I spent five wonderful years in Austin, Texas, in the late 80′s and early 90′s. While life there was mighty fine, just imagine if I could have been a contented resident of Austin, Minnesota. Instead, I’m left to dream about a potential vacation to Austin, MN, to see … the Hormel Spam Museum.
Wired has a tantalizing tale – A Tribute to Spam, the Meat – online about the delicious spiced ham and the other fascinating exhibits that await you in the museum.
Now, Austin, TX, does have something spammy over Austin, MN. I attended Spam-a-rama several of the years I was in Texas. Who could forget the Spam Put, the Spam toss, and the Spam cram? The Spam cram contestants race against each other and the clock as they open a fresh can of Spam, extract the contents, and force it down their gullets. The fastest time I remember was 27 seconds.
Another great part of Spam-a-rama was the culinary exhibition. I was enthralled by the delicate nuances of spamagiana, spam rolls with hot mustard sauce, and spamoni ice cream. And, of course, those taste treats were made all the better when accompanied by a spamarita.