Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Random Thoughts on Regional Food Oddities

Thing One is involved in the local High School Band, so of course as a former teacher and a musician, I was more than willing to get involved in the booster organization when he started high school.  I began by working in the concessions stand for our home varsity games, and placing the orders for Coke products.  Our concessions stand is probably pretty similar to ones all across America in our offerings.  Chicken sandwiches and Pizza (we purchase from local restaurants), Hot Dogs, Nachos, Popcorn, Soda, Candy etc.  The first couple of games of the season, we sell a LOT of water, but that is probably because of it being in the high 90's in the stands at the beginning of the game. :)

Frito Pie is something that I had not heard of before, but seems to not be just here.

As well, kids here will purchase whole pickles.  Nothing more odd to me than seeing a small child chewing away on a large (like 4 inches long and about 2 inches in diameter) pickle.  There again, not seen everywhere, but the tend is growing.

We started seeing two new things this year in the concessions stand.  The first was the request for Hot Fries/ Hot Cheetos with nacho cheese sauce on top.  Apparently on the south side of San Antonio, this is the new thing.  Our Concessions VP, never being one to shy away from the chance to make a buck, promptly ran out and purchased a couple of bags of Hot Cheetos and started serving them up.

The second thing, our Concessions VP saw at another concessions stand and thought, "what the heck".  Pickle juice pops!  As we sell quite a bit of pickles, we purchase them in the large pickle buckets.  So what do you do with all the extra juice at the bottom of the bucket?? You make pops with them.

She will spend the time to pour the juice into those little solo sauce containers with the lids and freeze them.  We sell them for a quarter a piece, and they seem to be all the rage.  Sarge was at one of the games and asked about them, so one of the boosters gave him one, and he bought 3 more.  He said they were not that bad!  Amazing lady to have seen that and thought to do it.

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