by liberal japonicus
Well, my month back in Mississippi is wrapping up and it's been nice to have to opportunity to go out an eat a lot. My high end experience was going to Cochon, by the NOLA convention center for crawfish pie, smothered greens, wood roasted oysters and a brisket sandwich, accompanied by a Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan (draft!). And while I could have happily driven down there for lunch any number of times, I didn't have to, as my small Mississippi town now has so many dining options that a month of lunches with my dad, (and, when not too busy, my brother joining us from work) hasn't exhausted them all. Po' boys and crawfish, catfish and hush puppies, pulled pork sandwiches and BBQ ribs, gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice with real boudin. My town also just voted to allow restaurants to serve alcohol with meals this year, so I was occasionally able to wash it down with one of the aforementioned Lazy Magnolias or something from Abita. Amazing.
But my definition of comfort food isn't things that I might have had occasionally, on a special occasion, my definition is a food that brings back memories of a time when you felt safe and protected. Some people might define comfort food as something they make, but, though I like to cook, the process of making it takes some of that nostalgia away for me. And, it has to be in a place that is recognizable or at least linked to those notions of home.
So here is to the Sonic Frito Chili Pie, eaten in the drive-in with the tray perched on your half rolled down window. While doritos are all around in Japan, I can't seem to get fritos and trying to make a frito chili pie with doritos (and this is the voice of experience) is like trying to make a fettuccine dish with vermicelli noodles. Not to mention the problems of finding a place to park, turning the radio up and finding those funky trays. (I don't think we ever had girls on roller skates though)
Here is your Friday open thread about your comfort food. All cravings created here are not the responsibility of this blog or its contributors.