Monday, May 07, 2007

I love America

One of the things I love about cultures is trying to explain things to a visitor. Like how a Japanese guy would have to explain red bean desserts or corn and curry pizza to an outsider. Or in this case, recently I had to explain the concept of a "corn dog" to someone who joined our company from Spain.

"A corn... dog?"
"Yes, so you start with a hot dog."
{She understands this pretty well as she spent a lot of time in England, a pro-sausage country.}
"Then you cover it in a corn meal batter."
{She's still with me, even though it's starting to sound nonsensical to her.}
"Then you deep fry it."
{Now this is sounding very American.}
"Then you put it on a stick."
"A stick?" {This is the straw that broke the camel's back}

That's the best possible question to ask of a corn dog. It gets to the fundamental essence of corn dog... Why?

Because it is awesome.


Ɯbermilf said...

Because you can eat it while strolling the fair grounds! Duh!

Lee Ann said...

Because the stick protects your fingers from the hot fried corn meal batter!!!! ;)

Nick said...

QuikTrip serves theirs sans stick.

Spinning Girl said...

I intend to go to my grave without ever eating a corn dog, a marshmallow peep, or a FreezR Pop.

slappy said...

Ubie: That's the obvious answer, but then you have to explain the county fair. "And then we go on rickety rides constructed by filthy carnies..."

Lee Ann: Safety first when it comes to corn dogs.

Nick: "QuikTrip" sounds like the only place you should be eating a corn dog outside of a fairground.

Spinner: My goal is to never have a smoothie.

miss kendra said...

i can't eat corndogs because i can't eat cornbread, but man, if they made a vegan cornbread hotdog hybrid, i would be all over that shit.

Carl Spackler said...

i've never had a corn dog. they sound retarded to me.

jamwall said...

one slip in describing what you do with the stick and you got world war III.

amera hearts said...

this post is pretty great.

i like how i go to the only eatery within walking distance because it's a pizza parlor. PIZZA PEOPLE!!!

so why in the heck do you serve indian food?!?! pizza and indian food do not mix!

slappy said...

Kendra: Someone at lunch the other day was extolling the virtue of a veggie corndog, but I can't remember the brand.

Carl: What about a foodstuff typically found only at county fairs sounds retarded?

Jammer: Or at least a lawsuit.

Amera: They only mix in Japan, I think... That's like how in most Boston-area Chinese restaurants they've got sushi or teriyaki - it bugs me.

Nick said...

People who don't eat corndogs are losers.

With the notable exception of Miss Kendra, because it would kill her.