KFC for Christmas dinner?
In Japan, KFC fried chicken is traditional Christmas dinner fare, with people lining up for blocks to order and pick up their chicken. This is mostly due to a 1970′s ad campaign suggesting that fried chicken is served at Christmas dinners in the United States.
However you celebrate, the Davenport Public Library would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. For your convenience holiday hours are listed below.
Candy Corn: Love it or hate it?
Fall is here and the season of candy corn is upon us. Candy corn is one of those polarizing seasonal confections like Peeps that many seem to feel strongly about. Some revel in its sweet honey flavor and bright colors while others abhor everything about it. So what do you think?
Now let us put our differences aside and learn some interesting candy corn facts; because, at the end of the day, who among us hasn’t donned yellow, orange, and white fangs at one time or another.
- October 30th is National Candy Corn Day.
- Candy corn has been around for over 120 years.
- 20 million pounds of the candy are sold annually.
- Hershey’s Kisses, M&Ms, and Oreos have come in limited edition candy corn flavors.
- Each candy corn kernel contains approximately 3.57 calories.
- Candy corn is not a vegan food. It contains gelatin and/or egg whites.
Whether you love candy corn or can’t stand it, we are in the thick of Halloween candy season, so remember: Dental care books can be found at the Davenport Public Library under call number 617.6.
Grand Opening of Cafés at DPL!
Bayside Celebrates the Opening of Cafés at the Davenport Public Library Branches!
The Davenport Public Library is pleased to announce a new café opening at its Eastern Avenue Branch (6000 Eastern Avenue) and Fairmount Branch (3000 N. Fairmount Street) libraries. Bayside Café is the new café at the library and will have a special celebration on Monday, September 17 at the Eastern Avenue Branch & Tuesday, September 18 at the Fairmount Branch, both at 11:30 a.m.
The special celebration will include Davenport Public Library’s official mascot, Libby Librarydog; Rascal from the Quad Cities River Bandits; a bounce house; book signings by local authors, Jill Esbaum and Linda Smith Kortmeyer; the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors; and elected officials. Bayside Café brings patrons and residents of Davenport the unique flavors of Bayside’s food and wonderful smoothies.
Bayside café is owned by LaTisha Howlett of Bayside Smoothies and More, located at 2730 West Locust Street and is a concessionaire at the Quad Cities River Bandits. The shop will open daily, Monday through Saturday, 30 minutes before the library opens and will close 15 minutes before the library closes. For a list of library hours, visit www.davenportlibrary.com.
For more information, please contact LaWanda Roudebush at 563-326-7832.
Hot diggity dog!
July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day. So while you ponder the universal question of whether a hot dog is or isn’t a sandwich, enjoy these facts about Oscar Mayer’s Wienermobile.
- Vanity plates for the Wienermobile have included: YUMMY, OUR DOG, BIG BUN, LIL LINK, OH I WISH, WEENR, WNR MBLE, and BOLOGNA.
- The job title for the driver of the Wienermobile is called “hot dogger.”
- The horn of the vehicle can play the Wiener Jingle in 21 different genres from Cajun to Rap.
- In 2009 the Wienermobile was inadvertently turned down a dead end street and when the driver (or hot dogger) tried to turn around in a driveway she failed to put the vehicle in reverse and crashed it into a house. The fact that no one was injured makes me comfortable with the fact that the picture below caused me to giggle.
Speaking of hot dogs, the 25th Annual Bix Porch Party is August 2nd at 11 a.m. and in addition to hot dogs and lemonade, LIVE jazz music is on the menu as Don Estes and the Prairie Ramblers play on the porch of the Main Library (321 Main Street.) This is always a fun, family-oriented event and we hope to see you here.
Grotesque or Gourmet? #5: Casu Marzu
Do you like cheese but wish it were partially digested before you ate it? No? How about if it were partially digested by maggots before you ate it? Still no? O.K., what if the maggots were still in the cheese when it were served to you? Hey, where are you going?
Casu Marzu is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese. It is made by taking a Pecorino cheese, removing some of the rind and leaving it out for the cheese fly to lay its eggs in. The eggs hatch and the resulting maggots digest the cheese, breaking down some of the fats which makes the cheese soft and spreadable. The cheese is usually served while the maggots are still alive, so look out; the little larvae can jump up to 6 inches.
The European Union once outlawed Casu Marzu due to food hygiene and health regulations. You’ll be pleased to find out that the ban on the cheese has been lifted due to it being a traditional food of the region.
Thus concludes Grotesque or Gourmet? Thank you for stopping by and I promise that next week my posts will contain 95% less maggots.