Appetizers
May 21, 2013
Do you know your cheese from your gravy and cucumbers?


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San Bruno-based Eat24 has a good gig going. It's an online service in partnership with 20,000 restaurants in 1,000 U.S. cities. It specializes in matching consumers with restaurants in their area that will deliver food "to home, office, campus or wherever you may be" when ordered online.

It's blog site, Bacon Sriracha Unicorn Diaries, has an interesting post that explores "the hidden meanings of favorite food phrases." Like these:

The big cheese
Definition: "The best of the best"
Origin: "Since the earliest 19th century, cheese was used as a noun to describe something wealthy or top-rate. Cheese originated from the Persian use 'the chiz.'"

It's all gravy
Definition: "It's all good"
Origin: "This phrase originated from an Old English saying that explained life is meat and potatoes, and the luxuries are gravy."

Cool as a cucumber
Definition: "Calm and composed even in difficult situations"
Meaning: "This expression is taken from a literal characteristic of cucumbers. The inside of a cucumber is actually 20 degrees cooler than their outsides."

For more, go to www.eat24.com.

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