Odd Pueblo: Snappy or crappy?

This fun Odd Pueblo feature asks the audience to rate a trend, topic or sighting of something around town: is it snappy or crappy?

The last snappy or crappy, fake and real bilingual signs, caused quite a stir.

The latest snappy or crappy promises to be much more appetizing: playing with food.

No one can resist happy bread/submitted photo

No one can resist happy bread/submitted photo

The very happy bread photo was submitted by reader Tami.

“It’s my quirky thing I do for my kids when I make them a sandwich,” she wrote in an e-mail.

Mustard smiley faces on bread are wholly snappy, adding a fun touch to what may normally be a mundane sandwich, especially if the sandwich is packed something boring like iceberg lettuce.

Other snappy ways to play with food include drawing on the disposable rinds of oranges and grapefruit, arranging waffles and sausage into an imitation Dali and creating apple head old people dolls out of rotten and dried-out apples.

Other folks, however, go into overkill when playing with food – like using a military issue combat K-Bar knife to cut a sandwich. While this weapon is specifically designed for marines, a person who shall remain anonymous used it to slice bread and pickles.

Need any pickles sliced?/Photo Ryn Gargulinski

Need any pickles sliced?/Photo Ryn Gargulinski

Even though using a colossal knife to slice a sandwich may be akin to using a chain saw to carve a turkey, it’s still snappy because the food is still edible.

Folks who play with food and end up wasting the food are engaging in crappiness.

What’s your take on playing with food? Please respond:
a. Snappy as long as the food is still edible.
b. Crappy. How dare someone mess with my meal.
c. I remember how mom used to draw syrup faces on my pancakes – snappy!
d. Where can I buy one of those knives?


Thanks, Tami, for the fun bread pic. You’re other Snappy or crappy submission will be up soon.

Got a Snappy or crappy spotting around town? E-mail photo and comments to rynski@tucsoncitizen.com


About Rynski

Writer, artist, performer who specializes in the weird, wacky and sometimes creepy. Learn more at ryngargulinski.com.
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19 Responses to Odd Pueblo: Snappy or crappy?

  1. azmouse says:

    When I was a kid, my Dad made me giant “D” pancakes (for Dianne) and when we were full, he made the leftover batter into doggie-bone shapes to give to the dogs. I continued that tradition when my kids were little.
    Food can be fun!

  2. Rynski says:

    I agree, AZMouse – so many ways to make food fun for kids – and pets. How cool you got giant “D” pancakes! Sweet. I also like the airplane game, where you ZOOM food into a kid’s mouth. I used it on Sawyer after his stomach operation when he had no interest in eating but had to anyway. I still use ZOOM to give him and Phoebe special treats.

  3. radmax says:

    Mornin’ Rynski! Anybody who would use a K-bar on a pickle is definitely unstable…this wouldn’t have anything to do with the loon who takes you to graveyards and condemned houses, would it? PS-my daughter loves it when I come up with something creative, food wise. So a big snappy!

  4. Rynski says:

    Mornin’ RadMax – Yes, K-Bar on a pickle is strange – and no, what gave you that idea that it would be same person who brings a date to a condemned house? haha. So glad you, too, engage in creative food for your daughter.

  5. azmouse says:

    Everybody likes food better when it looks cool.

    Happy Thursday, Maxxie!

    • radmax says:

      Hi AZ. I get a kick out of anything that makes her smile.

      • azmouse says:

        I would too, because your daughter is so darn cute! I’m a wimp when it comes to kids. They all push me around.
        What’s her fave foods and how do you make them fun?

      • radmax says:

        Pancakes,  ANYTHING with bacon and steak..(heads up guys, no cheap date here)  She loves cereal too. Can’t do much with the steak, thank goodness she doesn’t put ketchup on it. Most of the things she likes make it pretty easy. PS-her nickname is Fidget, so if I can slip that in somehow it’s a sure smiler.

      • azmouse says:

        Sounds like my youngest son as far as taste in food. He was the pickiest darn eater, but a bacon fanatic! When he was little and I was trying to get him to eat something different, I always told him it was ‘new bacon’, and he’s eat it…or if I told him I got the recipe from Emeril! lol
        The lies we tell to get kids to eat.

  6. Jennatoolz says:

    When I was a kid, my mom would make me Mickey Mouse pancakes!

    I also remember a time when she made some green scrambled eggs…which didn’t really get eaten. Maybe it was the green…

    • Rynski says:

      Ha! My mom did up green milk and green mashed potatoes for St. Patty’s Day. I think they did get eaten – with glee. But our family sometimes has strange habits (haha).

  7. Tami says:

    I vote Snappy! The person who sent in that picture must be a GREAT Mom!! Hahaha!

    You will be sad to know that we ran out of mustard and opened a new one. The new one has a bigger whole which makes it extremely challenging to make the smiley faces on the bread. So, I am not as popular as I was once before. The new mustard blobs on the bread. My son (9) says “Mom, that’s not a smiley face!”. Yeah, I know 😦    

    • azmouse says:

      LOL!! I agree, only great Mom’s (and Dad’s) go to such lengths for the pleasure of their children.

    • Rynski says:

      It’s the snappiest of snappy, Tami, thanks again for sending it my way! Also how funny about the new mustard bottle because I was tempted to add a photo of my own version of happy mustard bread but the bottle had a giant, globby opening and it wouldn’t work properly. Just say the bread is extra happy with a big FAT smile.

      • Tami says:

        You’re welcome! I also have pictures of happy cupcakes that I made for my daughter’s birthday. One of the cupcakes was not so happy, though. Actually, it looked a little shocked.  

  8. Tami says:

    change “whole” to “hole”. My bad.

  9. Scout's Mom says:

    My toaster recently crapped out, so I’ve been looking around online and I spotted these very snappy ones:
    a smiley face toaster- http://www.mysimon.com/prices/unic-line-ct-819t-toaster
    the Hello Kitty toaster- http://www.slipperybrick.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/hello-kitty-toaster.jpg
    the custom message toaster- http://www.poparttoaster.com/products.html
    The latter is my favorite. They also make Disney character toasters (who wouldn’t love Mickey Mouse toast?), a marker kit so you can color your toast, and something called a 5 in 1 Tasty Baker. I may just have to get one…

  10. Rusty says:

    As long as the food doesn’t try to sneak in a furin name when we live in Amerca I think its fine.
    Really bugs me when they call things sufflet and chorizo. There needs to be a national food language.

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