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International Waffle Day!

Today we celebrate one of the famous breakfast food, and my favorite, waffles. International Waffle day is observed around the world on March 25th.

Waffle is a dish made from leavened batter or dough that is cooked between two plates that have patterns to give a unique characteristic, size, shape, and surface impression.  It can be made fresh or simply heated after and precooked when you buy the frozen boxes from your local groceries.

Belgian waffles are a North American waffle variety, based on the simplified version of the Brussels waffle. Belgian waffles take their name from an oronym of the Bel-Gem brand, which was an authentic Brussels waffle vendor that helped popularize the thicker style at the 1964 New York’s World’s Fair.  In Hongkong, waffles are called “grid cake” or “grid biscuits and are usually made and sold by street hawkers and eaten warm on the street.  It is like a traditional waffle but larger, round, divided into four quarters, and usually served as a snack.

One type of waffle I love is the Stroopwafels.  I am not sure where you can find it, but I normally have it when I on the plane when going on vacation.  It is one of the foods they sell on the plane listed on their menu for a snack.  This type of waffles is thin, and it has a syrup filling.  It doesn’t seem to have it but by placing it on top of your hot coffee, the waffles start to warm up and you could taste the syrup type filling when you take a bite.  This type of waffle is popular in the Netherlands and Belgium and normally sold in pre-prepared packages in shops and markets.

Nowadays, you can find different kind of foods being a dip in waffle battered especially on community fares, just like the Hotdog waffles like a corndog, served with mayonnaise or ketchup as the toppings, or just plain waffle on a stick usually dipped in something chocolate syrup sprinkled with your favorite toppings.

To celebrate this day, make yourself some waffles for breakfast if you have a waffle iron, or just grabbed a boxed or frozen waffle at your local groceries and serve it for breakfast with some whipped cream and strawberry toppings.  Or if you’re into savory adventure, make some Chicken and Waffles for lunch or dinner.