and awakens early enough to get on the school bus at 6:30am. At this early hour there may not be time for breakfast. School lunch is served at 12 noon during the school day. That is a whopping 18 hours without food, an unreasonable amount of time for a tiny growing body.

Similarly, students may never have the opportunity to drink fresh water. Dehydration can cause students to become sluggish and tired. Drinking water helps curb the appetite and flush out toxins in the body.

What did our school do about this conundrum? For starters, our district approved free breakfast for all students. Already about 75% of our students were receiving free or reduced meals from a federal government program, so allowing the remainder of the students to have breakfast at no charge wasn’t a huge burden for the district.

We take upon ourselves at the school to encourage students to eat breakfast at the school. Our cafeteria staff works to make sure the morning line moves fast and the food is tasty. Often the kids eat a fortified cereal bar, a fruit, and a milk. Our bus drivers and teacher assistants make sure the students move from the school bus to the cafeteria first thing in the mornings. Our teachers allow car students to bring their cafeteria meal into the classroom if they don’t have time to finish their meals prior to the sound of the tardy bell. I occasionally check our numbers with the cafeteria manager to see how many students are getting breakfast, and I send out reminders to parents that it is important for students to have a nutritious breakfast each morning.

Furthermore, we encourage students to keep water bottles with them in class. We ask that the bottles be clear so that we can ensure that they are indeed drinking water and that the container have a lid. Teachers often prefer that the water bottles are made with a sports top, in which a stopper can be opened or closed easily.

The results so far appear to be very positive. It seems to me that student behavior is better and that teachers are able to get a lot of work out of their students. Students able to focus on their studies instead of their stomachs. Students continue to bring their water bottles. At least one student reportedly asks for water at home instead of sodas.

Just is week I got a call from the local fire department. They had heard about our new initiative and offered to provide all of the students with fire-safety themed water bottles. It is great to know that the community is getting on board with what we at the school feel is an important way to educate our students from head to toe.

Foods and Drinks That Increase the Need To Go

If you suffer from incontinence, chances are you are looking for every possible option to help minimize episodes and improve management and control. The following is a look at some of the foods and drinks that can increase your need to go, and how to avoid these bladder triggers to reduce accidents and leaking.

Too much fluid is not the problem. Too little may be. If you are cutting down on your fluids then your urine might become really concentrated and irritate the bladder, making you feel the urge to go more frequently. Be careful about when your fluid intake takes place, for example, don’t drink a lot just before bed, but stay hydrated.

Alcohol. Alcohol is a bladder trigger. It is a dehydrating agent that increases the amount of urine. This is going to lead to more frequent trips to the restroom. In addition, alcohol might make it harder for the brain to signal to the bladder that you need to go, leading to more accidents and leaks.

Sour Cream. Aged cheese and other creamy dairy can lead to worsened symptoms in those with an overactive bladder. Imitation, non-aged, and lower fat is better.

Condiments. Many condiments have ingredients that are bladder irritants. Avoid mustard, soy, vinegar, hot sauce, ketchup, and mayo can all aggravate the bladder.

Caffeine. Caffeine, such as coffee, tea, energy drinks, cola, and other beverages with caffeine will stimulate the bladder, and act as a diuretic. Chocolate does the same. Eating or drinking caffeine means you will produce more urine, and feel the need to go more frequently. Ease off, avoid it, or wean yourself from it, as it is also addicting in nature and your body can build up a tolerance to it, requiring you to take in more caffeine to get the desired effecs.

Acidic foods. Citrus, tomatoes, pineapple. The acids found in citrus, pineapple, tomatoes, and citrus juices can irritate the bladder, and increase the urge to go.

Many fruits. Citrus yes, but other fruits like bananas, grapes and apples can also irritate the bladder.

Cranberries. While cranberries can prevent urinary tract infections, they are acidic and can increase the risk of accidents with someone with an overactive bladder. Again, acidic foods increase the urge to go.

Carbonation. Carbonation can irritate the bladder, triggering overactive bladder problems. Sparkling alcoholic beverages are like the double whammy, with both carbonation and alcohol triggering the bladder.

Spicy foods. Spicy foods can irritate your bladder, this doesn’t mean you have to eat bland foods, but you should figure out how much spice you can tolerate before your bladder is irritated.

Sugar. Artificial sweeteners can trigger bladder symptoms.

Uncooked onions. If you love onions, cook them as uncooked unions can trigger or irritate the bladder.

Artificial flavors and preservatives. Basically avoid processed foods as MSG, additives, and the like can irritate the bladder.

Be careful what you eat, and shoot for a balanced approach. Just because something is a trigger does not mean it has to be avoided completely, just be careful how many bladder irritant foods and triggers you consume in a given day.

Remember the Foods and Drinks

Talking with a friend from the South, brought back memories for this pre-boomer about the local products I enjoyed as a kid. He thought a great after school snack was an RC Cola and a Moon Pie. My favorite, as a Philadelphian, was a Hires Root Beer and a Tastykake. It wasn’t until we were older and started traveling that either one of us got to taste what the other liked as a kid because these were regional brands that were not best sellers, or in many instances not available, except in specific areas of the country.

Loving the foods from my hometown, I fondly remembered my favorites: Philly Cheese Steaks, soft pretzels, scrapple, tomato pie (the early local name for pizza) as well as a host of others. It was great fun recalling these gastronomical memories and my mouth watered as I yearned for just one taste, which would hardly be enough.

This got me thinking about food and drink from coast to coast. So I contacted a few friends who grew up in different parts of the country and did a bit of online research to come up with some of the snacks and drinks New Seniors enjoyed when we didn’t have to worry about our waste lines or our cholesterol.

New Englanders’ had a drink called Moxie which was popular until Coke (first formulated in Atlanta) and Pepsi (the alternative to Coke that moved from its North Carolina roots to New York City) began to make inroads against the stronger tasting Moxie. Even the endorsement of Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams’ could not stop the slide of this once famous drink. That section of the country, as with other regions, had lots of flavored drinks produced by local bottlers.

In New York, besides Pepsi, there were lots of bottlers. Among them was Dr. Brown’s a soda which appealed to the areas large Jewish population and spread nationwide because of it. In the Midwest, where carbonated soft drinks (“sodas”) are called “pop,” Vernor’s Ginger Ale was popular as was Faygo, with all its flavors. Dr. Pepper was a big in the Southwest and there was Shasta on the West Coast. There were no diet drinks back then.

Any of these drinks was perfect for washing down our favorite sub sandwiches. But that’s not what they were called everywhere. Grinder was the name for this Italian specialty in the Northeast. A Hero is what New Yorkers ordered. In Philly it was a Hoagie. New Orleans spawned the name Po’ Boy, which was Poor Boy in St. Louis. Chicago had the Italian Beef sandwich. Blimpie, Torpedo, Rocket, Bomber and Zeppelin are all names used for this hearty sandwich that may change its ingredients, but not its shape, depending on the part of the country where it is made.

The differences by geographic areas are sometimes striking. By the same token you may surprised by the similarities of some items, except for the name the locals call it. Whatever the case, our memories tell us how much we enjoyed the tastes of our favorite foods and drinks from long ago.