Archive: February, 2015

Celebrate National Souffle Day by Enjoying One Of Course at a Local Restaurant

Today, February 28th, is National Souffle Day.  To help you celebrate the day we have links to  maps of several chain restaurants near you that serve chocolate soufflés or a chocolate cake with a molten chocolate center.  While we probably shouldn’t (because I wouldn’t want to dissuade from ordering one) we have also included the calories of each souffle. If you are up for a financial splurge Roy’s is famous for their chocolate soufflé.

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Map and Directory of California Pizza Kitchens -, Belgian Chocolate Soufflé Cake,  690 calories

Map and Directory of Chart House restaurants -Hot Chocolate Lava Cake, 800 calories

Map and Directory of Chili’s Bar and Grill restaurants –  Molten Chocolate Cake,  1160 calories (probably includes ice cream)

Map and Directory of Roy’s restaurants – Hawaiian Fusion Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle With Raspberry Coulis,   609 calories

Map and Directory of Mimi’s Cafés  – Molten Chocolate Cake, with Sliced Strawberries in Sauce,   590 calories

Celebrate National Polar Bear Day by Visiting a Polar Bear!

Friday, February 27th was  National Polar Bear Day.  If you haven’t seen a polar bear in person I would highly recommend finding a Zoo that has a polar bear exhibit and pay them a visit.  Here is a link to a directory and map of zoos with polar bears near you.

http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/zoos-with-polar-bears

I visited the polar bear exhibit at the  Pittsburgh Zoo with my wife and daughter last summer.  We stayed and watched the polar bears for a very long time! They are fascinating animals to watch especially when observed from an underwater viewing station.

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Polar Bear International has a  network of Arctic Ambassador Centers. Most of these centers have polar bear exhibits.  Here is a map to all the Arctic Ambassador Centers as well as other zoos that have polar bears.  I recommend you check their website to ensure that the polar bear exhibit is open on the day you plan to visit.

Celebrate National Chili Day with a Visit to Your Favorite Chili Parlor

Weather your preference is for Cincinnati Chili, Tex Red Chili with or without beans, Green Chili Stew, or heaven forbid vegetarian chili, today would be the day to enjoy a nice piping hot bowl of chili because it is National Chili Day (Feb 26th or generally the 4th Thursday of February).   To help you find a local chili parlor near you we created a  map of chili parlors in your area.  I myself will be cooking a pot of green chili stew using genuine Hatch chilies from Hatch New Mexico.

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Here is the link to a map of chili parlors (or chili joints if you like) near you

http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/chili-parlors

Anyone out there know where the expression “Chili Parlor” comes from.  I would assume it would be from people in Texas serving homemade chili to locals in their living rooms (parlors) but that is just a guess.

Today, February 25th, is National Clam Chowder Day.   I prefer New England style clam chowder over Manhattan style clam chowder but then again my relatives all hail from Maine so it’s not surprising.  Whatever your preference, we hope you will enjoy a nice warm bowl of “Chowda”  by visiting your favorite seafood restaurant.  If you don’t have a favorite, let MapMuse help you find a local seafood restaurant.  Here is a link to all the seafood chain maps you can find on MapMuse

http://find.mapmuse.com/brand/category/Seafood-Restaurant

legal_seafood_clam_chowder_photoBy the way if you live in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic, Legal seafood (founded in Boston) has received many favorable reviews for their Clam Chowder.  Here is a link to a map showing the closest Legal Seafood to you.

http://find.mapmuse.com/brand/legal-sea-foods

Celebrate National Tortilla Day by Dining at One of America’s Best Tex-Mex Chains.

Tomorrow, February 23rd, is National Tortilla Day.

Like salsa’s popularity compared to ketchup, I believe the ubiquitous tortilla chip challenges the French fry as America’s favorite junk food. To celebrate the day there are many Tex-Mex restaurant chains to enjoy these crispy treats.

The Daily Meal surveyed America and came up with their list of the Top Tex-Mex Restaurants in America which are ranked below. Click on your favorite Tex-Mex chain to locate the one nearest you and have a few chips observe National Tortilla Day.

1. Chipotle
2. Baja Fresh
3. Qdoba
4. Moe’s Southwest Grill
5. On the Border
6. Taco Bell
7. El Pollo Loco
8. Wahoo’s Fish Tacos
9. Chevys Fresh Mex
10. Chuy’s
11. Del Taco
12. Chili’s
13. El Torito
14. Taco Cabana
15. Pappasito’s Cantina

What’s your favorite Mexican Chain restaurant?  Let us know and we will be sure to add it to our maps!

February 23rd is National Banana Bread Day – Make Your Own or Go to IHOP to Celebrate

Today, February 23rd, is National Banana Bread Day.   I love banana bread!  Good thing it is incredibly easy to make and I do make it often.   There are many recipes out there but the one below is very basic and very good! Sometimes I add a dollop of Greek yogurt to make a bit moister.  All recipes provide step by step instructions but based on my experience just mix everything together well in a bowl, butter a bread loaf pan , put the batter in the pan, and stick it in an oven for about an hour at 325.   The key is not to overcook it.  Just start checking it every five minutes or so after 50 minutes.

Don’t feel like cooking? Then go to your local iHop and a order there delicious banana bread French toast to celebrate National Banana Bread Day!

Here is a map to help you find the ihop near you.
http://find.mapmuse.com/brand/ihop

Ingredients
•    2-3 very ripe bananas, peeled, and mushed up.
•    1/3 cup melted butter
•    1 cup of sugar
•    1 egg, beaten
•    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•    1 teaspoon baking soda
•    Pinch of salt
•    1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
•    Dollop of Greek yogurt or whatever you have on hand.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at one of the Many Chinatowns across America.

Tomorrow Thursday, February 19th is Chinese New Years. It will begin the year of the goat or is the sheep or is the Ram?  No one knows for sure because the Chinese word for this years animal  is ambiguous of the type of “horned” animal that will be featured during the upcoming Chinese year.

To help you celebrate the day here is a map to Chinatowns across the United States and Canada.

http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/chinatowns

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Celebrate Washington’s Birthday by Following in His Footsteps

Monday February 16, 2015 is George Washington’s Birthday Holiday.  Or is it President’s Day?  Federally it is known as Washington’s Birthday but many states celebrate  it as President’s Day and have George sharing his birthday holiday with other Presidents.   I myself prefer to call it George Washington’s Birthday but I have to admit I have a bit of a man crush on our first President.  I don’t think any other US President in history has denied his own self interests  to sacrifice for his country more than GW (barring possibly Abraham Lincoln).  George also avoided using power for his own self-aggrandizement but used it effectively to the benefit of our young Country. He was also quite the ladies man (flirtation only), a great warrior, and could make a killer whiskey to boot.

If you would like to celebrate and honor our first president, we have created a map of places related to George Washington for you to visit and reflect on this great man.

http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/george-washington

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I myself am going to Fort Necessity in Pennsylvania where Colonel George Washington (age 22) gained experience and humility in his early military career when he lost his first battle as commander to the French.

Map of Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Looking for a romantic restaurant to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your Valentine?  Hopefully we can help you out.  MapMuse has identified over 2000 restaurants that have been deemed to be romantic by some kind of list out on the internet.  Hopefully you can find one near you.   Remember reservations on Valentine ’s Day are a muse.  Here is a link to a map showing the romantic restaurants near you.

http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/restaurants-romantic

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Map of Romantic Restaurants across America