[FHCx278] National Taco Day/National Vodka Day

TACO TUESDAY!

IT’S NATIONAL TACO DAY AND NATIONAL VODKA DAY!

I think earlier in the year we picked this up for one of the alcoholidays. We’ve had it sitting around. It’s easy enough. Dan Aykroyd would be happy that we drank it and thought of UFOs or something.

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The real star of today is the taco. Oh, glorious taco. What deliciousness have you brought us? Whether you are a fan of the gringo-style ground beef with super-yellow cheese, the au natural tortilla filled with meat, or the gourmet style with all sorts of experimental fun, you should probably know that tacos are like little miracles for your mouth.

We opted for special tacos at one of our favorite local places, Tacocat. It’s located in the Midtown Global Market, like a lot of great Minneapolitan foods.

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Their chips and salsa are to die for.

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AK ordered two of The Larry: Chicken, chorizo, and cheese. Plus onions, cilantro, crema, and salsa.

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SP also got a Larry (middle) but also a special (left) with corned beef, cabbage, and mustard, and the Ruckus (right) with angus beef, pickled radish, onions, mint chimichurri, and salsa.

We could probably each eat a few dozen more, but you really have to limit yourself if you want to be able to wake up in the morning. If Marco Gutierrez says that voting against Trump means a taco truck on every corner, we’re in.

Tomorrow is National Apple Betty 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