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1tower.lrg.IMG_6535Last Friday was World Nutella Day and according to the internet, nearly every day of the year has something delicious attached to it, sometimes more than one per day, week and month. I’ve always been intrigued by these “food holidays” and wondered how they come to be. How does February become “National Cherry Month” when cherries really aren’t in season until June or July? Or who decides that February 7 is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day? And why? A little research revealed that one can petition various government institutions – local, state and federal – for special days. Individuals, trade associations or PR firms can file a petition to honor all sorts of things – industries, professions, even hobbies. There may even be duplicates, which is why there are two National Guacamole Days during the year, authorized at different levels of government. Which is good because as we all know, one Guacamole Day certainly isn’t enough. I really hope these petitions stay at the local level, as I hate to think of the POTUS taking time out from his/her day running the country to commemorate special events for guacamole, alfredo or cherries. I shudder at the thought.

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Oh Valentine’s Day.  So much pressure, so many expectations, often so many disappointments. Falling on a Friday this year, I think it’s heightened even more. Good luck getting a reservation and with the weather lately, who knows what will happen. Slipping through icy streets to pack into a crowded restaurant with others working hard to enjoy themselves? Doesn’t sound too appealing to me. Here’s a thought:  stay in, watch a good movie, drink champagne and eat a lot of chocolate. Preferably in liquid form. Sounds good doesn’t it?

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So yeah, it’s that day today.  Valentine’s Day, the day pastry chefs everywhere secretly (or not so secretly) despise as I’ve discussed before.  The intense need to do something special, something important, something meaningful is so high it’s nearly unattainable.  So I recommend you stay home and simply enjoy the company of your loved ones from the comfort of your couch.  Avoid the obnoxious crowds and eat a bowl of cereal for dinner.  Maybe even Lucky Charms where you picked out all the marshmallows except the pink hearts.

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