B. Brady was a Millionaire railroad tycoon during the Gilded Age. He started
his day off right with a breakfast of eggs, pancakes, pork chops, cornbread,
fried potatoes, hominy, muffins, and a beefsteak. He washed it all down with
a gallon of orange juice or golden nectar,as he called his favorite drink.
Occasionally he would entertain himself with a mid-morning snack of a few dozen
clams or oysters.
typical lunch consisted of two lobsters, deviled crabs, clams, oysters and
beef. He finished up with an array of pies. Not like slices of different pies,
but several pies. This would hold him over till about 4:30, at which time he
gobbled up a heaping platter of seafood. He usually took the snack with a few
carafes of lemon soda, another cherished beverage.
lived in New York City. His favorite restaurant in the city was Charles
Rector's, an exclusive establishment on Broadway. The owner described Diamond
Jim as his "best 25 customers." "The usual" evening meal
began with an appetizer of two or three dozen oysters, six crabs, and a few
servings of green turtle soup. The main course was two whole ducks, six or seven
lobsters, a sirloin steak, two servings of terrapin and a variety of vegetables.
He topped it off with a platter of pastries and often a two pound box of candy.
He was particularly fond of confectionery delights.
in Boston, Brady visited a small manufacturer of chocolates and was delighted
with the candies. He requested several hundred boxes to send as gifts to friends
and business relations, but was told supplies weren't great enough to have that
much without all but depleting their stock. He pulled out a checkbook and gave
them$150,000 as an advance to go toward the construction of a larger chocolate
foundry. "Best God dammed candy I ever had."
Jim spared no expense when it game to getting cool stuff even if he
couldn't eat it. He had a dozen gold plated bicycles manufactured for his girlfriend
and himself. His honey was actress and singer Lillian Russet - her favorite
bike had handlebars covered with mother of pearl and spokes garnished with rubies
and sapphires. His own collection of jewelry was conservatively estimated to
be worth two million dollars back then. No, nothing was too good for Jim and
occasional Rector's companion once boasted to Jim of a dish served at Cafe
Marguery in Paris: "Filet de Sole de Marguery", which was strewn
with a sauce prepared according to a recipe only known to that restaurant's
inner circle of chefs. Jim threatened the owner of Rector's to completely halt
his patronage unless he could dine on Sole de Marguery right there. The
following day Mr. Rector pulled his son out of classes at Cornell University
and sent him to France on a mission of culinary espionage. The young man landed
a dishwashing job at Cafe Marguery (under an assumed name). Over the next two
years, he worked his way up until he was able to learn the closely guarded recipe
for the sauce. Once he mastered the preparation of Diamond
Jim's coveted entree, he set sail back to New York. Brady was waiting on the
pier when the vessel arrived, and called out to the ship, "Did you bring
the sauce?" The byoung maan was rushed to the restaurant
where he prepared serving after serving for Brady, who promptly consumed a total of nine
portions. Did he like it? "If you poured some of the sauce
over a Turkish towel, I believe I could eat all of it."
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