National Slider Day

This day is dedicated to my friend Denda……………….who can never come to town without me taking her straight to White Castle’s for her hamburger fix as soon as she lands in Chicago. Today is National Sliders Day a special holiday event created by White Castle restaurant. Funny, but this holiday coincides with your lucky day! Why you ask? It’s because every year, White Castle’s 400 (or so) restaurants give away free sliders. If there isn’t a White Castle restaurant near you, you just might find another restaurant getting in on the fun, offering either free sliders or specials. So, slide on over to your local White Castle restaurant and chow down on a few sliders.  The original slider was a square, two inch hamburger on a small bun. It was created by White Castle restaurant in 1921. Back then, White Castle sold them for a nickel each. They were sold in sacks. Time Magazine once called the slider “the most influential burger”. By definition, a slider is any sandwich on a small hamburger bun. The original hamburger variety remains the most popular. Many restaurants have “hijacked” the name slider, and now make them out of all sorts of meats. After hamburger, chicken and barbequed pulled pork are the favorites. Don’t be surprised, if you chance across some very unique sliders. Sliders are popular on menus as appetizers. They also make a great late night snack. But, can you eat just one? We think not.

Did You Know? In 2014, Time Magazine proclaimed the White Castle Slider “the most influential burger of all time”.

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International Hummus Day

Let’s give three cheers to the tasty little legume with a long history, enjoys world wide popularity, and is packed with protein, fiber and vitamins. Today is International Hummus Day! This holiday was created to “celebrate the love of hummus”. According to this holiday’s creator,  International Hummus Day is about “connecting people all over the world around hummus. It’s a special opportunity”. To have a conversation about Hummus, one must talk about the main ingredient, which is chickpeas, also called “garbanzo beans”. Chickpeas are a legume, a vegetable related to garden sweet peas. They are neither dairy nor a nut, so there are only a few people who may be allergic to them. Chickpeas have been around for thousands of years, dating back to an estimated 6,700 B.C. At that time, they were found in the wild, as man had not yet begin to cultivate crops. The first historical written record goes back to 1,200 B.C. Chickpeas are native to the Middle East. Egypt, Israel and Lebanon each claim to be where they originated. There is definitely a lot to love about Chickpeas. They taste good and are eaten by both humans and animals. Chickpeas are healthy and nutritious. They are high in protein and fiber, Vitamin C, B6, foliates and potassium.  In addition to it’s nutritional value, garbanzo beans have health benefits, including reducing hunger pangs, lowers cholesterol levels, and reduces the risk of cancer. Making hummus is simple. There are many recipes. Hummus goes well with a wide variety of foods, and are good on crackers. Try hummus as a dip, with a stick of celery or carrots. In addition to Chickpeas as the main ingredient, other items that may be included are: olive oil, sesame paste (called “tahini”), garlic, and a variety of vegetables. In recent years, manufacturers have become creative, with al sorts of flavors, including avocado, lemon artichoke, red pepper, smoky bacon and taco to name a few. Make this a day to celebrate hummus and the garbanzo bean. We certainly will!!!


International Workers’ Day

May Day, also called Workers‘ Day or International Workers‘ Dayday commemorating the historic struggles and gains made by workers and the labor movement, observed in many countries on May 1. In the United States and Canada a similar observance, known as Labor Day, occurs on the first Monday of September.

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Richter Scale Day

This special day is always observed on April 26. If you are a little shaky or are experiencing tremors, that’s because today is Richter Scale Day. Richter Scale Day celebrates the birth of the inventor of the Richter Scale. Born on April 26, 1900, American seismologist Charles F. Richter (1900–1985) invented the Richter Scale in 1935. The Richter Scale measures the amount of energy released by an earthquake by measuring the magnitude or seismic waves produced by an earthquake. The Richter Scale measures from 0 to 9. On the scale, each increase in number represents an earthquake 10 times more powerful. At 4.5 an earthquake can damage buildings and structures. At 7 on the Richter scale, severe and catastrophic damage can occur.

Deadliest/ Strongest Earthquakes: August 24, 70: Mount Vesuvius, Italy erupts, burying Pompeii and Herculaneum. Thousands killed. January 23, 1556: Shaanxi province, China. Deadliest earthquake in history kills 830,000 people. April 18, 1906: The famous San Francisco earthquake and fire. 7.8 on the Richter scale. December 16, 1920: Gansu province, 200,000 killed. 8.6 on the Richter scale. September 1, 1923: Tokyo and Yokahoma, Japan. 8.3 magnitude earthquake destroys 1/3 of Tokyo and most of Yokohama. Over 140,000 killed. May 22, 1927: Xining, China: 8.3 magnitude earthquake, approximately 200,000 killed. May 22, 1960: Strongest earthquake ever recorded, at 9.5 magnitude, occurs off the coast of Chile. In 1964, Alaskan earthquake measured 8.4. Feb. 9, 1971 – Sylmar Earthquake measured 6.6 on the Richter scale Jan 17, 1994 – Northridge Earthquake 6.7


Earth Day (U.S.)

This holiday is always held on April 22. U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, the “Father of Earth Day”,  initiated and promoted environmental actions and activities beginning in 1962. He convinced then President John  F. Kennedy to tour the nation in support of environmental concerns. This initial effort did not spark national concern at a political level to effect change. But Senator Nelson continued his pursuit of increased environmental concern and action. He proposed a National Earth day in 1970. It was to be the first nationwide environmental protest “to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda”. On April 22, 1970, the timing was right and the first Earth Day protest received astounding support. On that first Earth Day, an estimated 20 million Americans took to the street in support of the environment and in protest harmful environmental practices. Never mind that “protests” were i n vogue at the time. This effort produced a lasting impact on the environment and brought about greater awareness that our planet had limited resources, and that our eco-system was self contained and finite. The things we are putting in the air, water and earth were impacting us. Did you know? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was formed as a direct result of this first Earth Day in 1970. Important Note: The Earth Day celebrated in the U.S. is different from the International Earth Day.

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Patriot’s Day in New England

Patriot’s Day commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. This battle began the American Revolutionary War. It also commemorates the “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”. On this evening, patriot  Paul Revere rode through town warning the colonists that  “The Red Coats are coming!”  

This holiday is held on the Third Monday in April. Happy Patriots Day! It is a huge holiday in the New England area. Sorry football fans, this is not a celebration of the NFL’s New England Patriots. Rather, it’s a celebration of the American Revolution and the many brave patriots who fought to gain freedom from British rule. The history of this day goes back to the birth of our country and the Revolutionary War. Some people know little or nothing about Patriot’s Day. For New Englanders, the birthplace of the American Revolutionary War, it is a big, big day. In the states in New England, it’s a holiday with a day off of work for many. Patriot’s Day commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. This battle began the American Revolutionary War. It also commemorates the “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”. On this evening, patriot  Paul Revere rode through town warning the colonists that  “The Red Coats are coming!”  

National Eggs Benedict Day

This holiday is always April 16. National Eggs Benedict Day is a day to enjoy eggs with hollandaise sauce, Canadian bacon and English muffins. A lot of people have never had Eggs Benedict. If you’re upper crust, you most likely have enjoyed Eggs Benedict a number of times, and perhaps, on a regular basis. However, many people (regular folk) have never tried Eggs Benedict. Go ahead and do a survey. See how many of your friends can even tell you how its made, or what’s in it. Or, ask them what hollandaise sauce is.

Celebrate today by eating Eggs Benedict. If it’s your first time, we suggest you go to a restaurant where they know from experience how to properly make it.


Today EVERYONE Get To Be Irish–Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s day is in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isles, as Ireland is known. It is truly a day of celebrating Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs. Saint Patrick’s’ Day has many symbols and traditions, from shamrocks and leprechauns, to green beer and Corned Beef and Cabbage. Saint Patrick’s Day parades are popular in many cities around the U.S. Interestingly, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade did not take place in Ireland. It took place in New York City, in 1762. Are you Irish, me lads and me lassies?! Well, the saying goes everyone is a little Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day. Roots of Tradition: Saint Patrick’s day is held in honor of Saint Patrick, the missionary who brought Christianity to the Irish people in the 400’s AD. Erin Go Braugh is perhaps the most common Irish term you will hear. It means “Ireland Forever” Did You Know? Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Jell-O Shot. See our recipe now.

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