If you read my Paris blog, you may know of my interest in potato chips as an indicator of differences in tastes across cultures. (If not, take a look here and here.) So naturally, after discerning the differences between the French, the Spanish, the Czechs, and so forth by their preferred potato chip flavor, it was only right that I consider what potato chip flavor defines DC.
In my field work, I found that, during my four year absence from American snack foods, the potato chip aisle has exploded with options. You still got your Lay's and your storebrand, but now there are dozens of new flavors and even artisanal offerings. Truly the mind boggles at the attention American industry has paid to this aspect of consumer spending. If we could only direct that energy into more pressing needs like say, figuring out what to do about global warming or implementing President Obama's health care plan, just imagine the kind of world we might be living in.
But I digress. If you were to pick a chip flavor for the U.S. in general, I think you'd have to go with the classic. And for Washington? That's a toughie. The closest I could figure were these Chesapeake Crab chips although the folks down Annapolis way would probably take issue with that.
So I'll put it to a vote. For my neighbors in DC, what do you think? And if you're logging in from elsewhre, what potato chip flavor defines where you live?