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.
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?
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.
Stuffed with Parmesan cheese.
Wrapped with apple-smoked bacon.
I'll take a dozen.
On a stick.