October 6th is National Noodle Day, a day to enjoy a plateful of delicious noodles packed with energizing carbs! The oldest know noodles were found in China and are estimated to be an amazing 4,000 years old. The first reference to noodles in the Western world was made in the 1st century BC. Today noodles are still a staple in many parts of the world. They are made from a variety of doughs, including rice, wheat, buckwheat, potato, maize, and nut, and folded into any number or shapes. Once they are ready to be cooked they can be fried, boiled, baked, or steamed into a tasty, filling feast.
Noodles are grossly under-represented in my regular diet. On the rare occasion that I crave Italian food I gravitate toward italian soups and salads, not pasta. So, other than the rare spaghetti dinner, I don’t ingest a lot of pasta noodles. I do, however, eat a lot of Japanese food, and even some Chinese food. But when I order a dish I always opt for the rice side instead of noodles. I suppose I should be happy about this since noodles have so many carbs (good for energy, bad for weight loss!), but I know I’m missing out. All I have to do to realize this is think back on my brief affair with Noodles & Company, a quick-serve restaurant chain that specializes in noodle dishes. When we used to work together, Chris and I sometimes went to “Noodles” for lunch, using our one hour break to chow down on Mediterranean noodles and Wisconsin Mac & Cheese. Ahh…good times. Good, yummy times.
But guess what? National Noodle Day was the perfect excuse for us to revisit this too-long-retired activity! We couldn’t meet for lunch today, so Chris and I decided to go to Fredericksburg this evening to have dinner at our closest Noodles & Company. Noodles has a sort of fun, welcoming environment like Chipotle or Panera Bread, so dining in was a nice little reprieve from the hustle and bustle of our work day. I ordered the Bangkok Curry dish with tofu and rice noodles, while Chris opted for the creamy Wisconsin Mac & Cheese with steak. The noodles were delicious and now I’m incredibly full and content. I think noodles may be my new comfort food!
Today’s “unofficial” really satisfied our demanding taste buds, but I fear tomorrow’s is going to throw them into a state of ecstasy! It’s National Frappe Day!