[FHCx348] National Cocoa Day/National Ice Cream and Violins Day

We’re getting weird.

IT’S NATIONAL COCOA DAY AND NATIONAL ICE CREAM AND VIOLINS DAY!

Why violins? A quick google search shows that a whole bunch of people perpetuate this holiday without knowing where it even came from. We just do what we’re told when people tell us to eat ice cream. AKma and AKpa provided the soundtrack of violin music. Here were some picks.

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New flavor from Halo Top!

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On the one hand, ice cream is great. On the other hand, it’s December and…

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So really what helped us today was celebrating cocoa. Cocoa could mean a lot of things to a lot of people but the first thing that came to mind for us was a hot cup of chocolatey comfort. On a frigid day like today, it’s important to have hot cocoa.

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Tea, Cocoa, and Cider pots that we keep in our kitchen.

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Panda mug is a good mug… Wait a minute… Something’s missing.

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Aha! Perfect :3

Tomorrow is National Bouillabaisse Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx316] National Sundae Day

Sundaey

IT’S NATIONAL SUNDAE DAY!

Any kind you want. It doesn’t have to be hot fudge or strawberry. Just ice cream and toppings. Usually whipped cream, some sort of sauce or syrup, maybe some fruit. Sprinkles? If you got ’em.

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Tomorrow is National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day and National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx290] World Food Day/National Liqueur Day

Around the world!

TODAY IS WORLD FOOD DAY AND NATIONAL LIQUEUR DAY!

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.

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Whew. Thanks for the food, world!

Tomorrow is National Pasta Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx277] National Caramel Custard Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL CARAMEL CUSTARD DAY!

We’re nearly out of the woods on these oddly-specific flavored item days. Finding good custard is one thing, let alone certain flavors. We picked out this one that’s from Iowa.

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Very thick stuff.

Tomorrow is National Taco Day and National Vodka Day. In Sweden, it will be National Cinnamon Roll Day, but we aren’t Swedish nationals…

-SPAK

[FHCx268] National Cherries Jubilee Day

Escoffier strikes again!

IT’S NATIONAL CHERRIES JUBILEE DAY!

Auguste Escoffier, creator of Peach Melba among other SPAK food holiday foods, created the Cherries Jubilee in honor of Queen Victoria’s jubilee. She reigned from 1837 to 1901. Secret to longevity? She really liked cherries.

So we thought to honor this day by having a recipe from the very American (non-French, non-British) chef Paula Deen.

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1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tbsp corn starch

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Cherry water from a can of cherries

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Pour in 1/4 cup brandy/cognac and LIGHT IT ON FIRE.

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Serve over ice cream, like everything else Escoffier does.

Seriously, where would Escoffier have been without ice cream…

Tomorrow is National Crabmeat Newburg Day and National Lobster 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

[FHCx256] National Chocolate Milkshake Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DAY!

We could have gone out to Snuffy’s Malt Shop and had one of the best milkshakes in the Twin Cities. Or Burger Jones for SP‘s favorite, the Twixie Treat. Or one of the many places that takes ice cream, makes it drinkable, and then gives you a cup that instantly gets devoured. The whole thing.

But we decided to try this at home with the blender. Wasn’t the smartest idea we’ve had. We had some chocolate Halo Top around and some milk and ice, so we figured it couldn’t be bad. Well it wasn’t bad… Just not… great?

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Ok, we’ll shut up about the Halo Top!

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More icy than creamy. Don’t you hate that?

Anyway, tomorrow is National Peanut Day and National Snack a Pickle 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

[FHCx246] National Blueberry Popsicle

We think this is the last of the popsicle days…

IT’S NATIONAL BLUEBERRY POPSICLE DAY!

And we’re doing something better than usual!

Blueberry isn’t a normal flavor that you find in popsicles. Grape, orange, cherry, strawberry, etc. etc. but nobody makes an easily-accessible blueberry. Well we struck gold on our outing to the Minnesota State Fair (the best state fair). When taking a break from the Cheesy French Onion Monkey Bread from Blue Moon, the food that Andrew Zimmern said was the best new food this year the day after we declared the same, we found ourselves at a cold treat thanks to Minnesota Farmers’ Union and Grand Ole Creamery.

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Refreshing ice cream pop, and even had some cake inside!

We really had a lot of fun. Thanks, State Fair!

Tomorrow is International Bacon Day and National Welsh Rarebit Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx238] National Banana Split Day/National Whiskey Sour Day

Banananananana

TODAY IS NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY AND NATIONAL WHISKEY SOUR DAY!

We don’t really get whiskey sour. Whiskey with a little bit of lemon and sugar just makes it taste more like whiskey. Eh. We were out to dinner with SParents at Pezzo and so we could give the rest of it to them!

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We did get to cleanse our palette with some stuff we love, though: ice cream! Ice cream summer never ends! Well, it kind of does pretty soon, but we’re in denial!

Invented in 1904, the banana split takes nature’s best fruit and pairs it with the best cold dessert. Here is the banana split AK made in its most beautiousness.

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“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!”

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Split!

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Halo Top is great.

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Put the ice cream inside and cover in whipped cream

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Chocolasauce

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Some chopped pecans for fun.

We could probably eat these all day.

Tomorrow is National Cherry Popsicle Day!

-SPAK