For Lovers of Math and Dessert: Here’s Where to Buy Pie in Seattle for Pi Day

One of my favorite food holidays on the calendar is coming up this weekend, and it’s not too late to start making plans to celebrate. Every March 14, people who love both math and dessert have the perfect excuse to eat pastry for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as they observe Pi Day. Sure, you can always bake your own pie, but I prefer to leave this holiday to the experts. Here are a few of my favorite places to buy pie in Seattle for Pi Day, as well as a handful of restaurants that are offering specials to mark the occasion.

  • My first stop to buy pie in Seattle for Pi Day is usually A La Mode Pies in Phinney Ridge and West Seattle. I’m partial to Mexican chocolate mousse and toasted coconut cream, but you also can’t go wrong with peanut butter mousse. Fruit lovers have a variety of pies to choose from here, including marionberry and hazelnut, strawberry rhurbarb, or the signature Blue Hawaiian, which includes blueberries, pineapple, and toasted coconut. You can order a slice or two at their cafes (get there early on Pi Day before they sell out) or pre-order a whole pie to pick up.
  • At Pie Bar in Ballard, you can get slices or whole pies from their walkup window. Fruit options include berry crumble and apple crumble, or you can try one of their cream choices, like pb&j or banana cream.
  • Macrina Bakery is selling special tartlets for Pi Day, including a berry and a chocolate banana cream. Order online at least two days in advance for pickup at any of their five locations.
  • Preorder whole pies at The London Plane in Pioneer Square, or buy slices in store on either Saturday or Sunday. Their flavor options are coconut cream, raspberry rhubarb, and chocolate cream.
  • Coconut cream is also the special Pi Day flavor on offer at Super Six in Columbia City. The whole pie is topped with whipped cream, sesame brittle, and lilikoi caramel.
  • Watson’s Counter in Ballard is serving up s’mores, caramel apple, and lemon meringue pies on Sunday. The restaurant says it’ll be announcing ordering information on their Instagram feed.

Of course, if none of these choices will satisfy your cravings for pie in Seattle for Pi Day, you can always just order a pizza pie. Happy Pi Day, everyone!

What I Ate: Homemade chocolate coconut chess pie

Homemade chocolate coconut chess pie in Seattle for Pi Day

Mark Your Calendars! National Ranch Dressing Day Is Coming Right Up

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to honor the often-overlooked achievements of women and to bring attention to gender equality issues. But much less importantly, it’s also National Peanut Cluster Day, a day to celebrate a confection made by combining nuts with melted chocolate. Don’t get that confused, though, with National Peanut Butter Day (January 24), National Peanut Butter Cookie Day (June 12), National Peanut Butter Fudge Day (November 20), or even National Peanut Day (September 13). Almost every day on the calendar is now marked by the observance of one national food holiday or another. 

Where did all these peanut-flavored holidays come from? You might not be surprised to learn that they’re widely credited as the invention of the National Peanut Board, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that was authorized by Congress in 1996 and created in 2000. But their true origin will remain a mystery. The board told The Counter in 2018 that it wasn’t responsible for making up any of these holidays, though it does enjoy celebrating them as a way to promote peanut consumption.

Jimmy Carter, our nation’s goober-loving 39th president, isn’t responsible for those holidays either. But his successor, Ronald Reagan, is the one who created a popular food event that’s widely celebrated every summer. (No, not National Jelly Bean Day, which, by the way, is April 22.) In 1984, Reagan signed a proclamation into law declaring the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day, as well as the entire month of July as National Ice Cream Month. Three years later, Reagan also proclaimed that June 25 would forevermore be known as National Catfish Day.

Some of our national food holidays are a bit less official, the invention of enterprising food companies and their marketing departments looking for a way to drum up sales or get free publicity. In 2006, IHOP created National Pancake Day, which normally falls on Mardi Gras (also known as Shrove Tuesday, a day when historically, Christians would make pancakes to use up all of their dairy products before Lent). On that day, IHOP gives customers a complimentary short stack of buttermilk pancakes and raises money for local charities, while getting a ton of positive press for its invented holiday. Meanwhile, National Rotisserie Chicken Day (June 2), was created by Boston Market, which sells an awful lot of, you guessed it, rotisserie chicken.

The truth is that literally anyone can invent a national food holiday. And one food blogger, John-Bryan Hopkins, did just that. His website has an exhaustive list of national food days, including more than 170 that he made up himself. When Hopkins started cataloging these events, he realized that there were some days that didn’t already have a food product associated with it. So he filled up the calendar with events like National Tater Tot Day (February 2), National Onion Ring Day (June 22), and even, for Leap Day on February 29, National Frog Legs Day.

If you want to create your own national food holiday and make it a little more official, companies can apply for recognition for an undisclosed fee from a website called the National Day Calendar. Marlo Anderson, who created the Mandan, North Dakota–based tracker, told Slate in 2014 that it commemorates 1,100 different annual holidays. (Today, it’s recognizing National Peanut Cluster Day, as well as National Oregon Day, International Women’s Day, and National Prooofreading Day. Of course, it spelled that word correctly.)

If you’re looking for something to help you beat back the winter doldrums — and you’re feeling hungry — there’s something to look forward every day this week. (These days, it can be hard to tell one day from another, which might be why some of these holidays are so appealing.) Tomorrow is both National Crabmeat Day and National Meatball Day, Wednesday is National Blueberry Popover Day and National Ranch Dressing Day, Thursday is National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day, and, not to be outdone, Friday is National Baked Scallops Day.

Personally, I’m looking forward to June 11, a day to celebrate my favorite dessert, German chocolate cake. (It shares that day with margherita pizza.) But if I can’t wait until then for something sweet, maybe I’ll declare that Reagan got it wrong. Here’s my own proclamation: From now on, every day is National Ice Cream Day.

What I Ate: Margherita pizza with New York-style dough from Serious Eats

Margherita Pizza Day is a national food holiday celebrated on June 11.