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The Biggest, Most Insane List Of Fair Foods You’ll Ever Read

The Orange County Fair is celebrating its 125th birthday this year. Can you imagine 125 years of rides, games, booze and fried foods? We sure can.

As far back as we can remember, we’d love going to the fair. Between playing games, munching on fair food and going on rides, we’d look forward it every summer. Now as adults, it’s great to see that the magic of the fair still exists.

Well, unless you’re three deep-fried burgers into your trip and about to go on a ride. Maybe not as magical then.

In honor of the special birthday event, we compiled a list of 125 of the greatest foods and drinks you can find at the Orange County Fair. While the majority can be found there right now, some are legendary enough to be remembered fondly.

Enjoy!

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Deep-Fried Birthday Cake

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Apple Fries

Deep-Fried Pizza

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Apple Fries

Mexican Funnel Cake

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Apple Fries

Bacon Bombs

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Bacon A-Fair

Hotter Than The Outback Dressing

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Australian Battered Potatoes 

Nuts

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Going Nuts

Bacon Wrapped Jack Daniels

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Bacon A-Fair

Chocolate Covered Pork Rinds

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Bacon A-Fair

Deep-Fried Coffee

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Chicken Charlie

 

Popcorn

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Carnival Section 

Wasabi  Bacon Bombs

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Bacon A-Fair

Pink’s Hot Dogs

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Pink’s

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Belly

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Biggy’s Meat Market

Cotton Candy

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Carnival Section

Onion Rings

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Tasti Chips

The Big Rib

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Biggy’s Meat Market

Western Sausage

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Juicy’s

Deep Fried Avocados

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Chicken Charlie

Cheddar Popcorn

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Main Mall

Fried Veggies

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Chicken Charlie

Deep Fried Cereals

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Chicken Charlie

Maui Chicken in a Pineapple Bowl

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Chicken Charlie

Dill Pickles

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Pickle O’ Pete’s

Cheese on a Stick

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Centennial Way

Funnel Cakes

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Carnival Section 

Dip n’ Dots

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Fair Square

Corn on the Cob

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Carnival Section 

Pizza

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Carnival Section

Shave Ice

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Main Mall

Cookies

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Festival of Products

Roast Beef

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Main Mall

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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Family Fair Way

Falafel

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Main Mall

 

Big Corn Dog

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Carnival Section 

Tater Twists

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Carnival Section

Kettle Corn

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Carnival Section

Cheese Fries

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Spud Shack

Clam Chowder

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Country Meadows

Brownies

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Festival of Products

ICEE

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Country Lane

Waffle Fries

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Carnival Section

Jalapeno Poppers

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Midway Ave

 

Orange Julius

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Country Lane

Deep Fried Klondike Bar

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Chicken Charlie

$125 Chuckwagon BBQ Feast

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Chuckwagon

Cupcakes

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CB’s Cupcakes

Smoothies

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Livestock Lane

Fries

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South Lawn

Churros

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Livestock Lane

Lemonade

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Carnival Section

Caramel Corn

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Carnival Section

Tacos

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Noel’s 

Bratwurst

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Park Plaza

Fry Brick

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Carnival Section

Cinnamon Roll

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Carnival Section

Bacon Dog

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Carnival Section

Zucchini Twirls

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Chicken Charlie

Shrimp Taco

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Noel’s

Chicken and Waffles

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Chicken Charlie

Garlic Fries

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Carnival Section

Jumbo Hot Dog

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Carnival Section

Chocolate Covered Bacon

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Bacon A-Fair

$125 Caviar Twinkie

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Chicken Charlie

Tater Tots

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Carnival Section

Totally Fried Peanut Butter Pickle

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Chicken Charlie

Deep-Fried S’mores Oreo

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Chicken Charlie

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Main Carnival

Deep-Fried Slim Fast Bar

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Chicken Charlie

The Churlato

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Churlato

 

Cinnamon Roll Sundae

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Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls

Chile Relleno Pretzel Burger

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Grant Burgers

Deep Fried Pecan Pie on a Stick

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Fair Fix

Cubano Burger

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Tasti Chips

Pickle Chips

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Get Pickled

Grilled Peppers

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Main Mall

Deep Fried Cookie Dough

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Chicken Charlie

Big Chic on a Stick

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Biggy’s Meat Market

Candy Apples

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Carnival Section

Caliente Curly Fry

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Juicy’s

Funnel Cake Burger

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Juicy’s

Drunken Pickle Poppers

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Get Pickled

Buffalo Wings

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Country Meadows

Koolickle

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Pickle ‘O Pete’s

Frosted Flake Chicken Fingers

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Pickle ‘O Pete’s

Nachos On A Stick

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Tater Twister

Sour Cream & Onion Tasti Shakers

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Tasti Chips

Cherry Pop Rocks Donut

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Texas Donuts

Fireball Donut

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Texas Donuts

Blooming Onion

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Fresh Frys

Samoa Donut

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Texas Donuts

Deep-Fried Corn on the Cobb

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Chuckwagon

Deep-Fried Doritos

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Chicken Charlie

Pickle Corn Dog

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Get Pickled

Deep Fried White Castle Burgers

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Chicken Charlie

Curly Fries

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Biggy’s Meat Market

Tasti Chips with Nacho Cheese and Jalapeños

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Tasti Chips

Deep Fried Chicken Skins

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Chicken Charlie

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Leg

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Bacon A-Fair

Naked Shrimp Rice and Pineapple Bowl

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Chicken Charlie

Deep Fried Pineapple

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Chicken Charlie

Porkabello Kebabs

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Bacon A-Fair

Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich

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Chicken Charlie

Chicken Kebabs

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 Chicken Charlie

BBQ Chicken

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BBQ Ribs

Battered Potatoes

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Australian Battered Potatoes

Fried Twinkies

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Chicken Charlie

Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe

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Chicken Charlie

Deep Fried Spam

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Chicken Charlie’s

Chicken Fried Bacon

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Bacon A-Fair

Waffle Dog

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Chicken Charlie

Deep Fried Frog Legs

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Chicken Charlie

Alcohol

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Everywhere

Deep Fried Oreos

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Chicken Charlie

Krispy Kreme Triple Decker Cheeseburger

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Chicken Charlie

Apple Rings

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Chuckwagon

Original Tasti Chips

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Tasti Chips

Fresh Fruit

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Farmer’s Market

Fresh Bread

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Farmer’s Market

Chicken Strips and Fries

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Chicken Charlie

Deep Fried Kool-Aid

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Chicken Charlie

Loaded Nachos

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Noel’s

Beef Kebabs

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Main Mall

Chicken Nachos

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Baja Blues

Fresh Pineapple

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Main Mall

BBQ Ribs

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Livestock Lane

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If you’re interested in visiting the OC Fair this year, it’s located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. More instructions about parking and specifics can be found here.

 

Note: Photo credits to OC Fair, Foodbeast, Vince Pacubas, Peter Pham and various fair-related hashtags on social media

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This Is The Nasty Crap The FDA Allows In Your Food

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Opening a bag of pretzels can be harmless enough. You’d never think to find rat droppings, maggots, or mold in your salted snack. Turns out, no matter how disgusting these things sound, the Food and Drug Administration says it’s safe to eat.

Live Science found a booklet published by the FDA titled the Defect Levels Handbook. In it, the book lists more than 100 different foods and foreign things found in those foods. Among them include: rodent filth, maggots, fly eggs, grit, sand, cigarette butts, mold and grit.

Of course, the FDA doesn’t approve noticeable chunks of these nasty things in your food. Rather, the booklet lists acceptable levels of each item that’s allowed to be present in food. For example, wheat flour might contain microscopic amounts of rodent hair and excrement.

According to the FDA, it’s economically impractical to think you can grow or produce any kinds of foods without some bits of these “defect.” Yes, they’re officially referring to them as defects rather than hazardous waste materials.

Photo: The Lonely Island

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9 Classic Foods You Had No Idea Were Actually Mistakes

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It may be impossible to believe that some of the most iconic snacks were actually just kitchen flukes and accidents. But, these clumsy and creative chefs were more than able to turn their mistakes into masterpieces. Here’s a delicious history lesson that will change the way you see your favorite foods.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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One day in 1930, the Whitman Massachusetts Toll House Inn owner Ruth Wakefield ran out of baking chocolate for her locally famed deserts. Luckily for us, Ruth decided to get creative and tossed a bar of Nestle semisweet chocolate into her batter.

The resulting chocolate-chunk cookie received incredible popularity. Ruth sold her recipe to Nestle (hence “Nestle Toll House”) in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate. Sounds reasonable to me.

 

Sandwiches

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John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich in the 18th century, was immersed in a heated game of cards when lunch time happened to roll around. John, lost to the competitive, merciless animal within him didn’t want to be bothered with eating with a fork and knife so he requested that he be brought a piece of meat in between two pieces of bread.

His laziness, in fact, changed the fate of the world.

 

Cheese Puffs

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The Flakall Company of Wisconsin was known in the 1930’s for crushing grains for animal feed. Edward Wilson, an employee at the company, noted that they would use moistened corn kernels to keep the machine from getting too clogged up.

Due to the heat of the heat of the machine, the moistened corn meal would bake off into little puffy ribbons that hardened when the cool air hit them. Edward thought these puffed corn kernels looked like a great snack food, so he took them home with him and added some oil and seasonings, thus creating the cheese puff.

 

Nachos

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In 1943, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya was the maitre d’ at The Victory Club, a restaurant in Mexico. One day, Nacho was faced with the task of feeding 10 hungry military wives passing through his restaurant. He got creative and used a bed of tostadas with melted cheese and jalapeños, served to the ladies and deemed, “Nacho’s Especiale” or “Nacho’s Special”.

 

Potato Chips

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Ironically enough, the potato chip was invented by a chef named George Crum after a customer sent back an order of fried potatoes that was allegedly “not thin enough.” George became spiteful and cut the potatoes as thin as he could, resulting in the potato chip we know (and eat too many of in one sitting) today.

 

Popsicles

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Back in 1905, 11 year old Frank Epperson left a soda out on the porch with a stick resting in it. Overnight, the soda had frozen with the stick standing upright. Years later, Frank applied for a patent for his invented treat, originally called the “Epsicle.”

Learn to make your own here.

 

Ice Cream Cones

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It is not widely known that the invention of the ice cream cone was actually adorable. At the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, an ice cream salesman ran out of bowls. So, Ernest Hamwi, who was running a Syrian-inspired booth next to him, decided to roll up some of his pastries, called zalabia, to help out his neighbor.

 

Slurpees

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The Slurpee draws its origins from a Dairy Queen in Kansas City the late 1950’s, owned by Omar Knedlik. When Omar’s soda fountain broke, he began to put soda bottles in the freezer until they were partially frozen. They quickly became very popular, as customers would specifically request the “pops that were in a bit longer”.

 

Yogurt

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Way back in 5,000 B.C., people would transport animal milk by putting it in sacks made from animal stomachs. The acidity and bacteria from the stomachs would cause the milk to curdle, thus forming yogurt. Maybe try not to think about this too much while enjoying a yogurt parfait.

This Article written by miafalcon by Spoon University

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Breakfast On The Mind Tattoo

This guy either really loves breakfast foods or he woke up one morning and decided, “Hey I think I would like to permanently have ‘food for thought’ on my mind”. Whatever the case it’s very well done and definitely makes me want breakfast. On the flip side it would be awesome if this guy hated breakfast foods!