[FHCx290] World Food Day/National Liqueur Day

Around the world!


Liqueur is what you have when you want alcohol but you want it to taste like something completely unrelated. Coffee liqueur, orange liqueur, etc. In the true American spirit, they are frequently sweetened to all hell. If we had to pick one liqueur for today, we would pick Grand Marnier. It’s boss.

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World Food Day you ask? Celebrate the world’s food? The day was established in 1979 as the anniversary of the creation of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945. Basically, it’s all about becoming aware of the world’s food and agriculture in both its pride and challenges. Every year has a theme, and 2016’s is climate change. “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”

But to celebrate, we took a trip to Minneapolis’s World Street Kitchen, to have some worldly food.

Pita with Hummus, Olive Tapenade, and Smoky Feta

These brussels sprouts are some of the best on the planet.

The Korean Yum Yum Bowl. Korean bbq beef short rib with peanuts, kimchi, onions, and secret sauce, served over rice.


We also stopped by next door to Milk Jam to get some ice cream. Look at the kinds of flavors they have here.


Whew. Thanks for the food, world!

Tomorrow is National Pasta Day.



[FHCx128] National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

Shake a leg, because


Lamb is a pretty awesome meat. It saddens us here in the SPAKworld when we hear friends say things about how “exotic” it is to eat lamb. Apparently, the only three meats are chicken, beef, and pork. Maybe turkey, if you’re a little cultured. No! Lamb is great. It can be problematic when trying not to indulge on food, though, as it’s generally pretty fatty. That means it’s all the tastier!

Tonight we took a trip to the Downtowner Woodfire Grill in Downtown St. Paul. In an area along W 7th Street that houses other amazing eateries like Forepaugh’s and Cosetta, a restaurant has to have a longstanding history of quality in order to stay in business. And that Downtowner does. When you walk in, you get a pretty strong whiff of some tasty planks over the fire. It’s impressive and very appetizing. We’re here for lamb!

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Kebab style!

Very tender, a very unique flavor of lamb. If you like lamb, this is a great choice!

Of course, we closed dinner by having some great desserts, too:

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Flourless Chocolate Grand Marnier Cake

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Molten Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

A really fun time! Thanks, Downtowner!

Tomorrow is National Coconut Cream Pie Day, Have a Coke Day, and (unofficially) 5-8 Day! You’ll see…