Help yourself to an extra squirt of Sriracha sauce. International Hot & Spicy Food Day, observed annually on January 16, is the day to dial the heat up to your highest echelon of palate-searing tolerance.
From mildly hot Serrano peppers to extremely hot Scotch bonnet peppers, heat has been thrown into pots, pans and mixing bowls for centuries. The spicy kick can be found in appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages.
Spicy foods serve as curative elixirs. Self-medicating with doses of Buffalo wings, Southwestern chili or Thai curry will open those nasal passages in no time. They kick-start the body’s internal sauna and sweat out your sickies.
Hot and spicy foods have fueled intense competitions to define new levels of masculinity. However, participants will never admit to the fact that after these competitions, they spend the rest of the night reaching for seltzers and groaning near porcelain thrones.
Where will you celebrate International Hot & Spicy Food Day? From Thai, Indian and Indonesian to Jamaican, Mexican and Cajun, spicy foods infuse global fare with characteristic fiery flare.
Variety is the spice of life, so consider staying in to brave the heat. Dish up a smorgasbord and invite friends over for some hot-and-spicy grubbing. Offer a gift to the guest who savors the burn with the most aplomb.
To avoid desperate attempts to grab the dog’s water bowl, have lots of milk and water on hand – Oh, and plenty of tissues!