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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Thursday, February 22

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It’s my favorite topic, food!

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Hi, everyone!

If you were thinking that it has been a while since there was a food-themed ramble, fear no more! The drought is over!

Ramble of the Day

Someone at BuzzFeed polled readers from each of the United States’ 50 states plus Washington, D.C., asking them what the best and most popular food is from their state. Yesterday, they published the results. Many of these choices are not controversial, partly living up to assumptions of the region. Some, though, are worthy of comment, and I will now proceed to highlight a few of these foods.

Let’s get some of the easy ones out of the way first. The Illinois-based readers chose deep-dish pizza. Please stop calling that casserole a pizza. Next, I must share that I cannot approve of New Hampshire’s cider donuts because I do not like cider. (That was not the result of a traumatic experience, though.)

New Mexico’s choice of green chiles, though, I cannot praise enough. There was a small description included with this one, where a reader said, “we put it on everything.” I tend to like a bit (or a lot, depending on the person) of spice in my food, and I always have some serrano peppers in the fridge to put in everything. (They are absolutely crucial for making good guacamole.)

As a New Yorker, I also love my state’s choice of bagels. If you ever come to New York, EAT THE BAGELS. There is nothing quite like a New York bagel, and I feel for people who do not have regular access to them. (This is not an exaggeration.)

Enough of the good choices, though. Something must be said for the Rhode Island beverage of choice, coffee milk, which is “a combination of milk and sweet coffee syrup.” Why do these people not just drink coffee? Do they know you can put milk in coffee, and sugar if you want it to be sweet? “Sweet coffee syrup” sounds artificial and not tasty as a result.

Utah, meanwhile, selected “funeral potatoes.” It is an uncomplicated recipe of grated potatoes mixed with cheese, sour cream, and butter, but let’s talk about the name. A BuzzFeed reader from Utah said that “they’re called funeral potatoes because they’re usually saved just for funerals,” which begs the question: Do people in Utah get a little bit excited to go to funerals just to eat the potatoes?

Finally, I must touch on Nevada’s selection of the Awful-Awful, which is a burger. That is unimportant, though, considering the tiny set of words underneath the picture. It reads:

Note: All the submissions for Nevada were sarcastic (I know y’all don’t eat CIGARETTE BUTTS). But according to the Food Network, the Awful-Awful is a popular treat!

I think I need to hang out with more people from Nevada.

tl;dr: New York bagels are awesome, I like spicy food, and make sure to read the blockquote above!

Links of the Day

Roberto Firmino will not be punished by the FA despite Mason Holgate’s claim that the Liverpool player racially abused him.

Club América goalkeeper Agustín Marchesín had a cell phone confiscated by the referee during his team’s 5-1 victory over Deportivo Saprissa in the CONCACAF Champions League. Here is a video, in case you do not believe it.

RB Leipzig have created a makeshift smoking room for Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri ahead of their Europa League match.

Today’s longer read: Anna Kessel on the National Football Museum’s newest exhibition on women’s football and its impact on Britain for The Guardian.