Our Nine Favorite National Food Days of the Year, Including Doughnuts, Pizza, Beer and Fluffernutters

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1. National Doughnut Day With Hypnotic Doughnut's new advertising campaign, every day is doughnut day for the north side window seats at the Observer offices. Constantly gazing at this sign has proven... well, nothing really. Just that we pity the fools on low-carb diets. Back in June of this year, Alice Laussade had a fascinating chat with James St. Peter of Hypnotic Donuts that included topics like 50 Shades of Glaze, and a brisket-topped doughnut. On that note, Sir St. Peter, you said you were in talks with Lockhart! What happened? Doughnut day 2013?

2. National Ice Cream Day We can thank President Ronald Reagan for this official day of cold treats. The third Sunday of July will always be a day where you can grab a scoop or three for ol' Dutch. We offered up six great local places to cool your heels.

3. National Drink Beer Day Sure, we could have bulldozed through the city with a list of 100 great dives, hangouts, patios, barns, warehouses or whatever to grab a beer (local craft, of course). But, instead, Scott Reitz reminisced on the epic party ball. Where did the good times go?

4. National Cheese Pizza Day We know: "Isn't everyday a cheese pizza day?" Of course it is. Use this slide show for inspiration.

5. National Fluffernutter Day Fluffernutter is the funnest word of the year, every year. Just saying it has proven to increase your mood by ten points. Try it. See? Better already, huh? Also, a lot of people name their cats Fluffernutter. No matter what these obscene sandwiches may taste like, plan ahead for your very own celebration of Fluffernutter Day in 2013. Warning: fluffernutter aficionados don't play. They take their craft quite seriously.

6. Not National Tater Tot Day This is the day it all came crumbling down. Thanks, Scott Reitz. Turns out, most National Whatever Food Days are simply marketing scams aimed at gullible consumers to spend money on certain products. We've all been bamboozled!

7. National Tequila Day Well, we can't really remember what we did this day. This old post is as far as we got. But, I can certainly tell you my plans for next year will involve Patron Café. Have you tried it? Remember, you don't need a naitonal holiday.

8. National TV Dinner Day El Charrito frozen Mexican dinners are EPIC. In terms of dinner for about two dollars, planet Earth simply hath no equal. The Saltillo dinner is probably the standard. Sara Blankenship looked at the five worst TV dinners (and, obviously, El Charrito was not included in that list).

9. National Pie Day Don't let life sneak up on you and one day you're staring out a window at a calm lake, watching a brilliant poached sun fade into wispy clouds and ask yourself, "Why don't I eat more pie?" Then Jason Bourne slams through your window and takes you out with a tasting spoon. Pow! No more pie! The lesson here? Eat pie. Here are five places to make it happen, and add to that the new Emporium Pies in the Bishop Arts District. (Fade out with creepy end-of-movie Bourne music.)

And for good measure, today (December 28) is National Chocolate Candy Day - as well as National Card Playing Day. Saturday, December 29, is National Pepper Pot Day. And Sunday is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day (aka, baking soda). I wouldn't tease.

Best uses of baking soda, in the comments, go!

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