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A Brief History On July 11, 2019, the annual frozen drink concoction promotion held by convenience store chain 7-Eleven is celebrated by giving away a free Slurpee to customers.  Available in many flavors, the mushy ice drink was “invented” by accident back in the 1950’s, originally given the name “Icee.”  No matter what you call them, the slushy, icy, sweet drinks are more than a bit popular, with about 7.3 million gallons of the sugary cold drinks sold each year! Digging Deeper Free Slurpee day first started in 2002, and has been celebrated on each July 11th ever since.  (The…

A Brief History On May 25, 2019, we celebrate another National Wine Day, and there certainly is a lot to celebrate!  There are wines for just about every occasion, and even specialty wines such as Game of Thrones wines to capitalize on the popularity of the iconic cable television series.  Even President Trump had his own line of “Trump” wines.  Wine for drinking when eating meat, pasta, seafood or whatever, they make a wine to accompany what you are eating.  Of course, being an alcoholic beverage, wine is also used for toasting, and Champagne, a bubbly variety of wine you…

A Brief History On May 13, 2019, we celebrate National Apple Pie Day, the most American of desserts.  Right?  Wrong!  While Apple Pie in its many iterations is indeed loved by Americans, including This One, Apple Pie is not an American invention at all.  Still, Apple Pie is just so darn good that having a National Apple Pie Day makes good sense anyway. Digging Deeper As American as apple pie? NOT! Since the only apples native to North America are crabapples, Americans did not even have the apples for apple pie until trees could be grown from seed brought from…

A Brief History On April 22, 2019, Clevelanders and people in American cities of Polish or Slavic heritage across the country celebrate the Slavic Holiday called Dyngus Day, a relatively new holiday to Cleveland only initiated 9 years ago, its European roots go back to the 15th Century.  Falling on the day after Easter each year, it is an early Spring traditional day to keep the Easter holiday season going for one more day, a day marked by Polka Music and dancing, and even more so by eating wonderful Slavic foods. Digging Deeper Celebrated by Slavic people as “Wet Monday,”…

A Brief History On April 17, 2019, the nation celebrates National Cheese Ball Day, or at least we should.  Cheese Balls are a mainstay of wine tasting parties and are a favored Hors d’oeuvre at seasonal get togethers and office parties, but apparently the delicious dairy treat needs its own day anyway.  We happen to love Cheese Balls, and this gastronomical love affair causes us to wonder, “Why do people refer to something that is cheap, tawdry, or otherwise crumby as ‘Cheese Ball’?” (Note: There is another kind of “Cheese Ball,” the salty snack type that is akin to cheese…

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