October 16th, 2013
05:00 PM ET
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World-renowned chef, author and Emmy-winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits South Africa in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, October 20, at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

South Africa's unique culture - and complex history - shines through in everything the 'rainbow nation' does. Even the country's foodways reflect the diverse demographics of people that call the southernmost point of Africa home.

Before the Suez Canal was excavated, Europeans had to sail around Africa to get to Asia for the silk and spice trades. The journey was so long that explorers often ran out of fresh food and water, resulting in scurvy and oftentimes death.

Coastal city Cape Town was established as a logical restocking point, and was soon settled by a number of different European nationalities, including the Portuguese, Dutch and British.
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National coffee milkshake day
July 26th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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Here's one way to shake up your morning coffee ritual - July 26 is National Coffee Milkshake Day.

There’s nothing quite like an iced coffee on a hot day. You get a (necessary) caffeine fix and a quick cool down all in one cup. If you want to amp up the cool down even further, you’re ready for a coffee milkshake.

The key to a good coffee milkshake is cold brewed coffee. Note, this isn’t the same as regular coffee just chilled (though that can be used if you’re pressed for time). There’s an entirely different process to follow for the cold version, but luckily it’s easy.
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National vanilla ice cream day
July 23rd, 2013
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Ice is back with a brand new ... food holiday: July 23 is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

Vanilla has historically been the favorite ice cream flavor of Americans. Here are some ice cream facts from the International Dairy Foods Association:
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National caviar day
July 18th, 2013
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Best paired with Champagne wishes, July 18 is National Caviar Day.

Once hailed for its medicinal qualities, caviar (fish eggs) has been enjoyed for centuries. There are a few reasons why caviar is so expensive. First, true caviar is the roe from one particular species of fish, the Acipenseriformes. Sturgeons are part of this species and for the longest time, they were only found in the Black and Caspian seas. Still, when caviar was first discovered, it was widely abundant and not that expensive. Russian Czar Nicholas II enjoyed it so much that he taxed fisherman for the stuff, and it became associated with royalty and wealth.
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National peach ice cream day
July 17th, 2013
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Here's a peachy keen way to beat the heat - July 17 is National Peach Ice Cream Day.

Summertime means many things, but mostly it means it’s hot. Time to take advantage of all the fruit that’s in season and cool down at the same time.

Ice cream is far simpler to make than one might expect. When buying an ice cream maker, skip the big-box store and head to your local garage sales: fancy ice cream makers make great wedding gifts, but often recipients don’t take the time to learn their true value. Just make sure the bowl of the ice cream maker you buy isn’t cracked. If you’d rather not invest in any equipment, you can always make ice cream with a plastic bag and a little elbow grease.
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National pecan pie day
July 12th, 2013
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Go nuts - July 12 is National Pecan Pie Day!

Did you know that pecans contain zinc, which boosts testosterone, which is the reason people think oysters are aphrodisiacs? We bet you're in the mood for a slice now!

Not just for Thanksgiving, pecan pie is a Southern staple for good reason. There’s nothing quite like the smell of its warm, buttery crust and gooey, nutty center coming out of the oven. Just because pecan trees are found in the South, doesn’t mean you need a passport to make this pie.
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National blueberry muffin day
July 11th, 2013
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Today's food holiday is muffin short of delicious - July 11 is National Blueberry Muffin Day.

Blueberries are not only rich in vitamins and antioxidants, they're also low in calories. Baking the tiny blue orbs in muffins is such an enticing concept that in 1988, Minnesota named blueberry its official state muffin (yes, such a designation exists).

To help with your muffin-making magic, try these tips:
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National hot dog month
July 3rd, 2013
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Hot diggity dog! July is National Hot Dog Month and July 23 is National Hot Dog Day.

During hot dog season (Memorial Day to Labor Day), 818 hotdogs are eaten every second. And on the Fourth of July, Americans devour approximately 150 million hot dogs; that's enough to stretch from coast to coast five times.

Depending on where you are, hot dogs can look and taste completely different. From slaw dogs in the South to Chicago dogs in the Second City to Detroit’s Coney dogs, cities take their hot dogs very seriously.
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National steakhouse month
June 21st, 2013
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Get ready for the sizzle. June is National Steakhouse Month!

Look up any steakhouse worth its chops and it will likely have a history section on its website. That’s because a lot what they’re selling is just that – history, a legacy, a tradition.
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