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Guess what day it is???
Hey Everyone! Yup it's Friday. Woo Hoo! (Scroll down to see what day of the year it is!)
And guess what I've gotta do...PACK. I leave tomorrow and I still haven't packed yet.
Dave and I are heading up to Lake Tahoe tomorrow morning to do some biking and ride in the America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride - taking place on Sunday!
As far as today goes, the kids have a year end party/graduation with the International Peace Choir, at which Dave and I will also be inducted into the "New" Board of Directors. The date for this event had not been set until after I had already purchased the tickets for our flight up to Reno for this trip. Ya see, originally we were suppose to fly out this evening. BUT I had changed our flight until tomorrow and now this works out much better - as I didn't want to miss this ceremony with the kids.
Today is also FOODIE FRIDAY and this week is Elisa's turn to share a review and pictures from a recent (and from what I hear - YUMMY) dining experience. Click HERE to read her review.
And being that it is FOODIE FRIDAY, what better a day then to talk about food?!
Being Vegan and loving good food, I like to stay in the "know" about up and coming chefs and newly opened restaurants for me to go and try! And on that note, I decided to list a few that are on the top of my "Where to Eat" list!
A few of my first FOODIE FRIDAY reviews here on Travelin' Cousins were on some very YUMMY Donut Shops!!! Click on the pictures to read the reviews and to see lots more drool worthy pictures!
TOP 15 FACTS ABOUT DONUTS
The Glazed Donut is almost three times as popular as any other type of donut.
The doughnut as we know it today, supposedly came to Manhattan under the Dutch name of olykoeks, meaning oily cakes.
The dictionary-approved spelling for the ring-shaped cake made of dough and fried in fat is doughnut. The shortened donut has been around since the late 1800s, but it wasn't popularized until the late 20th century, when the successful American doughnut chain Dunkin' Donutsmade it ubiquitous.
The largest doughnut ever made was an American-style jelly doughnut. It weighed 1.7 tons (as much as a car) was 16ft wide and 16inches high. It was made in Utica, New York, USA on January 21, 1993.
In the Middle of World War I, millions of homesick American soliders were served up countless doughnuts by 'Doughnut Girls' women volunteers, trying to give the soldiers a taste of home.
During World War II, Red Cross women otherwise known as Doughnut Dollies passed out hot doughnuts to the solders.
National Doughnut Day was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to raise much-needed funds during the Great Depression, and to honor the work of World War I Salvation Army volunteers who prepared doughnuts and other foods for thousands of soldiers.
National Donut Day is always the first Friday in June.
No one quite knows who first thought of using boiling oil to cook pastry, but one story traces it all back to a cow in colonial times, which apparently kicked over a pot of oil onto a mixture of pastry.
Legend has it that dunking donuts became a trend when actress Mae Murray accidentally dropped her donut into a cup of coffee while dining at Lindy's Deli on Broadway in New York City.
At the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago, doughnuts weren’t just a popular fad; they were being proclaimed as the “Hit Food of the Century of Progress,” lauded as the perfect union of fresh ingredients and automated preparation.
Boston has one donut shop for every 2,480 people making it the most donut-crazed city in the United States, and Long Beach, Calif., comes in second.
More than 10 Billion Doughnuts are made in the U.S. every year!
Krispy Kreme sells 7.5 million doughnuts per day!
The top donut destination is VooDoo Doughnuts in Portland, Ore.
Yours Truly at Voo Doo Doughnuts in Portland!
And now for all the Vegans... Here is my top 5 Vegan/Vegan Friendly Donut Shop List:
I'll leave you on that sweet note, and see ya back here tomorrow when I'll be greeting you from Reno on my way to the beautiful Lake Tahoe!!
Ciao 4 Now, -T
PS - As some of you might recall a recent FOODIE FRIDAY review that I did on Cornbread Cafe in Eugene - which was btw a totally DELISH experience! Anyhow, I was contacted by the owner and she shared with me that they just launched a crowdfunding campaign for a year-round patio to increase their seating. So if you can, then please CLICK HERE to help them out! Thanks :)
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Belmont Stakes Weekend
YAY FRIDAY!!! YAY WEEKEND!
I'm so ready guys for the weekend. It's not that I didn't have an incredible week, with lots of fun stuff, but the weekday and school routine just get to me come the end of the week.
So what's new on this end - well, as you know, today is Foodie Fridayand I've got a feature about a terrific theatre-district Italian restaurant, Azalea Ristorante.CLICK HERE for the full scoop!
Catch my Foodie Friday scoop about Azalea Ristorante in the theatre-district in NYC - CLICK IMAGE for the full story
So, what's new on this end? Last night was totally fun at an annual Charity Event I attended for OHF, here in New Hyde Park, Long Island. It was a beautiful event and Denise and I had a blast, along with other friends!!
So happy that so much money was raised for this illness!
At OHF Charity Event
The girls in the forefront with the guys in the background
The Belmont Stakes - June 6, 2015... This weekend brings the Belmont Stakes to Belmont Park, in Elmont, New York.
As a family of horse lovers, this event is quite exciting to us! Although there are festivities throughout the weekend starting today, the race takes place tomorrow, Saturday June 6th with the park opening at 8AM.
The Belmont Stakes (credit: Getty images)
The Belmont Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. It is a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) horse race, open to three-year-old Thoroughbreds.
This year, American Pharaoh, is the 14th horse in 36 years, since Affirmed to have a shot at clinching the Triple Crown with a win in the Belmont Stakes.
What is the Triple Crown?The Triple Crown of Thoroghbred Racing often shortened to Triple Crown, comprises three races for three-year old Thoroughbred horses.
Winning all three of these Thoroughbred horse races is considered the greatest accomplishment of a Thoroughbred racehorse.
The term originated in mid-19th century England and different nations where thoroughbred racing is popular each have their own Triple Crown series.
Here in the U.S. the Triple Crown races consists of: > Kentucky Derby, run over the 1 1⁄4-mile (2.0 km) dirt track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky
>Preakness Stakes, run over the 1 3⁄16-mile (1.9 km) dirt track at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland
> Belmont Stakes, run over the 1 1⁄2-mile (2.4 km) dirt track, the longest in U.S. thoroughbred racing, at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, just east of the New York City borough of Queens.
Eight Contenders this year will be competing for a win at Belmont tomorrow. For more information on these amazing animals, CLICK HERE.
CLICK IMAGE for more information about each of the 8 Contenders in the 2015 Belmont Stakes
Only American Pharoah has a shot at the Triple Crown having won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness States.
Very exciting stuff tomorrow! I'll be taking Kelsey to the barn for horseback riding, but will be sure to catch the race at some point!
Please check Tanya's Daily Scoop for her 15 Facts About Donuts!! What a great topic Tanya - love it!!