Mmmmm. . . . National Tortilla Chip Day . . . Sounds Delicious!

Feb 24th

Doesn’t Monday just show up in too much of a hurry?  I wouldn’t have my feelings hurt at all if the weekend slowed down a bit, and the week days got faster.  With that said, time will go by as it will and there’s absolutely nothing any of us can do about finding ourselves in the middle of another Monday.  This particular Monday is special though – today my hubby and I celebrate 7 years of wonderful marriage – I love you Honey.  It would be nice if this work day would speed by so we could both get home to our anniversary dinner that we will prepare together, and our quiet evening at home.  Always something wonderful to celebrate.

National Cupcake Day – Canada – I don’t normally do the celebrations from other countries, but this one was so awesome that I just had to!  In Canada this is National Cupcake day, but it isn’t just for the appreciation of tasty, sweet, delicious cupcakes, but for a great cause!  Today Canadians show their support for animals in need of help by having what essentially boils down to a great, big nation wide bake sale!  The donations taken in raises funds that are desperately needed to take care of abandoned, neglected and abused animals, and make everyone’s day a little brighter with a delicious treat.  I think it would be a good idea for our country to do the same thing!  There’s something about cupcakes and helping furry critters that just gives a warm feeling in the tummy, doesn’t it?  

World Bartender Day –  Everyone seems to have a day to appreciate a special group of people or animals.  There’s a day for Teachers, Secretaries, Bosses, Nurses and even Squirrels!  It stands to reason that Bartenders should have their own day as well.  As the mother of a bartender (isn’t she pretty?), and a doggone great one at that, I know that they work long hours, on their feet the whole time, running themselves ragged for what sometimes amounts to very little in the tips department, and their customers can often get surly or out of control.  They have to be aware of how much every single person has had to drink, and know when to cut them off by watching how they behave.  They do all of this with a smile on their faces, patience, humor, just enough sarcasm and caustic wit to keep people coming back for more, and when the day is over, they clean up the messes left behind and drag their tired selves home to start over the next day.  It can be a fun job, but it is an exhausting one. I ran across an interesting survey taken about the tipping habits of Americans in bars, and here is what was found: 

  • A vast majority of Americans — 76 percent to be exact — think a bartender is more important than the décor of a bar.
  • Seventy-four percent of respondents who visit bars tip a bartender more than 15 percent.  And 74 percent also believe that the better they tip, the better service they will receive.
  • Respondents in the South are the most generous tippers, with 57 percent of those who visit a bar tipping a bartender 20 percent or more.
  • Sixty-three percent of female respondents who visit a bar find people who leave good tips for bartenders more appealing, while 60 percent of men find the same.
  • Forty-four percent of respondents who visit bars agree that they would never go out on another date with a person if they did not tip the bartender.  Broken down by gender, women lead the pack, with 51 percent saying they would not go on another date, with only 37 percent of men feeling the same way.
  • Men who visit bars are more likely than women to leave large tips of more than 20 percent.
  • Of all respondents who visit bars, people between the ages of 21-34 tip the highest with 61 percent tipping 16 percent or more, compared to only 47 percent of respondents over 45 years of age.

Bottom line, be kind to your bartender – heck, be kind to all wait staff!  They work hard for very little return and honestly, it’s up to them whether or not your dining experience is a good one, or not so good.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Tortilla Chip Day – They have the right idea in Mexico — tortillas and crunchy tortilla chips go well with everything, and truly that means everything.  Just a few decades ago, Americans seldom ate Corn Chips and Salsa. It’s popularity has grown immensely. Today is a tribute to that rising popularity of one of America’s favorite munchies.     Did you know? The corn chip recipe was brought to the U.S. from Mexico by Texas businessman Elmer Doolin.   Celebrate today with a handful (or a bowl full) of tasty tortilla chips and your favorite salsa or dip.   Here are some recipes from www.food.com to give you extra tasty ideas for your celebration today.     

Homemade Tortilla Chips (Baked!)

Chocolate Tortilla Torte

Hot Corn Dip With Crispy Tortilla Chips

5-Layer Mexican Dip

Migas

Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Chips

Tortilla Soup

Well, I’m pretty happy about today’s celebrations. They are tasty, fun and inspire us to be good customers.  Doesn’t get much better than that, right?  As you go about your day, even if this is too short notice to do a bake sale for an animal shelter, you can still donate a little money to one.  Your donation could save lives.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.

 

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