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Game DayOne of America’s biggest annual events is coming up in a few days. That’s right folks, it’s the Super Bowl. The Indianapolis Colts will duke it out against the Chicago Bears on Feb 4. However, it’s not just an exciting day for sports fans; commercial air-time during the game includes some of the most expensive 30-sec slots of the year. Sit back and watch people, because some of the year’s best commercials will be premiering during this time. Not to mention the world-class entertainment during pregame and halftime - Cirque du Soleil and Prince, respectively. (Hmmm, should I say the artist formerly and now currently known as Prince)? Finally, it appears that Billy Joel is singing the National Anthem!

Football fans will be crowding into sports bars, throwing Super Bowl parties, or perhaps tailgating. Some of you may not be familiar with the concept of tailgating, in fact you may find it somewhat puzzling. No, I’m not talking about bad driving. Courtesy of Wikipedia, here’s the basic idea “In North America, a tailgate party is an often celebratory social event held on and around the open tailgate of a vehicle. Tailgating often involves alcoholic beverages. Tailgate parties usually occur in the parking lots at stadiums and arenas before, and occasionally after or during, sporting events. People attending such a party are said to be tailgating.”

I know what you’re thinking…do people actually crowd into parking lots to eat food cooked on some guy’s truck? Yes, we do. We even do it during the summer when the hot sun is beating down on us and is magnified by the dark asphalt. This is probably why there is so much drinking involved (or maybe it’s the effect of it). So what do people typically eat in these party parking lots? Hot dogs, burgers, chips, BBQ – all the typical game day snacks.

This coming Sunday I’ll probably use the Super Bowl as an excuse to indulge in all my favorite snacks. I think I may even drag out my “Fry Daddy” – my little deep fryer and cook up some home-made beer-battered onion rings. This is a delicious and simple recipe that is great for first-time fryers. I’ll be sure to post a recipe on it soon.

I just wish the Super Bowl were a little later in the year. Like many, I had a great New Year’s resolution to be healthier, work out regularly, and eat better. The Sunday of the Super Bowl is a difficult test of this resolution. J I guess I’ll just have to practice moderation on those onion rings!

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