[FHCx351] National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Anything!!

IT’S NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED ANYTHING DAY!

Most things are improved by covering them in chocolate: nuts, fruits, macaroni, chili peppers, bacon, ants…

People do that stuff! Really! There is a list on wikipedia of chocolate covered foods. Why?!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chocolate-covered_foods

We picked these up at the store to be mildly different, but not too adventurous.

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Guess what they tasted like? Chocolate. That’s all that’s important.

Tomorrow is National Maple Syrup 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

[FHCx311] National Nachos Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL NACHOS DAY!

Nachos were invented by a guy named Ignacio (“Nacho”) in 1943 as a treat for some US Soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan near Mexico’s border. In his hometown of Piedras Negras, they celebrate Nacho by having a Nachos Festival in October. Man, that would certainly be a sight…

Americanized nachos (more than just chips, cheese, and peppers) might include any of the following: black beans, pinto beans, refried beans, chili, cilantro, green onions, chicken, steak, ground beef, guacamole, lettuce, lime juice, olives, garlic, pico de gallo, salsa, sour cream, etc., etc. As big as you can pile it on is your tribute to the great Ignacio Anaya.

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Cook up some steak AK style with garlic salt, onion powder, and pepper.

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Chips.

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Cheese.

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Steak.

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Salsa and Guac.

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Lettuce eat!

Delicious carby nachos. If only we could eat your salty cheesiness forever.

Tomorrow is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx306] National Calzone Day/National Deep Fried Clams Day/National Vinegar Day

IT’S NATIONAL CALZONE DAY, NATIONAL DEEP FRIED CLAMS DAY, AND NATIONAL VINEGAR DAY!

Riffing on this Ben Wyatt from Parks n Rec thing… if we were to make a restaurant to celebrate folded pizza, it would be specifically diet-friendly and located in areas nearby Los Angeles or San Diego. It would be called the Local LoCal Low-Cal Calzone Zone.

But for reals. Calzone Day was just established recently. Specifically, it was petitioned by Minsky’s Pizza on their 40th anniversary. So hooray for them!

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Today also celebrates something we were worried about finding. There are always days like that. Sea Salt, which we visited for fried scallops, closed for the season at the end of October. Our next best bet was a place called Mucci’s, which is known for their deep fried – wait for it – pizza. Yeah. We were excited to see they also had clam fritti. But when we called at 4:45 to ensure they had our item, we were aghast to find they didn’t have any! As of November 1st, today was a menu change, and they don’t have ’em anymore.

We were in luck that a local joint by SP‘s old apartment had the goods for us. Here’s Mac’s Fish and Chips.

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The menu on a white board. Too quaint not to share.

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“We don’t have soda. We have POP!” Thanks, Minnesota. SP approves.

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SP got half clams and half cod. Mmmmm those clam strips were AMAZING.

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AK went full-blown Minnesotan and got Walleye. Probably was from Lake Wobegon.

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And what’s this? Malt vinegar to have with our fish n chips? Such that we can enjoy National Vinegar Day? Perfect!

Despite the troubles, today was a success. We could’ve clammed up, but we got out of our shell and had an adventure.

Tomorrow is National Deviled Egg 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

[FHCx74] National Potato Chip Day/National Pi Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL POTATO CHIP DAY AND ALSO PI DAY!

Potato chips used to be a lunch staple, as we mentioned on Almond Day. When it was decided that something else would be healthier, they lost their place in the regular rotation. That doesn’t mean that we don’t love potato chips. Quite the contrary, bags disappear very quickly in this house, even of not great flavors. There’s something about constantly putting a food in your mouth and having an extended period of flavor and texture.

And no other food measures up for that kind of crisp. People at WW meetings will talk about using celery instead, but we all know it’s not the same. But that’s when it’s important to say, “You know what? It’s ok if I have some chips. But just some. Not all.”

Today we selected some Kettle Brand Sriracha chips. They’re great.

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It’s wise to portion chips out by weighing them in grams. You can maximize how much you get that way!

More importantly, today is Pi Day. Though not celebrated as a food holiday, we sure will treat it like one. Pi Day started in the 1980s at the San Francisco Exploratorium. Those were people who celebrated things like Pi Day way before it was cool. In fact, likely at a time when it was decidedly uncool. (Maybe they even ate their pies before they were cool? Don’t burn your mouth.) Nowadays, hipsters who cherish “nerd culture” love to cling on to anything that makes them sound smart. So Pi Day for everyone, I guess!

At SP‘s school, as is tradition, the math department comes together with several pies and invites the staff to come celebrate.

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Clockwise from top left: Blueberry, dutch apple, pumpkin, oatmeal cream, chocolate cream, banana cream, cinnamon apple, pecan, Hostess

We had an irrationally good time. For fun, here’s a site where you can search pi for certain digits like where your phone number or birthday appears: http://www.angio.net/pi/

Speaking of eating pie and also trying to lose weight, here’s a relevant cartoon from Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal.

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Tomorrow is National Pears Helene Day! We’re going to have Melba flashbacks.

-SPAK

[FHCx60] National Surf and Turf Day

Happy leap day!

TODAY IS NATIONAL SURF AND TURF DAY!

Apparently there is no real definition on surf and turf. So we took it upon ourselves on this lovely extra Monday to find ourselves something from the surf and something from the turf.

Our journey took us to a local favorite, Red Cow.

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Surf: Fish and Chips. Really tasty.

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Turf: The Royale. Pork belly, Brie, arugula, and tomato jam. One of our favorites.

It wasn’t quite steak ‘n lobster, but it was damn good! The burgers are amazing at Red Cow. Super juicy and cooked to that perfect slight-pink center. With the pork belly and jam mixing with the sweetness of the cheese it’s just… ugh. Awesome.

Tomorrow is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day (not to be confused with National Peanut Butter Day) and National Fruit Compote Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx29] National Corn Chip Day

Bring out the bowl…

IT’S NATIONAL CORN CHIP DAY!

All day, I had people asking me if I was going to just chomp some Fritos at dinner tonight. And you know, I really could have. But to me, the quintessential corn chip is a corn tortilla chip. Yes, tortilla chips have their own day and we’ll get to that, but this is the real deal people!

Our pick for the night was Xochitl chips. Tasty, crispy, and work well for picking up stuff. Here are our totopos for the evening.

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Make sure to measure your portions so you don’t go through a whole bag in one evening…

Tomorrow is National Croissant Day!

-SPAK