October 16: World Food Day!


When I looked at what today’s holiday was, I couldn’t decide what to eat. Should I go get my favorite curry from our go-to Thai place? Should I eat a bowl of rice in honor of the 1.36 billion people living in China, the world’s most populated country? Should I forgo food all day (spoiler: no) to stand in solidarity with the many hungry people in our world? Or should I go to McDonald’s, since the Golden Arches are recognized all over the world?


Let’s talk for a minute about two of my favorite things about McDonald’s. First, the perfect sauce: Hot Mustard. A few years ago or so they rolled out a bunch of new sauces and I got scared. Why scared? Because they often don’t include my beloved in their sauce lineup. IN FACT, there this stupid game (sorry, I mean SAUCY CHALLENGE) on the McDonald’s website and Hot Mustard is no where to be found! Ugh. So, I’m scared they’re slowly phasing out the hot ‘tard. It might already be a regional thing. I was once in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and attempted to order Hot Mustard at the dude looked at me like I was crazy. :( ANYWAY, I order Hot Mustard always, even when I’m not nugging it up. It’s quite excellent on fries. I really hope everyone continues and/or starts ordering Hot Mustard so that it stays on the menu. I’ve tried making it at home and while it’s close, it’s not the same. Long live Hot Mustard!!


Another one of my favorite things about McDonald’s are the teeny tiny onions on the cheeseburgers. I’ve always loved these teeny tiny onions. When I was a wee Anna, my mom would try to replicate the teeny tiny onions on burgers at home but it was so not the same. Do they cook them briefly? Are they from a big vat? The internet says dried chopped onion! Is this the secret??


Tomorrow: National Pasta Day!

October 7: National Frappe Day.

This one scared me. I don’t do coffee, okay? I don’t even “do coffee” when it’s mixed with caramel and chocolate and ice cream. I don’t like the smell. I hate the taste (it makes me retch). What’s a girl to do on national FRAPPE day? Well, a girl turns to the internet. Does frappe MEAN coffee? As it turns out, no.

From Wikipedia:

Frappé may refer to:

  • A frozen fruit-flavored dessert made with shaved ice, similar to sherbet
  • Frappé coffee, an iced coffee beverage made from instant coffee
  • Le temps frappé, a French term for musical downbeat

Frappe may refer to:

  • An Italian name for angel wings, a sweet, crisp pastry made with deep-fried dough

So, I did what any anti-coffee person who needed to drink a “frappe” would do: I got a fruit “frappe” from McDonald’s. Sorry I’m not sorry for not drinking coffee.


Tomorrow: National Fluffernutter Day