Category Archives: Hili Dialogue

Monday: Hili dialogue

Good morning! It’s Sunday, February 12, and you know what that means: it’s Darwin Day, marking 208 years since The Great Man was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 1809. (Across the Atlantic, Abe Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky on the same day.) We’re celebrating this day with three–count them, three–food holidays: National Plum Pudding Day, National PB&J Day […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a balmy Saturday in Chicago. It’s February 11, 2017: one day before Darwin’s birthday (and also Abe Lincoln’s; both were born on the same day in 1809), and three days before Valentine’s Day. To stay out of the doghouse, buy your cards and gifts now. It’s National Peppermint Patty Day, but the […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

We’ve reached the weekend: for most of us one day closer to leisure, for all of us one day closer to death. It’s February 10, 2017, and a double brownie holiday: National Cream Cheese Brownie Day and National “Have a Brownie” Day. I did in fact ingest a brownie just two days ago, though it didn’t have cream […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning, all: it’s Thursday, February 9, 2017, and it’s Bagels and Lox Day, one of the best food days of the year. For what can be better than a chewy New York bagel (spurn the torus-shaped Wonder Bread that passes for bagels these days), a nice piece lox, and a big schmear of cream […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning! It’s Hump Day: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, and that means that it’s both National Molasses Bar Day (I have no idea what that is, unless it’s a dive where you can get a glass of bourbon and molasses) and National Potato Lover’s Day. I’ll take the spuds. In India it’s Propose Day—the second day on Valentine’s week, […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning! It’s Tuesday (the cruelest day), February 7, 2017, and it’s National Fettuccine Alfredo Day, also known as Thrombosis on a Plate (noodles, butter, and Parmesan cheese). Why the name? Wikipedia says this: “Alfredo Di Lelio invented the “fettuccine al triplo burro [butter]” (later named ‘fettuccine all’Alfredo’ or ‘fettuccine Alfredo’) in 1892 in a restaurant run […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

Well, here we are: another week older and deeper in debt. It’s Monday, February 6, 2017: “National Chopstix Day” in the U.S. They’re not even a food, and they’re spelled wrong, too. And, as always on this date, it’s the UN-sponsored “International day for zero tolerance to female genital mutilation.” (Note that neither the word “Islam” […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning; it’s Sunday, February 5, 2017, and it’s World Nutella Day. If you eat it (or even if you don’t), PuffHo has obligingly compiled “11 things you really should know if you love Nutella.” Not all of these facts are palatable: for instance, 56% of the stuff is straight sugar, and the second ingredient […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

Good morning and happy weekend; it’s Saturday, February 4, 2017. I see, as my bleary eyes scan the news, that a federal judge in Seattle has put a temporary nationwide hold on two parts of Trump’s immigration order: the suspension of entry from seven Muslim-majority countries, and the limitation on the number of refugees. The […]

Friday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning! It’s Friday, February 3 (2017 if you haven’t yet caught on), and we’ve made it through another week, though we’re all a week closer to death.  The good news is that it’s National Carrot Cake day, and a nicer cake is hard to imagine, especially when this one contains plump raisins and is slathered […]