Our Favorite Regional Products, and Some Other Stuff

Occasionally I get so tired, I feel ill.  And that’s what happened on Sunday.  I don’t know why, because I slept at least nine hours on Saturday night, but I was fatigued almost to the point of pukin’ on Sunday.  It’s some kind of cumulative thing that doesn’t necessarily have a lot to do with just the previous day.

So, when the night finally (finally!) ended, I went home and climbed atop the dormancy platform.  And the next morning I apparently hit the snooze button so many times, the clock eventually washed its hands (get it?) of the whole situation.

The alarm starts going off at 9:30, and I jerked awake at 12:41 — more than three hours later.  Sweet sainted mother of Rembrandt Pussyhorse!  I’d planned to write and post an update here, and also take care of a couple of other small tasks, before it was time to leave for work again around 2:00.  It threw my entire “morning” into disarray.

And that’s why there was no Monday update.  I apologize, but I guess my brain required some additional downtime.  And man, I felt fantastic on Monday.  It’s crazy how everything can change in just half a day.  …Yeah, I’m shaving years off my life working this way, aren’t I?

Toney cut my hair on Sunday morning.  It feels ridiculous to even type those words, but they’re true.  She bought a set of heavy-duty clippers at Target or someplace, and announced that she was going to start cutting my hair, as well as the boys’ hair, and save us hundreds of dollars per year.  Possibly millions.

I was skeptical, highly skeptical, and don’t really view the cost of haircuts as a major expense.  But whatever.

On Saturday she cut the older boy’s hair, and it didn’t look too bad.  In fact, it looked pretty much like one of the twenty dollar cuts he gets every few weeks.  There was no wide strip of naked scalp across the back of his head, and his hair didn’t come to a point like a Dairy Queen sundae, as I’d had it pictured.

So, the next day I let her take a crack at my Jiffy Pop ‘do.  And I’d rate it a C+.  It doesn’t look horrible, but there’s something… wobbly about it.  Certain sections are a little larger than they should be, and it just doesn’t feel right.  I can’t see anything terribly wrong with it in the mirror.  But something is askew.

I assume she’ll improve with practice, and until then I’ll be walking around with wobbly hair…  Stay tuned.

I went to dinner with some big-shots at work last night.  I’m not sure why I was invited, and, in true Jeff Kay fashion, spent the whole afternoon trying to come up with some negative doomsday explanation for it all.

But it was a good time (surprisingly enough), and I had expense account New York Strip steak.  Is there anything better than expense account steak?  I submit that there is not.  And it brought back memories of my high-flying record weasel days, when I dined in the finest restaurants of America, on the tabs of major corporations, for no apparent reason.  God, I loved that.

Unfortunately, I started to take it for granted, and didn’t fully appreciate my good fortune during the final few years.  After it was over, I was left thinking, “Hey, wait a minute.  How come no record companies have bought me a fifty dollar steak this month?  What the hell, man?!”

And now I’m getting haircuts at home, with Target clippers…  <sigh>

I was talking with a guy at work last night, and he told me his brother is driving in from Colorado for Christmas.  He grew up here, I’m told, and every time he returns, he fills the trunk of his car with many different varieties of Tastykakes.  Like, hundreds of dollars-worth.  Heh.

Tastykake, in case you’re unaware, is a regional brand of snack cakes.  Sorta like Hostess, but better.  And people who grew up on them will fight you in the streets if you have a negative word to say about any of it.

Supposedly this guy takes his trunk-full of snacks back to Colorado, freezes them, and doles them out slowly throughout the year.  And when there’s an emergency, family members mail him boxes of the things across the continent.

A woman was standing nearby, and said she has an uncle who buys cases and cases of Middleswarth barbecue chips when he comes home to northeastern Pennsylvania.  That’s another regional “delicacy,” which I don’t think I’ve ever tried.  I might have to remedy that fact today.

And I’d like to use that as the Question of the Day…  Are there any regional products that you hoard when possible, because you now live in a place where they’re not available?  Maybe something you liked as a kid, and now you’re in a different city?

If not, what products can you imagine would fall into that category, if you ever moved away from where you currently live?  What regional products would you have airlifted to your new home in Alaska, or wherever?  Please use the comments link below.

And I’ll see you guys again tomorrow.

Have a great day, boys and girls.

Now playing in the bunker

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232 Responses to “Our Favorite Regional Products, and Some Other Stuff”

  1. MMMMMMMMM Beer!

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  2. I only lived there a little over a year, but I now hoard cans of Skyline Chili from Cincinnati. When I was away from Western Tennessee, I hoarded Memphis BBQ rub.

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    icecycle66 Reply:

    I hate skyline chili. When I ate it that one time I had to imagine I was eating shit to make it more acceptable to my mouth.

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    t-storm Reply:

    Mmmmmm skyline.

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    Swami Bologna Reply:

    Mmmmmm, shit.

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  3. 2nd? In the UP (that’s the upper peninsula of Michigan) you can get baked cheddar potato chips made by Old Dutch that will blow your socks off. And cheese curds. And smoked mozzarella. And pasties. And cudighi. Whenever a family member goes up, they bring back loads of the above items to share.

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    WB in OH Reply:

    I think I may road trip up to the UP and get baked! :)

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    debra Reply:

    We Love the Pasties!!!! Can’t get em anywhere except the U.P.!

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  4. LMAO @ “Jiffy Pop ‘do”!
    Since I moved to Maine a few years ago (I’m from Bucks Co.) I miss a lot of things. Wawa coffee, hoagies, soft pretzels, etc. My parents brought some hoagies (unassembled) from a favorite place back home once and they almost hit the spot. In Maine you can get an Italian. It’s lunchmeat on a mushy long roll with green peppers and pickles. Bleeeech.

    I really want some Tastycakes now. And pork roll. But not together.

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    Swami Bologna Reply:

    C’mon, zoe, it’s Tastykakes, not Tastycakes. Been too long in Maine, you have.

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  5. Why would a homemade hair cut make Dairy Queen hair?
    Anyway, the only difference between a good haircut and a bad hair cut is about 3 days.

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  6. Speaking of Memphis and regional delicacies, Yuengling & Sons just shelled out 20 million for the old Schlitz brewery in Memphis and will be making beer down here next year. We already get Lager, Light Lager & Black & Tan here, but may see some new flavors in the near future.

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    WB in OH Reply:

    I’m hoping this means it will be available in Ohio soon. I also hope they rinse the old Schlitz out of the vats before filling them.

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    debra Reply:

    We need Yuengling in Ohio right now! My Father in law loved Schlitz beer. Only one store in Bowling Green Ohio would carry it for him when he was living amongst us!

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    Misselle Reply:

    I used to live in BG and I remember Yuengling fondly… can’t get it in Texas.

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    Garrett - g1g3m Reply:

    I’ve seen it at the few Albertson’s that are left in the state. Where in TX?

    Is it Misselle, as in ICBM, or Misselle as in Miss Elle?

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  7. Utz Potato Chips; had them at Hershey Park, but not available in Ohio.

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    Chuck in Belpre Reply:

    Utz are available in this area of Ohio. I like them.

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    The Evil Twin Reply:

    Yea, verily. Utz chips do rock. Especially the plain ones.

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  8. I’ll be the first to say it: you were undoubtedly ill due to the stink bug which swished around in your mouth this weekend. Have you contacted Jackie Chiles yet?

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    debra Reply:

    I found a stink bug in the pile of Christmas prezzies I was about to wrap. And it was alive! Where do they come from? I flushed him right down the toilet!

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  9. Cincinnati Recipe chili mix… I’m never in the area and we don’t have a Krogers, so I have to order it by phone by the case.

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  10. The dont have Western Dressing on the west coast. In Minnesota they sell like a cure for cancer. 1200 miles west , never heard of it.

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  11. Any time I drive east I bring home several cases of Yuengling. In Illinois, where I went to school, there was a chip called Kitchen Cooked which you can order online with a second on your house at http://www.kitchencooked.net/.

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  12. Every time I have passed through the resort town of Dunbar, I have made a wide swing to Cincinnati to find a Skyline representative to buy some big cans of Skyline Chili. Great on dogs, spaghetti noodles or by itself. There are supposedly Skyline restaurants in Florida, but I can never seem to find them.

    Holy shit, I just glanced down at the “recent comments” and Griff is talking about the same thing and just posted it.

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    SeanInSac Reply:

    Long time no see AWG!!!!!!! Welcome back, I for one have missed you!

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    sunshine_in_va Reply:

    There’s a Skyline in Clearwater, right on US 19. At least – there was in 1989.

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    Brooke Reply:

    Yep, still there! Perhaps that’s where I’ll have lunch today.

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  13. I think you can only find Tastycakes in two places here in Morgantown.

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  14. As Jeff is already aware, when I come back east for a visit, I take home cases and cases of the golden elixir. Can’t get that stuff west of Ohio. I will also try to grab some cases of Blue Point Toasted Lager and Brooklyn Brewery samplers.
    And of course I bring all kinds of MN beers to my friends in PA out my way out.

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  15. I’m not too crazy about any regional stuff out here, as a matter of fact, I’m not even sure of any regional stuff out here other than some local tortilla brand. I don’t really have the tortilla differentiating palate to care about those.

    Back in Louisiana there is a chip company called Zapp’s that are pretty awesome. It’s a kettle cooked chip place, but everywhere has those now. The only thing Zapps has that other regional chips don’t have are the Spicy Crawfish Seasoning chips called CrawTaters; they are fucking awesome; really I would sometimes rather them than to screw.

    My wife likes Community Coffee also from Louisiana. I worked in the plant in Port Allen for a little while so anytime I smell French Vanilla coffee I get sick.

    There is a burrito place in Baton Rouge called Izzo’s Illegal Burrito, and it kicks Chipotle or Moe’s ass with a 5 pound burrito.

    And one more from Louisiana, is Abita beer. If you ever come across a pack of Abita Amber, Purple Haze, or Turbo Dog buy it. It is wonderful beer that is just now starting to eck out of Louisiana. I am convinced that it is so good due to the water it uses, from Abita Springs. Louisiana has great ground water.

    I always grab a few cases of Abita and one of Yuengling when I drive back home to Louisiana to bring back to the land of dry sand.

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    The Qweezy Mark Reply:

    I have purchased six packs of Abita at a Catalina Mart in Tucson.

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    The Qweezy Mark Reply:

    Just had a bag of Zapp’s Spicey Creole Tomato flavored Kettle Chips (spiked w/ Tabasco). Awesome.

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    m Reply:

    Mmmm, I love Zapps, especially the crawtaters.

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  16. And I agree that Tastykake is better than Hostess. They’re cheaper, and not as sweet, but more chocolatey. Yum.

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    JDL Reply:

    Chocolatey? What are you talking about?
    When it comes to Tastykakes there can be only one and that one is Butterscotch Krimpets. Chocolate not involved.

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    icecycle66 Reply:

    Tastykakes are usually pretty well stocked at Arym/Air Force commisaries. That’s the only experience I have with them.

    They are really good, more like a snack cake and less like a sugary sponge.

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  17. I’m from southeastern Pennsylvania, so grew up with Tastykakes. A while ago my brother moved out to San Francisco for a year, and he was hungry for some home-town snacks. He went into a San Fran convenience store, and asked the guy at the counter if they had any Tastykakes. The guy pointed to some wrapped pastries near the counter and said “Well, these cakes here are pretty tasty.” My brother was a little embarrassed that the guy thought he had asked for some “tasty cakes” (sounds kinda gay, I suppose), but at least he had a humorous tale to tell when he moved back home.

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    bikerchick Reply:

    Swami: That’s funny as hell! I would have laughed out loud right there.

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  18. “Tastykake, in case you’re unaware, is a regional brand of snack cakes. Sorta like Hostess, but better. And people who grew up on them will fight you in the streets if you have a negative word to say about any of it.”

    This is funny and absolutely true. Imagine, someone fighting over bad mouthing a snack cake. Ludicrous.
    Although, if I ever hear anyone talking smack about pepperoni rolls I will fuck them up six ways from Sunday.

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    Valentin Reply:

    Pepperoni rolls suck ass.

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    JDL Reply:

    So does your mom…and you’re on the list.

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    JDL Reply:

    And I meant audibly hear them. I cant punch you through your mom’s basement walls.

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    bikerchick Reply:

    LMFAO!!

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    Valentin Reply:

    LOL.

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    Valentin Reply:

    I’ve never really had them I just wanted to see if you’d kick my ass.

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  19. I know people who drive, fly,run & walk thousands of miles to Nebraska just to buy “Dorothy Lynch” Salad Dressing.

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    Some Guy on the Innernets Reply:

    Dorothy Lynch used to be awesome. Then it was bought by some giant subsidiary of Kraft or Boeing or something and it wasn’t as good. Then one day I opened up a new big jumbo bottle and poured some on my salad, and it was terrible. I almost cried. I’ve never tried it again.

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  20. Tastykakes rock. And from the city that has lost the superbowl four times, MIGHTY TACO!!!

    :)

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    Dave Reply:

    Minneapolis? LOL

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    Sam in Akron Reply:

    Buffalo, the nicest city on earth :)

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  21. Ohhhh, Middleswarth are the BEST.

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  22. On Special days (1st day of school, 1st Saturday of summer), my Mom would let my brother and I have a packet of TastyKakes Jelly Krimpets for breakfast – hadn’t had them in years, but now that Wa-Wa has moved into Richmond, I can get a fix! This year they have a TastyKake Butterscotch Krimpet Optical mouse for 8.99 – may have to get one of those.

    Devil Dogs aren’t available here either. *sigh*

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    madz1962 Reply:

    They changed the taste of Devil Dogs. Last time I had one was very disappointing. I hurled it like a discus into the trash and said a silent good-bye to my childhood.

    No trans fat or some such shit.

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    Dave Reply:

    Devil Dogs! Memories of my NYC childhood indeed…Drake’s Cakes! Don’t forget Yankee Doodles and Ring Dings…so much better than their Hostess equivalents.

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    debra Reply:

    Hostess Ho Ho’s are just a faint reminder of the greatness they once were

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  23. There’s a “cheesesteak” place here in Oakland that sells Tasty Kakes! Also, they sell “cheesesteaks” (really they’re pretty good).

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  24. Regional products… Julio’s tortilla chips from Texas (and maybe other states in that area). You can either eat them alone, or you can eat them with salsa… they’re very versatile. I don’t know how they haven’t caught on nationwide.

    And it’s not a problem now, but only a few years ago we didn’t have Yuengling in Georgia. Anytime someone would drive out to Augusta (on the GA/SC border), they’d come back with a trunk filled with Yuengling.

    Today you can pick up a 12-pack of Yuengling at the grocery store for $9.99 or so… man, we have it good now.

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  25. Does anybody outside of Texas ever see Big Red soda (not the gum)?

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    icecycle66 Reply:

    Yeah, it’s all around the south. I’ve seen it in places as far as west Arizona and south Florida.

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    TxnCarrie Reply:

    Mmmmmm….Big Red Soda used to be SO good. I never drink it anymore, but I used to. A LOT.

    But I live in Texas, so I guess that doesn’t really answer your question.

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    Narf Reply:

    Southern Indiana– mmm, Big Red cinnamon bubblegum soda is WIN!

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    WB in OH Reply:

    It used to be available in Ohio but I don’t drink much soda anymore, I’ll check next time at the store.

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    Griff Reply:

    I read this yesterday and took this picture – http://twitpic.com/3gg5ww – on the way to work this morning in West Tennessee.

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  26. Used to have to make the state line run into Alabama for fireworks and Yeungling. Luckily, we can now get the latter locally.

    While on extended stay in Poland, I would have given one of my kidneys for a yellow dog, o-rings and a frosted orange from The Varsity in Atlanta. “What’ll ya have?!?!?”

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    johnthebasket Reply:

    Fireworks and Yeungling. What could go wrong?

    jtb

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  27. Sontava Habanero Hot Sauce. Not really regional, but not available at the local grocery. I start to get a little nervous when my stash in the pantry gets below 10 bottlea. Gotta call someone in Texas to send me a case.

    And by the way, expense account lap dances are MUCH better than expense account steaks.

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    hot fuzz Reply:

    Speaking of regional specialties… the lap dances at Chez Pierre’s in Ville St Laurent are the best. The STDs make your nozzle tingle like downing a whole Coke in 1 or 2 gulps.

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  28. Holy Mother of Gawd, you should see the list of stuff I’m planning on bringing back from San Francisco. I’m buying another suitcase while I’m there just to stuff it full of stuff from Trader Joe’s. And Listerine. They want 7 frickin’ euros for a small bottle here. Fuck dat. What I can’t bring with me, my mother is shipping.

    I love Italy but I’m frickin’ UP TO HERE with Italian food!

    Happy Tuesday, Surfers!

    I’m going to bed now…

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    icecycle66 Reply:

    http://www.delish.com/entertaining-ideas/holidays/christmas/american-state-gifts

    I especially like slide 18.

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    hot fuzz Reply:

    I had to stop in Illinois for a few minutes to compose myself.

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    WB in OH Reply:

    What a piss poor representation of buckeyes, they’re not supposed to look like peanut butter filled vaginas.

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    icecycle66 Reply:

    To go with the jelly?

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    Valentin Reply:

    oh, so thats a pepperoni roll.

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    bikerchick Reply:

    PA famous for “Whoopie Pie’s” ???? I got your whoopie pie right here…. Here in the Burg I believe their called Gobs. BFD. Tastykakes rule.

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    debra Reply:

    So you actually miss the States? My nephew said that Europe was sooo much better than the states! especially Italy and Spain!

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  29. shiner bock

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    Garrett - g1g3m Reply:

    Oooooh, good call. Have you tried Shiner Black yet?

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    WB in OH Reply:

    I’m very happy to report that Shiner Bock (and others) are available in Ohio. In fact quite a few places have it on tap.

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  30. On the topic of haircuts at home… never again. My mom used to cut my hair until I was in high school. Looking back at the photo albums, it showed.

    And after college, I’ve only twice allowed a non-barber to cut my hair. The first time was once when I was home for Christmas. I hadn’t had a haircut in forever, so it was getting all big and wavy like I was an Art Garfunkel wannabe. I don’t look BAD with short hair, so I figured I’d let my mom get out the clippers and cut it all one length.

    So she cut it… and then she trimmed the back of my neck. Except she trimmed my neck hair about 2″ higher than it normally should be. It was about even with my ears at that point. Absolutely horrible. I let it all grow out for the week that I was home, and before leaving I went to a barber and got a military crew cut.

    The second time, I let my girlfriend trim my neck hair. It grows unbelievably fast, so I end up having a ‘fro on my neck only a week after I’ve had a haircut.

    Well, we had only been dating for a few months at that point, and she was nagging me about how long my neck hair had gotten. And she insisted she’d trimmed the neck hair of guy friends in college several times, so she knew was she was doing.

    First off, she shaved against the grain, and I got all sorts of razor burn and bumps on the back of my neck. Second, she cut it crooked. So USING A HAND MIRROR, I made my neck hair line straight.

    She and I are still together, three years later. So maybe for Christmas, I should buy my girlfriend one of these:

    http://www.haircut.com/hairline.jpg

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    Rick Reply:

    Haha, neck ‘fro!

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  31. I grew up in southerm California and something I miss is “Cactus Cooler”. It’s an orange-pineapple flavored soda and it’s sickeningly delicious – or at least I thought it was delicious when I was a kid.

    The ridiculous thing is that it’s bottled by Dr. Pepper/7-UP/Snapple Group, which is based here in North Texas, less than 20 miles from me, and they don’t even sell it here.

    WTF?? It’s a bunch of horseshit if you ask me.

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  32. When I first moved away from the Philadelphia area, I did hoard the Tastykakes . But now that you can easily get them in Pittsburgh, there’s no more need to hoard (and where’s the fun in that?). But when back home I do load up on a certain brand of steak sandwich meat….the name which escapes me at the moment.

    I really don’t really miss Wawa. They always smelled kinda funny.

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  33. Kitchen Cooked potato chips from Central Illinois, Ruffels “All Seasoned” potato chips apparently only available in Canada. Like I need to be eating a bunch of chips……

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  34. It is not exactly a regional thing, but if I ever moved somewhere that didn’t have burrito stands on every corner I’d cut a bitch. Just sayin’.

    I totally get what you’re saying about being tired. Lately I have been going to bed at 9:30 (?!) only to wake up at 6:15 the next morning feeling like I have gotten no sleep at all. WTF is with that? Today I am staring at the clock fantasizing about how comfortable my bed feels. Especially when my dog is snuggled against my legs sleeping. And I sleep. Ahhhh, I sleep. I can’t wait to sleep!
    (Perhaps I’m dying)

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  35. Oh, and I have had TastyKakes & think they are cardboard flavored with styrofoam peanut butter. Nasty! (I also don’t like Swedish Fish which I had whilst visiting Philly).

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  36. And yet another thing (I’m slow today), my boyfriend has long (about two inches below shoulders), very thick, wavy hair. He never EVER brushes it. The one time he did it looked fine wet, but once it dried it poofed out like Diana Ross hitting an electrical circuit. So, he washes it, dries it & it stays where it needs to, untouched always.
    When it gets a bit too long, he will bunch it up in a ponytail & I come along with scissors and spend a whopping ten seconds cutting about an inch off, in no apparent order. He removes the ponytail, lets it drop & if it looks uneven, so be it. He doesn’t care & really, it looks good au natural. I especially like that he is getting streaks of gray in his hair now against the black. I think it’s hot, he thinks it’s old, so he dyes it when I dye mine. He’ll just splash a bit of whatever color I use, not caring if it goes all over. Sometimes that looks cool, other times….we fix it with black. ;)

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    debra Reply:

    I love long hair on men

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    bikerchick Reply:

    Me too….as long as it’s well taken care of. An exBF I was with for 10 years had long thick black hair when I met him. Pulled back in a tight ponytail. He looked like a young, good looking Steven Segal back in the day. Now, he’s fat, bloated, and hair chopped off…again…just like Segal.

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    debra Reply:

    haa haa thats funny but even if he looks like a bloated Steven Segal I still love the long hair on men!

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  37. Ah, I remember living in Shreveport and kicking back Turbo Dog beer at the strip clubs. I use the term loosely, since they weren’t allowed to actually get naked….

    I would hoard Tony Packo’s hot dog sauce, but since they sell it here I don’t have to. Also, it’s too damn expensive to hoard. It’s good, but not that good.

    I will gladly pay anyone to take a trip to Central Grocery in the french quarter and mail me a muffuletta. Best. Sandwich. Ever!!!!

    Seriously, they ship anywhere in the continental US.

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    Jersey Don Reply:

    Muffalettas are the best sandwich in the world. My wife brought one home from Nawlins. It was so good. Going down in March and will eat a ton.

    There’s a restaurant in Great Barrington, MA that makes the tradtional muffeletta sandwich as well as a pizza.

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    chill Reply:

    Really! What restaurant is that? I lived in GB during high school days, and this may provide ammunition for a trip.

    In case you were wondering, the Mahaiwe used to be just a movie theater.
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    Jersey Don Reply:

    It’s a new place on Rte. 7 across from the K-Mart Plaza. Called the Gypsy Joynt.

    We used to go to the Mahaiwe before it was turned into a performance space. My first time there was ptobably back in ’76.

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    chill Reply:

    Maybe a couple of years earlier for me. I saw Jaws, Man With The Golden Gun and Monty Python’s Holy Grail there. Probably some others. I graduated from MMRHS in ’76.

    Thanks for the info; have to check it out on the next trip north. I had to look at google maps, because I didn’t recall any K-Mart, but it’s where the Grant’s used to be. I forget what the supermarket was, but it wasn’t a Price Chopper. I worked at that McDonald’s in high school.

    And dang, the old town has gotten hoity-toity in my absence. Sushi?? A brewpub?? WTF?
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  38. Sterzing’s potato chips made in Burlington IA. They are still fried in oil full of transfats,which makes them so tasty. They are only sold within 50 miles, or something like that, of Burlington. When I lived in OR my husband and I craved them. My parents brought us a bag once and we finished it in about 30 minutes.

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  39. If I moved to Alaska, I imagine I would greatly miss Stewart’s Original Hotdogs and Jim’s spaghetti sauce. Another thing I would seriously miss is Gino’s Pizza.

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  40. There’s some sausages, Big Red soda, certain pickled jalapenos, and “kolaches” from Texas that I can’t get here in Alabama. I finally got the Kolache baker to agree to ship me some. The rest is shipped by my mother now and then.

    My wife is from Germany and most of our snacks, coffee, tea, and condiments come from there. Most of it is good. I love the chocolates. But some of it is too weird for me. There are these puffed snack things (like Cheetos) that are made with peanuts. I don’t care for that.

    She likes to mix juice with carbonated water – we even have a machine that carbonates our tap water. She drinks it all day. I don’t care anything about that either.

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  41. I’m fighting a cold so getting 9 or 10 hours of sleep per night is required,

    I remember a place in FL called Sonny’s BBQ that had one sauce I liked. I even bought a bottle. And I remember a restaurant in San Francisco that had some fantatsic seafood in a monterey cheese sauce. But for the most part, I’m a spoiled New Yorker who has some of the greatest food on the planet all within a 50 mile radius !

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    sunshine_in_va Reply:

    SONNY’S!!!! I forgot about them!

    See if you can find your sauce at sonnysbbq dot com, in their ecommerce-store.

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  42. Jeff,

    Thanks for the music reference. Did the Butthole Surfers not exist, someone would have to go to a lot of trouble to create them. Because we need them out there, fighting for anarchy, whether we buy every album or not.

    Thanks also for “wobbly hair”.

    jtb

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  43. A few local necessities in arizona would be nimbus beer, my nanas tortilla chips, and sonora hot dogs

    Now, from times in scotland I like to hoard BBQ hula-hoops, battenburg snack cakes, blood pudding, galaxy bars, and square suasage mmmmm

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  44. Tastykakes can be found inColorado at the Taste of Philly resturaunts. They’re on the menu. tasteofphilly.biz

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  45. Goetta, skyline, and larosa’s.

    When I was in St. Louis they had this beer called Budweiser or somesuch. It wan’t bad but I can’t seem to find it anywhere else.

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    icecycle66 Reply:

    I drank budweiser straight from the 10 million gallon finishing tank at the factory. I’m not generally a bud fan, but that was pretty damn cool.

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  46. In Michigan we have a cheap brand of soda called Faygo. My favorite flavor is Faygo Red Pop. It’s the best and after nine years of living in Japan, it’s the drink I wanted most when I got home.

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    Dave Reply:

    Strangely, I have found Faygo soda in certain convenience stores in Southeastern Mississippi (Pascagoula area). And only certain c-stores. I can only guess they’re run by transplanted Michiganders.

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    Dave's not here, man Reply:

    I love Faygo, but only to douse everyone who goes to the ICP shows. I think the entire state sold out of Faygo when they played here last.

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    Gretchen Reply:

    Never had a Faygo until I moved to southwest Ohio. My husband grew up drinking them. Naturally the local yoofs call it Fag-o.

    By the way, I refrained from all Cincinnati-style chili when I lived out there. I just couldn’t get past the idea of it served over spaghetti.

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    debra Reply:

    Faygo was a childhood staple in Toledo Ohio

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    bikerchick Reply:

    We have Faygo in Pittsburgh, too. I grew up with my mother drinking Faygo Red daily. And BTW…it’s still awesome.

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  47. Every now and then I get a real powerful hankering for those Utz Crab Potato Chips. I ate the hell out of those when I lived in Cumberland, MD back in the early 2000s. I also miss those St Paul sammiches that the folks in the Midwest have access to. It’s basically just a Egg Foo Yung patty slapped between two slices of white bread with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and a pickle slice or two. I grew up in North Fla, and I miss eating fresh, raw Apalachicola Bay oysters whenever I want (along with smoked or fried mullet). Runners-up include North Carolina pork BBQ, East Village Ukranian diner food, crawdads with baguette and well-seasoned potatoes and corn from certain markets in NOLA, and various meat-and-three restaurants in GA. At least there are numerous options for good Mexican food here in SLC (also; fry-sauce).

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    Lee Harvey Ramone Reply:

    Good God. I forgot about German Doener Kebabs!

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    icecycle66 Reply:

    you asshole

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    T. Farty McAppleass Reply:

    Yes, Mr. Ramone, don’t be an asshole.

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    Lee Harvey Ramone Reply:

    You’ll need to elucidate. Am I an asshole because I happen to enjoy Doener Kebabs? The variety that is in fact a favorite street food in Germany? Perhaps you enjoy them too (?).

    I really have no idea….

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    T. Farty McAppleass Reply:

    I have no idea. I was just following his lead and piling on. Maybe you’re an asshole because you always use the stairs instead of the elevator. Lots of good men died so you could ride that elevator, sir.

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    Lee Harvey Ramone Reply:

    I like the elevator, except I am not allowed to touch the buttons. I just stand there waiting for someone else to do it for me.

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    T. Farty McAppleass Reply:

    Maybe you’re not an asshole afterall. I like to stand face to face with anyone who’s in the elevator. I also like to hum when we’re riding or sometimes I’ll say, “Wheeeee!”

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    icecycle66 Reply:

    You’re an asshole because you have reminded me about Doener Kebabs, and now i desire one.

    And your surely have an asshole, unless you shit from your mouth. And since you have an asshole and are only what you are made up of, you are anasshole; at least part of you.

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  48. Mr. Bee potato chips. Haven’t had those in years.

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    Chuck in Belpre Reply:

    They have changed the oil they use or something. Not anything like they used to be.

    One thing about haircuts…I know I am getting old but whats up with guys bringing their hair to a point in the front like a mutant Woody Woodpecker? Looks friggin stupid.

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    Greg Reply:

    I may be wrong, but if I remember correctly, Mr. Bee tried to get ‘healthy”, and changed the oil to canola, or some such. That lasted about a week. The complaints were so massive that they changed back to the unhealthy oil: the one that would sell potato chips.

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  49. Another regional “thing” (I firmly believe) – that there are far more Sonic Drive In eating establishments than McDonalds in South/Central Texas.

    It makes me proud. It also boggles my mind that people right across the street are paying cash money to eat a bun, meat(?), and a squirt of ketchup while I’m in my truck enjoying a double jalapeno burger with everything and watching the hot girls drive around on roller skates.

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    TxnCarrie Reply:

    Amen.

    I live in North texas and there’s practically one on every corner. I think they’re starting to out number Starbucks. And CVS.

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  50. OK, another question. Does all BBQ sauce in the Eastern US have a TON of sugar dumped in it??? Like KC-Masterpiece, sweet? Sorry, but YUK. Those guys are ruining perfectly good BBQ pork, by dredging it through that mess…..

    Most sauce as you move south is more spicy (tomato, pepper, worcestershire, onion) and not at all sweet.

    Sorry in advance if I start a BBQ flame war.

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    icecycle66 Reply:

    Yes they are full of sugar because stupid americans only like the way sugar tastes and nothing else.

    I would still rather the waffle syrup the east uses over the brown vinegar used in the southeast. Oh, man that shit is bad.

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    Jason Reply:

    You got that right. The “BBQ” in Alabama is atrocious. Pork soaked with vinegar and served with shockingly bad slaw. And they scoff at beef here. Fuck them.

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    WB in OH Reply:

    Funny you bring that up Garrett, one of the big brands, I think bullseye, was asking consumers to reevaluate their manhood if they chose to goop sugary bbq sauce on their meat. I’ve used Sweet Baby Rays for a couple of years now and thought it was sent from heaven but I don’t want to be labeled a pussy so I may switch to a vineager and ketchup combo next summer.

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    Garrett - g1g3m Reply:

    This is my own “secret” recipe…

    1 8 oz can tomato sauce
    1 cup ketchup
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    2 1/2 TB spoons of vinegar (white)
    2 TB spoons worchestershire sauce
    1/4 cup Lemon juice (2 lemons)
    1 ts garlic powder
    1 ts course black pepper
    1/4 ts cumin
    1/8 ts cayenne pepper

    It’s not really secret, it’s a clone recipe of a fairly and typical southern (tomato based) sauce. Clone of https://rudysbbq.com/store/c-2-sause.aspx.

    Adjust the heat by adding more coarse or cracked black pepper. Really raise it by adding crushed red pepper.

    Mix all together and simmer for a few minutes. If you know how to make preserves, it really easy to can as well.

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    chill Reply:

    In America, any discussion of regional cuisine eventually comes around to barbecue.

    Not being from the South, I did not grow up with any form of barbecue. Therefore, my tastes and opinions were formed as an adult. Having said that, I prefer no sauce at all; it seems to me that sauce only serves to hide the smokey goodness of the meat. Of course, it will also help disguise meat that is substandard (dry and/or flavorless). I’ll take my pork ribs Memphis-style, with the dry rub.

    Garrett, your recipe looks like it would be kind of sweet, what with all that ketchup and brown sugar. But maybe the lemon juice and vinegar is enough to offset it.
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    Garrett - g1g3m Reply:

    “But maybe the lemon juice and vinegar is enough to offset it.”

    Yeah, it’s anything but sweet. I also like to be able to actually taste the meat, therefore, I’m of the opinion that sauce should be used enhance – not cover. “With great sauce, comes great responsibility” – I think Morgan Freeman once said that.

    Has anyone seen/tasted the white sauce? I saw it on the Food Channel once – it’s mayonnaise based. Sounds revolting, but I’ll try anything once.

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  51. Little Debbie snacks are wonderful, and are widely available here in NJ. My cuz used to drive out to western Maryland and stock up.

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  52. Is it just my computer or is anyone else having trouble with jumping to comments after clicking on the applicable “recent comment” link?

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  53. Every time I get below the Mason/Dixon I load up on salt-cured Smithfield Ham and Amber Jack. Smithfield Ham aka Bastard Brine…that ultra salty ham that when put on a homemade biscuit is orgasm on a bun. Even better on a sweet potato biscuit. And you have to slice it paper-thin.
    Mmmmmm
    Amber Jack is a ham spread that Smithfield makes. Sold in grocery stores in VA where I grew up….have to order it online up Nort and pay thru the nose.
    Hubs ordered us a salt-cured Smithfield ham when we lived in Jersey and were 1st married. I think it cost almost his whole paycheck!
    We invited his family over for Christmas and served it. They had never had it before. I’ll just say that alot of glasses of water were consumed that day…lolol

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  54. Mrs. Griffin’s BBQ Sauce.

    Throw some chicken pieces in a cast iron skillet, cover with Mrs. Griffin’s and bake for a spell until the chicken juice (the fake pumped in kind) is all cooked out – simply excellent BBQ chicken.

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  55. Local specialties include Straub’s Beer, Pfaff’s Smoked Christmas Sausage, Vito’s Hoagies (which really aren’t too good any more since Vito retired, but people still order them), and Johnson’s Grocery Hoagies. All but the beer can be shipped. My brother has the sausage and Johnson’s hoagies shipped to Virginia.

    I miss the Banana Flip cakes. A folded round sponge cake filled with banana flavored cream. And the good chocolate cupcakes with cream filling and the white squiggle on top. They still make those, but they don’t taste the same. They used to make an orange flavored cupcakes with the squiggle as well. Totally juvenile tastes, but remembered as so good.

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    icecycle66 Reply:

    heh, your brother has the sausage.

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    WB in OH Reply:

    Straub’s beer, man I ain’t had that in a couple of years. My Dad got some as a Christmas gift a few years back and shared a couple with me. I then started working with a guy who grew up near St. Mary’s. He would pick me up a couple of cases when he went home. Funny thing was he didn’t really care for it. Too bad he moved on.

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    Son of Sam Reply:

    Straub Light is my daily drink of choice.

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    Uncle Buzz in Wheeling Reply:

    I am in Wheeling WV. Nickles Bakery across the Ohio River in Martins Ferry, OH still makes banana flips. Plus we have Faygo and Yuengling (sp) and DiCarlo’s Original Pizza and Little Debby cakes and Coleman’s Fish Sandwiches (since 1917).

    Guess I am livin’ in a gustatory paradise. Too bad I only do the beer and the fish.

    (I may just try the BBQ sauce recipe listed above on my melt-in-your-mouth oven-baked ribs. Thanks.)

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  56. My sister who lives in the hell hole of Terre Haute, Indiana, loads up on Tastycake Butterscotch Crimpets everytime she visits. The last time she bought a dozen boxes and polished off half of them on the 9 hour drive back home.

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    Narf Reply:

    Terre Haute is a complete hellhole. Nothing good about that town… And the traffic! My sympathies to your sis.

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  57. Little Debbie Snackcakes are awesome and I’ve shipped them around the US to people. They have a small outlet shop outside of Collegedale, TN where you can buy by the case. For some reason they don’t have tours of the plant.

    I used to load up on cases of Yuengling when on golf vacations along the S. Carolina coastline. Now the golden elixir is widely available in Knoxpatch, TN. One of the managers of a local wing joint says Yuengling easily outsells Miller and Bud at his place.

    On trips to New Orleans I bring back a cooler of Zapp’s chips and sandwiches from Mother’s. In Austin, TX I used to ship back a cooler filled with food from Chuy’s and Freebird’s.

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  58. Man, all this talk of Yuengling is making me want to make a road trip.

    About the only thing I can think of that people yearn for when they leave here is the local pizza places pizza. Not sure why, frozen crust and prepackaged ingredients but I guess you miss what you’ve grown up with.

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  59. Holy Holly Goodhead! I am freakin’ salivating over my keyboard while reading today’s comments. I am going to go home and chef up somethin’ fierce.

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    WB in OH Reply:

    Much better than Sunday’s update, eh!!

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  60. One thing I haven’t found outside of Michigan and would end up jonesing for is Vernors Ginger Ale.

    It’s totally different from ginger ale everywhere else, much stronger, more carbonated.

    Best Ginger Ale ever.

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    Jason Reply:

    I agree. It has a bite. I think it’s aged in oak barrels.

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    Greg Reply:

    I’ve always been able to get Vernors in West Virginia. Just thought it was nationally ditributed.

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    debra Reply:

    I love me some Verner’s ginger ale…made in Michigan!

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    chill Reply:

    Vernor’s is OK, but if I’m going out of my way for a carbonated beverage from Michigan, I’ll take a Bell’s Two Hearted Ale every time.
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    WB in OH Reply:

    Ditto!!

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    m Reply:

    I love a local ginger ale that is super strong and made with real ginger. It’s Buffalo Rock, and it’s not easy to find around here, even though it’s bottled in this part of the state. Once you’ve had a good ginger ale, it’s impossible to go back to Canada Dry.

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    chill Reply:

    I always like Old Tyme Jamaican Style Ginger Beer. No idea where it’s made (probably not Jamaica) but it has a nice flavor and a good kick.

    Nowadays I make my own: Ginger, lemon juice, sugar and water. Cook briefly, chill, force carbonate to 2.5 atmospheres. Serve.
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    Randall Reply:

    Albertson’s has vernors,the finest ginger ale known to man.

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  61. Canfield’s Honee Orange Soda (chicago area). Sweetest soda ever made with quite the caffeine buzz afterward too.

    Canfield’s was also the first to make diet chocolate fudge soda, and it wasn’t half bad.

    Ring Dings are awesome.

    Growing up in Western Mass, State Line potato chips were popular. Can’t find em here in Cackylacky.

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  62. I tell you what I crave now and then. Those shitty little Totino’s frozen pizzas. For some reason I just love those things. Cooked in a dirty toaster oven, they’re great.

    Publix had a deal last Sunday where you could buy them for one cent each (limit 5). I ate all of them within two days.

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    debra Reply:

    I also love Totinos cheap pizzas they are great!

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  63. I used to haul frozen Skyline to various places although we can get it now at Harris Teeter in Northern Virginia. I’d also found it in Gainesville Florida in the early 90′s. But they didn’t have the BlueGrass hot dogs so I took some back with me after a visit to C-Town.

    When I lived in Arizona, I had my brother (who was coming out for a visit) bring me as much Tradewinds Iced Tea (Lemon with a twist of Lime; alas – no longer made) as he could fit in his car.

    I’ve trucked Husman’s cheddar cheese popcorn to St. Louis, Florida and Texas.

    A time or two I’ve brought back leftover Donato’s pizza with me, in the car. Once I even had them bake the pizza without slicing it in to little pieces like they usually do (to facilitate re-heating it).

    And sandwiches from Blue Ash Chili have made both car trips and airplane trips. Those are always eaten later the same day, though.

    I wish I could get my hands on some El Charrito Mexican entrees (like they sold in Austin, TX). That stuff was – no doubt – bad for me but soooo good. The best canned chili – in my opinion – is Dennison and I’ve only found it in Phoenix. No doubt it is available elsewhere. Help me out, Surf Reporters!

    I’d drive 100 miles to visit a Rax roast beef restaurant, if I could find one!

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    sunshine_in_va Reply:

    Just thot of some more:

    Maple creme cookies: Best are sold by SoBe in Canada and I hoard them before returning from vacation. But the ones that Safeway sells are pretty close. Also, I can only get the Apple-Cinnamon flavor of Oatmeal Crisp cereal up there. It was discontinued in the U.S. 8 or more years ago.

    Another (no longer made): Stegner’s chili dog sauce and mock turtle soup.

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    debra Reply:

    I found these wonderful Maple Creme cookies at the local Deals dollar store for ….. one dollar! They are really good!

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    Chuck in Belpre Reply:

    You can order Dennison’s from Amazon.
    http://www.amazon.com/Dennison-Chili-Concarne-Beans-Unit/dp/B000K2CSWG

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    sunshine_in_va Reply:

    Oh my………..

    Thanks!!!!

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  64. I’m having a heck of a time trying to think of something around here that I would miss.
    However, and its likely not a regional thing in the US but still a chore to find sometimes, I always go out of my way to try and locate Doritos Fiery Jalapeno chips when I go to the US. Love those things.

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    WB in OH Reply:

    How about fresh walleye?

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    debra Reply:

    And Yellow Perch….yummmmm

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    T. Farty McAppleass Reply:

    Those Cheetoes with Jalepeno are great – and I don’t even care for Cheetoes.

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    Son of Sam Reply:

    Luckily I have both in the freezer. I love to fish Erie.

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  65. Forgot about the hair thing… I have never had to spend a cent on getting my hair cut. Had a family member in the hair buisness. Then I became a long hair so cutting wasn’t much more involved than lopping off a couple inches every now and then. Now, I cut my own with the clippers. #0. Hard to mess that up.

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  66. Peyote is pretty regional (South Texas)…..

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  67. I miss pepperoni rolls from my days in West Virginia – especially the ones with pepper jack cheese. I’ve tried to recreate them but haven’t had much success. Also, my college boyfriend lived in New Jersey and would bring me the best bagels. Miss the bagels … don’t miss the boyfriend.

    I’m a Pennsylvanian but I’m not a fan of the Middleswarth chips. I don’t think they’re anything special. But if I moved I would definitely miss the Tastykakes and Turkey Hill iced tea and ice cream.

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  68. Pepperoni rolls are awesome. Brownie’s Bakery in Marietta used to have them, until they burned down.

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    Chuck in Belpre Reply:

    I didn’t know until recently that pepperoni rolls were a regional thing.

    Most accounts agree that the pepperoni roll was invented at the Country Club Bakery in Fairmont, West Virginia, by Giuseppe “Joseph” Argiro. Although the invention date is sometimes disputed, it was most likely between the late 1920s and the 1940s. Fairmont, located in north central West Virginia, is known as the “pepperoni roll capital of the world.” In this region, the pepperoni roll is widely available in grocery and convenience stores. Because of the regional popularity, church and school groups often sell the pepperoni rolls for fund raising.

    Huh.

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    Jason Reply:

    I read somewhere that pepperoni rolls are illegal to make and sell in most states because under current law they reclassify the baker as a “meat packer”. I’m not sure if that’s true, but it sounds absurd enough to be true.

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    johnthebasket Reply:

    I understand the meat packers have a parade every year in San Francisco. Somehow, Jason, I always thought of you as more of a cheese packer.

    jtb

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    Son of Sam Reply:

    This is why I come here.

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    bikerchick Reply:

    Me too! LMAO!!

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    Jason Reply:

    I pack cheese like nobody’s business. I have a youtube collection and a small fan club if anyone is interested.

    http://www.ghettowebmaster.com/images/mel-ramos-velveeta.jpg

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  69. Hood Icecream…..OHYAAAAA

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  70. That’s funny you say that you get ill when you are really tired because that’s happened to me so many times over the past few years working in an office, I was starting to convince myself I had some kind of disease or something.

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  71. Thought of something else. I do hoard Birch Beer (Pennsylvania Dutch brand) when I go back east.

    http://www.daretogodutch.com/homepage.html

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    bikerchick Reply:

    OMG, Gretchen, I forgot about Birch Beer! Haven’t had that is YEARS. We lived in Philly when I was little. I remember my dad always bringing it home.

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    Gretchen Reply:

    So….good. I’m gonna get two cases when I go home for Christmas. I’ll hoist one in your honor.

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  72. Happy Joes has the best taco pizza in the universe. I miss it like crazy.

    In STL we have Red Hot Riplets, and I’ve filled many a request for them over the years. The Schnucks in southern IN started carrying them a year ago, so I don’t have to transport as many. Mmm.

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  73. Mmmm Red Hot Riplets. I had a friend who used to deliver for them.

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  74. Stuff from where I live: Utz chips, especially the dark-roasted ones (I forget the real name). Victory beers. A few years ago I would have said Tuppers’ Hop Pocket Ale, but now that it’s finally being made again it’s just not the same. I should probably also mention half-smokes, but I don’t actually like them that much.

    Stuff from where I’m from: the aforementioned Tastykakes, also anything from Drake’s (Ring-Dings, Yodels). Freihofer’s cookies, which don’t seem to be made anymore. Certain non-manufactured foodstuffs, e.g. knishes, Italian ices and zeppole.
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  75. Hudson Bros Ice Cream in Michigan is really good!

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  76. I don’t drink much pop anymore but I like IBC root beer and the black cherry soda. Man I miss the old A&W. The new stuff sucks. The old drive-in A&W in Parkersburg was a ratty dirty-looking place but we loved it.

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  77. Robinsons Beef Jerky. It is the best beef jerky in the world, and I will murder anyone that disagrees.

    http://www.robertsonshams.com/category/JKY.html

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    Jason Reply:

    You like the Hickory or the Mesquite? I’m about to order some to see if your claim is correct.

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  78. Two things come to mind when it comes to regional things. Tasty Tacos, and Big Daddy’s BBQ sauce. Both out of Des Moines, Iowa…and I would kill for both. Seriously.

    My wife (Narf), cuts my hair every 10 days with clippers purchased at Walgreens, and to date we have saved $360.00 in a year. After a couple of times, she ended up doing a better job than those gossipy, overcharging, Bi**hes ever did. Did they really want to know how my day was going at 9am? I think not…

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  79. Throw some cocoa powder into any pot of chili and you have “cincinnati chili”.. thats the secret ingredient..

    I miss Rainier beer sometimes..

    I have never tried a Tastykake.. I like Zingers but last time I had the chocolate ones, my sugar went so high i almost went into a coma..i will never touch it again..

    There use to be a Schlotskys that made muffalatas and they were awesome

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    lakrfool Reply:

    The Turkey Orginal, very much like a muffaletta, is awesome:

    http://www.schlotzskys.com/menu/item/id/3

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    johnthebasket Reply:

    Lori…

    Rainier Beer is gone gone gone. So is Olympia. I nursed on Little Olys.

    jtb

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    chill Reply:

    All is not lost; you can get Deschutes, which is unavailable here in the East.
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  80. Yea, I remember it. Down by the bridge. The root beer was great in those big ol’ frozen glass mugs in the summertime. An actual drive-in! Right before you got to Adkins Fat Boy.

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    Greg Reply:

    Sorry, Chuck. Meant to reply to your post.

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    Chuck in Belpre Reply:

    Fat Boy was in the Traffic Circle by the toll bridge. A&W was by the East St. Bridge. They recently tore down the fat boy building…but of course it hadnt been a restaurant for 30 years.
    Parkersburg has way too many chain steak houses now. Not too many places where people really cook.

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    Chuck in Belpre Reply:

    I didn’t mean to come across as a condescending asshole.

    At this time.

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    Greg Reply:

    There was another A&W on Ohio Avenue, right along where Napoli’s is now. I didn’t even remember the one by the East Street Bridge. Your memory is much better than mine!

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  81. Texas stuff- Whataburger (much like the aforementioned Sonic)…when I would be driving back to TX from faraway places, that was always my first stop. Dublin Dr. Depper, made with real cane sugar at a small bottling plant in Dublin TX. Getting tamales from the grandmother of some Mexican guy you work with. Taco Casa and/or Chicken Express, small area fast food joints. Any BBQ brisket/sausage from West Central TX, particularly Lockhart. The aforementioned Julio’s chips/salsa from San Angelo. Shiner Bock was not the same after Miller bought them out & started mass producing it in metal tanks.

    Ohio- Uncle Ray’s chips…they had crazy flavors. Donato’s Pizza. White Castle. Graeter’s ice cream. Brats at every cook out. Jersey Mike’s subs.

    San Fran- Independent taco/burrito shops (esp. Chabela’s/Haight.) Cybelle’s pizza by the slice. Anchor Steam. Humbolt kind bud.

    Atlanta- Mrs. Winner’s chicken. Varsity hot dogs. Waffle House (they are everywhere.) Getting peanuts from a roadside stand when going camping in N Ga.

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    Jason Reply:

    Right on with the Whataburger. They opened a couple on I65 on Alabama, so whenever I go to Birmingham I make a stop. Best burgers ever.

    I miss good brisket a lot too. I sometimes do it myself here in Alabama (they want $75 fucking dollars for a brisket at the grocery store) but I also order from the Salt Lick or Coulters sometimes.

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    Malcolm Reply:

    A friend of mine did his own “search for the best burger” on a coast to coast road trip.

    A lot burgers later, he decided that the Whataburger in Russellville Arkansas produced the best.

    And this was a guy who worked 20 years in the restaurant and wine business.

    I have yet to travel to Russellville (apparently it is on or near I-40), but it is on my bucket list.

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    Garrett - g1g3m Reply:

    I live about 15 miles from Lockhart. You’ll be happy to know that the Smitty’s vs. Black’s BBQ war is still going strong.

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    Lee Harvey Ramone Reply:

    I grew up with Whataburger, too. There are a few of them in Tallahassee, FL. I ate breakfast at one of the original A-frame ones just last month while visiting there.

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    dto Reply:

    Blake’s Lotaburger…New Mexico only. As in only! Blake’s has been around since the early ’50′s. I think Whataburger took the twist on the name but they ain’t got a green chili double cheeseburger in Arkansas. Whoa!.

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    WB in OH Reply:

    Miller bought Shiner? Fucking South Africans!

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    WB in OH Reply:

    According to Jimmy Wales and his merry band of knuckleheads, Gambrinus Corporation owns Shiner. Gambrinus is owned by some Mexican dude. They did up the quantity of beer produced. What type of tanks did they use prior?

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    WB in OH Reply:

    Shit I forgot…Fucking Mexicans!

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  82. Runza’s from Nebraska. A meat and cabage filled bread pocket of delight. Dorthy Lynch as previously mentioned and anything Wimmers (hot dogs, hams etc.,)

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  83. Also for TX: Taco Cabana…you have to eat in to take full advantage of the salsa bar.

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  84. From my time in SaMo/LA, I have to add Fatburger, but the edge goes to In & Out. And Izzy’s Deli on Wilshire.

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  85. I order boiled peanuts online. If we ever left WV, I don’t think I’d be able to have Tudor’s biscuits mailed to me….that would be sad.

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  86. Grandma Utz potato chips. Fried with lard. In the brown bag.
    Used to have to go up north to get them, but now sold here in the Glorious People’s Republic of WV.

    Gibble’s plain potato chips- again with the lard- An eastern panhandle/PA/MD item.

    Hostess Chocodiles- Twinkies dipped in chocolate. Only available out west, in a few states.

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    chill Reply:

    Nibble with Gibble’s if you must. But whatever you do, don’t go ’round hungry.

    And what’s the difference between “Snyder’s of Hanover” and “Snyder’s of Berlin”? Just wondering.
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    WB in OH Reply:

    According to google maps, about 127 miles.

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  87. Good Morning Surf Reporters…..

    These comments are better when served reheated…

    The first thing I thought when presented the QOTD…

    pierogies

    Yes, that pierogie belt runs wide, but not too far. Real pierogies, not that Mrs.Paul’s&reg: shit. Which were actually, with gross audacity, were served in a local restaurant as the real McCoy. I’m not 100% sure, but I think the storefront window was busted out and there was a bitchload of swearing……

    Digression.

    The pierogie is a complex little dumpling. Far beyond the standard cheese, or potato, or cheese and</i/ potato… they've been stuffed with just about everything else… from venison to spinach…and don't forget the cheese.

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  88. penalty….excessive italics…15 yards….repeat 2nd down

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    Son of Sam Reply:

    Hey JCIII how about Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe hot dogs. I would miss the fuck out of them.

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    bikerchick Reply:

    Mmmmmmmm…..Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe! Definately!

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    JCIII Reply:

    Agreed. BHDS chili cheese fries too.

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    BillyBigs Reply:

    I used to work there as a youth (they love to exploit teen workers: “If you have time to lean you have time to clean”) and for awhile they stored the potatoes in an outside room. I remember cutting potatoes for fries and found some with some little maggots in them and I’m sure some of them made it into the fryer….but hey, the the chili-cheese fries are good!
    They do have great milkshakes too, and can call them milkshakes because they use real milk-shake-mix, unlike McDonalds who aren’t allowed to call them ‘milk-shakes’, just ‘Shakes’ because there isn’t hardly any, if at all, milk in them, just artificially flavored chemicals….

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  89. I was in Moline for a few weeks years back and picked up a good case of crabs. Never had the itch to go back for more.

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  90. Growing up in Flint, MI, there are two things we’ve been known to smuggle back to where ever we currently reside: REAL coney sauce and Koegel hot dogs (for both of us) and pickled bologna (for the wife). We get some strange looks from the TSA when we go through security with 10 lbs of frozen hot dogs in our carry-on, and I don’t even want to know what happens when they x-ray our checked bag with a half-dozen plastic, liquid-filled jars with the lids duct-taped on.

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  91. I miss Pizza King! When I go back to Angola it’s the first place I go and the last before I leave. I keep dropping hints to the family about shipping me a pizza on dry ice but they haven’t come through. They have Sir Pizza in the south but none close to where I live now.

    Faygo Red Pop rates high on both the taste and burp meter!

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    WV.Hillbilly Reply:

    How about the burp taste meter?

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  92. I concur with many of the things said about Texas (particularly West-Central Texas, where I live also)… Julio’s chips (we have Julio’s restaurants in my locale – Saturday menudo day is fabulous!), Whataburger, Shiner Bock, etc.

    But to add to that, we chicken-fry EVERYTHING including pickles.., mmm… fried pickles… frito pie, Texas- style chili, and Lone Star beer which is a decent cheap beer. Texas sushi with jalapenos.

    When I lived in Toledo/Bowling Green I liked their thick, beer-battered onion rings and French onion soup. God, I miss that. Great Lakes Beer.

    Michigan = Dutch apple pie, cinnamon ice cream, pasties…

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  93. If I moved to another part of the country, I would miss Golden Eagle Syrup and Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale. The last time I worked in another state, I loaded the trunk with Buffalo Rock to take with me and ration while I was there.
    Here it’s very easy to get green tomatoes at the grocery store to be fried. When I was in California, it took five minutes of explanation to convince the produce manager of Albertson’s that I did not want tomatillos, that I actually wanted an unripe tomato. When he finally got it, he said, “Why would you want that?”
    I made the mistake of getting hooked on In-And-Out burgers the last time I worked in California, and will probably never get to eat there again.

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  94. When I head home (Northern Maine), I am sure to stock up on Moxie, Fluff and Humpty Dumpty potato chips.

    The last item actually requires a trip to Canada, because my favorite flavor (All Dressed) is only sold there. It’s a bag of ALL of the flavors in one bag. It should really be called “Leftovers”.

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  95. When I lived in Colorado, there was no way to get to any kind of Saranac beer, Utica Club lager or Kutztown soda. When I came back, it was usually a three day drunk fest, then I flew home. Good times were always had.

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  96. Bitter Lemon soda. A nice cool Gin and bitter lemon soda in the summer is great, except you can’t find it in NC supermarkets, so we have to bring it back with us when we travel north.

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