[FHCx205] National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

Vanilla is not bland!

IT’S NATIONAL VANILLA ICE CREAM DAY!

We still can’t believe that “vanilla” frequently means “plain.” Just because it was the most popular and frequently procured ice cream flavor led to it being the basic choice. The usual.

Well we wanted to do something unusual, and of all people, Delta and American Express helped out. They came around in food trucks to multiple cities this summer (and have more to visit) to give away ice cream sandwiches to Delta SkyMiles cardholders like SP.

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From the Delta AmEx perks site

We stood out in the pouring rain to get our hands on these suckers. Since the Pie in the Sky was the one with the vanilla base, that was our choice! The cookie was like the texture of a french macaron and the ice cream was absolutely amazing. Creamy and smooth and melty.

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Water, water, everywhere… and ice cream sandwiches!

Thanks AmEx!

Tomorrow is National Tequila Day.

-SPAK

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[FHCx152] National Macaroon Day

‘Aroooooooooooon!

IT’S NATIONAL MACAROON DAY!

Our sources are unreliable this time around. And spelling differences between French and English don’t make this easier. Some swear that a macaroon is that coconutty ball held together by sugar and other tasty stuff. They’re popular with Jewish people on passover because they are one of the few treats that does not require leavening of flour.

Others say that the only real thing that can be called a macaroon is the French Macaron, the meringue-based cookie thing. On the one hand, wikipedia insists that a macaron is not to be confused with a macaroon. But according to John Murrel’s A Daily Exercise for Ladies and Gentlewomen, written in 1617, these are referred to as “French Macaroones.”

Tomato, to-mah-to? Whatever. We wanted to play it safe so we handled both.

Exhibit A: Patrick’s Bakery‘s caramel macaroon. Yes, they spell it with two Os. We picked this one up from Patrick’s when we were there for Coq Au Vin day. A great macaron has a very light crust to it, that comes from the meringue, followed by a delightful center that is typically chewy and pasty. And they do just as good a job with these macarons as they did with their food. Well worth heading in and picking some up! Plus, they’re much bigger than the usual, but it doesn’t sacrifice any flavor.

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Exhibit B: The best coconut macaroon known to humankind. It comes from Salty Tart bakery at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. SP and SPom discovered these amazing macaroons at the Minnesota State Fair at a produce stand several years ago. Since then, we’ve frequently made trips to the MGM for dinner (often at The Rabbit Hole) and made sure to pick up a pack of these amazing things.

Then, as it turned out, Andrew Zimmern talked about them on one of our favorite shows, Best Thing I Ever Ate.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/salty-tarts-coconut-macaroons-0172780.embed.html

We love them. They’re to die for. I mean, look at this.

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Ugh, mouth watering again. So whether you are of the Macaroon Mobsters or of the Macaron Musketeers, today is the day for you!

Anyway, tomorrow is National Hazelnut Cake Day and National Olive Day!

-SPAK