Chow The best sentence in The Stranger this last week was brought to you by the letters E, C, and B.
posted by July 31 at 8:05 AMon
Said best sentence, written by one Erica C. Barnett, moonlighting—rare but not unheard of—over in the Chow section:
Traditionally, Frito pie was consumed straight out of the bag; however, as the bags got thinner, this preparation became too hot to handle, and today most Frito pie is served school-cafeteria style, in a cardboard nacho boat.
Note the semi-colon (always sexy); note the deployment of an otherwise dead cliche (“too hot to handle”) that here operates simultaneously in its purely literal sense; note the factual information conveyed (bags have gotten thinner); note the glorious three words “cardboard nacho boat.”
That is the first sentence of the second paragraph. But back up. Here’s the first paragraph:
The first Frito pie, according to legend, was assembled in Dallas, Texas, by one Daisy Dean Doolin, the mother of Fritos inventor C. E. Doolin. Asked to come up with recipes requiring her son’s corn-chip snack, the story goes, Daisy Dean got the idea of pouring a ladleful of Texas red (a fiery chili made without tomatoes or beans) into a bag of Fritos. And from these humble ingredients, Frito pie was born.
If you’d like to keep reading—or if you’d like to know how to make Frito pie—here you go.
Plus, can I get this image—below—on a t-shirt?