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October 2nd is National Fried Scallops Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then I hope you like seafood because it's National Fried Scallops Day!  Ah yes, we finally get to celebrate a real meal!  Let's get right into celebrating National Fried Scallops Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, think of all the people you know that love seafood... that's a lot of people, huh? And a lot of those same people would probably admit that they love a good fried scallop or ten of them. So what do you think the next step would be for such a beloved meal? That's right; a group of scallop lovers got together, set up this holiday and now we all have an excuse to eat fried scallops today!  But what is a scallop? I mean, if you're going to eat it then you might as well know what it is, right? Well, it's a mollusk that has nicely colored, fan-shaped shells. In fact, the name scallop comes from the Old French term escalope, which literally means shell. And these aren't lazy mollusks; they're pretty active swimmers! I actually just had to go watch a video of a scallop swimming around.

But if you're chomping on some scallops then chances are they came from one of three places: the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Northeastern United States or Eastern Canada, or from the waters surrounding China and Japan. And a lot of people will drag what's called a dredge across the ocean floor to collect scallops, but this can damage the ocean floor and makes the scallops taste a bit gritty. So it's no wonder that scallops hand-caught by divers are becoming more popular in the market today.  Now that you know what they are, are you ready to eat?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, clear your schedule for tonight and go out to eat! I'm willing to bet that most sit-down restaurants around you will probably have scallops on the menu, but you might want to play it safe and go to a seafood restaurant. Then all you have to do is ask for some kind of fried scallops and you're set! That was easy, huh?  But you're always welcome to make some at home too! You have the option of deep frying them or frying them in a pan; it's up to you. If you want to go with a slightly healthier option then you'll want to skip the deep fryer! But look up a recipe online and find a good batter to roll these babies in.

Then I think you should invite some friends and family over; don't be a pig and eat them all yourself! Have a nice dinner party, catch up with your friends and just relax as you chew on your wonderful seafood. And if you're not the classiest of folk then take a look at your scallops for a moment... what would they be perfect for? Pick one up, take aim at someone's mouth and toss that puppy in there! Sure, it will make a mess but at least you had fun with your dinner!  Have a great day and enjoy your meal!





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