Mike Davis

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You and Albert Einstein are planning a weeklong road trip across the American Southwest. What snack do you pack in your little Coleman cooler?

Salmon jerky. It’s good for brain function. Gotta keep Einstein’s brain up to top speed.

It’s game night at Emily Dickinson’s house and you can’t show up empty-handed. What’s your move?

Stuff to make s’mores with. I don’t know much about Emily Dickinson, so too bad all of Emily Dickinson’s friends who don’t like s’mores. What’s wrong with you anyway?

It’s Thomas Edison’s office party and you’ve signed up to bring cups and snacks. How are you going to take this get-together to the next level?

I’m gonna make snacks that go inside the cups. How about little fruit parfaits? Start with a circle of shortbread, a layer of raspberries, French vanilla yogurt, blueberries, whipped cream, another shortbread, layer of strawberries, more yogurt, more blueberries, whipped cream and a mint leaf on top. Boom. Dig in, Edison.

You and Frida Kahlo have been walking around for two hours, trying to decide where to eat and now you are hangry. What do you snack on so you don’t bite each other’s heads off?

We sit down for some Ropa Vieja. It’s a Spanish dish of slow-cooked beef in a sweet red sauce that’s shredded to resemble old, torn clothes… hence the name of the dish “old clothes” en EspaƱol.

Ernest Hemingway is stuck at home, waiting for the cable guy, and he needs you to bring him something to munch on. What do you grab on your way over?

Fish & chips! Tartar sauce and ketchup on the side, everything wrapped up in newspaper.