The other night, we had our family priest over at the house for dinner. We had pizza and as we went into the kitchen to fix our plates, I made an announcement:
“In Sidney’s family, they always pair chips with pizza and we have embraced that tradition in our house too.”
Next to our two boxes of pizza, we had a bag of Doritos and a bag of potato chips. Perhaps I didn’t need to offer the background of how Sid’s family spiced up pizza night, but I find it endearing and I don’t think a little bit of context is bad.
Fr. Jeff didn’t think too much about its eccentricity until Sid piped in.
“Is that weird? I never thought pizza and chips was a weird combination. Did you know Brent’s family eats tater tots with their tacos?”
You mean tater tots and tacos isn’t 100% normal? I immediately started thinking about the combo. Sid might have a point.
Sid and I then quizzed Fr. Jeff about what combination he thought was a little more obscure: Pizza and chips or tacos and tater tots?
He said pizza and chips.
To be fair, I think tacos and tater tots might be a regional thing. Fr. Jeff and I grew up in an area where taco fast food places are as prevalent as chicken fast food places were for Sidney in the South. If you go to a restaurant like Taco Time, the signature side item is mexi-fries, which are just glorified tater tots. But I bring this up to illustrate that we were conditioned from an early age that tacos and tater tots go together, just like Sid was with pizza and chips.
So now I turn it over to you, readers. Which combination is more “normal” to you: Pizza and chips or tacos and tater tots?
There is no wrong answer, but your opinion and reasoning are both valued. Don’t Blink.