5 Interesting Facts About Pasta

Pasta is a favorite food that is not only favored by Italians but also people around the world.

Pasta has various types, ranging from spaghetti, fetucini, macaroni, and so forth. Because the taste of this delicious pasta makes so many people like this  food, so many restaurants have already sold pasta menus that you can find in everywhere around the world.

For you fans of pasta, you need to know unique facts about pasta that you might not know about. Curious as to what interesting facts? Let’s check it out!

China first consumed pasta compared to Italy

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Although pasta is a famous food in Italy, but actually pasta was already consumed by the Chinese before the Italians. China became the first country to consume pasta since 2,000 BC. While the Italians have only eaten pasta since 400 BC.

Pasta in ancient times made by Stepping with Foot

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Did you know the pasta you know today was made in an unusual way? Before the pasta maker was invented, this food was made by stepping on it because the pasta dough is hard and very difficult to stir by hand. To make pasta dough by stepping on it takes about one full day.

You will not find spaghetti bolognese in Italy

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Spaghetti bolognese is one of the very famous pasta menus throughout the world. But did you know that you will not find a spaghetti bolognese menu in Italy? Spaghetti bolognese is so foreign to Italian society. They claim that spaghetti bolognese is not an authentic Italian menu. A menu similar to spaghetti bolognese in Italy is better known as “doubt alla bolognese” which is a traditional food of the people of Bologna, Italy.

People used to think that spaghetti came from trees

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This is a fairly unique fact about pasta. Many ancient people thought that pasta came from trees. This happened on April 1, 1957. At that time the BBC aired a documentary about a spaghetti plantation in Switzerland. The spaghetti is really in the tree. The film is actually an April Fool’s joke. However, since the documentary was aired, many people began to look for spaghetti trees.

There is a world pasta day

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As a pasta lover, did you know that there is a world pasta day? Yes, the world pasta day is celebrated every October 25 and has been celebrated since 1995. Indeed, this famous food in Italy besides having good taste also has interesting facts to discuss. For those of you who have never tried pasta, try this menu now.

The History of Oktoberfest and Why Germans Were Going Crazy With Beer

Every end of September to the beginning of October, the words “I will go to Wiesn” will often to be heard from the mouth of the German people. That words can be heard anywhere, in Berlin, in Frankfurt, in Koeln, or other cities. The meaning of the words turned out to be the same: the speaker wanted to come to Oktoberfest to have fun.

“Wiesn” means Theresienwiese, a place in Munich, Germany. Then, what is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest is the largest annual beer festival in the world that is held at Theresienwiese. This festival usually lasts for 16 days, from the end of September to the beginning of October, and is visited by an average of around six million people from all corners of the world.

Characteristics of the festival: most visitors wear Trachts (traditional Bavarian outfits), abundant food, amusement rides, folk music offerings, spilled beers, and the opening by Mayor of Munich. And the beer party case, the signs can even be seen since the beginning of the festival.

So, how did this festival begin?

Starting from a wedding

The first Oktoberfest took place on October 12, 1810, exactly 209 years ago. Before becoming a beer party, Oktoberfest was originally a celebration of a marriage feast between the Crown Prince of Bavaria , King Ludwig I, and Princess Theresa of Sachsen Hildburghausen.

At that time, to establish unity in Munich, Ludwig I deliberately invited all residents to participate in his party, which was held at the city gate, that would later be known as Theresienwiese. The wedding party that lasted for six days turned out to be a people’s party: food was spilled, many parades were held, and horse racing was the main attraction.

The party was arguably a huge success. Every day the people of Munich always come in droves to the party, and on the final day, there are around 10,000 people watching horse racing events. So city officials then have an exciting idea: they want a similar people’s party held every year in the same place with a different concept.

Ludwig I agreed with that idea. He, who admired the history of ancient Greece, then wanted to conceptualize the party like an Olympic event. But after Oktoberfest continued, Ludwig’s concept changed direction. The reason: the Ferris wheel, the carousel, and the circus are certainly more fun than horse racing, tree climbing competitions, and geese chasing competitions. Besides, Munchen people also prefer to drink beer to celebrate a party or by gambling and playing cards like in the Las Vegas had.

The party is a celebration party to welcome the new season of brewing. Taking place in October, at the party, the residents of Munchen will spend their Marzen beer stock, a variant of lager beer, which they have. It is said that they believe that Marzen, which has a high alcohol content, can help them to get through the brewing season easily.

Knowing that, after the Olympic concept failed, Ludwig I tried to limit beer in every Oktoberfest celebration. In 1844, for example, he dealt with how to raise beer prices in Munich. However, the planned increase in beer prices turned out to immediately get strong opposition from residents of Munich. The reason is Munchen people like to live without many things, but can’t live without beer.

Since then, the Oktoberfest has become increasingly synonymous with beer festivals. And in the title of Oktoberfest 1896, officially beer tents began to take part in the event.

5 Traditional Spanish Special Foods Besides Churro You Must Taste!

Every country in the world has its traditional dishes.

Of course, for a traveler who has the opportunity to taste typical food from the country he visited, you could say the traveler must be very lucky.

This time the Zinc Bar will discuss classic and traditional culinary delights from one country on the European Continent, namely Spain. Spain has a culinary variety and is mostly made from nuts and acorns. Also, the typical food of the State of Matador is influenced by a variety of seafood.

In Spain, also known as a culture of eating a variety of typical Spanish snacks called Tapas, the Spanish do tapas while spending time joking and chatting with friends. In tapas culture, there are also a variety of food ingredients, ranging from fish, bread, beans, vegetables, beef, and chicken.

Here are five traditional Spanish specialties you should know besides Churro, and we guarantee you will be tempted and addicted.

Tortilla Española

In a way, Tortilla Española is a typical Spanish omelet. Other names for this food are tortilla de papas or tortilla de patatas. The main ingredients for cooking tortilla española are eggs and potatoes, and sometimes you can also add onion or garlic. This dish is usually eaten as an appetizer.

Albondigas

Albondigas is one of a variety of dishes at tapas. Also, albondigas is a kind of processed minced beef that is shaped like a meatball sphere.

Pulpo A La Gallega

Pulpo A La Gallega is a typical Spanish food made from an octopus. Octopus body parts that have been sliced, then boiled and given a spice of salt and paprika, and given a little olive oil. Usually, pulpo a la gallega is served with bread or boiled potatoes.

Fabada Asturiana

Fabada asturiana is a kind of soup that combines all the best seasonings, from beans, sausages, and chorizo. So famous in Spain, to the point that there are fabada versions of cans that are sold throughout the country. Usually, fabada asturiana is served hot at lunch.

Tigres

Tigres is a typical Spanish cuisine made from seafood, namely mussels. As well as being a popular dish at tapas. Tigres is stuffed clams, which are minced meat and mixed with shallots, pepper, tomato sauce and fried to be used as filling that is returned to the skin or shell.