This Sunday, February 11, marks the start of the year of the snake, and Food52 has a nice roundup of Lunar New Year-appropriate recipes if you feel like celebrating culinarily. Epicurious has one, too, and here's an older but classic one from Serious Eats, who also ask "what are you eating during snow weekend?" Also, why not, here's a really beautiful drawing of a snake.
Incidentally, Sunday is also Clean Out Your Computer Day.
Almila, Carolyn & Amelia
Carolyn: “Eating food in my house by myself.”
Amelia: “Watching the ball drop with tourist friends, and making fun of them.”
Almila: “Same old family stuff.”
To celebrate the new year, I walked around Manhattan and asked people to tell me their New Year’s Eve plans.
A man in California emailed recently to tell me how after Christmas dinner last year, his brother drunkenly declared his love for his sister-in-law, the man's own wife. Another man in Georgia told me how his father threatened to call the police to his holiday family gathering several years ago.
Nathan Willi, a 24-year-old electronics salesman in Peoria, Ill., is bracing for family fights about football this year. Fourteen of his family members graduated from Notre Dame. Mr. Willi went to Michigan. "I will stay at the Christmas dinner for as long as I can tolerate the extended family's arrogance," he says.
One of these things is not like [...]
Today is apparently National Plan a Solo Vacation Day, which I am not making up, although someone is, and one of the outlets that's celebrating is the company FinderCodes, which has a nice Travel Lost and Found Kit to help keep track of your stuff.
Their tips for planning a solo vacation include 1) leave your gadgets at home, 2) try new things, 3) ask locals for tips, 4) Google ahead to look for free and cheap events/activities, and 5) to "Have at least 2 copies of your driver’s license and passport, keeping them in separate places to ensure you always have a copy. Give a family member [...]
In case you've never heard of it, froyo is a food for sore throats that can't get their tonsils on some REAL ice cream. If that sounds like your problem and you live in the LA area, you can score a free supper tonight at Yogurtland and Pinkberry in celebration of the second annual National Frozen Yogurt Day. Is this madness happening anywhere else? The internet is not making it very easy to find out. If not, here are 61 recipes for the icy, bacterially fermented slop you crave.
Joanna Borns: Last year was the best New Year's Eve I've had in a while: I was leaning over to grab a shrimp, and my hair went into a candle and caught on fire. Fortunately I was able to put it out before anyone noticed, and I was able to continue eating shrimp. And I had a good time, because my only criterium for "a good time" is shrimp.
Purim begins at sunset on Saturday — make some Hamentaschen!
Though there are a few days that claim to be THE “Day of Pie" — the U.S. House of Representatives recognized “Pi Day” on March 14th, and a second somewhat dubiously decreed “National Pie Day” on December 1st — according to the American Pie Council, today, January 23rd, is the actual “National Pie Day.” It was probably chosen so that people have at least one thing to look forward to after the pie-promises of Thanksgiving and Christmas have faded, and you’re left cold and hungry in the depths of mid-winter.
In honor, of this, we present an illustrated investigation and recipe of the legendary 4 and 20 Blackbirds Pie.[...]
Well, it's Twelve Twelve Twelve, or "Sound Check Day" to the hilarious (one two, one two). Will you be getting married or having a baby? I'm trying to think of some particularly twelve-y food to make or consume. It's apparently National Cocoa Day (or is that tomorrow?) and Gingerbread House Day, for what it's worth (nothing), as well as Poinsettia Day and Quince, Watermelon, Root Vegetable, Exotic Fruit, Tomato, and Winter Squash [Awareness?] Month.
You could also stream and/or download DJ Scott Melker's second Melker Project, "a 53-minute mixtape that includes roughly 200 songs from nearly every genre imaginable." He has "tweaked, coddled, loved, hated, adjusted, [...]