[FHCx321] National Fast Food Day


At dinner this evening, SP and AK reminisced over many fast food memories of childhood and adolescence. Much of America can remember certain instances tied to McDonald’s and the like, and it’s just so ingrained in our culture that it would be truly a shock if someone had never had food from any one of the multitude of fast food options. Things to note in our fast food history:

SP used to get a combo of two hamburgers at McDonald’s when he was little. But… No pickles or onions. It wasn’t until much later that he realized how amazing those are.

AK used to not understand why her brother would get the Western Bacon Cheeseburger at Carl’s, Jr. because she didn’t like barbecue sauce. Again, something that would turn around later in life.

SP was the kind of guy who would dip his french fries into his Frosty at Wendy’s.

AK used to love getting the Chicken Teriyaki Bowl with an Oreo shake from Jack-in-the-Box. Unfortunately, we have none in Minnesota.

SP didn’t experience White Castle until he was in his teenage years, because the rest of the SPamily tends to really dislike White Castle. When he found out how amazing it is, he felt betrayed that he’d never been exposed to it.

AK knows how to order her food at In-n-Out just right. It’s important to get your fries animal style with extra spread. Gimme dat extra.

Anyway, tonight’s pick was narrowed down to Arby’s. A good choice to celebrate all that is fast food!

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It was fast. And food!

Whichever speedy drive-thru option you choose today, just know that America runs on this. A true patriot eats pre-prepared foods from under a heat lamp.

Tomorrow is National Homemade Bread Day and National Baklava Day!


[FHCx56] National Clam Chowder Day/National Chili Day/National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day

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Oy that’s a mouthful. Don’t eat all of them at the same time. That would be gross. On days like today, we have a couple options: 1) Combine two or more food holidays into one by using some creative imagination, or 2) treat them all separately which may mean that some are not treated as especial. We opted this time for #2 (heh, #2) and tomorrow we’ll make up for it with an amazing feast!

First up – Clam Chowder. We know that recently we already celebrated National New England Clam Chowder Day, but the powers that be gave the “regular” clam chowder a day to itself. Probably for those of Manhattan who realized a month late, “Hey, wait a minute…” Our soup came in the form of a frozen food from Lund’s and Byerly’s.

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It was pretty good. It’s kind of molten when you have to nuke it. But like most things from LnB’s, it’s tasty enough. We shared this one bowl, and put away half of it for a leftover snack some other time.

Next up! Chocolate Covered Nuts. You know how you walk through a grocery store and spot that giant section of bulk nuts? (Yes, I giggle as I type this.) Most of the time, I am completely unfazed by the section because I usually don’t have enough reason to buy a few pounds of pepitas. This time, we got ourselves some chocolate covered peanuts and almonds. Wait a second! Peanuts and almonds aren’t even technically (botanically) nuts?! This is bogus!

Well in a quick google search, it seems like NONE of the things that our parents told us were nuts were actually nuts. Almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, brazil nuts, peanuts, pine nuts… None of them are nuts!!! But they are considered “culinary nuts” and as our food blog is largely culinary, we accept almonds and peanuts as nuts for today.

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Here is an unrelated picture of some rabbit poop.

Lastly, there was a Chili Day to celebrate.

When we think chili, it’s one of two things: 1) Mom’s homemade chili – good lord – or 2) Fast Food chili. And when we think Fast Food chili, well… SP thinks Steak ‘n Shake while AK thinks Tommy’s (the chili burger that’s so messy that SP and his friends call it the diaper burger) or The Hat‘s chili cheese fries. But that’s beside the point. We both think Wendy’s. There are really no chain restaurant chilis in our current area (SnS was a St. Louis favorite and both Tommy’s and The Hat are Left Coast) that hit the spot like this rich and meaty treat. So after our Target run this evening, we stopped by our neighborhood Wendy’s to get some chili. AK got hers with a baked potato, and SP got his with a spicy chicken filet.

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Phew! Another 3-in-1 down.

Tomorrow is National Pistachio Day!