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with Alex Friedrich






Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Everything on a stick

After two years in Minnesota, I've gotta find something out: This stuff-on-a-stick business. What is the fascination?
Why is the state that gave America Post-it Notes and "Prairie Home Companion" populated with people who like to skewer food like Neanderthals?
And what happens to their bodies when they eat it battered and deep-fried - day after day after day - each August?

To figure this out, I've gotta go native. And I mean whole hog.
During the 12 days of the State Fair, I'll eat nothing but Fair food on a stick.
Armed with this list - http://gopher.mnstatefair.org/foodfinder/ - and one from my media guide, I'll set out to eat every on-a-stick item at least once.
(With 48 concoctions over 36 meals - give or take a snack - that's a lot of skewers.)

Along the way, I'll talk to those who make and eat all that stuff, and ask readers to, well, weigh in.

We'll explore the truly crucial questions:

Just how do you get hot dish onto a stick?
What's tastier, a corn dog or a Pronto Pup?
And dude -- am I starting to look fat in this shirt?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alex, after what you have eaten, I believe you will be forever endebted to the fine food you were served at GAI monthly meeting functions. Have you not tried Schumachers yet? Their roast pork on a stick is very good but ask for a freshly cut piece. You are not the only German who likes good food even that which is on a stick!

9:33 AM  
Blogger Pioneer Press said...

Ah, Schumachers is on my list.

But would you Krauts please invent beer on a stick?

Like, this week?

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Minnesota personals

5:41 AM  

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