Top 10 Foods With Funny Names

My inner child isn’t very “inner.” I laugh at fart jokes. I laugh hard. Hard enough to fart sometimes. Then I laugh at that fart. So when I see a food with a funny name, I giggle. Many on the following list are compliments of other countries that didn’t take the time to do the math on the English meanings. Well, the joke is on them as we eat their foods with silly names, laughing all the way to the nearest Taco Bell to gorge ourselves on “Fourthmeal” Gorditas. GO USA!

# 10: Dickmann’s

Always be suspicious of chocolate from Germany. Dickmann’s, according to the manufacturer, is Germany’s #1 chocolate foam kiss. Aww… Mini Dickmann’s is just sitting there hoping you won’t notice Super Dickmann’s.

#9: Faggots

Faggots are like meatballs. They are popular in England, and are usually made from the nasty bits of pigs and sometimes cows. I ordered these in a restaurant once (The Spotted Pig in New York), and I blushed. Thank goodness the lights were dim. I’m certain they put “Faggots” on the menu to mess with patrons’ heads. They could have just as easily called them “meatballs.” What a bunch of… well, you know.

#8: Cock soup mix

Ah, the humble yet effective penis joke. Don’t worry. There are plenty more where this one came from.

#7: Bimbo

Residents of Los Angeles know this Mexican bakery well. Bimbo pastries are in every gas station and convenience store in the Southland, so it’s easy to ignore after a while. But, come on! It’s a cute little white bear climbing on a sign that says “Bimbo.” That’s comedy, friends.

#6: Big Nuts

You have to admit that the nuts do look pretty big. This 4th grade giggle comes our way from Belgium. Thanks waffle people!

#5: Fart Juice

I have been led to believe that “fart” means “luck” in Polish. So then what if this drink gives you gas? Then it becomes your lucky fart juice. Take that Poland (they need to be knocked down a peg anyway).

#4: Drysack sherry

This one is mainly funny because the bottle is so fancy. I hope like hell they serve this at the next bar I go to. “Excuse me, do you have a good, dry sack?”

#3: Dickmilch

Dickmilch is a German dairy product similar to buttermilk or yogurt. It is also the fifth male anatomy joke on this list. Don’t worry, ladies, we have jokes about your parts too. Behold…

#2: Jussipussi

“Jussi” is a Finnish name, and “pussi” is a word that means something like “bag.” So, no big deal. Just don’t forget to bring the Jussipussi to our next dinner party.

#1: Spotted Dick

Admit it. You know that it would have been irresponsible for me not to put this as the #1 food-with-a-funny-name of all time. If you don’t believe me, just ask the Welsh municipality that just renamed the popular pudding “Spotted Richard” because they were tired of all the giggling.

10 More of Disneyland’s Best Foods

As I confessed in my earlier post, “Top 10 Best Foods at Disneyland,” I spend more time at Disneyland than any man in his early 30s should probably ever admit. One of the main reasons for this is that the food is pretty exceptional — and it seems like I make a new culinary discovery every time I go back.

That said, it’s high time I post an addendum to the list I crafted last year. This time, I’ve broadened the scope to include food at Disney’s California Adventure, which sits directly across from Disneyland.

10) Soft-Serve Swirl Cone at Catch a Flave (California Adventure)

I’m not a huge ice cream eater, but the urge struck me just right one hot summer day, and I indulged in a swirl cone. And oh… my… goodness. The ice cream was incredibly creamy and rich — bordering on frozen custard, it seemed.

9) Lobster Nachos at Ariel’s Grotto (California Adventure)

Whenever I order lobster nachos at a restaurant, I usually have the same complaint: too much chip, not enough lobster. Not the case here. Ariel’s Grotto piles on a surprisingly heavy helping of the crustacean, and not a single chip goes unused.

8) Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich at Greetings from California (California Adventure)

I haven’t tried every confection at the sweets counter in California Adventure, and I’m sure plenty of them merit mention. But the peanut butter sandwich is definitely a standout among what I have tried. A thick creamy layer of peanut butter on a perfectly crisp cookie, slathered in the ideal amount of chocolate. (Drool.)

7) Cobb Salad at Plaza Inn (Disneyland)

I know what you’re thinking. I’m shocked that there’s a salad on this list, too. But if you’ve ever had the Disneyland cobb salad, you’ll know why it’s here. And you’ll also know that it’s hardly the salad you order when you’re watching your figure. Mounds of cheese, meat and goodness of all kinds, tossed in a creamy blue cheese dressing, with a breadstick on the side. It’s a staple in my Disneyland diet. (Plus, if you don’t feel like fighting the fireworks crowd at night, you can buy a salad, plop down in the Plaza Inn’s ample seating area, and enjoy a decent view of the exploding night sky above the hedges that line the restaurant’s patio.)

6) Bleu Cheese and Wine Pairing at Terrace Wine Tasting (California Adventure)

I don’t know much about wine, but I love listening to people who do. And the staff at the Terrace Wine Tasting bar at California Adventure certainly seems to know its stuff. The bleu cheese and red wine pairing was a lot of fun. The cheeses, delicious in their own right, were paired perfectly with their red wine counterparts. And I had a Disney cast member on hand the whole time to walk me through what I was tasting and explain why it all worked so well together.

5) Jumbo Rice Krispie Treat at Greetings from California (California Adventure)

Much like the peanut butter sandwich, you just have to eat one to understand. And I recommend you do. Never has a more sublime krispie-to-mallow ratio been achieved.

4) Cheddar Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl at Pacific Wharf Café (California Adventure)

The soup is quite good. But you order it for the bread bowl, which is phenomenal. How can it not be when it was just pulled out of the oven at the Boudin bakery next door?

3) Free Fresh Tortilla at the Mission Tortilla Factory (California Adventure)

The brief tour at the Mission Tortilla Factory at California Adventure is cute, and it’s worth doing once. So, why have I done the tour more than an estimated two dozen times? Because of the free fresh-off-the-conveyor-belt tortilla at the end, of course. (And come on… how many things at a theme park are free?)

2) Fried Chicken Dinner at Plaza Inn (Disneyland)

I owe this discovery to a friend. She wouldn’t stop talking about the chicken dinner at the Plaza Inn, and I finally gave it a try just to shut her up. But man, she was right. It’s not just good because it’s fried chicken. It’s good fried chicken. You win again, Disneyland. (And the fireworks view I mentioned with the cobb salad applies here too.)

1) Family-Style Barbecue Feast at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue (Disneyland)

One of Disneyland’s newest dining options is also one of its most noteworthy. Dinner at the ranch is a family-style all-you-can-eat extravaganza of barbecue chicken and ribs, smoked sausages, cole slaw, baked beans, corn on the cob and cornbread. It comes at a price (a few bucks shy of $30 a person), but the food is good, the setting is rustic and relaxing, and there’s no loophole to the all-you-can-eat clause. Before we even touched our meal, my friend demanded an extra bucket filled exclusively with ribs. And our waitress happily obliged — that time, as well as several other times during the course of our dinner.

LA Light

If you haven’t seen this incredible video of Los Angeles at night, please take three minutes and watch it now. HD and full-screen. With audio. Go.

Photographer Colin Rich somehow creates a languid, meditative experience with time-lapse photography. If you are reading this post, then you probably already like Los Angeles. But if you have an LA-hater friend or family member, maybe send this to them. Perhaps it will remind them that Los Angeles is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it’s even prettier at night.

If I ever wrote a love letter to Los Angeles, it would feel something like this.

LA Foodie Podcast Time: Wurstküche, Apple Pan, Fruüte, and the return of Jim Callahän!

This time, our old friend Jim Callahan stops by for another round of 40s, a mystery dessert from our friends at Fruüte, and way more speculation about the romantic intents of Flo the Progressive Insurance girl than you’ve ever considered (or have you?…) Plus we debate if anyone in LA isn’t aware of The Apple Pan and whether or not Wurstküche makes hot dogs or just sausages. If all that wasn’t enough, Hot Dog The Rapper returns with another update on the Top Dog Hot Dog competition! Yes sir, it’s a veritable cornucopia of food for your earholes! And hey, if you’re just sitting there listening, why not check out these visual accompaniments? Mmmmm…. visual accompaniments….

CBS Los Angeles’ Most Valuable Blogger Awards 2011

LA Foodie is a fun job, but it’s a lot of work. That’s why it’s so rewarding to find out that we have been nominated for the CBS Los Angeles’ Most Valuable Blogger Awards 2011! You can either click here to vote for LA Foodie, or you can click the badge up above.

Either link will take you directly to a page where you can vote for LA Foodie. No need to sign up or anything. Just click and you’re done! You can vote once, per device, per category, per day. We can definitely win this thing! Please spread the word via Twitter and Facebook.

It’s the foodie community that makes LA Foodie worthwhile, so thank you so much for reading, listening, and otherwise supporting LA Foodie over the past few years. We’ve got a lot of years left in us, and we’re still hungry.

A Brand New Website: LAFOODIE.COM

LA Foodie is in a transitional phase right now. Our new site is up, but the old site is still up too. It will take some time before the migration is complete. But until then, we won’t be posting any new content on this site. So please head over toWWW.LAFOODIE.COM and tell us what you think about our new site.

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