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Long Live The Fish & Chips Shop

Posted: November 9, 2005
by: T.Alexander

You may think that the British developed the notion of fish & chips, but food history buffs tell us otherwise. The original idea may have come from French and Jewish dishes according to Professor Panikos Panavi, a scholar who has taken on a project to understand the global influence on British food. He said that fish and chips mixed “French frites with Jewish fish dishes” for our quintessential fish & chips.


Charles Dickens first mentioned a fried fish warehouse in Oliver Twist and during the mid 1800’s the trade began to develop with the industrialization of the UK. Today there are 9,000 fried fish shops in the UK selling over 60,000 tons of fish and 500,000 tons of potatoes. Long life the fish & chips shop!

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Ciao Filippo

Felice Compleanno to you. The party you are going to have sounds like a lot of fun. We remember helping make many types of biscuts last summer for Carolina's Prima Comunione. We are sure your birthday biscust will taste just as good.

Have a great party and happy birthday.

Edie and Dave

Posted by: Dave and Edie Galusha at Nov 15, 2005 1:34:02 PM