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..but I'm angry at you, Dan. I now want..no, possibly *need* one of these pretzels..
Tip for Dan: ask for the ones with Butter and Schnittlauch (Chives)...extra goodness
Warning Dan...you are in danger of becoming a pudgy bear.
Having been to about 100 countries and an accumulated total of many years living on several continents, I can say that most vacation street food has a high probability of being incredibly delicious because:
(a) it tends to be made fresh with real ingredients and minimal factory-processing
(b) you're very hungry when you eat it
(c) unlike "home" street food, when traveling it's either a brand new discovery or an old favorite that you can't quite get at home and brings back fond memories of previous stays
(d) it's usually fatty, salty, sweet, meaty, or all four :-)
Get thee to some of Dan's writings. He's lived abroad in a couple different countries. He's just sharing what gives him joy or makes him smile. I view it as his sending us all a postcard.
You know, if you had coco for the first time, you would think it is the best thing ever, and why oh why it isn't served in your hometown? After having coco for awhile it becomes boring, and even quaint. Seattle has plenty of flour, sugar, salt and sadly butter/fat creations like these elusive things called donuts.
The best street food I ever had that didn't make me gain ten pounds was in Mexico City, like the corn on the cob with chile powder and lime.. simple and delicious.
@23 I have read all his books -- highly recommended to everyone on SLOG -- and forgot he lived abroad! My bad! I only remember him talking about blowing a guard on the Berlin Wall (or getting blown by one?).
Anyway he should write more about his youthful exploits pre-Terry before he settled down. Would be a great read and would not violate his stated rule that he doesn't talk about his (current) sex life. Dan's books are most fun in the bits when he's talking about sex.
@23 @25 As I said in my next comment (@10), I too love Dan's postcards and want many more even if only from the US. And I shared that recession has stopped my travels so I'd hardly say I was being douchey. Just a fact I've been fortunate to have sampled street food from scores of countries and at each instance they're all the most delicious things on the planet. Burp. (well, except for street food insects; still haven't developed a taste for those even though I've tried lots of species)
C'mon everyone, share your fav street food!
My personal favs: scallion pancakes in Beijing, and sweet bean filled hot cakes in Japan and South Korea. Also had some incredible doughnuts in Managua once but was ill for a month after. Literally! (though the doughnuts weren't cooked on the spot, that was the problem; never had a problem if the cooking is done in front of me)
It's an internet law that comments lean to snark and the discharge of unconscious frustration but I try to avoid this....
But as Yoda says, there is no try, only do, and I guess I didn't do!
Dan, if you or Terry have a paunch when you get home, I'll help you work it off. Meanwhile, talk a little about Beer Cheese on black bread. And I have forgotten...did the herring fleet get in yet? Even as far as Munich everyone goes crazy eating herring...
Reminds me of how much I wished we had flapjacks in the US after studying abroad in England. I got one from the cafe at Dover Castle while touring, and it was easily one of the most delicious "bar" treats I've ever tasted. I never found another one that was as good. I wish I had taken a picture!
World's best urinal is right here in Seattle: Mulleady's in Magnolia. And so you know, I've been to every country in Europe plus about half of East Asia.
God forbid that he not be earnest, literal, and dull, like Seattle. Come on, Dan, don't y'know that you're not supposed to have so much fun, god damn it?
You've been to Moldova?
I'm not even a man and I have a Madonna Inn Men's Room Pilgrimage on my to-do list.