I was scrolling through thedailymeal.com’s Nine Deadliest Delicacies slide show and realized I had eaten every single one of them. And was still alive. And I thought it a little tasteless to keep the pictures up considering the news recently. And, they missed a few: stonefish, lionfish, and of course sprouts, which have now killed hundreds this year alone. How about ground beef? A few years back in 2009 several people died from eating ground beef in this country. Hey, you don’t have to travel the world to get sick; you can get ill and die from our food system right here in this country.
This would never happen in Minnesota. Police got a hold of several members of Food Not Bombs, an organization that I spent a night with last summer in San Francisco and profiled in Bizarre Foods: San Francisco. Public demonstrations have plenty of grey area as anyone who has marched for a cause will tell you. But FNB was serving food. And they got busted because of some crazy Florida laws; in fact, FNB was serving food in defiance of the law requiring permits if you want to give away food more than two times a year. Only in Florida, you know what I’m saying? In other cities around the country, authorities look the other way even if FNB is stretching the rules. Why? BECAUSE THEY ARE FEEDING THE HUNGRY, that’s why.
Speaking of hungry, the Minnesota State Fair is just two months away and I am psyched. We go every day, you heard me right. Info on new foods is dribbling out and they sound INSANELY boring. I like the sound of the corn ice cream as part of a dish, and I pray that they don’t goof it up, but fried cookie dough and fried breakfast patties are been-there, eaten-it kind of foods for any lover of the fair food genre.
What about legit ‘new’ items? Is the bar too high for entrance to the food world at the Great Minnesota Get Together? Axels and Blue Moon are established booths; can’t they come up with something dramatic and really new? What about turning spits of chile-rubbed goat for pulled goat BBQ sandwiches topped with a spicy BBQ mop and served with frothy mugs of Basil-Lime Ade? What about sweet cooked-to-order Dr. Pepper donut holes served with Dr. Pepper ice cream and drizzled with Dr. Pepper syrup and shaved Dr. Pepper Ice? I am just free associating here. . . . What about real pit smoked hams and chickens and slabs of brisket? Someone should take over one of those church kitchens for a year, build a mammoth pit smoker (think Bryant’s in Kansas City). and slow cook thousands of pounds of the stuff during the State Fair run. Or a Brazilian juice bar with a hundred fruits on the menu, juiced frozen at about 25 degrees. The result is a smooth, cold juice with an amazing mouth feel. There is one on every street corner in Rio!
Someone please help me out here, chocolate jalapenos aren’t fair food; it’s a gimmick. I will be tweeting and writing as much as I can this weekend while I am the Food And Wine Magazine Aspen Classic. Subscribe to my feed on Twitter, @andrewzimmern, and follow along for all the fun . . .