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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Fog/Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Hotel Made of Salt Blocks ~ Touchdown Potato Pizza ~ National Chopsticks Day


Good 37º high fog morning. 
Yesterday the super thick fog hung around for awhile and then it left but we had dark clouds and no sunshine until late in the afternoon when some sun shown through the clouds for a short time. We topped at 48º.  

Picture of the Day ....

Interesting about a hotel made of salt blocks....


Palacio de Sal or "Palace of salt" is a hotel built of salt blocks. It is located at the edge of 'Salar de Uyuni', the world's largest salt flat.

'Salar de Uyuni' is the world's largest salt flat at 4,086 sq mi. It is located in the 'Potosí' and 'Oruro' departments in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes at an altitude 11,995 feet.

'Salar de Uyuni' has long attracted tourists, who came great distances and needed a place to rest before returning to their cities. Building such a resting place required construction materials, which are scarce in the area. Therefore, it was logical to erect a hotel made of salt, which is in ready supply at 'Salar de Uyuni'.

The first hotel was built in 1993-1995 out of salt blocks in the middle of the 'Salar de Uyuni', and soon became a popular tourist destination. Its location in the center of a desert produced sanitary problems. The hotel had to be dismantled in 2002.

Around 2007, a new hotel was built, under the name Palacio de Sal. The new site is south of Bolivia's capital La Paz. The building was constructed of about 1 million 14-inch salt blocks, which are used for the floor, walls, ceiling and furniture, including beds, tables, chairs and sculptures.

The sanitary system has been restructured to comply with the government regulations. The hotel has a dry sauna and a steam room, a saltwater pool and whirlpool baths.


From Mr. Food


These yummy mini potato-crust pizzas will score you big entertaining points whenever you serve them. Imagine the reaction when you pass around a platter of these awesome Touchdown Potato Pizza appetizers.

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 Idaho potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 2 ounces pepperoni (about 30 slices) chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 425º. Coat 2 baking sheets with 1 tablespoon each of olive oil.
  2. Arrange potato slices on baking sheets and bake 10 minutes, or until pale golden in color. Turn potato slices over and cook 6 additional minutes, or until fork-tender and beginning to brown.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients except remaining olive oil, and toss until well blended.
  4. Remove potatoes from oven and evenly distribute pepperoni mixture on top of each potato slice. Return to oven and bake an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese begins to melt. Remove from oven, and then drizzle remaining 2 tablespoons oil evenly over topped potato slices. Let stand 5 minutes to allow flavors to absorb, then serve.


Historically this date....
1959 – At Cape CanaveralFlorida, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missiles accomplished.

1976 – In testimony before a United States Senate subcommittee, Lockheed Corporation president Carl Kotchian admits that the company had paid out approximately $3 million in bribes to the office of Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka.

1978 – The Blizzard of 1978, one of the worst Nor'easters in New England history, hit the region, with sustained winds of 65 mph and snowfall of 4" an hour.

1996 – Willamette Valley Flood of 1996: Floods in the Willamette Valley of OregonUnited States, causes over US$500 million in property damage throughout the Pacific Northwest.

1998 – Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.

And births this date include....
1845 – Isidor Straus, co-owner of Macy's department store and former Congressman from New York (d. 1912)

1849 – Ida Straus, American passenger aboard the Titanic (d. 1912)

1895 – Babe Ruth, American baseball player (d. 1948)

1912 – Eva Braun, German mistress and wife of Adolf Hitler (d. 1945)

1917 – Zsa Zsa Gábor, Hungarian-born actress (d.2016)
..................nine husbands! 

1931 – Mamie Van Doren, American actress
................only 5 husbands!

1940 – Tom Brokaw, American news anchorman

1943 – Fabian Forte, American singer

1945 – Bob Marley, Jamaican musician (d. 1981)
...... LOVED his music!
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Each year on National Chopsticks Day, people worldwide celebrate the humble and ancient utensils on February 6th.

Around 1200 B.C., Chinese cooks began using chopsticks to prepare food. These tools were likely long enough to reach into hot cooking pots. Then about 400 B.C., when fuels for cooking became scarce, food was prepared in smaller pieces reducing the number of resources needed to cook it. At the same time, the need for sharp eating utensils faded, and shorter chopsticks entered the scene.

Once these handy eating tools found their way to the dinner table, they spread around the world. Portable and elegant in their design, they also vary in style from region to region.

Today chopsticks may be made from wood such as bamboo or aspen. Elaborately carved chopsticks may be cut from jade, ivory, or wood, and artisans may ornately paint some chopsticks with miniature scenes.


Use chopsticks to eat your meals. Practice using chopsticks or teach someone how to use them. Share your favorite set of chopsticks or your favorite meal to eat with chopsticks. Visit your favorite restaurant where chopsticks are provided. Make sure you give them a shout out, too! Of course, you should invite someone to celebrate with you, also! Maybe ask them to join you in a chopstick competition to see who is the most proficient using them.