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I Have Always Known that New London, Connecticut has excellent pizza. Last year I found myself driving through New London, ... only was the pizza lousy, but the people working there thought I was weird for asking about New London pizza.

Well, Mystic Pizza was a bad movie and was about Portuguese-Americans, wasn't it? I never saw it. That's like on the way to New London. And New London is on the way to Boston if you're traveling thereup the old way, along Mighty Route 1 (aka the Post Road, aka the Boston Post Road, aka U.S. Highway 1, aka the King's Highway). Therefore, one would expect New London pizza to be fairly bad, but not quite as bad as Boston pizza. By the same reasoning, New Haven pizza is worse than New York pizza, but not that much worse. Pizza in southwestern Fairfield County, by contrast, is generally not too bad.
Brand's A1 Sauce used to carry the claim that it had been invented by a cook named Brand in the employ of K. ?William IV. "Brand", the sailor monarch was claimed to have cried, "this sauce is A1!" So, very UK.

There is a reproduction of a 1906 ad with that very claim (click to enlarge):
http://shop.vendio.com/vintageads4u/item/579497276/

1824: A1 Steak Sauce is created for England's King George IV. Isn't officially named until 1873.

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1824: A1 Steak Sauce is created for England's King George IV. Isn't officially named until 1873.

Thanks. I had tried George, but he didn't look right. I see that the 1906 Beeton has an ad for Gordon and Dilworth's Tomato Catsup and Mushroom Catsup, so that variant was still around in BrE at the time.

While we're in the business of ancient mss, the 1923 Beeton has one for Brand's A1 Sauce: "The original thick sauce. A fine Tonic and Digestive. Has NO EQUAL ... ADDS A ZEST to FISH, FLESH or FOWL ... Sold by all High-class Grocers' and Store's.
BRAND & Co., Ltd., Mayfair Works, Vauxhall, London, S.W.8."

All right, the apostrophes weren't there, but those floor-level stops (not the ellipses) are for real.

Paul
Well, Mystic Pizza was a bad movie and was about Portuguese-Americans, wasn't it? I never saw it. That's like on the way to New London.

That depends where you start from.
And New
London is on the way to Boston if you're traveling thereup the old way, along Mighty Route 1 (aka the Post Road, aka the Boston Post Road, aka U.S. Highway 1, aka the King's Highway).

That too.
Therefore, one would expect New
London pizza to be fairly bad, but not quite as bad as Boston pizza. By the same reasoning, New Haven pizza is worse than New York pizza, but not that much worse. Pizza in southwestern Fairfield County, by contrast, is generally not too bad.

New Haven pizza can be superb. I'm sorry that it isn't to your taste, but that just means there's more for me.
Fran
Like she said. Bite your tongue, man, and tell us where in NYC they make a better pizza than Pepe's.
(Not necessarily in that order.)

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This is almost, but not quite, as disorienting as being asked if you want salad on your hamburger.

I suppose you think that beetroot on a hamburger is strange then.. Hamburgers are far from traditional Australian fare, but ... McDonald here have a hamburger called, I believe, McOz. Apparently when it was introduced, there was a national beetroot shortage.

Add a fried egg and fried onion. In my experience most are made with tomato sauce not BBQ but you can request either.
Pineapple is contentious. Some hate it but I rather like it; if you have egg and cheese, it helps cut through the fatty tastes. It is usually cooked along with the patty, bacon and egg.

Most takeaways will not offer pineapple or will, these days, have a separate menu item for the pineapple-enhanced burger.
Richard Bollard
Canberra, Australia
Some time ago in the US, I ordered a hot dog with tomato sauce. No questions were asked, and I was served a hot dog topped with chopped tomato.

Since (American) tomato sauce is pretty much unheard of as a condiment on hot dogs and tomato is, the person who prepared your dog probably either misheard or assumed they had. In some parts of the country, even had they known what "tomato sauce" meant for you, they might have been giving you the benefit of the doubt, as it's assumed that no adult would actually want ketchup on a hot dog.

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Some time ago in the US, I ordered a hot ... I was served a hot dog topped with chopped tomato.

Since (American) tomato sauce is pretty much unheard of as a condiment on hot dogs and tomato is, the person ... you the benefit of the doubt, as it's assumed that no adult would actually want ketchup on a hot dog.

I'm a devout mustard-only on hot dogs believer, but I don't think it's all that uncommon for people to put ketchup on them. I don't even shudder. It's just what they like.
Some put both mustard and ketchup on hot dogs and hamburgers. It seems vile to me, but it doesn't seem to be all that uncommon.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
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Hovering in the offing you'll discern A1 Sauce and Daddies Sauce. Is A1 Sauced from the US, though?

A1 Sauce is indeed from the US, a form of bottled "steak sauce", not a sauce of course but a condiment. I've always assumed that HP Sauce was similar.

The taste is different, but I use HP for the same purposes I once used A1. I agree that neither is a true AmE sauce. Sauce is generally brown, yes, but it is served warm to hot. Even white sauce is served warm to hot. A1 and HP never are.
Instead of a condiment, which I don't think is a good fit, could we call the HP, Ketchup, and A1 types of 'sauce' salsa?
Charles Riggs
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