Here at Eat at Joe's!, we try to keep the focus on food. But you never know where that'll lead us. For instance, no less an authority than the USDA, in an article on food safety, says Super Bowl Sunday is "the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving."
It's probably true. I remember once working a cold dark night during a trainee stint at the Northgate Abattoir (I flunked out, BTW). I was walking home to my downtown Durham garret when I noticed something odd. It took me a minute to figure it out, but almost every house had something going on in the living room. The telltale flickering TV light finally led me to understanding. Everyone was watching the Super Bowl. Everyone. I felt witness to a nationwide cultural phenomenon, one where I could have walked up to any random house, knocked, and gotten a quizzical look until I asked, "Sorry to bother y'all, but what's the score?" And that question would have made it all right.
Well, maybe not, but the evening stuck with me. So I shouldn't have been surprised by the Super Bowl food consumption datum, but I was. I've even been to Super Bowl parties where I've been told "oh, we just want to watch the commercials." It's a freaking de facto U.S. holiday, a nationwide equivalent of the ACC men's basketball tournament. But still... 2nd? Maybe 3rd, depending on how you parse the sentence? Bigger than Christmas? WTF?
But... I have a resource. I have my Gentle Readers. Perhaps you can help me puzzle this out. Do you have people over for Super Bowl Sunday? Do you cook a bunch of food? Do you go out? What do you, food-wise?
Inquiring Joes would like to know. ;)
Edit: I've put a poll in the sidebar. It's also going on the polls page.