[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

[FHCx328] National Espresso Day/National Cashew Day/National Eat a Cranberry Day

IT’S NATIONAL ESPRESSO DAY, NATIONAL CASHEW DAY, AND NATIONAL EAT A CRANBERRY DAY!

A bunch of small things today for the food holidays… First up, espresso. The OED does permit “expresso” as a “spelling variant.” It’s got a higher concentration than coffee, and is some fancy Italian process because normal coffee wasn’t good enough. Then again, SPAK aren’t in with coffee like other people are, so we just bought a thing with espresso in the name.

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Tastes like coffee.

Coffee beans leads us to nuts. Last time we had cashews we went sweet. Cashews are pretty good plain, and are a plentiful snack to have around the house. Cashew is not a portmanteau of a Catholic Jew, by the way, in case there was any confusion. Anyway, the real treat is AK‘s favorite – dill pickle flavored cashews. She loooooves them.

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Last up is the cranberry stuff. And while we did make some tasty cranberry relish for yesterday’s celebration, we wanted to do something different. SP found this beautiful cranberry sauce at Kowalski’s which is terrific on crackers. LOOK AT THE BEAUTIFUL REDDISH PURPLE!

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AK doesn’t like cranberries as a general rule (or many berries) because of their tartness. The poor, sensitive girl. However, that does mean we have a bunch leftover to bring to Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.

Speaking of which, tomorrow is National Turkey Day! …and National Sardines 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

[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

[FHCx273] National Coffee Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL COFFEE DAY!

…not like we’re excited.

Most people need their Joe in the morning to help them get going. Even the smell of coffee is enough to get people in the right mood. It’s the reason that we see stupid mugs like this:

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Or hear terrific songs like:

We just so happen to keep a Keurig in our guest room solely for guests who would want to have coffee, since SPAK doesn’t make any on their own. Rather than head out to one of the many places giving away free coffee today, we just made some at home (for the first time ever).

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Tomorrow is National Chewing Gum Day and National Hot Mulled Cider Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx266] National Ice Cream Cone Day/National White Chocolate Day

Dessert!

IT’S NATIONAL ICE CREAM CONE DAY AND NATIONAL WHITE CHOCOLATE DAY!

Prose by SPuncle SPicky: “White chocolate is NOT chocolate.  It’s just congealed cacao grease with a little — I guess I’ll go that far — chocolate taste.”

Yes, there’s something weird about white chocolate. There are very few things that have white chocolate that are worth going out of your way for. We even disguised our white chocolate consumption in this autumny bread pudding from Lund’s & Byerly’s:

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But we also have to say hello to autumn by waving goodbye to summer with one last treat: an ice cream cone!

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Raz’s, the local place

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Glossy, beautiful elephant tracks

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SP with a triple chocolate.

Now to go hyper on a sugar rush!

Tomorrow is National Great American Pot Pie Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx250] National Coffee Ice Cream Day

TWO FIFTY, can you believe it?

IT’S NATIONAL COFFEE ICE CREAM DAY!

Why spoil one of the greatest things in life with one of the grossest things? (SP really hates coffee.) We’ve even had garlic ice cream and liked it. Last time that coffee and ice cream got together, we avoided it the best we could, and we’ve done the same this time.

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Enter Halo Top with the Chocolate Mocha Chip flavor!

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Pile of poo or ice cream?

Glad we escaped narrowly the fate of coffee ice cream. Still, it’s not the greatest Halo Top flavor. So far, we would order it Chocolate > Vanilla Bean > Strawberry > Chocolate Mocha Chip. We have yet to try their Birthday Cake, Lemon Cake, or Mint Chip. But still!

Tomorrow is a huge one: Beer Lovers’ Day, Acorn Squash Day, Salami Day, and Napoleon Day.

Here’s the issue, though… THURSDAY DOESN’T HAVE A FOOD HOLIDAY!!! Some people claim that it’s date-nut bread day, but that doesn’t happen until December 22nd. WE ARE FREAKING OUT!

-SPAK

[FHCx208] National Coffee Milkshake Day/National Bagelfest Day

Ice cream ahoy!

IT’S NATIONAL COFFEE MILKSHAKE DAY AND NATIONAL BAGELFEST DAY!

Well, it’s not the date for Bagelfest this year. See, Lender’s Bagels moved in to Mattoon, Illinois and proclaimed the city the Bagel Capital of the World. Ridiculous. Then they started this annual festival at the end of July called Bagelfest, which has had parades and performances from the likes of 38 Special and Zac Brown Band. This year, the festival was held this past weekend, but all of our sources (we shouldn’t just trust everything we initially read, eh?) told us today was the day. Even news outlets were reporting that it was Bagelfest Day and nobody was the wiser.

Before work this morning, SP and AK took a trip to Bruegger’s to get some bagel action.

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Open-facing a bagel makes it take twice as long to get through and lets you enjoy each bite a little more. However, more cream cheese is likely to get in SP‘s moustache that way.

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Red onion and lox are also not optional for most bagel outings.

This evening we had to spoil the amazingness of today’s bagel morning with a coffee-flavored something-or-other. Neither of us like coffee very much at all. Blame our parents? Could be worse. We could be weirdos who hate bananas.

We landed our coffee milkshake thanks to Conny’s Cream Cone, which we’ve written about before. We got a mocha milkshake which we consumed about 1/3 of. Coffee. Not even once.

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They make really good ice cream, so it wasn’t all for naught.

Tomorrow is a triple day again: Chicken Finger Day, Creme Brulee Day, and Scotch Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx98] National Coffee Cake Day/National Beer Day

Don’t have both for breakfast…

TODAY IS NATIONAL COFFEE CAKE DAY AND NATIONAL BEER DAY!

Coffee cake, thankfully, is not made with actual coffee. Instead, it’s made to have with coffee which, again thankfully, is not actually required. This morning, AK made some eggs and we had them with some delicious coffee cake from Lund’s & Byerly’s.

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When you’ve got a sweet tooth for breakfast, no one will shame you for eating coffee cake.

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With tea instead of coffee!

Later today, we also had to celebrate National Beer Day. National Beer Day arose as the anniversary of April 7, 1933, when restrictions were lifted on the buying/selling/consuming of beer in the United States. These days it can be hard to imagine people who lobbied so strongly to strike down the right to drink alcohol, but then again, we have all sorts of crazies these days trying to illegalize things like being human.

So in addition to celebrating the beer itself, which honestly the team of SPAK could take or leave, we salute the bootleggers of the prohibition era who brought into popularity the greatest soft drink known to man: Root Beer. Oh man. Don’t even get SP started. Apparently in countries like France, Root Beer is said to taste like medicine, and they hate it. I pity them.

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Like beery cousins. Twice removed?

Tomorrow is National Empanada Day!

-SPAK

I like this place a waffle lot

SP here, for a quick write-up about an amazing spot just north of the University of Minnesota: Black Coffee and Waffle Bar. I went here with a coworker before helping out with a “camp” at the U, and it blew my mind. I couldn’t think about anything else for the rest of the day.

To me, there’s a holy trio of breakfast foods: french toast, pancakes, and waffles. Personally, I believe that french toast is one of the greatest foods of all time, and the best among the three. Pancakes and waffles are locked in an eternal battle for supremacy. Sometimes pancakes win, and sometimes waffles.

Black Coffee and Waffle is aptly named because those are essentially the two items on the menu. 7am-9pm every day – coffee and waffles. They have a few bakery items, but you know what you’re getting into when you walk in the door. I can’t speak much to the coffee because I am not a connoisseur, not even much of a fan. But waffles are my domain.

Among the waffle choices are sweet and savory options. Now, if you’re like a couple of my [crazy] friends, you’re not a fan of sweet foods for breakfast, so you might opt for the ham and swiss waffle: a waffle-sized slice of ham with melted swiss over it. Hearty and tasty for the meat-eater. If you’re like me, anything that has the word “banana” becomes immediately more attractive. This time around, I opted for the Banana Nut waffle, with whipped cream, walnuts, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It tastes like a banana nut bread that just got pressed into a waffle.

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I fell into a tasty ring of bananas

A great waffle has an exterior crunch that is unique to wafflekind. The interior is super fluffy but slightly chewy in order to feel substantial. It’s almost like a french fry, in a way. And unlike the french fry, the Belgian waffle does have its origins in its namesake country. It’s all a great combination.

Also, I bought AK a waffle maker a couple weeks ago. Maybe she’ll make some of these at home. But in the meantime, I’ll definitely be back to Black Coffee and Waffle Bar.

SP