November 16th National Fast Food Day

Fast Food restaurants have been with us for as long as most of us can remember. They became popular in the 1950’s when cars became more affordable and the American population found themselves on the move. Everyone needs to eat and it was so easy to just drop in a fast food store and grab a bite on their way to where ever it was they were going.

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White Castles sprung up in 1921 and have been followed by nearly every  type of fast food restaurant one can imagine. Burger King opened it’s doors in 1953 in Florida as Insta-Burger, McDonald’s officially open in 1958 in Illinois but has roots that go back to 1952. Wendy’s opened in 1969 in Ohio.

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Originally fast food restaurants were there just to provide fast food. To make things taste better they began to add flavorings and lots of salt. Sodas became even more popular in order to wash that salty food down with something sweet. It was a cycle that led to a lot of dietary issues in America, and across the world.

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Most fast food restaurants have begun to change their menus to provide more healthy foods available to their customers. Though the most popular foods are those that are still bad for you. But like anything else, a little excess if not all that terrible. You just need to mix the good with the bad.

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Greasy hamburgers, cheeseburger, onion rings and french fries are great tasting but clog the arteries like  cotton balls. A little of it won’t  hurt, a lot might. Blame the automobile! If we stayed home more we’d cook better meals… but it wouldn’t be as much fun.

How to celebrate – Start your day by having a fast-food breakfast. Go to lunch at a fast-food restaurant. End your day by having supper at… you guessed it… a fast-food establishment.

November 16th National Fast Food Day

Most fast food places found their start in the 1950’s when Americans, or at least the youth, started hanging out in their cars.  Everybody needs to eat, most everybody likes to eat and nobody likes to wait.  The birth of the fast food restaurant was a natural progression.


One of the most popular is McDonalds. Founded in 1955. Originally neither they, nor their customers, cared about eating healthy but over the years that has changed. It appears that they are even currently challenging Starbucks with their coffee menu.


Things got a little healthier in 1967 when Chick-fil-a opened it’s doors. Still fast food, they took a little more care preparing their food. One of the few fast food companies that recognizes that Sundays are a day the family should stay at home for a home cooked meal.

download (7)Taco Bell started in 1962, taking us South of the Border. It’s also gotten spicier over the years which I guess for many is a good thing.


And the granddaddy of them all is KFC, founded in 1930. I believe it was healthier when it first started than it may be today but it is still Finger Licking Good. Fried chicken is traditionally a southern dish and typically American, which is where fast food got its start.

How to celebrate – See how many fast food restaurants you can name. Have one of your meals today at a fast food restaurant (I would suggest just one though). Serve a feast to your family putting as many different fast foods on the table as you can.

November 16th National Fast Food Day

Well, it’s food, and it’s fast, and it tastes good (normally)… so it’s bad for you, got to give a little, take a little. It’s not the quality of the food that often tastes good. It’s the salt and other seasoning but it does fill you up…and out.


All of these restaurants owe their beginnings to Walter Anderson who opened the first official “Fast Food” restaurant in 1916.  It survived until after World War 1 when he joined forces with Billy Ingram and they formed White Castle in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. It stayed in business but was not widely known until the automobile became a way of life in the 1950’s. People would get out just to go for a ride and see the country. Fast food restaurants were a fast, easy way to feed the need for a moving population. In fact, Merriam-Webster dictionary recognized the the term “fast food” and put it in their publications.


Today America is covered with fast food restaurants, it’s hard to drive down a city block and not find several all tempting you to come in for a quick bite. It’s not just America that has fallen to the charm though, American fast food restaurants are doing business in over 100 countries around the world.


And all those secret recipes, that end up being something common, entice us to keep eating, and eating, and eating. Sure they add a little a little lettuce and tomato to make us think we are eating healthy but we all know better. The first Happy Meal appeared in June of 1979 and soon enough, everyone was following suit. Kids could get a fast meal with a toy! What else did they need!?!


Well, whether you go through a drive through, eat in or sit on the curb if you get your food from a fast food restaurant it’s all pretty much the same. On occasion a fast food meal really isn’t all that bad for you, just don’t make it a regular part of your diet. Splurging every once in  while is fine.

How to celebrate – Today is your day to splurge! Have some fast food. You got your choice these days of breakfast, lunch or dinner. Try a fast food restaurant you have never tried before. Search out the healthiest fast food restaurant you can find.

October 4th Taco Day

People love tacos, I love tacos! In fact, last year we ate over 4.5 billion tacos. Laid end-to-end that’s a trip to the moon (490,000 miles).


No one knows exactly where tacos came from, or the name anyway. One theory states that tacos came from Mexican miners who used to place gunpowder between pieces of paper to blow iron ore out of the rock. Apparently they thought about putting meat between tortillas and naming it after the bombs they made for the mines. The second theory is that it comes from Spain where they used small fish, live insects, ants, locust, and snails in the tortilla for a lively lunch in the 16th century.


The first known reference of a taco, to eat, came in the late 19th century called, “Miner’s Taco”. Looks like the miners won! (I’m sorta glad cause I wasn’t looking forward to the locust and snails)!


Tacos can be filled with just about anything though. Fish, chicken, beef, eggs, cheese, lettuce, bacon, you name it, and it could go into a taco. In fact, the actual taco part of a taco is probably the shell the other stuff goes in. Add spices and sauces of your choice and it is a taco!

Taco Bell is the first company to make the taco as popular as it is. Beginning in 1962 in California, Taco Bell has served more tacos than any other restaurant in the world! – though they do tend to stick to the more traditional styles – meat and chicken. Fish has become very popular over the last few years. Ensenada, Mexico is given credit for the fish taco.

The first taco trucks appeared in New York City in 1966, operated by two ladies that hoped there would be a demand for their product. There was! I have to wonder though if they served two of the more interesting types of tacos. Tacos de Cabeza, made from the brains, eyes, tongue, and lips of cattle. Or Tacos al Pastor, made like a shepherd’s pie placed in a taco shell. There are now even dessert tacos!


No matter what kind of taco you enjoy, this is your day to enjoy it even more!

How to celebrate – Invent your own type of taco (it has probably already been served somewhere though). Go to Taco Bell and savor the flavor!  Have tacos for dinner tonight!