November 8 – National Harvey Wallbanger Day

National Harvey Wallbanger Day

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Facts on Wallbangers

  • A Harvey Wallbanger is a mixed drink made with vodka, Galliano, and orange juice.
  • The Harvey Wallbanger was invented in 1952 by three-time world champion mixologist Donato ‘Duke’ Antone (Paolantonio).
  • The Harvey Wallbanger was brought to international prominence by then Galliano salesman, George Bednar.
  • Legend has it that the drink was named after a Manhattan Beach surfer who was a regular patron of Duke’s ‘Blackwatch’ Bar on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood during the early 1950s.
  • A typical Harvey Wallbanger has about 176 calories.

November 7 – National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

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Facts on Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds 

 

  • In 1742, William Parks printed a copy of Eliza Smith’s cookbook, The Compleat Housewife. “Chocolate almonds” was the only chocolate recipe it contained.
  • Recent studies that have revealed certain health benefits from eating small quantities of bittersweet chocolate and it is also known of the health benefits of almonds.
  • Chocolate manufacturers use 40% of the worlds almonds.
  • Eat or bake with at least a 70% dark chocolate to obtain the ‘heartiest’ health benefits.
  • Bittersweet chocolate is chocolate liquor to which sugar, cocoa butter and vanilla have been added. It does have less sugar and more liquor than semisweet chocolate however, the two of them may be interchangeable when baking.

November 6- National Nachos Day

National Nachos Day

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Facts on Nachos 

  • First created circa 1943 by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya.
  • In Mexico nachos are called ‘totopos’.
  • In their simplest form, nachos are tortilla chips covered in nacho cheese or shredded cheese and salsa.
  • Nachos is the food most craved by pregnant women.
  • The first known appearance of the word “nachos” in English dates to 1949, from the book A Taste of Texas.