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National Café au Lait Day

coffee calendarFebruary 17 is National Café au Lait Day! Café au lait is a French coffee drink, consisting of coffee with hot milk added. The name is literally translated from French as “coffee with milk.”

We’re not sure why this day was chosen to honor this delicious coffee beverage, but if you need a pick-me-up, then today is the perfect day to celebrate! In Europe, café au lait is usually prepared using an espresso machine, mixing espresso with steamed milk. To contrast, in the United States, café au lait is usually made using a dark roasted drip or French press prepared coffee with steamed milk added.

The beverage gained a significant amount of popularity in New Orleans, where the well-known cafe, Café du Monde, located in the French Quarter, serves a popular version which includes the addition of chicory to their coffee. The chicory has a slightly bitter flavor that offsets the taste of beignets, which are deep-fried pastries covered in powdered sugar. Though café au lait has become a favored coffee drink for many, there are some who think adding milk to your coffee detracts from the flavor of the coffee too much. French author Honoré de Balzac once called café au laits a “ludicrous” drink.

While we suggest going to your favorite coffee shop to get a café au lait today, you can also make this caffeinated drink at home. Here are a few recipes for you to try out:

Sources: Wikipedia, Food.com, Examiner.com

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Michael Jordan’s Birthday

February 17 is Michael Jordan’s Birthday!

Michael Jordan, known by fans as “MJ,” is a former professional American basketball player, who is known as one of the greatest athletes of all time. Born on February 17, 1963 as Michael Jeffery Jordan, he started out his basketball career in high school, even though he didn’t make the team until his junior year.

MJ received a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and helped lead the Tar Heels to a national championship in 1982. In 1984, he was drafted to the Chicago Bulls and helped them win NBA championships in 1991, 1992, 1993. After a brief period of time spent as a baseball player, he returned to help them win championships again in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

During the length of his basketball career, Michael Jordan amassed several awards. He won five MVP Awards, three All Star Game MVP Awards, six NBA Finals MVP Awards, the 1988 Defensive Player of the Year Award, and the 1999 ESPN Greatest North American Athlete of the 20th Century, among others.

Check out this YouTube video that shows Michael Jordan’s Top 10 slam dunks of all time.

Happy 50th MJ!

Sources: Wikipedia

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