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Thursday, February 2nd
I wish tater tots had a cool backstory. Like they were invented by a Buddhist monk as portable carbs. But the tiny tater nugs developed by Ore-Ida to combat food waste. And you know what they say—one man’s trash is another’s bite-sized treasure. If you love the crispiness of the classic cafeteria comfort food, commemorate National Tot Day @ McMenamins on Thursday, February 2nd.
Holidays are usually synonymous with days off. But sometimes you need a reason to celebrate. A PNW favorite since the early ’80s, each McMenamins offers a unique and historic place to eat, drink, and sleep. To honor this tasty treat invented in 1953, they’ll offer all-day happy hour pricing on their appetizer staple Cajun Tots. And a discount on Tot-chos, the bastard child of tots and nachos. If you love the spicy smokiness in a sprinkle of seasoning, stop by the gift shop for a bag of their Cajun Seasoning & Peppercorn Ranch mix. And turn leftovers into the Midwest favorite Tater Tot Casserole. Whether called by their alternate names, “potato gems,” “potato pom-poms,” or my favorite, “spud puppies,” more than 3.6 billion tots are sold annually. And that’s a reason to rejoice!
Tip: Hit Anderson School to check out M. Night Shyamalan’s apocalyptic thriller Knock at the Cabin, opening that night in the theater.
📸: Courtesy McMenamins
Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet and Writer (so many Ps) living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she'd do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they're silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.