Tuesday, March 25, 2008

happy våffeldagen!

We swear, we're not making it up: March 25 is Våffeldagen (Waffle Day), an important religious day of observance in Sweden. And believe me, nobody is taking this holy holiday more seriously than the pious crew here at felix's daily starfish and waffles. Hallelujah!

The grinning editor of felix's daily starfish and waffles gets ready to devour a delicious plate of buttermilk waffles on Våffeldagen, March 25, 2008.

The scoop behind Waffle Day: in the Christian calendar, March 25 marks the date on which the angel Gabriel appeared before the Virgin Mary to inform her of the upcoming birth of the baby Jesus. (Surprise!) As such, March 25 has come to be known as vår fru dag which, we're told, means Day of Our Lady in Swedish.

For reasons of which we can only surmise as the illegible handwriting of some doctor, vår fru dag somehow became read as våffeldagen ... and, hence, the eating of waffles - the mightiest of all breakfast battercakes that thou shall ever bear witness - on the 25th of March.

Therefore, on this Våffeldagen, we believe God wants you to do two things:

(1) Eat waffles. So you have no excuse for not doing so, click here to link to the original recipe of our out-of-this-world Walnut & Buttermilk Space Waffles.

(2) Take the day off. If you're already at work, go home. If you can't go home, slack off. Come on, it's a religious holiday!

Happy Våffeldagen!

A different kind of Waffle.


  1. Workers in Sweden have more days off than any other known civilized nations. And you're condoning them to take another day off. Mmmmm I don't think the editor going to like that one. The waffles, lazed with butter milk or not, it doesn't look home made. That's injustice for the editor.

  2. I'm more of a pancake girl than waffles, personally...

    But today, there's WAFFLES FOR EVERYONE! That's it, I'm taking the rest of the day off now.

  3. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, you want to eat me?

  4. My ex-husband was the organic waffle-baron of Seattle once. Such people should have a special role in the festivities, like being publicly flogged with bacon strips for giving up the faith, perhaps?

  5. Zhu Ruiyin ... Well, if it makes you feel any better, the editor still obviously made me work. (And also, those store-bought waffles were awesome!)

    Sohobutterfly ... Oh my. Stating a preference for pancakes over waffles here at starfish and waffles is a sure way to get into the editor's doghouse.

    Anonymous ... Mmmm? Waffles are delicious.

    Amanda ... Yes, you're right ... those who give up on the Church of Waffles shall be punished severely - and, preferably, publicly - on this most holy day. May waffles be with you.

  6. May lashings of joyful syrup be upon you.

    Oh dear. That sounded far more racy than I intended... But what's a religious holiday without an undercurrent of naughty tension? Let's encourage the devout to say things like "your beauty spreads like butter" and "may your griddle sizzle".

  7. Amanda, haha! I tell you, you're the checks in my waffles, kid.