November 12, 2020 – National Chicken Soup For The Soul Day | National French Dip Day

Are You Ready For An American Throw Down? Who Makes The Best French Dip Sandwich?

Welcome to November 12th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate comfort food for the body and soul.

Some of the most inspiring stories come from everyday people just like us. That’s what inspired motivational speakers Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hanson to write the book Chicken Soup for the Soul, a collection of true stories they’d heard from people who’d attended their talks. The book was such a success that they published one after another. Their recipe for success was simple: stories about overcoming obstacles are more impactful coming from the people with real experiences. On National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day, nourish yourself with something that enriches your heart or share your story with someone in need.

The French Dip sandwich is not actually French but its origins present a good old American throw down.  Two Los Angeles restaurants take the credit for inventing the sandwich: Coles and Philippes.  Both feature thinly sliced beef on crusty French bread that is slathered with spicy mustard and dipped in au jus sauce. And that’s where the stories become different.  Coles claims its French Dip appeared in 1908 when a sympathetic chef who gave his customer with sore gums a side of meat juice to soften the bread of his sandwich.  The much more palatable story comes from Philippes where the sandwich was apparently dropped in a pan with meat drippings and the lucky customer raved of its intense flavor. If this friendly competition makes your mouth water, celebrate National French Dip Day any way you please.  

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