How appropriate! It’s Fat Tuesday, that famously gluttonous (is this a word?) day before many Catholics observe Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent in which many resolve to give something up as a sort of penance. You’re supposed to give something up: smoking, drinking, eating red meat, whatever. You’re supposed to keep this up until Easter, that other most holy of days that symbolizes a rebirth, and a return to the bacchanalian life that you usually lead for the rest of the year.
So leave it to the International House of Pancakes to make this last day of hedonistic, self-destructive behavior all the more satisfying and —free, well, almost. Today, from 7 am to 10 pm IHOP invites all pancake lovers all over the US to come in and make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network. And in return, you will be rewarded with your own complimentary short stack of warm, fluffy cakes on which you can smear their gobs of butter and douse with reckless abandon their trifecta of strawberry, blueberry or maple syrup. So this isn’t exactly free, but what do you expect? What, peel a cool buck from your wallet and give to a good cause. You will feel good as those Rooty Tooty Fresh n’ Fruity cakes arrive at your table, ready for you to take that plunge. Or, my favorites, those oatmeal cakes that are light as a feather.
Come on, you have just today to do this. Oh yeah, it’s apparently National Pancake Day, in case you didn’t know or didn’t get around to send a greeting card to your grandma about this. Let’s let IHOP describe this most august of all holidays:
Known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, National Pancake
Day dates back several centuries to when the English
prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited
the eating of dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were
made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other
dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday or
Really? Those IHOP folks are pretty interesting historians, talking so confidently about “several centuries” ago, as if Aunt Jemima and Bisquick were carried across continents on ships by Marco Polo. OK, so what if IHOP is making this stuff up. Shrove Tuesday! Sure, I’m there! Don’t we all fall for these marketing ploys anyways? What are you waiting for?
This is your lucky day: (almost) free food. No need to skip breakfast. This is your chance to actually eat an incredibly fattening food that you don’t eat all that often anyways. And even if you aren’t counting calories, you know that IHOP would so love it if with your cakes you asked your server to bring you a couple of over-easy eggs and has browns? Need some links? Then call it “pigs in a blanket” and you are all set.
In case you need some time to decide what kind of cakes you want, by all means, take a look at the menu here. And get there quick: supplies of those carbo bombs may just run out if you don’t get there quick. Where’s the nearest IHOP? (Do we have to tell you everything?) OK, click here.