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For the most part, my foray into the Intermountain West has been smooth. But every once in a while, something comes up that makes me absolutely sure I'm a stranger in a strange land!

I've only been here since the beginning of the year, as a transplant from the southeastern U.S. I think you can officially consider me a Utahn, however. I've been introduced to that culinary wonder known as fry sauce, and I pronounce it good.

The first time I forgot my lunch and had to walk over to the neighborhood burger joint to get something to eat, I was a little taken aback when the lady behind the counter asked me if I wanted "fry sauce". I didn't want to out myself as a "foreigner," so I said yes.

So I got back to the station and I opened the sack (yeah, I know -- sack is "Southern" for bag), and there was the little container of orange stuff alongside my fries and sandwich. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I thought. My next thought was, "Yum!"

Now, you're reading this, so the odds are really good you're either in Utah or familiar with the state. But just for the sake of anybody else reading who's as clueless as I was not that long ago: fry sauce, legend has it, was invented when the owner of the Arctic Circle restaurant chain (also Utah-based) started mixing his ketchup and mayonnaise together to save time when dressing burgers. One day, he dipped a fry in the sauce, and Fry Sauce was born.

My friends at Wikipedia tell me fry sauce is not peculiar to Utah -- it exists in similar form though different names in Iceland, France, Argentina, Germany, the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico. But I assure you, fry sauce is not something I had ever come across east of the Mississippi River!

I'm amused to learn that while my friends and family always thought I was weird for liking lime Jell-O best as a kid, Utahns consume more lime Jell-O per capita than any other state.

Glad to know I'm fitting in. :)


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