A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

Recent entries:
“You can’t tax your way to prosperity. You can’t bomb your way to security. And you can’t ban your way to liberty” (4/21)
“You can’t bomb your way to security” (4/21)
“You can’t bomb your way to democracy” (4/21)
“You can’t ban your way to freedom” (4/21)
“If you can’t expose crime in the government, you don’t really have a government. You have a dictatorship…” (4/21)
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“Cowgirls Rule” (from earlier “Girls Rule, Boys Drool”)

Santa Fe Salad

Cowtown Wolf Turds (bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeños)

Southwestern Egg Rolls (Southwestern Eggrolls; Southwest Egg Rolls)

Bull Dozers or Bulldozers (similar to Southwestern Eggrolls)

Cajun Egg Rolls (Cajun Eggrolls)

Big Orange (Tel Aviv, Israel nickname)

Peacemaker or La Mediatrice (oyster loaf)

Enchilada Soup (Chicken Enchilada Soup)

Japs (short for “jalapeños”)

Magic Valley (Lower Rio Grande Valley nickname)

Land of the High Sky (Midland nickname)

Rompope (Mexican eggnog)

Longest Main Street in the World (Highway 83, through Rio Grande Valley)

City of Palms (McAllen nickname)

Tropical Playground of Texas (Harlingen nickname)

Step Into The Real Texas (Amarillo motto)

Golden Spread (Texas Panhandle and Amarillo high plains)

Killer Bee Capital of the World (Hidalgo nickname)

Spinach Capital of the World (Crystal City nickname)

Sheep and Wool Capital of the World (San Angelo nickname)

Pachanga (Pachanga Politics)

Politiquera (campaign worker or vote broker)

Palanca (“lever” or straight-ticket votiing)

Texas Pete (hot sauce from Winston-Salem, NC)



Machito (“Texas Haggis”)

Vuelve a la Vida (“Back to Life” or “Return to Life”)

Marranitos or Cochinitos or Puerquitos (little gingerbread pigs)

Pecos Cantaloupe

Asphalt Capital of the World (Talco nickname)

Texas Crutch (using aluminum foil in BBQ)

Mr. Brown (“Mr. Brown Goes to Town”) & Miss White (BBQ terms for light/inside and dark/outside meat)

Big Guava (summary)

Walled City (Brooklyn)

Comeback Sauce (Come Back Sauce; Cumback Sauce; Kumback Sauce; Kumbak Sauce)

“Play west of the Hudson (River)”

“Drop edge of yonder”

Cala (rice fritter)


Taco Tech

Texas Rice Salad (Texmati Rice Salad)

South Texas Crossroads (Victoria city, county nickname)

Mexican Straw Hat (similar to Frito pie)

Hoppin’ John or Hopping John (Limping Kate; Limping Susan)

New Year’s Foods (rice for riches, peas for pennies, collards for dollars, greens for greenbacks)

Casuey (South Texas term for “bucking”)

Conchas (Mexican shell-shaped pastries)

Cuernos (Mexican horn-shaped pastries)

Fortune Cookie or Fortune Cake (“Help, I’m prisoner in a Chinese bakery!”)

Texas Wontons (Tex-Mex Wontons)

“Your News Now” (News 8 Austin slogan)

The City That Faith Built (Wichita Falls slogan)

San Marvelous (San Marcos nickname)

Fat Antonio (San Antonio nickname)

Boremont (Beaumont nickname)

Big Money Texas or BMT (Beaumont nickname)

Countdown City or 210 (San Antonio nickname)

Chili Capital of the World (Terlingua nickname)

Fort Worthless (Fort Worth nickname)

SA Town (San Antonio nickname)

Funkytown or Funky Town (Fort Worth nickname)

North Austin (Stillwater, OK nickname)

Purple Drank

Third Coast

Tampiqueña Plate (Carne Asada Tampiqueña; Steak Tampiqueña )

Pan de Huevo (Mexican egg bread)


Besos (Mexican pastry “kisses”)

Semita (Cemita)

Orejas (Mexican pastry “ears”)

Piedras (Mexican pastry “rocks” or “stones”)

Roscas (Rosca de Reyes—Three Kings’ Cake or Three Kings’ Bread or Kings’ Ring)

Capirotada (Mexican Bread Pudding)

Pan Dulce (Mexican Sweet Bread)

Churros (Spanish fritters or doughnuts)


1920s Vaudeville/Ragtime “Big Apple” Citations

Big Taco (summary)


Piloncillo (Mexican Brown Sugar)

Telera (Mexican flat bread)

Bolillo (Mexican bread)

“The Lower Rio Grande Valley is a great place to live—it’s so close to the United States”





Curtido (Salvadoran Cabbage Salad)

Mexicatessen (Mexican + Delicatessen)

Chimichurri (Dominican Chimichurri Burger; Chimi Truck)

Bien Me Sabe or Bienmesabe (“Tastes good to me” spongecake with coconut cream)

“The New York Idea”

Dulce de Leche

Leche Quemada (Burnt Milk Candy)

“Some folks look at me and see swagger, which in Texas is called ‘walking’” (George W. Bush)