The SFoodie Advent Calendar counts down the days before Christmas /Nondenominationalwinterholiday, one treat at a time.
Here's a bit of etymology we bet you don't know: The infamous "wazzzaaaaaaah" in this Budweiser commercial isn't, in fact, a corruption of "what's up" but "wassail!" which comes from the Old English waes haeil, or "Good health!" Budweiser had original intended it to be a holiday special featuring men wearing top hats and elaborate sideburns hoisting giant steins, but quickly realized that "wazzzaaaaaah!" had the potential to be a year-round slogan. And so it was.
Poor wassail, an ancient and noble winter drink now banished to the plastic mugs of Ren Faire jesters and church Christmas potluck-goers. Lorraine Ottens, whose Drinkwell Softers show up at farmers' markets and a few local grocery stores, decided to update the drink's image by introducing a seasonal, naturally fermented, probiotic-lush, and nonalcoholic wassail ($5 plus $1 bottle deposit).
Dec. 1: Fruitcake from Schubert's Bakery
Dec. 2: Vegan Peppermint Joe-Joes
Dec. 3: Coconut snowball from Sweet Adeline
Dec. 6: Cranberry linzer verrine from Citizen Cake
Dec. 7: Panettone from Dianda's
Dec. 8: Clarine's Florentines
Dec. 9: Boccalone's truffled mortadella
Dec. 10: Plum pudding from John Campbell's
Dec. 13: Buche de Noel from Les Elements
Dec. 14: Thorough Bread's gibassier
Dec. 15: Charles Chocolates' edible box