[FHCx366] National Champagne Day

THIS IS IT! THIS IS THE END!

IT’S NATIONAL CHAMPAGNE DAY!

366 days straight of food holiday challenges. No retrospective in this post. No “here’s our favorites.” Nah, we’ll save that for another time. We have to get to the NYE partying!

And in true SPAK spirit, we want to avoid the actual alcohol (and fizziness for AK specifically) and circumvent the process. Not only that, but we’d probably have people arguing over what’s “real” champagne anyway. So we got these two things from Sugarfina – thanks looking out, SPom!

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Champagne gummi bears and Champagne Marshmallows! The gummi bears tasted like gummi bears.

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The marshmallows had actual gold on them which made them kind of expensive. They were also super squishy and delicate. Not your Stay Puft kind of mallow.

Well that’s it! A full trip around the food holiday calendar. Tomorrow is National Bloody Mary Day, but you probably already knew that!

Happy New Year, and thanks for all the support in our Food Holiday Challenge! Stay tuned in 2017 for further blog posts.

-SPAK

[FHCx355] National Sangria Day

Wiiiiiiiiiiiiine

IT’S NATIONAL SANGRIA DAY!

We’ve made it to the last alcoholiday, with the exception of Champagne Day on 12/31.

When SP hears the word “Sangria,” he thinks white people with boxed wine.

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In reality, Sangria is a little bit more classy. The Spanish give us this wine kind of thing that they just call “blood” and we accept it. Alright. Well we weren’t going to try to make ours at home, but we could certainly buy a bottle of a “REAL” sangria from Total Wine.

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Yep. Tastes like wine.

Moving on… Tomorrow is National Fried Shrimp Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx345] National Lager Day

“Sure is Lager. I’ll tell ya that.”

IT’S NATIONAL LAGER DAY!

Lager. The one word used to describe the nondescript-est beer ever. Ya know, Miller, Budweiser, Beck’s, and so on. All of the types that are basically carbonated water that once maybe had a hint of beer and are now just weird and kinda yucky. No offense to lager lovers. There must be a market for it, otherwise there wouldn’t be so damn many kinds.

Lager is the Kristen Stewart of beers. We’ll put it that way.

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Yep, real warm and festive…

Wish we could say we were done with the alcoholidays but we still have more ahead!

Tomorrow is National Noodle Ring Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx313] National Cappuccino Day/National Harvey Wallbanger Day/National Cook Something Bold Day

IT’S NATIONAL CAPPUCCINO DAY, NATIONAL HARVEY WALLBANGER DAY, AND NATIONAL COOK SOMETHING BOLD DAY!

Coffee and alcohol. Our favorites.

Cappuccino is easy to get, thanks to the prolific nature of the coffee store. Thanks, Seattle, for making this be a thing that people can do all over the place all the time never stop drinking coffee need the caffeine or I’ll crash get my fix drip drip percolate coffee sip sip.

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And then there’s the booze. Another drink with some convoluted history where nobody actually knows what’s true. That’s just how these things seem to go.

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1.5 fl oz vodka, 4 fl oz orange juice. Stir it up.

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Float in the Galliano, an Italian liqueur of which the only use is really just to make this drink.

And then to cook something bold, we just found something with bold on the label. A sriracha topper? Mmmm..

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Tomorrow is National Scrapple Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx301] National American Beer Day

Leave it to the Americans to have a redundant sounding holiday.

IT’S NATIONAL AMERICAN BEER DAY!

Beer! YEAH! America! RED WHITE AND BLUE!

We’re gonna one-up this whole “American” beer thing and have a Minnesotan beer, courtesy of Lift Bridge. It’s a well-known name around these parts as their headquarters are just a few miles away in Stillwater. They’re particularly well known for their Farm Girl Saison. We aren’t beer aficionados, but we know that when people latch onto local breweries and make them extremely successful, there’s a good reason.

So here’s to American beer that hasn’t sold out to InBev.

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Tomorrow is National Breadstick Day, National Chocolate Day, and National Wild Foods 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