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National Cappuccino Day!

Today we celebrate a delicious and popular type of coffee, the cappuccino.  This day is observed annually on November 8th.

Cappuccino is an espresso-based coffee that originated from Italy in the 1600s and is traditionally prepared with steamed milk foam.  Some variation of this drink involves the use of cream instead of milk and flavoring with cinnamon or chocolate powder.  It is typically served in a smaller cup unlike the Caffé Latté and has a thicker layer of microfoam.

The name comes from the Capuchin friars, an Italian order of, who are a group of friars that wore dark brown habits, which is like the color of the coffee.  The physical appearance of a modern cappuccino with espresso crema and steamed milk is a result of a long evolution of the drink.

Cappuccinos are most often prepared with an espresso machine.  The double espresso coffee is poured into the bottom of the cup, followed by a similar amount of hot milk, which is prepared by heating and texturing the milk using the espresso machine steam wand.  The top layer of the drink consists of milk foam, usually decorated with artistic drawings called the latte art.

This time of the year, the weather gets cold and a cup of Cappuccino is not a bad idea to warm you in an Italian inspired coffee.  So, why not celebrate this day by treating yourself to a kick of caffeine with a cup of Cappuccino at your favorite coffee shop.  Share on social media using #CappuccinoDay.

1994 Salvatore “Sonny” Bono is elected to the U.S. Congress

If you had made a friendly wager back in 1974 as to which recent or current pop-music figure might go on to serve in the United States Congress in 20 years’ time, you might have picked someone with an apparent political agenda, like Joan Baez, or at least one who was associated with some kind of cause, like nature-lover John Denver.

You almost certainly wouldn’t have placed your bet on Sonny Bono, a singer of arguably limited talents who appeared content to stand, literally and figuratively, in the shadow of his far more popular wife, Cher. It was indeed Salvatore “Sonny” Bono, however, who had a future in elective politics—a future that included his election to the United States House of Representatives from California’s 44th Congressional District on November 8, 1994

Sonny Bono fell almost completely out of the public eye following the cancellation of The Sonny and Cher Show in 1977. While his ex-wife and erstwhile musical partner, Cher, launched a hugely successful second phase of her career with well-received acting roles in the 1980s, Sonny left the spotlight behind to focus on the restaurant business. Although he presented himself as a none-too-bright bumbler during his days on television, Bono had been an astute operator in shepherding his and Cher’s early musical career and in his later business dealings.

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