Dear National Meatball Day,

Meat. Balls. Balls of meat. Meatballs. Flickr/jeffreyw

Meat. Balls. Balls of meat. Meatballs. Flickr/jeffreyw

 Some may doubt that all these days in honor of food aren’t real holidays. I say, who cares? I say, there aren’t enough days to celebrate all the amazing foods that we have in the world. I stand firm before you, declaring my love for meatballs.


Honestly, the Italians nailed so many fantastical categories of foods that I’m not surprised that they invented the meatball (did they? I attribute it to them, regardless). Eat them simply, perfect bites of protein atop the best pastas or breads, dancing in a shower of cheese before you dig in.

Or chefs get creative and put them on pizza, stews, a sub, toothpicks for appetizers or anything. If meatballs are involved, I want in.

So even if you’re not eating meatballs today, take a moment to appreciate the brilliance of meatballs by looking at each of these pictures and recipes:

10 Old School Italian Joints You Need To Know About
10 Global Meatball Recipes for National Meatball Day
10 Recipes For National Meatball Day

Love,
A

Dear pizza bagel lunch,

When pizza's on a bagel...

When pizza’s on a bagel… Photo/Alma Bahman

Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at supper time.

You make me want to sing the song all day long. I risk dating myself here, but nothing is more nostalgic than you, pizza bagels. You take me back, way back. I’m a kid again, and my most important job in life is running around as fast as I can, coming up with as many new games as I can, and of course, eating pizza bagels (better known as Bagel Bites).

Wine club: Dear Veramonte merlot and cheese,

Wine, herb brie cheese and baguettes, also known as dinner.

Wine, herb brie cheese and baguettes, also known as dinner.

It’s obvious that the best dinner consists of wine and cheese (and sometimes, that’s all I want for dinner). But as the weather starts to cool and the leaves begin to fall, I find comfort in the simplicity of the preparation juxtaposed with the robust flavors of the food. Today, we’re having merlot for dinner.

While I am partial to Spanish wines, how could I resist this minivacation to Chile’s Casablanca Valley with a merlot by Veramonte. It’s rich, dark, fruity and smells heavenly. This is how life should be.

Love,
A