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FEBRUARY 27TH, 2013 – NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY – NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY – NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY

26 Feb

NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY

February 27th celebrates National Kahlua Day.  This “unofficial” National holiday is a day for those, over the age of 21, to enjoy this creamy rich alcoholic liqueur.   To celebrate today, you may want to use Kahlua to flavor your ice cream or another dessert such as cheesecake or cake.  Another option would be to add it to your coffee or cocoa for a nice after dinner drink.  Some people enjoy drinking it on the rocks, straight up or mixed with a cocktail.

From Wikipedia:  Kahlúa is a Mexican coffee-flavored rum-based liqueur. It is dense and sweet, with the distinct taste of coffee, from which it is made. Kahlúa also contains sugar, corn syrup and vanilla bean. Pedro Domecq began producing Kahlúa in 1936. It was named Kahlúa, meaning “House of the Acolhua people” in the Veracruz Nahuatl language spoken before the Spanish Conquest.

Kahlúa can be used in a few notable cocktails, including the following:

  •  B-52
  •  Baby Guinness
  •  Black Russian
  •  Mudslide
  •  White Russian
  •  Espresso Martini
  •  Caribbean Mudslide

Enjoy some Kahlua today!

NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY HISTORY

Our research failed to find the creator or origin of National Kahlua Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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                      NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY

National Strawberry Day is celebrated on February 27th.  Strawberry lovers everywhere enjoy this day as strawberries are appreciated for their characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness.

Strawberries are enjoyed many different ways.  They can be eaten fresh by themselves, in fruit salads, or in prepared foods such as jams,preserves or fruit juices.  They also are favorites when added to smoothies, pies, cakes, ice creams, milk shakes, salads and chocolates as well as many other dishes and desserts.   Artificial strawberry aroma is also widely used in many industrialized food products.

The first garden strawberry was grown in France during the late 18th century.  Prior to this, wild strawberries  and cultivated selections from wild strawberry species were the common source of the fruit.

Interesting information copied from Wikipedia: The strawberry fruit was mentioned in ancient Roman literature in reference to its medicinal use. The French began taking the strawberry from the forest to their gardens for harvest in the 1300s.  Charles V, France’s king from 1364 to 1380, had 1,200 strawberry plants in his royal garden. In the early 1400s western European monks were using the wild strawberry in their illuminated manuscripts. The strawberry is found in Italian, Flemish, German art, and English miniatures. It symbolizes perfect righteousness. The entire strawberry plant was used to treat depressive illnesses.

We do know that the strawberry tastes delicious but did you know they are good for you also?  While eating strawberries, you will get the benefit of added potassium, fiber, folic acid and Vitamin C.  they are also low in calories with no fat or cholesterol.

Enjoy a strawberry smoothie or a bowl of fresh strawberries today!!

NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY HISTORY

Much research failed to find the origin or the creator of National Strawberry Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.  It is listed as an American Food Holiday.

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                        NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY

National Polar Bear Day, also known as International Polar Bear Day is celebrated on February 27th.  Today is a day to learn more about the polar bear.

Polar bears can reach a height of 9 ft tall and a weight of 1400 pounds.  They have large front paws, which are slightly webbed, that are used to paddle as they swim.  As they are very strong swimmers, some polar bears have been seen swimming hundreds of miles from land, however, some of the distance may have been covered by floating on sheets of ice.

The polar bears have a warming layer of fat which is covered by their thick coat of insulating fur.  This helps them live in the colder environments.

There are organizations that use this day to raise awareness of the declining number of polar bears worldwide. It is believed, by many, that these beautiful creatures are threatened due to global warming and the consequential loss of their natural habitat.  Groups, around the world, gather together to find ways to make a difference and  spread information to others.

Enjoy National Polar Bear Day!

NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY HISTORY

Research has failed in us finding the origin or creator of this “unofficial” National holiday.

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RESOURCES:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kahl%C3%BAa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/polarbearday.htm

http://www.theultimateholidaysite.com/holidays/2013-2/#!national-kahlua-day

http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-kahlua-day

http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/02/27/national-strawberry-day/

http://www.gone-ta-pott.com/national_strawberry_month.html

http://www.examiner.com/article/it-s-national-strawberry-day-50-strawberry-dishes-desserts-cocktail-recipes

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/02/27/national-polar-bear-day-2012_n_1305011.html

http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Animals/Archives/2010/Polar-bear-day.aspx

http://learni.st/users/60/boards/15091-national-polar-bear-day-feb-27th-2013

 

 

 

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