[FHCx356] National Fried Shrimp Day

10 DAYS LEFT!

IT’S NATIONAL FRIED SHRIMP DAY!

Quoth the Bubba, “…you can fry it…”

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Relatives of this guy, no doubt.

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Sweet and Spicy Fried Shrimp

Tomorrow is National Date Nut Bread Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx338] National Peppermint Latte Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL PEPPERMINT LATTE DAY!

Opened up the e-mail this morning and got this:

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Well this makes our job easy.

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Li’l candy-cane bits on top!

On the whole, it did taste like coffee. So there was only so much of it that SP wanted to drink. But the modern age of making coffee more of a home to sugar and various syrups, you could hardly call this coffee.

Tomorrow is National Cookie Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx330] National Leftovers Day/National Maize Day/National Parfait Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL LEFTOVERS DAY, NATIONAL MAIZE DAY, AND NATIONAL PARFAIT DAY!

We wanted to do something different from the last couple times we did parfaits. This time we picked up a fruit and yogurt parfait from McDonald’s.

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Tastes like fruit and yogurt. NEXT!

Maize. We could have done something elaborate with maize, but instead opted for the cheap stuff: some tasty Xochitl chips. Says “maiz” right on the bag.

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Lastly, our dinner came courtesy of last night’s Thanksgiving feast. Of course we went home with these:

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There was just so much good that we had to keep eating it. Frankly, we would’ve consumed the calories anyway, it’s just a matter of having them spread out over two days instead of one. That’s being responsible, right?

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SPom’s stuffing, sweet potato banana mash, blueberry wild rice, and SPad’s beautiful turkey.

Who doesn’t like leftovers anyway?

Tomorrow is National Cake Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx321] National Fast Food Day

IT’S NATIONAL FAST FOOD DAY!

At dinner this evening, SP and AK reminisced over many fast food memories of childhood and adolescence. Much of America can remember certain instances tied to McDonald’s and the like, and it’s just so ingrained in our culture that it would be truly a shock if someone had never had food from any one of the multitude of fast food options. Things to note in our fast food history:

SP used to get a combo of two hamburgers at McDonald’s when he was little. But… No pickles or onions. It wasn’t until much later that he realized how amazing those are.

AK used to not understand why her brother would get the Western Bacon Cheeseburger at Carl’s, Jr. because she didn’t like barbecue sauce. Again, something that would turn around later in life.

SP was the kind of guy who would dip his french fries into his Frosty at Wendy’s.

AK used to love getting the Chicken Teriyaki Bowl with an Oreo shake from Jack-in-the-Box. Unfortunately, we have none in Minnesota.

SP didn’t experience White Castle until he was in his teenage years, because the rest of the SPamily tends to really dislike White Castle. When he found out how amazing it is, he felt betrayed that he’d never been exposed to it.

AK knows how to order her food at In-n-Out just right. It’s important to get your fries animal style with extra spread. Gimme dat extra.

Anyway, tonight’s pick was narrowed down to Arby’s. A good choice to celebrate all that is fast food!

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It was fast. And food!

Whichever speedy drive-thru option you choose today, just know that America runs on this. A true patriot eats pre-prepared foods from under a heat lamp.

Tomorrow is National Homemade Bread Day and National Baklava Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx293] National Seafood Bisque Day

Greetings from California!

TODAY IS NATIONAL SEAFOOD BISQUE DAY!

And we are actually by a body of water this time!

We are on a short fall vacation to Southern California, and our first stop from the airport was to get into some bisque. We achieved our goal thanks to Roy’s at the Anaheim Garden Walk (you know, right next to Disneyland).

Lobster Bisque that had some Thai curry flavors. Spicy and tasty!

Our crew for dinner! AKma and AKpa on the right, SPAK, SPuncle SPark, and SPark’s coworker/BFF Howie


Tomorrow is National Brandied Fruit Day. On towards vacation!

-SPAK

[FHCx281] National Frappe Day

Hoore! Whaddya se?

IT’S NATIONAL FRAPPE DE DAY!

What even is a frappe? Since Starbucks unleashed the Frappuccino on the world, nobody can think of anything other than that one specific item. Apparently it came from Greece of all places. But who cares? Starbucks has the monopoly. So we had to give in.

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Because our level of basic is off the charts for today, this is specifically a pumpkin spice frappuccino. If you want to pronounce it the same way, just try pronouncing it nasally without ever closing your lips. “Frappachinaa”

Tasty. But still coffee.

Tomorrow is National Fluffernutter Day and National Pierogi Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx237] National Waffle Day/National Peach Pie Day

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Today’s Pearls Before Swine, by Stephan Pastis

That’s right! IT’S NATIONAL WAFFLE DAY AND NATIONAL PEACH PIE DAY!

Pearls is one of SP‘s favorite comics, so he was delighted to get this comic via e-mail from SPom this morning. Waffles are great and they do deserve their own day. Not specific waffle types, but just waffles in general. Whether you eat Eggos on the run or you take the time to go somewhere tasty like Black Coffee & Waffle Bar, today is a day to sit back and enjoy the syrupy, battery goodness that is the waffle.

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SP bought this waffle maker for AK as a present. The mix is 2 cups of Kodiak mix and 2 cups of water. Easy peasy.

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It was dark when we took this picture because AK can’t handle bright lights in the morning.

As we found out the other day, peaches are in season! And of course that means peachy desserts. No, not Melba or Cobbler. Straight up pie.

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Courtesy of Baker’s Square

Tomorrow is National Banana Split Day and National Whiskey Sour Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx232] National Soft Ice Cream Day/ National Hot and Spicy Food Day/National Potato Day

IT’S NATIONAL SOFT ICE CREAM DAY AND NATIONAL HOT AND SPICY FOOD DAY AND NATIONAL POTATO DAY!

We were cruising along at United Noodles earlier in the week, when SP found this staring at him from the shelf. Knowing we had two holidays coming up and both were listed on the package, we had to do it!

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That potato seems like he has something to say.

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Unfortunately, the chips weren’t hot or spicy. They tasted like regular barbecue chips. I guess Western taste in spicy is very different. We even had a zen moment where we remembered International Hot & Spicy Food Day, when we made an international dish… But just to make sure that we got something spicy, SP had a steak bowl at home with some Frontera salsa.

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After all of that hot and spicy, make sure that you have something to nullify at least a little. Thanks to Mythbusters, we know for sure that Milk (dairy) is best for neutralizing the heat. Soft serve was our way of doing that, and when we think soft serve ice cream cones, we think Conny’s. Barring that, some sort of fast food. McDougal’s McDonald’s it is!

 Tomorrow is National Lemonade Day and National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day.


-SPAK

[FHCx218] National Oyster Day

IT’S NATIONAL OYSTER DAY!

We are among the population who do definitely like oysters. Some are grossed out by them like they are for many other shellfish. Something about slimy somethingorother. But they’re delicious! We revisited Oceanaire for oysters today, since they serve more than just Blue Points like every other restaurant… Here are some Dabob Bay oysters.

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We also got some oysters Rockefeller, since they’re really good:

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Tomorrow is National Mead Day, National Mustard Day, and National Root Beer Float Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx209] National Chicken Finger Day/National Creme Brulee Day/National Scotch Day

*Inhaaaales*

IT’S NATIONAL CHICKEN FINGER DAY, NATIONAL CREME BRULEE DAY, AND NATIONAL SCOTCH DAY!

This is not the first time that there is a “national” holiday (in the US) for a definitively non-US item. While SP‘s friend SPalex loves scotch, SPAK treats it similarly to whiskey, bourbon, etc. and files it under the “alcohol is really hit-or-miss” category. In comes some Johnnie Walker Red Label, one of the only scotches to come in a mini bottle so we don’t spend money that we wouldn’t actually use.

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Now let’s get a little sweet. Creme Brulee is not one of the desserts that we’d find ourselves ordering over, say, a chocolate cake or a BCP (banana cream pie). However, it is good in its own rite and we’d be happy to have some to celebrate the day. It’s one of those ooooold French desserts that others tried to appropriate for their own. In fact, Trinity College in the UK was so well-known for their burnt cream – with theirs having the college logo branded into the top – that they had to issue a statement saying, “we didn’t invent this.”

We know Lund’s & Byerly’s bakery section makes a pretty terrific one, so we had to get our hands on it.

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And now for the important part.

SP is getting emotional again.

Back when SP was a child, there was a restaurant in South Minneapolis called Rochelle’s. Even with a little googling, there seems to be very little record of its existence. See, Rochelle’s made what they called, “Turkey Dippers.” Flash-fried in a special fryer, this turkey dippers were the lifeforce of a young SP. But all good things must come to an end. He just didn’t understand in his young brain why a restaurant would close.

Years later, some of the same people opened up shop in Apple Valley, calling themselves Top Notch Turkey. Again, no record of this happening. And despite SP‘s concerted effort, the restaurant still closed. No one but SP wanted those delicious, uncannily amazing breaded and fried turkey “fingers.”

And so SP spent the rest of his life living out this grief with the help of Chicken Fingers to soften the blow. He had a rating system when he was about 9-10 years old of the many different places that had chicken fingers. Among the top was Doolittle’s Air Cafe (as it was once known). He wrote them fan mail to express his love for their chicken fingers and barbecue sauce. When they rebranded as Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill, they still kept chicken fingers on a secret menu just for him and they do TO THIS DAY.

When SPAK moved into this house last July, we heard notice that we’d be getting a Raising Cane’s in the area. Now it’s within walking distance. And for a place that only has 5 things on the menu, you know they have to get each of those pretty damn perfect. Though they don’t have their own barbecue sauce for chicken fingers, as is customary for SP, their Cane’s Sauce is still really good. If you like chicken fingers with honey mustard, go home and reevaluate your life.

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Oh yeah. Look at that pile of beige.

It’s no turkey dipper. But nothing really is. If former Rochelle’s employees are out there… please get in touch.

Tomorrow is Milk Chocolate Day and Chili Dog Day!

-SPAK