Abe Lincoln and Gingerbread

Abe Lincoln and Gingerbread

IMG_2019After spending the weekend in DC and cheesin’ it up with good ol’ honest Abe, I thought I’d do a Google search for “Abe Lincoln food” because I am a curious person who loves food and wonders about weird things like what AL snacked on in the 1800s.

Turns out he told a story during one of his debates that went like this:

The gingerbread story, retold by Carl Sandburg:
“‘When we lived in Indiana,’ he said, ‘once in a while my mother used to get some sorghum [flour] and ginger and make some gingerbread. It wasn’t often, and it was our biggest treat. One day I smelled the gingerbread and came into the house to get my share while it was still hot. My mother had baked me three gingerbread men. I took them out under a hickory tree to eat them. There was a family near us poorer than we were, and their boy came along as I sat down. ‘Abe,’ he said, ‘gimme a man?’ I gave him one. He crammed it into his mouth in two bites and looked at me while I was biting the legs off my first one. ‘Abe,’ he said, ‘timme the onter’n.’ I said to him, ‘You seem to like gingerbread.’ ‘Abe,’ he sais, ‘I don’t s’pose anybody on earth likes gingerbread better’n I do–and gets less’n I do.'”

In short, Abe was the best. And now I want some Gingerbread. 106 days till Christmas! WOOT WOOT.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Milkshake Maven

Milkshake Maven

If you know me, you know I love a good milkshake. My love of milkshakes dates back to my childhood when my mom would make me her ‘signature’ chocolate-banana shake topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. I thought it was the best thing ever and it had to be healthy because there was a banana in it…right?? Milkshakes are totally my comfort food. Happy? Sad? Meh? MILKSHAKE!

I discovered a fellow adorer of milkshakes through Instagram: @idrinkmilkshakes. Sam, who started this Instagram about a year ago, is based in Perth, Australia and he’s on a mission to try a milkshake in every country. He now has nearly 7,000 followers which he attributes to people of the world having a passion for milkshakes like he does. I reached out to him and he was kind enough to answer a few questions via email.


What is the BEST milkshake that you’ve tried?

S: The best milkshake I’ve had is from Whisk Creamery in Perth. It has really set a benchmark that I haven’t been able to top!

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Sam went back to Whisk Creamery a few months later to find this on the wall:

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Pretty cool stuff! Excuse me while I plan a trip to Perth immediately…

I then asked Sam what the most UNIQUE milkshake he’s ever had was:

S: The most unique “milkshake” I’ve tried was from Serendipity 3 in New York. Although not technically a milkshake, the frozen hot chocolate was the most interesting flavour, texture and presentation.

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I have always loved milkshakes! Milkshakes bring about a feeling of childhood for me and I definitely feel nostalgic when I drink them, depending on the flavour. – Sam

 

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Do you have a milkshake bucket list?

S: Yes, I do have a milkshake bucket list! I got to tick some off the list when I went to America in February – one of them was the Shake Shack in New York (sadly, it disappointed me). I want to try some milkshakes in the UK eventually because I have a lot of followers and recommendations from there. One specific place I can’t wait to try is the Vogue Cafe in Sydney – luckily I’m going there in August.

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Did I mention Sam even has a TATTOO of a milkshake on his leg!? He got it while stateside at the Dolorosa Tattoo Company.

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Sam’s Milkshake Tattoo

That is love my friends. Pure love of the shake that is milk…and ice cream.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie