Tuesday, September 26, 2006

this is probably not a good thing

I grew up in Buffalo, which may be the target of many jokes, but it has a number of distinctive foods. Most everyone is familiar with Buffalo wings, which were certainly a staple when I went to school. But there are a number of other foods that I grew up with that I just can't get here and still crave. Weber's Mustard (http://www.webersmustard.com), Ted's hot dogs (http://www.tedsonline.com/), real pizza, beef on kummelweck http://www.whatscookingamerica.net/History/Sandwiches/BeefOnWeck.htm).

I'm not alone in these cravings - when I was last in Buffalo, I stopped at Ted's Hot Dogs, and the woman ahead of me in line was born in Buffalo, now lived in Colorado, and her first stop in the area was at Ted's. I understand completely.

One of my stronger cravings is for milk chocolate sponge candy (http://www.fowlerschocolate.com/page/FC/PROD/MC/SC1). There are some lame imitations in New England that they call Krackle. I stopped at a local candy store this weekend (Hebert's). I saw a display of candy bars and blinked. The label didn't say Hebert's, it said *Fowler's*. In disbelief, I read the label. Made in Buffalo, NY. All self control gone, I went up to the counter and asked if they were going to carry the sponge in the winter (it can't be made in warm weather). He said yes, as soon as it was cold enough to make it, it would be there. So will I.

I need to start dieting now to make up for some anticipated chocolate sins.

2 comments:

raschi said...

I can totally see what you're going through. Being natively German (grown up there), I went to college in Michigan for about two years and I missed German bread quite a bit. Back in Germany I started to miss Jimmy John's subs. They're simply the best I ever had (no way you could even get close with what you get at subways or elsewhere). Now I live in Switzerland and again, I miss both. German bread is somewhat near thoug. But I bet when I leave Switzerland sometime, I'm sure there'll be some things (food and other), which I'll miss anywhere else than here.

JenF said...

*sigh* I miss taylor ham and stromboli (lower NY and NJ area). Massachusetts people just look at you funny.