March 22, 2013

National Bavarian Crepes Day

"You know, just to put this in there, I had a whole mess of crepes this morning. They're just like pancakes, maybe even better." - Cal Noughton Jr., "Talladega Nights"

It's National Bavarian Crepes Day!

When there is no clear reason, I sometimes wonder how certain food holidays come to be. Like... who decided to initiate National Deviled Egg day? Which person or group of people loved whiskey sours so much they declared an entire day to celebrate them (and if they started drinking them in the morning, did they still know what they were toasting to as the day got later)? And where did National Bavarian Crepe Day?

I'd like to think that it was some princess' favorite indulgence. After all, parts of Bavaria - a state in the southeast of Germany - look like they come right from the pages of a fairy tale. If you've never seen pictures of Neuschwanstein Castle, do yourself a favor and look it up now. Not only that, but many of the beloved fairy tales we know - including Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Cindarella - come from this region of the world thanks to the Grimm Brothers. So who's to say that there isn't some undiscovered fairy tale about a freckled princess with cinnamon colored hair that loved food so much she wrote about it in her diary every day. Unfortunately, some evil queen stole it thinking it possessed information on how to eat whatever you wanted while still losing weight. In the end, a super handsome prince with a rockin' beard and piercing blue eyes from a neighboring kingdom got the diary back. To celebrate, the princess whipped up some crepes with cream and chocolate to thank him. And the prince fell madly in love with her. Their kingdoms united and every March 22nd they celebrate that union with crepes...

Maybe not, but I like it.

Genie├čen!

Happy National Bavarian Crepes Day!