While Fortune Cookies are most popular in Chinese restaurants, they originated in Japan (think elegant desserts and folding techniques). But they were adopted in America by Chinese restaurants at the turn of the last century and exploded in popularity after World War II and are now an essential part of today's pop food cuisine. Ever … Continue reading National Fortune Cookie Day
July 11 is National Blueberry Muffin Day and there are few better ways to start the day. To encourage you to eat fresh baked goods at home, feel free to try this simple and straightforward recipe... ===============Simple Blueberry Muffins SUMMARY: There's nothing fancy about this muffin – it's mostly flour, eggs, butter and blueberries. But … Continue reading A simple recipe for National Blueberry Muffin Day!
Today is National Fried Chicken Day and I truly love this delicious treat. I have made various tasty versions but the best was when I used a sous vide device to first make the meat creamy and perfectly cooked. But if I want to eat this treat out on the town in New York, I … Continue reading National Fried Chicken Day and my NYC recommendation
July is both National Grilling Month and National Picnic Month. So I expect every one of you to get out there and grill at a picnic! As for me, I will likely stay inside with the air conditioning for a while until this heat wave finishes. Let me know when the pizza delivery gets here. … Continue reading Welcome to July!
After a forced shutdown of fourteen months, Broadway is slowly re-awakening and the first eyelid to flicker open is that of a certain Bruce Springsteen. The Boss reanimates his blowout hit of a few years ago, now at the St. James Theatre - "Springsteen on Broadway." This is no arena sing-along event with his fabulous … Continue reading Review – Springsteen on Broadway
A strange thing happened during the recent pandemic last fall. Seasonal flu and other casually contagious diseases experienced a marked decline. Part of that was due to social distancing, widespread mask wearing and compulsive hand washing. Flu bugs can easily be transmitted during handshakes - and there was much less of that during the pandemic. … Continue reading Maybe not on National Handshake Day
The third full week in June is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week. It is an effort by the National Weather Service to help increase lightning safety. It may be shocking to learn that lightning is one of the deadliest weather systems. Records kept by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show lightning in the United States … Continue reading Lightning Safety Awareness Week
International Bath Day is celebrated every year on June 14 because it is classically considered the day of Archimedes' greatest discovery. I remember that day well. Let me explain. Archimedes (we called him Archie, but that's a story for another day) was a pretty smart fella and an innovative mathematician. He got the whole measurement … Continue reading Eureka! – I have discovered International Bath Day!
Back again with another motorcycle product first look review. The Viking Cycles company has sent me their Ironborn Textile Jacket so that I can review it. Below you can link to watch my five minute video review on YouTube, but first a few notes. This jacket is high quality, seems very functional and and looks … Continue reading Initial Review of the Viking Cycles Ironborn Textile Jacket
Today, June 7, 2021, is the 54th anniversary of the death of one of my favorite authors, Dorothy Parker. Most people who know Dorothy Parker know her for her witty bon mots - you've probably heard her most famous - "Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses." One even addressed her eventual demise. … Continue reading A Tribute to Dorothy Parker
Today is National Fish and Chips Day, not here in the US, but in the United Kingdom! And let me tell you, they know and cherish their Fish and Chips. I've eaten authentic Fish and Chips in England and there is nothing I have found to match it here in the states. I also have … Continue reading National Fish and Chips Day
You remember what your mother told you as a child - "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Hope you learned your lesson well, but today, take it one step further. Please go out of your way to say something nice. Let's increase civility and let it start with us. This … Continue reading National Say Something Nice Day
For those of us in the United States, it is Memorial Day. The unofficial start of summer it is set aside to honor those who died in the nation's armed services defending our nation. For those around the world, the World Health Organization uses May 31 to encourage all those addicted to tobacco products to … Continue reading Two special days in one…
Summer in the USA is the classic time for a road trip and so the Friday before Memorial Day is dedicated to reminding you to make your plans. Sometime this summer I plan to take my motorcycle to my happy place - The Blue Ridge Parkway (and throw in the Skyline Drive in Virginia just … Continue reading National Road Trip Day
Follow the link below for a video review of a Viking Bags Axe Medium Motorcycle Backpack. The Viking Bags company sent it to me for me to review and this is my initial take. This video is just short of eight minutes. I will be doing a followup after I road test the backpack on … Continue reading Review – Viking Bags Axe Medium Motorcycle Backpack
People love to play with date numbers. March 14 (3.14) becomes Pi Day. May the 4th (be with you) becomes Star Wars Day. Because today, May 13, mimics the area code (513) of Cincinnati it becomes unofficially, of course, Cincinnati Day. Enjoy a bite of Goetta, eat a Skyline Chili Cheese Coney and top it … Continue reading Happy (unofficial) Cincinnati Day!
In the US today it is Mother's Day (remember last week I reminded you to get your card in the mail and your gift ordered?). Hope you did and that all moms have a terrific day today. The exact date of Mother's Day shifts about the calendar as dictated by the Great Hallmark in the … Continue reading Mom and Socks
In the United States the second Sunday in May is Mother's Day. Usually I post on that day with a celebration of my own mom, but that does you, the reader, little good if you have not prepared. So this is a friendly and helpful reminder to get your card in the mail or order … Continue reading Public Service Announcement for NEXT Sunday
If you follow this blog you have seen various accounts of motorcycle trips I have enjoyed in the past. (If you go to my website... https://www.walterthinnes.com ...you will find a bunch of fun photos from my bikes and my adventures.) I am working with a company that makes motorcycle gear to test and review some … Continue reading Watch for future motorcycle gear reviews!
Today's National Day has nothing to do with warming your porcine pals (though that would be very nice of you). Instead it celebrates the favorite hors d'oeuvres at a munch reception. It is always the first plate to be emptied and always the star of the party. A simple miniature hot dog wrapped in some … Continue reading National Pigs in a Blanket Day
National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day occurs on the Third Friday of April every year. If you take a thorough look you may find unused and out of date medications that have collected there and clutter up the space. Worse, these medications can be dangerous to you or others in your household. Don't just … Continue reading National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day
Christmas has made the most inroads to non-Christian people as the ubiquitous Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, has had the greatest impact for cultures around the globe. Part of that is the ubiquitous marketing campaigns of our consumer culture. But for Christians, the holiest of holidays, is Easter. With the theme of resurrection, renewal and … Continue reading Happy Easter and renewed hope to all
Today is American Diabetes Association Alert Day. Diabetes can do great damage and certainly complicated my recent health emergency. I got quickly better after the surgeries but have slipped a bit during the lockdown. I had a follow-up doctor appointment yesterday to get back on track. My doctor is actively and aggressively addressing the issue … Continue reading Be alert to Diabetes today
As winter turns to spring, despair and fear turns to hope. The earth reawakens. Welcome back Persephone. We've missed you. The earth reawakens. There is hope ahead. I have faith. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes
Today is a great conglomeration of two flavors. Chocolate + Caramel. Add a little sea salt and I know someone who will be thrilled. All I can advise is to stop licking your phone screen with this picture. Really. I know it is delicious. But really. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and … Continue reading National Chocolate Caramel Day