Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bunnies and pancakes?

Once upon a time, a photographer named  Akutagawa put a pancake on a the head of a bunny named Oolong and put it up on the Internet. An early 2000's Internet meme was born, and continues to this day. (To read the whole story, see Wikipedia.) Oolong, thanks to his photo-crazy owner, was soon the impetus for a lot of discussion about rabbits.

And it's just one of the bunny and pancake connections that exist in this world. There are quite a few. It's kinda weird. But... we like bunnies. And we like pancakes. So it's okay.

Did you know there are multiple days to celebrate pancakes? While not an official holiday, IHOP has National Pancake Day - February 28, 2012. Eat at IHOP and get a free short stack on that day, in hopes that you will make a charitable donation.

Then there's Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day. It's the day preceding Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. What's the 'cake connection? I'm told pancakes are eaten before Lent begins as they often contain one or more of the ingredients that are restricted during Lent. So it's a celebration if you're into that flavor of religion/spirituality.

And quite randomly I've read that National Pancake Day is September 26. Why? I have no idea. But it seems oddly far away from National Maple Syrup Day on December 17th. Who can wait that long?

Whatever day you might choose, make your own Bunny Pancakes to celebrate.  Or find a variety of seriously good pancake variations at Serious Eats.

Either way, enjoy the unique and special relationship you have with your rabbit today. Whether pancakes are involved or not. 

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