[FHCx312] National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

IT’S NATIONAL BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE WITH ALMONDS DAY!

Chocolate. Dark. Add almonds. Kay.

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Tomorrow is National Cappuccino Day, National Harvey Wallbanger Day, and National Cook Something Bold Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx306] National Calzone Day/National Deep Fried Clams Day/National Vinegar Day

IT’S NATIONAL CALZONE DAY, NATIONAL DEEP FRIED CLAMS DAY, AND NATIONAL VINEGAR DAY!

Riffing on this Ben Wyatt from Parks n Rec thing… if we were to make a restaurant to celebrate folded pizza, it would be specifically diet-friendly and located in areas nearby Los Angeles or San Diego. It would be called the Local LoCal Low-Cal Calzone Zone.

But for reals. Calzone Day was just established recently. Specifically, it was petitioned by Minsky’s Pizza on their 40th anniversary. So hooray for them!

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Today also celebrates something we were worried about finding. There are always days like that. Sea Salt, which we visited for fried scallops, closed for the season at the end of October. Our next best bet was a place called Mucci’s, which is known for their deep fried – wait for it – pizza. Yeah. We were excited to see they also had clam fritti. But when we called at 4:45 to ensure they had our item, we were aghast to find they didn’t have any! As of November 1st, today was a menu change, and they don’t have ’em anymore.

We were in luck that a local joint by SP‘s old apartment had the goods for us. Here’s Mac’s Fish and Chips.

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The menu on a white board. Too quaint not to share.

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“We don’t have soda. We have POP!” Thanks, Minnesota. SP approves.

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SP got half clams and half cod. Mmmmm those clam strips were AMAZING.

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AK went full-blown Minnesotan and got Walleye. Probably was from Lake Wobegon.

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And what’s this? Malt vinegar to have with our fish n chips? Such that we can enjoy National Vinegar Day? Perfect!

Despite the troubles, today was a success. We could’ve clammed up, but we got out of our shell and had an adventure.

Tomorrow is National Deviled Egg Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx276] National Fried Scallops Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL FRIED SCALLOPS DAY!

We aren’t exactly by the ocean in Minnesota, but it doesn’t mean we can’t get great seafood. One restaurant in particular, Sea Salt Eatery, draws such huge crowds that we waited in line before the place even opened this morning! Their menu is impressive, and you can eat while taking a look at Minnehaha Falls.

Let’s get down to the seafood.

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Fried bay scallop tacos. You cannot pick them up until you eat some of the interior.

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Catfish po boy. Similar in magnitude. Can’t close the sub until you eat some first.

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Fried oyster po boy. Getting the gist here?

We’re glad we were able to find fried scallops at a local place. And such tasty ones, at that!

Tomorrow is National Caramel Custard Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx168] National Fudge Day

So many choices for today because

IT’S NATIONAL FUDGE DAY!

Fudge fudge fudge, we’ve done fudge before! Fudge is great. Sugary, cocoa-y, buttery fudge. Mmmmmm fudge.

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This stand was out at our local HyVee. They knew!

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Amy’s!

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Mmmmmmm.

Don’t overdo it, y’all.

Tomorrow is National Eat Your Vegetables Day and National Apple Streudel Day! (Apple streudel is not a vegetable)

-SPAK

[FHCx10] Bittersweet Chocolate Day

“That’s why I hate bittersweet chocolate. I don’t even– What’s the point of that? Why not just sweet? I mean who- who are you helping?”

-Michael Scott, The Office

TODAY IS BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE DAY!

Chocolate is awesome. We can all see that. Problem is, the internet could not give me a definite answer as to what is “bittersweet” chocolate. Some say that it’s equivalent to “extra dark” chocolate, others say it’s entirely based on baking and chocolate liquor, and… well, Wikipedia is giving me conflicting emotions right now.

Still! Some bars will specifically say Bittersweet, so let’s get to the point here: Chocolate.

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Our selection of chocolate for the evening

AK picked out some beautiful chocolate bars for us tonight. We don’t have immediate access to SP‘s favorite French chocolate from Hevin, but this suited us nicely. Our general feelings on these chocolates were…

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A very wholesome dark chocolate bar. It dared us to share, so we did!

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Scharffen Berger, already mentioned numerous times on SpakWillSnack

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Theo’s Sea Salt was a salty, sweet combination that altered the kind of bitterness of the dark chocolate. A good find.

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One of the few bacon-chocolate hybrids that actually works.

Hope you all got to have a little piece of chocolate today!

Tomorrow is both Milk Day and Hot Toddy day. SP is staying home sick tomorrow with a cold, and Hot Toddies are supposed to cure what ails ya. It’s almost like we planned it. But we didn’t. He’s miserable right now. Poor baby.

-SPAK