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National Fast Food Day!

Today we celebrate National Fast Food Day.  This day is observed annually on November 16th.

Fast food is a type of mass-produced food designed for commercial resale that has a strong priority placed on “speed of service” versus the culinary science of foodservice.  It was originally created as a commercial strategy to accommodate larger numbers of busy commuters, travelers, and wage workers who often did not have time to sit down to eat lunch or dinner and wait for their meal.

Many varieties of food can be “cooked fast”, but “fast food” is a commercial term-limited to food sold in restaurants where food comes from frozen with precooked ingredients and served to the customer in a packaged form for take-out.

The fast-paced of technology, social and economic changes all over the world led to the popularity of fast-food restaurants during the 20th century.  Franchising brought uniformity of particular restaurants, fueling the boom of fast food.

Nowadays there is a lot of fast-food chains everywhere like burgers and fries, fish and chips, pizza, tacos, hot dogs and many more.  Since the popularity of fast food, people became lazy to cook at home and just prefer ordering take out which led to some health issues and facing criticism by the health industry.

We all know that foods that are considered fast-food belong to a bad food group which means that it is not good for our health.  They are high in sugar, salt, saturated fat, and calories and are linked to many health problems.  But due to the convenience and affordability, people prefer to eat fast food.  If you look around, there is a fast-food restaurant everywhere you go, which makes it easily accessible to the family who is in a budget and always on the go.

Today the United States has the largest fast food industry in the world, where over 50 million customers are served every day.  I’m am not telling you not to eat at a fast-food restaurant because is it not good for you, but you do your own judgment especially if you are concern about your health.  Cooking real food is better for you and cheaper too when you make it at home.

So, today, celebrate this day by ordering some food at your favorite fast-food restaurant and try to choose wisely what is the best food that will not jeopardize your health.  Share on social media your favorite fast food using #NationalFastFoodDay.

2001 First Harry Potter film opens

On November 16, 2001, the British author J.K. Rowling’s star creation–bespectacled boy wizard Harry Potter–makes his big-screen debut in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which opens in movie theaters across the United States. Based on the mega-best-selling fantasy novel of the same name, the film, which starred Daniel Radcliffe in the title role, went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies in history.

The first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, debuted in Great Britain in 1997 and was released in the United States the following year under the name Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Children and adults alike were captivated by the story of Harry, his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, their adventures at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Harry’s struggles against his main enemy, the evil Lord Voldemort.

Rowling, who was born in England in 1965, first got the idea for Harry Potter while she was riding a train from Manchester to London in 1990. She began writing the first book that night and finished it while living in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she struggled financially as a single mother and battled depression. Her completed manuscript was turned down by a number of publishers before she got a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing in August 1996. Rowling went on to write a total of seven Harry Potter novels, all of which became international blockbusters, selling more than 400 million copies and being translated into some 60 languages in all. The books also spawned a series of movies, video games and other merchandise that made Rowling one of the wealthiest people in the entertainment industry.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-harry-potter-film-opens)

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