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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Florida's Official Pie

We have a new OFFICIAL State Pie!

First, close your eyes.

Imagine the possible candidates to holding this most important OFFICIAL, Florida Senate-approved position.

Is it the scrumptious Pecan Pie?

Is it the delectable Sweet Potato Pie?

Is it the red-white-and-blue waving Apple Pie?

Shame on you.

You know beans about Florida. Or indeed, pies.

The only OFFICIAL immortal Florida pie can be:

The Key Lime Pie!

For those scoring at home, the vote on the Florida Senate floor wasn't even close:

106 votes to 14.

Pecan pie came in second, and sweet potato pie came in third.

(I wonder if some Georgian legislators managed to sneak in? I mean, pecan pie, WTF??)

I love Key Lime Pie, although the one time I had it in Key West, I was as sick as a poodle for days (note: don't eat it at one-hit, would-be-musician, Castro-visiting, Margarita-swilling wonder's restaurants in Key West).

Nevertheless, despite this awful introduction to Key Lime pie, I have continued to order it, and have savoured its sweet-and-sour taste for years now.

The best South Florida Key Lime pie is allegdly Terry's Famous Key Lime Pie take-out restaurant in Davie, which makes pies 24/7. And they sell them as fast as they make 'em.

It was they, in fact, that spearheaded the drive (three times!) to make the Key Lime Pie the OFFICIAL Florida state pie, although I'm not sure any other State in the Union has an OFFICIAL state pie...

Why do Americans have OFFICIAL state stuff, anyway?

Where did this singularly American tradition, like proms and homecoming and year books and school rings, come from?

I assure you we don't have an OFFICIAL state soup in Oxfordshire, although if we did, I'm sure Brown Windsor would win by a lot.

Don't get me wrong -- I love these OFFICIAL state miscellanea, and know the OFFICIAL Florida song is Suwanee River, the OFFICIAL Florida tree is the Orange tree, the OFFICIAL Florida bird is the Mockingbird, but still.

Who, what, why?

Perhaps the answer lies in what people are still not aware of, about America.

That it may be one huge landmass, but in reality, it's 50 countries in one nation.

The OFFICIAL stuff is just a way of making sure you know and appreciate their histories.

So next time, when you chow down on a Key Lime pie, tip your hat towards us down here, and sing a little stanza of Suwanee River, whilst you're at it.

Because Key Lime Pie is OFFICIALLY delicious.


  • You didn't get it from Margaritaville did you? One of the many Rule #1's of this world states:

    Do NOT go to Margaritaville...because of thr JB...in fact especially because of the JB....got sick to death of hearing the same song played incessantly on the radio.

    By Blogger MuppetLord, at Sat May 06, 03:19:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Sorry, there is only one pie worth eating and the only one I'll eat and that is Apple.
    I forced myself to eat a piece of cherry pie once rather than offend a sister-in-law and really, that was gross. I tried Peach once because I mistook it for Apple. Never finished it. Couldn't.

    There should be a National Pie and that is Apple. All the others should be outlawed, they're not really pies, they're abominations.

    By Blogger Paul, at Sat May 06, 04:24:00 pm GMT-4  

  • That it may be one huge landmass, but in reality, it's 50 countries in one nation.

    Well, for anyone who has actually read The Constitution or any of the information dealing with post Revolution America, that was what the Founding Fathers wanted this place to actually be. In fact, the first version of the USofA under "The Articles of Confederation" took that concept too the extreme and it didn't work, leading to the development of The Constitution.

    The way Congress is set up was a conscious effort to ensure that each little "sovrieng state" was fairly represented in the whole of the nation. The Senate gave each state equal say in the governance and the House allowed the individual states to have representation based on population.

    Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, the wonderful experiment set up by The Constitution went awry. And now, to paraphase Lincoln, we have government "Of the Corperation, By the Corperation and For the Corperation."

    The 2 party system has broken down and I don't know how to fix it, not return the nation to Republic that the Founding Fathers intended. And I am in total fear of what 2008 will bring for a non-choice.........

    By Anonymous MrWhipple, at Sat May 06, 10:24:00 pm GMT-4  

  • "There should be a National Pie and that is Apple. All the others should be outlawed, they're not really pies, they're abominations."

    No more pizza!?

    By Blogger JSU, at Sun May 07, 03:23:00 am GMT-4  

  • I prefer a Toll House Pie, but Key Lime is one of my favorites!

    It's tough for the baker to get the balance correct. Too many of the pies are either way too tart, or way too sweet.

    Done right, a Key Lime Pie is Ambrosia! :D

    By Anonymous benning76, at Thu May 11, 11:55:00 am GMT-4  

  • paul: you sound like my step-dad! He loves any sort of apple pie! Loves it!

    'Course he will rarely turn down something else if the apple pie is not available. Heheheee!

    I like just about any pie: gimme rhubarb-strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, cherry, lemon meringue, and so on! Gimme!

    jsu: That's not considered a dessert pie, so we're safe! Bring on the pepperoni!

    By Blogger Iron Fang, at Thu May 11, 12:00:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Just a word about Terry's Key Lime Pie, it is not sold at a resteraunt persay but a roadside fruit stand called "Bob Roth's New River Groves." More info can be found at www.florida-oranges.com

    By Anonymous Josh, at Sun Jul 09, 10:11:00 am GMT-4  

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