[FHCx288] National Dessert Day/World Egg Day

Today is two gross.

IT’S NATIONAL DESSERT DAY AND WORLD EGG DAY!

What better way to wake up than eggs AK-style? Make a couple super-runny over-easy eggs and serve on toast. Eggs around the world may be served differently, but this is SPAKhouse.

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Gooooooooooooooooooooo

Ok. What to do for dessert… Well we left it up to chance actually. For SP‘s birthday, AK bought us tickets to go to a first-ever event held at St. Paul College, this thing they call their “Chef’s Dinner.” They brought the chefs from Revival and Surly, both restaurants of great repute in SPAK history, to oversee the culinary program students in creating a beautiful dinner. So we left it to them to provide us with dessert. But on the journey there, we have to share the following as well.

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Oh there’s dessert! This cheesecake had mini sopapillas on top, and a fudge sauce made with cayenne pepper. SO good.

We loved it. It was super fun. We were glad to be part of it!

Tomorrow is… too much. National Cheese Curds Day, National Red Wine Day, National Mushroom Day, National Chicken Cacciatore Day, National Roast Pheasant Day. Oy.

-SPAK

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[FHCx287] National Yorkshire Pudding Day

Another national holiday celebrating another nation’s food…

IT’S NATIONAL YORKSHIRE PUDDING DAY!

Picture pudding. You probably just thought of some chocolatey or vanillay goo that can be gobbled up with a spoon pretty easily.

Not that kind of pudding today.

In the UK, pudding is really just a word for what happens when you mix eggs, flour, and milk, and make a popover-y pastry kind of thing. And usually that means with MEAT. None of this namby pamby sweet stuff. Meat.

Luckily for us we have a pub in town (a few actually) that serves food of the British Isles. It’s called Merlin’s Rest, and it’s very fun.

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If you’re gonna go British, grab a cider.

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Yeeeeeah, pudding!

Meaty and potatoy. The way life should be.

Tomorrow is National Dessert Day and World Egg Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx286] National Gumbo Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL GUMBO DAY!

Ah, gumbo. Delicious stewsoup of Southern Louisiana. Usually made using the cajun holy trinity (celery, bell peppers, onions) and a very thiiiick base. Usually also very delicious.

Problem: We aren’t in New Orleans. That basically disallows us from being able to have good gumbo. So we had to settle.

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Tomorrow is National Yorkshire Pudding Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx283] National Moldy Cheese Day/National Submarine-Hoagie-Hero-Grinder Day

This one is not for SPom.

TODAY IS NATIONAL MOLDY CHEESE DAY AND NATIONAL SUBMARINE-HOAGIE-HERO-GRINDER DAY!

We’ve now celebrated hoagies twice already. But today is when we put aside naming differences and realize what’s important: meat, oblong roll, insert into face. Our way of celebrating was ordering Jimmy John’s on a lazy Sunday morning.

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Left: AK‘s Beach Club. Right: SP‘s Bootlegger. Both without the tomato and with extra onions.

As the song goes: Sandwiches are beautiful / Sandwiches are fine / I like sandwiches / I eat them all the time.

Also celebrated today is moldy cheese. We both love cheese, ranging from aged sharp cheddar to the mozz you put on a pizza to the stinkiest of French cheeses. It’s really good stuff. Recently, we’ve had a few times where we pick up one of the small slivers of cheese at Lund’s & Byerly’s – they’re about $1 to $2 for a taste of a cheese and we just share them as a snack. Good stuff. This time we went a little larger just to make sure we could celebrate the day.

But wait a second. Moldy? Yes. From the same genus that brought you the miracle of penicillin comes a particular blue mold culture distinct to “blue” cheeses. Yes, it was probably discovered by accident. But it was a divine accident. Some still deny how great blue cheese is because they get stuck on the brevibacterium – it’s a bacterium that grows plentifully on human skin and causes that distinct foot odor. It’s not the kind of bacteria that causes the worst of smelly feet (that’s Kyetococcus sedentarius) so get over yourselves.

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St. Pete’s and some Societe Roquefort

Yum!

Tomorrow is National Angel Food Cake Day. Talk about a palette cleanser.

-SPAK

[FHCx282] National Pierogi Day/National Fluffernutter Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY AND NATIONAL FLUFFERNUTTER DAY!

The PBJ, as a sandwich, is not boring. It’s not even outlived its awesomeness. But sometimes what could really go well with peanut butter on bread is some marshmallow fluff. It’s a different kind of sweet to balance out the savory, salty peanut flavor. It’s better than bad; it’s good!

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PB. Fluff.

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Some like to have a thickness ratio that the fluff/PB is equal to the thickness of the bread. We’re ok with just a bit on each side.

We also have to pay respects to the pierogi today. While many cultures have their own dumplings – Chinese have bao, Japanese have gyoza, America has… dumplings – Eastern Europe’s dumplings are high on the chart of tasty starch. Whether you call them piroshok, varenyky, pelmeni, or pierogi, we’re all talking about something very similar – dough wrapping some tasty potato-y, onion-y, possibly cheesy stuff.

We got our pierogi courtesy of the Highland Grill, whose Steak and Pierogies entree is one of SP‘s favorites.

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Fried to perfection.

Yummy!

Tomorrow is National Moldy Cheese Day and National Submarine-Hoagy-Hero-Grinder Day, because we needed a third day to celebrate hoagies.

-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

[FHCx280] National Noodle Day

IT’S NATIONAL NOODLE DAY!

So many options! And man, do we love them all! You could go Eastern Europe with Beef Stroganoff… or Italian with frankly any pasta… or how about East Asian? Yeah! Let’s do that! Let’s get some Ramen. Real, tasty ramen. Not just Maruchan.

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We took a trip to Masu, one of the Japanese delights of the Twin Cities. We would have loved to go to United Noodles today, but they’re only open 11-6 each day, and we wouldn’t have made it in time. Still, Masu really hits the spot.

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Some nikuman to start us off. Mmmm buns.

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And some very tasty duck gyoza.

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SPom and AK both ordered gyudon, which is an amazing beef and rice bowl.

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SP got the Beef Short Rib and Kimchi Ramen. That’s a poached egg in the bottom left and it simply turned to mush.

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SPad ordered Yakisoba, a really awesome Japanese noodle dish. For those not in the know, soba is a buckwheat noodle.

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Rammmmmmen.

However you spin your noodles, happy noodle day!

Tomorrow is National Frappe Day.

-SPAK