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October 18, 2010

Food out of context

thrashersI mentioned in a previous post that I thought Thrasher's French fries just seem to taste better on the Boardwalk. Okay, not the most original thought.

But how about it, do you have a food favorite that has to be eaten in a particular context for you to fully appreciate it?

Likewise, are there certain foods you would only ever eat in a specific setting? For instance, I know people who only eat hot dogs at baseball games.

Finally, here's an encore look at a November 2008 Top Ten -- Fabulous French Fries.

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Posted by Richard Gorelick at 6:17 AM | | Comments (24)


When you eat a Nathan's hot dog at the original Coney island stand, it has distinctive flavor you won't find when you munch the same weiner anywhere else. It's been attributed to the sparks that shower down from the Cyclone roller coaster that looms above the stand. But scientific research, slathered with mustard and washed down with celery tonic, is still ongoing.

Charlie Brown once said in the comic strip "Peanuts," "A hot dog just doesn't taste right without a ball game in front of it."

In a similar fashion, I would say that a Guinness doesn't taste right without an Irish session playing in front of it.

There's an old joke from the Carolinas and Texas that for BBQ to be any good, the building in which it's produced must have been condemned by either the Health Department or the local building inspectors--preferably both. That seems to be the major missing factor at Harborque and Andy Nelson's, though I've seen a few spots on Rt. 1 that might qualify....

Salt water taffy does not taste the same at home. I'm not sure whether they put any salt water in the mix when they make it, but the salt in the air sure adds something to the taste.

Cake always tastes better in prison.

Then there's fish & chips, purchased from a small sidestreet shop in London, wrapped in a cone made from this morning's Daily Mail.

good one

I was going to say lobster and clams eaten near the ocean, hot dogs at cookouts, dim sum in San Francisco, butter in Ireland... but "cake always tastes better in prison" has to the comment of the day.

Local wine always tastes better at the winery sitting on a deck overlooking the vineyards.

Thumbs up for cake in prison!

My favorites:

Roasted Chestnuts and mulled wine at the Weinachtsmarket in Munich

Ceviche made fresh on the boat deep sea fishing in Cabo

Greek salads, saganaki, ouzo and tzatziki in Greece

Tex-Mex in south Texas

Beer and Mustards in Austria

Guiness in Ireland

Pain au chocolat in Paris

Wild Salmon in Ketchikan

Steak-on-a-stake and fried mac-and-cheese-on-a-stake (or possibly any food served on sticks) are only permissible at the Ren Fest. However, eating at least one of them is also required.

Movie theater popcorn would be inedible anywhere but in a movie theater.

Watermelon tastes best outdoors on a picnic table.

Green bean casserole, evidently, is edible only during the holidays (though I find it inedible at all times).

matzah and charoset sandwich: only tastes right at the seder. on all other nights, it elicits a sort of wtf frisson.

Eating a cold pizza slice on the street outside a NYC pizza place.

Eating a cold pizza slice on the street outside a NYC pizza place.

The only way I enjoy a hot dog is when its been grilled/burnt perfectly by my dad on his grill.

can't eat anyone else's brisket but my mom's.

Where else other than a home would you ever eat parsley dipped in saltwater?

I have always contended that charoset, if ground down enough, makes a tasty turkey sandwich filler anywhere. So, charoset doesn't work.

Bowling alley pizza

Matthews Pizza--only at Matthews. It's ruined the second it hits a box.

You should have "math hubby" take your pics.

@LL- IMO, the problem you describe in all in the matzah, which really never tastes good. Charosets, on the other hand, is a great between meal or watching TV snack.

You should have "math hubby" take your pics.

I'm sure math hubby would be delighted!

works for me!

What happened to Baltimore's best bars? Please.

S'mores by a campfire

A Hot Pocket just don't taste the same in a restaurant as when you're kirked out on goofballs laying on the kitchen floor covered in goat blood.

Prison cake? YEAH!!!!!

Nothin' beats a bathtub full of Cheetos

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You are reading the archives. For updated blog posts about the Maryland food scene, see Richard Gorelick's new Baltimore Diner blog.
Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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