• Josh Chang

It’s not just a side dish anymore.  On National Guacamole Day every September 16, we bring this delicious green dip into the spotlight.  Guacamole (or “guac”) is made of avocados, which are well-known for the health benefits related to their high vitamin content and lots of cholesterol-lowering healthy fats. 



Fun Facts about Guacamole


1. In 1883, Florida becomes the first US state to plant Avocado Trees.


2. American consumption of avocados jumps from 1 to 7 pounds per capita between 1994 and 2014!


3. Every year, over 45 Million pounds of Avocado are consumed on Superbowl Sunday.





HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL CHEESE PIZZA DAY


There are infinite ways to prepare guacamole. Often times people spice up their guacamole with onion, garlic, cumin, tomato, and cilantro. Traditionally, guacamole is served with tortilla chips but it’s also good with corn chips, carrot sticks, and celery. Guac is also delicious on sandwiches and hamburgers or in salads. Some people even blend it into smoothies! So, Go Green with guacamole on September 16!


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  • bpulgam

Hold the toppings, please! National Cheese Pizza Day is celebrated annually on September 5, and it’s time for you to celebrate in cheese-pizza style.



The Creation of Pizza


The beginnings of pizza aren’t exactly known, but many people date it back to Ancient Greece when people would cover their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese. That sounds like a pizza, right? However, the kind of flatbread pizza that is well-known now was first created in Naples, Italy, and it used the highest-quality of buffalo mozzarella to create the origins of the cheese pizza that is loved today. Yum!


Pizza Cravings Arrive in the America's


Eventually, travel and discovery led to pizza making its way to the Western Continent. The first pizza establishment in the Western world opened in 1905 in Little Italy in New York. Fun Fact: the popularity of pizza in the U.S rose dramatically following World War II. Veterans returning from the Italian Campaign, who has been introduced to Italy’s native cuisine, led the increase in pizza consumption at the time!


CRAZY CHEESE PIZZA FACTS


3 billion – Pizzas sold every year in the U.S.

350 – Slices of pizza sold every second

41% – American’s eating pizza every week

70,000 – Pizzerias in the U.S.

$40 billion – The size of the pizza industry in the U.S.

46 – Slices of pizza eaten each year by the average person.

6,600 – Pizzerias in California, more than any other state.

51,000 pounds – The weight of the largest pizza ever made

93% – Americans who will eat pizza at least once in the next 30 days.




HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL CHEESE PIZZA DAY


1. Pizza Party (but not too big of a party) Everyone loves a slice of hot, cheesy pizza. Pick up some pizza's for the family or a small group of close friends!


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  • Josh Chang

It’s always a good time for red wine, especially on August 28, National Red Wine Day. Today, grab your coolest glass and savor the taste of your favorite red wine.



A Taste of Red Wine History


800 B.C. | Thank the Greeks

The ancient Greeks perfect wine and use it for trade, religion, and health. As they conquer new lands, they plant grape vines, including in Spain and Italy.



1300s-1500s | Don't drink the water

For many years, Europe had no steady supply of clean drinking water causing the public (including children) to drink wine, instead.



1500-1600 | Spanish wine debuts in the New World

The Spanish bring wine to the Americas as a completely new alcoholic beverage.





HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL RED WINE DAY


1. Make sangria with your friends There are too many types of sangria for you to make by yourself. Instead invite your friends to bring over their own sangria recipes so you can taste and compare. Have everyone suggest a flavor, and settle on a recipe that combines the best of each idea.


2. Cook and unwind with a glass of wine Make a meal using red wine. You don't have to look very hard to find recipes for wine-based apps, entrees, and desserts. We have a feeling that the pairings will be spot on.

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