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Fair’s fair, so stick it to me

Post by News Tribune Staff on Aug. 28, 2007 at 7:47 am | No Comments »
August 28, 2007 7:47 am

A food critic, a walleye, a stick, at the Minnesota state fair. AP photo

A fellow blogger at a major West Coast news organization reports on a whirlwind eating tour at a large Midwestern state fair with a bunch of food writers from across America.

Walleye on a stick. Who knew?

But this is the line that sticks with me: “Other delicacies we tried included … pork chop on a stick …”

Um, I think we called that a bone before we started skewering food with irony.

But whatever.

Today, I want to talk about that stick up my kebabs, brochettes, candied apples, popsicles, and, especially, corn dogs.

The Puyallup Fair is a national leader in sticking it to trans fats. Anthing deep-fried — Krusty Pups, elephant ears, funnel cakes, Snickers — they’ll all be better for us this year.

So how about more food on sticks?

I know why I like food on sticks: Ever try dunking golden-hot, grease-glistening corn dogs heads-first into buckets of mustard without those handy sticks in the weenies?

Alrighty then.

What’s your favorite food on a stick?

What crazy and delicious food-on-a-stick creation can you dream up for any fair-food vendors who might seek inspiration from a blog?

Remember: Food-on-a-stick needn’t be limited to traditional deep-fried fair food.

Toothpicks, too, count as sticks. So since I’m dreaming — by the way, my recurring dream in which corn dogs rule the earth, came back last night — I fully expect to see Pacific Grill’s Meat Candy tent near the Puyallup Fair midway next month.

Roasted dates.

Stuffed with Parmesan cheese.

Wrapped with apple-smoked bacon.


I’ll take a dozen.

On a stick.

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