Year: 2021

Where to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month on Cape Cod

National Hispanic Heritage Month, which starts Sept. 15, is a more than 50-year-old American tradition to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of citizens whose ancestors came from Spanish-speaking countries.

One delicious way to mark the observance, which continues through Oct. 15, is by enjoying the foods that are part of that heritage — at least somewhat Americanized versions of the dishes. In the Cape Cod restaurant world, that means largely Mexican food, but you also might find some culture-spanning surprises.

The observation started, according to hispanicheritagemonth.gov, in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988,

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This fast food chain is serving Pop Rocks-inspired chicken

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The Most Popular Foods of the Last 70 Years

Colorful Cupcakes with Candy Sprinkles

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Impossible burgers, farm-to-table restaurants, charcoal-flavored ice cream, and White Claw have all had their breakthrough moments over the past decade. But many of the foods that today we think of as old hat were au courant when they first broke big. Take a wander through the past 70 years, and see which of your Thursday night staples were once big news.

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Chinese food first made its way to the United States in the mid-1800s, via Chinese prospectors and railroad workers. It wasn’t until the post-war period of the 20th century

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San Francisco is America’s most underrated chicken wing destination

Hot take: San Francisco is an underrated chicken wing city. There, I said it.

But it’s not just me saying it; the chicken wing game has some backers amongst chefs, too. “Everyone is so talented right now. Like everyone is guns blazing. It’s good to see,” said Shawn Naputi, chef and co-owner of Prubechu in the Mission.

Other cities obviously have a bigger reputation for wings, of course. Buffalo, New York, is the namesake of the fried drums and flats drenched in a mixture of hot sauce and butter. Atlanta is known for the lemon pepper category of wings. Washington,

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