Did you know that the Russian salad is actually a Belgian salad? Lucien Olivier (in Russian, Люсьен Оливье) (1838–1883) was a Russian Empire chef of Belgian origin. He was the owner of a Hermitage restaurant in the center of Moscow in the early 1860s.
Olivier is known for the creation of the Olivier salad, also known as the Russian salad. The secret of the recipe was never disclosed until his death. Lucien Olivier died in Moscow at age 45 in 1883 and was buried at the Vvedenskoye Cemetery also known as the German Cemetery a historical cemetery in the Lefortovo District of Moscow.
Lucien Olivier carried the secret of his recipe with him to his tomb, which was lost until 2008. The current salad has numerous variations which are a mixture of every component Olivier used to add to his famous dish as well as ingredients that he did not use himself, like with a mayonnaise dressing.
There are almost 800 different kinds of beer in Belgium. One kind was very popular till the70's, it was even given to kids at school during their lunch break. Beer to kids? You must be kidding! Well, let's go a bit further into this. The beers we are talking about were so-called table beers, a kind of beer that was specially made for people who can't drink alcohol. So it's was a kind of alcohol-free beer, a kind, because there was some alcohol in it. between 1 and 4 percent alcohol. The most popular table beer was Piedboeuf, it had 1.1 percent alcohol in it and there was a lot of sugar added to make it as sweet as Coca-Cola. A good marketing strategy made that it was well distributed in almost all schools in Belgium. The reason was that it would be very healthy for them, because of the natural ingredients and of course the sugar. It would make them grow fast and strong. It would even be good for pregnant women and for women that were breastfeeding their baby'