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All Hail Romaine
As early as the beginning of the first century AD, the Romans were cultivating a variety of lettuce that resembles our present day romaine. The Emperor Caesar Augustus erected a statue hailing lettuce because he believed that it cured his illness. However, it was centuries later in the 1920s, that another Caesar, Cesar Cardini, a restaurateur in Tijuana, tossed romaine lettuce together with his special dressing to create the first Caesar salad. It was fit for an Emperor but served up to a group of Hollywood movie stars after a long weekend revel.
This painting appears in the 2005 Food For Thought calendar.