FRIDAY FOTO: POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN


On a recent overnight trip Husband and I stopped in Crystal City, Texas to check out a historical site (future post) and found Popeye the Sailor Man.  The city claims to be the “Spinach Capital of the World,” so it seems appropriate for statue of Popeye and a Spinach Festival that started the day after we were there.  The festival featured music, a beauty pageant, carnival,  a spinach cook-off and for the first time ever, a spinach-eating contest.   Contestants had to eat cans of spinach; I assume they did not have to open them Popeye-style.  It was 52 degrees that day so it was cold for us in November. The next day it was warmer.

 

47 thoughts on “FRIDAY FOTO: POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN

    • Check it out sometime! I grew up in Freer but had not been that way in years and there is not much when you leave Freer and head toward Laredo and then turn toward Encinal and go that way.(We were coming from Portland.) But there is plenty of open brush country with elaborate entrances to large ranches. Around Carrizo Springs there is the Texas Olive Ranch. I have bought their olive oil online but never been to the ranch. Tours must be scheduled. Thanks for the visit to my humble home spot!

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    • No, I doubt that most kids these days have ever heard of Popeye the Sailor Man or the song. He was often the cartoon at the movies. Now even the smallest children seem to have their electronic devices to entertain them. Books would be better! But when I think of Popeye now, it was almost adult-like with Brutus always after Olive Oil! Thanks for weighing in on the conversation!

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    • A spinach festival makes sense since it is grown around there and has been canned by Del Monte since 1946. I keep thinking of different spinach dishes they could have – spinach quiche would be easy to eat as you walked around. Yes, dental floss may have been needed for canned spinach. Here in Portland we have a Wind Festival in April but it is always windy here. Somehow I wish it were celebrating something more tangible! But out in Freer where I grew up they have the Rattlesnake Roundup.

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      • I am all too familiar with a good Rattlesnake Roundup, ha ha! There’s nothing like that, for sure. I just remembered a great spinach dish: creamed spinach. I like that, haven’t had it in forever. Great southern dish! Happy weekend 😀

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    • I thought they were great too! Now it seems rather strange that kids loved such rough, almost adult characters. Cheers for the weekend! I am sure you have a trip planned somewhere to take great photos and share them with us.

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    • Me too! Growing up I thought it only came out of a can, and I don’t think the small grocery in my small Texas town even had fresh spinach. Today I love it fresh or even the frozen goes well in a quiche. Something I like and is good for me! Cheers for spinach!

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    • Oh, I agree! Fresh spinach is better but even frozen for a quiche is better. It is good that you like more healthy foods. My tastes have changed too but I seem to need spicier foods as I get older. Cheers! Thanks for the visit.

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    • My mother must have made me try canned spinach before I even watched Popeye cartoons because I knew I did not want to eat Popeye’s form of spinach. It has been fun reading comments of memories of Popeye and of spinach tastes. If you are interested, check out the link in a comment by AFrankAngle whose comment and link are before. Today I hope you like fresh spinach at least!

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      • I love fresh spinach! But I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t even try to eat it until I was almost thirty, because my memories of the canned stuff were so bad. I mean, why would you try to can spinach? That’s like canning lettuce!

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  1. This made me smile, Jo Nell. We belong to the generation who sang the Popeye Song. And I will say “we did not eat canned spinach”. For a child it tasted horrible. Of course now we eat our spinach and it grows in our garden most of the year. My husband has occasionally been called Popeye. He has rather large back and upper arm development – from years of rock climbing.
    I do love a man with muscles!

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    • Now you made me smile! I can just imagine your husband coming into the house with his arms full of fresh spinach! You are fortunate in two ways: having fresh spinach from your garden most of the year and having a husband with strong arms to bring it to his Olive Oyl! Cheers for men with muscles!

      I have to buy my fresh spinach at my local store but I use it instead of lettuce on everything and even on my chalupas.

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  2. When I watched Popeye as a kid (and I didn’t watch him that much, somehow he didn’t appeal to girly little girl me), I had no idea how much I’d agree with him as an adult. Spinach is my FAVORITE food. No lie. I can’t get enough of it! However, I have never eaten it out of a can (yuck!). Fresh or frozen for me. I make a very popular Jack Cheese Spinach Casserole at my home. Perhaps I should attend this festival one of these years and submit it for consideration. 🙂

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    • Spinach – fresh or frozen – is one of favorites too. I will even order spinach enchilladas if they are on the menu. I googled Jack Cheese Spinach Casserole and found similar under Cheesy Spinach Casserole made with artichokes, spinach, sour cream, Jack cheese and pasta. Does that sound similar to yours? I may have to try it. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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    • I can’t imagine consuming huge amounts of any food (hot dogs?) for a contest! I don’t know about contestants as we were there the day before the festival started. I would be curious too. How do they measure the amount? But is seems food eating contests are common for many festivals. It would be fun to research what foods are commonly used. I think there is one in Aransas Pass, Texas that has an oyster-eating contest, raw, I think. Thanks for taking time to visit and comment.

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  3. Now I love spinach lol but an eating competition.. Now that I would enjoy watching.. Sorry missed this post.. I was busy getting things ready for my hols.. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Jo and wishing you a wonderful month of December..
    Sending hugs your way my friend..
    Sue 🙂

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