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Engrish Snacks

An old favorite of mine. I especially like Germ Bread and Homo Sausages. Check out the candy and chocolate sections for extra fun!

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Oz has coon cheese.

Is it made by Kraft?

Way, way back when, what is now called Cracker Barrel Aged Reserve Cheddar cheese (formerly New York Aged Reserve) -- the variety in the black wrapper -- was called Coon Brand Cheddar cheese.

To ward off complaints, there was a raccoon on the package. My dad used to buy it from time to time.

yep, I had a peek at the Aussie Kraft site and Coon cheese was introduced in 1957 (a fairly innocent time in the world of Oz advertising ....and everything else :smile: )


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yep, I had a peek at the Aussie Kraft site and Coon cheese was introduced in 1957 (a fairly innocent time in the world of Oz advertising ....and everything else :smile: )

...yeah, but the White Australia Policy was still in full force then... :raz:

Confidential to heidih: Bimbo Bakeries USA has 13 plants across the country. It is the U.S. subsidiary of Grupo Bimbo S.A. de C.V., based in Mexico City, Mexico's largest baking company. Seems Bimbo is just the name the founder chose for the company, which was quickly given to the baker bear character that remains the company's trademark. I never heard of them until the 9th Street Market area developed a sizable Mexican presence. More recently, I've seen the Team Bimbo van on the streets of South Philly.

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That reminds me of the "Cock Tapioca" I have sitting in my cupboard. Thai product I believe

I wouldn't touch that stuff. Imagine the consistency. Uuuuurrrrggggg :wacko:


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I'm sure the name must mean something else in Thai, but one of the leading exporters of processed foods from Thailand, including Chaokoh brand coconut milk and canned fruits, is Thep Padung Porn Coconut Co., Ltd. :hmmm: Online, they're now running the first three words of their company name together as one word.

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Thep Padung Porn Coconut Co., Ltd.

I know Porn as a name in Thai. I'm sure it has a meaning, too, but I don't know what it is. I think I might have a cousin called Porn...

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Reviving this thread because, in the course of a discussion on Korean fried chicken on the Pennsylvania board, a whole new category of "unfortunate" food names has entered the conversation:

Foods named for places that have no association whatsoever with the food in question.

The discussion begins with this post about a product a fellow Philadelphian picked up at an Asian supermarket in the inner 'burbs (the same one I visited in my first foodblog).

Quoting the post:

Since I had a train ride home, I didn't get anything bulky or perishable, but I did pick up a couple of items of odd Japanese food. First, curry (comfort food for the missus):

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Because nothing is more associated with "curry" than Vermont!

Indeed! (Turns out that Philadelphia Inquirer food editor Rick Nichols had the same reaction to this product when he spied a box of it on the shelf of a Japanese grocery/eatery in the Main Line suburb of Narberth.)

Almost in this category is a chain of chicken shops that I used to see in some of the 'hoods in NYC called "Kansas Fried Chicken."

Kentucky's not a big poultry-producing state, either, but it is in the South, which has strong associations with fried chicken. Kansas doesn't even have that going for it. Where did the folks who named this KFC get their idea from?

What's next? "Authentic Minnesota Barbecue"? (Trivia question: You can actually find "Minnesota barbecue," so to speak, at your supermarket, and a well-known barbecue restaurant chain is headquartered in the Twin Cites. What's the stuff on your supermarket shelf, and what's the chain's name?)

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I don't have a clue about the supermarket bbq Sandy but as far as the Minnesota-based chain goes, are you referring to Famous Dave's? I don't think the Minnesota bbq connection is that far off, especially since several years ago I had the best ribs I've ever had at a restaurant in St. Paul called the St. Clair Broiler, kind of a restaurant/diner combo. IMHO, those ribs (and the homemade sauce) could stand toe-to-toe with the best of them at any bbq contest

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About ten years ago, one of my mom's coworkers, a woman from India, was trying to start a business manufacturing her own traditional Indian snacks. One of them was a delicious, rich cracker with ajwain, really very good. She had some labels made up and packaged the crackers in nice tins with the labels affixed. And the label read:

Centuries Old Savoury Wheat Crackers

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Quoting the post:

Since I had a train ride home, I didn't get anything bulky or perishable, but I did pick up a couple of items of odd Japanese food. First, curry (comfort food for the missus):

gallery_7432_1362_16264.jpg

Because nothing is more associated with "curry" than Vermont!

Indeed! (Turns out that Philadelphia Inquirer food editor Rick Nichols had the same reaction to this product when he spied a box of it on the shelf of a Japanese grocery/eatery in the Main Line suburb of Narberth.)

This may have already been mentioned elsewhere, but the "Vermont" of that curry refers to the apples used in the roux. Having lived in VT, I know it's definitely known for apples (I lived/studied right near the orchard where much of The Cider House Rules was filmed).

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Thep Padung Porn Coconut Co., Ltd.

I know Porn as a name in Thai. I'm sure it has a meaning, too, but I don't know what it is. I think I might have a cousin called Porn...

FWIW the name Porn means blessing in Thai :smile:

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Quoting the post:

Since I had a train ride home, I didn't get anything bulky or perishable, but I did pick up a couple of items of odd Japanese food. First, curry (comfort food for the missus):

gallery_7432_1362_16264.jpg

Because nothing is more associated with "curry" than Vermont!

Indeed! (Turns out that Philadelphia Inquirer food editor Rick Nichols had the same reaction to this product when he spied a box of it on the shelf of a Japanese grocery/eatery in the Main Line suburb of Narberth.)

This may have already been mentioned elsewhere, but the "Vermont" of that curry refers to the apples used in the roux. Having lived in VT, I know it's definitely known for apples (I lived/studied right near the orchard where much of The Cider House Rules was filmed).

Thanks for the clarification Rona, now, can you solve the mystery of "Georgia" coffee? When I was in Japan and commented on how strange I thought that name was, my friend (native Japanese who's been living in the US for a few years) asked me if Georgia was famous for its coffee! :huh: Maybe if it was peach flavored...

Bruce Willis was also in the advertisement, but that's another discussion! :wink:

Anne

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Quoting the post:

Since I had a train ride home, I didn't get anything bulky or perishable, but I did pick up a couple of items of odd Japanese food. First, curry (comfort food for the missus):

Because nothing is more associated with "curry" than Vermont!

Thanks for the clarification Rona, now, can you solve the mystery of "Georgia" coffee? When I was in Japan and commented on how strange I thought that name was, my friend (native Japanese who's been living in the US for a few years) asked me if Georgia was famous for its coffee! :huh: Maybe if it was peach flavored...

Bruce Willis was also in the advertisement, but that's another discussion! :wink:

Anne

Georgia Coffee is named for Georgia because it is produced by Coca Cola out of ....Atlanta

not sold in Georgia

Tracey

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Look what I found in our local supermarket.

DICK STICKS

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Um, is that anything like "male" Pocky? (runs away, fast...) :raz:

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A company in the UAE offers Boy Cheese. (look in the list of brands)

A local middle eastern grocery near me once had a poster in the window for it, and I was very sad that I didn't get a picture.


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I always got a kick out of the Squirt sofdrink. Especially their motto: "Drink Squirt"...

And theres a whole line of Cock brand products, like

COCK BANANA IN SYRUP close Product Code: 01800 | 24*565G CAN | Cock

or

Cock Bamboo Sliced (bag)

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Not nearly as funny as DG's Dick Sticks! but this was at the Ukrainian market yesterday

Alex's Meat

my husband just kept saying "poor Alex"

I don't feel bad for him ...knockwurst aside ..Alex does have a more than adequate mortadella! :raz:

(maybe I need to go back to bed and sleep more)


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In the town I live in we had a grocery store called Dick's. I swear I'm not making this up.....their grocery discount card was called the "Dick's Insider" card. That got more than a few crude jokes but to top it all off they had a billboard as you came into town advertizing the Dicks Insider card followed by "Be sure to ask about our hot meat specials". :laugh: It's a wonder cars didn't drive off the road after passing it. They ultimately changed it to just the Dick's card and mailed new ones out to everyone.

Recently Piggly Wiggly bought out Dick's. Thank God they didn't rename it Piggly Wiggly Dicks. :wacko: It's Dick's Piggly Wiggly.

Cindy

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In Arlington, Va there was a "Dong Market". Then they expanded into the store next door and the new sign read: "Big Dong Market". No kidding. Ted Fairhead can confirm!

Kim

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In the town I live in we had a grocery store called Dick's.  I swear I'm not making this up.....their grocery discount card was called the "Dick's Insider" card.  That got more than a few crude jokes but to top it all off they had a billboard as you came into town advertizing the Dicks Insider card followed by "Be sure to ask about our hot meat specials".  :laugh:  It's a wonder cars didn't drive off the road after passing it.  They ultimately changed it to just the Dick's card and mailed new ones out to everyone. 

Recently Piggly Wiggly bought out Dick's.  Thank God they didn't rename it Piggly Wiggly Dicks.  :wacko:  It's Dick's Piggly Wiggly. 

Cindy

Since we havent done our Westward trip yet I am now putting the town of Galena on the list :raz:

T

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In Arlington, Va there was a "Dong Market".  Then they expanded into the store next door and the new sign read: "Big Dong Market".  No kidding.  Ted Fairhead can confirm!

Kim

'sright!

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In Winnipeg there's a Chinese/Vietnamese grocery store called "Dong Thai".

Because my name is so unusual, though, I try not to make fun of other people's names. My name isn't nearly as funny as "Dong", though. :smile:

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