National Croissant Day

I’ve mentioned many times that the Hancock International College ESL students, Staff and Faculty have a special affinity for donuts. Our ESL students arrive early on Fridays to make sure they get their favorite flavor and end the week with energy and fun. Recently some other delicious pastries have made their way to the student lounge and on today, National Croissant Day, I’d like to highlight the secret stowaways that appear in our donut boxes each week. said, “It’s National Croissant Day! Although it is most likely just a myth, the history of the croissant is a colorful tale full of adventure. In 1683, the Turkish Empire laid siege on Vienna, Austria. The Turks made several attempts to enter the city by force, but were unsuccessful, so decided to dig an underground tunnel. The bakers of Vienna, who worked in the basement storerooms, heard the sound of digging and alerted the army.

The bakers received high honors and thanks for their assistance in outwitting the Turks. In celebration, they baked their bread in the shape of a crescent moon—the symbol of the Ottoman Empire. After the Turks were defeated, it became custom to serve morning coffee with the crescent-shaped pastry!

The legend goes on to say that over a hundred years later, Marie Antoinette (an Austrian Princess who married Louis XVI) introduced the pastry to the French who dubbed it a ‘croissant.’ To celebrate National Croissant Day, warm up a delicious croissant and enjoy it with a generous helping of butter. Yum!” Article from

I couldn’t agree more! When you make your way out to the local bakery make sure to try all different kinds of croissants. There are chocolate, cream cheese and fruit filled croissants to name a few so don’t miss out on these amazing pastries!

Idiom of the Day

Someone’s Bread and Butter

Meaning: Someone’s basic income; someone’s livelihood—the source of one’s food.

Example: I can’t miss another day of work. That’s my bread and butter. I worked as a bartender for a year, and it was the tips that were my bread and butter.