Leftovers and Doggie Bags: January 26, 2023
Leftover coffee is almost as bad as leftover food. To be absolutely clear here, no, I have not ever tried coffee, nor do I plan to sample any. Does one have leftover coffee because they are too lazy to make fresh coffee or because they are too cheap to throw away the old coffee? Hey, and what about my food that sits out for awhile, doesn’t it dry up even though it is already dry? As you can read, I don’t have too deep of subjects to discuss this day. But seriously, leftovers certainly happen at this house often.
Did you know that when people have leftovers from a restaurant, they often ask for a “doggie bag” to take their food home? I find that very odd since I certainly never get leftovers from any restaurants, not even dog friendly restaurants. Of course, I don’t go around sharing my leftovers with humans because I am a polite dog, not a tacky dog.
I began wondering how this commonplace of dining out “doggie bags” started off? I found an article by Jesse Rhodes from 2011 at Smithsonian.com and allow me to share this bit of history taken from the article. “The modern doggie bag came about in the 1940s. With the United States engaged in World War II, food shortages were a fact of daily life on the home front—and for the sake of economy, pet owners were encouraged to feed table scraps to their pets. However, people began requesting doggie bags to take home food for themselves, much to the chagrin of etiquette columnists who were quick to wag their fingers at the practice.” Don’t you find that interesting!?
Speaking of leftovers, I better go finish my food.