Swedish Chef

I’m not sure this is really a thing, because most of the articles online link back to one specific article at HuffPoUK, but I’m intrigued with the idea of Swedish pizza. Benny and Smoothie have accused me (perhaps fairly) of being an aficionado of “comedy food” such as hot dog-flavored potato chips and sushi burritos, but some of the combinations I’ve seen offered as examples of Swedish pizza give Dali’s Surrealist cookbook a run for its money. From the original article, here are some supposedly beloved combos:

Tomato sauce!
Cheese!
Chicken!
Pineapple!
Banana!
Peanuts!
Curry!
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Tomato sauce!
Cheese!
Canned Fruit Cocktail!
Chocolate!
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Tomato sauce!
Cheese!
Duck!
Chanterelles!
Black Currants!
Honey!
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Tomato sauce!
Cheese!
Pork Tenderloin!
Shrimp!
Gorgonzola!
Pineapple!
Curry!

I can’t find photos of any of the above except for one rather blurry image from Gawker that I refuse to link to, and the only other “Swedish pizza” photos I’m finding are for pies featuring “kebab meat” (gyros, it appears) with tzaziki… and that seems to be a perfectly reasonable pizza that Benny would order and Smoothie would come over to share. I have yet to see anything as silly as Pizza Hut’s hot dog crust or Mr. Pizza’s potato wedges/corn/”nacho chip flake” abomination. Is this Swedish pizza really a thing?

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Storefront art – the appropriate pig

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I’ve written online about storefront art before, but in case those previous posts disappear, I’ll give you a brief summary: storefront art is a picture painted on a window or wall of a store that transcends its original purpose of selling more tires or carpet or gyros. It is a legitimate work of art.

I’ve been told that Los Angeles storefront art has the most prosaic subject matter in the country, and that you won’t find paintings of bleach bottles on storefronts in other cities. I will have to explore this further. I do know that we have some very mysterious examples of this art in LA; some pieces provide us with absolutely no information as to what is going on inside a particular place of business, and others are pure surrealism.

I picked today’s example because it is the rare example of a store mascot reacting appropriately to the store’s business: here we have a meat market, and the pig on the outside looks worried. Good reaction, pig. I’ve never understood pigs eating ham sandwiches or fish begging for the sweet peace that only a spring water-filled can can bring. Any animal that dumb deserves to be eaten. But this pig here is clearly imploring me not to make him into a BLT. That’s some pig.

Published in: on March 15, 2008 at 4:29 pm  Comments (1)  
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