Those Ralph Lauren US Open Uniforms and Deep Fried Kool-Aid

Hello-Hello! Happy almost-weekend to everyone.

It’s that time of year again, the US Open is just around the corner. Qualifying rounds have been underway and the first round matches begin on Monday. Below we see Rafa Nadal at Wednesday’s practice.

Rob Loud/USOpen.org via US Open Facebook

Rob Loud/USOpen.org via US Open Facebook

That means it is also time for our annual whineathon look at the Ralph Lauren uniforms worn by officials, ballboys and girls, and others. Here we see two styles from the collection.

Via Fashionologie

Via Fashionologie

More from Tennis.com

For the ninth consecutive year, Ralph Lauren returns as the apparel provider of all U.S. Open on-court officials, including chair umpires, linespersons, and ball kids. The official uniforms—in patriotic red, white, and navy—include polo shirts, dresses, shorts, and skirts.

Below, the women’s Full-Zip Mesh-Paneled Jacket ($185).

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

The Men’s Fullzip Ball Boy Jacket will set you back $198, but look at what you get: two Ralph Lauren ponies, front *and* back!

US Open

US Open

From the US Open website:

This association is one of the most significant sports marketing partnerships in the company’s 46-year history and includes the creation of an official Polo shirt designed by Ralph Lauren that will be worn by all on-court tournament staff, including ballpersons, lines judges and chair umpires.

Accessories include a good-sized Canvas Tote ($125).

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

And things for children, like the boys Big Pony Pieced Polo ($65).

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Some readers may recall that Mr. Lauren’s company is also the outfitter for Wimbledon.

Ralph Lauren Facebook

Ralph Lauren Facebook

The Open also brings the annual collection of varying promotional events and announcements, like this one.

Maria Sharapova Facebook Page

Maria Sharapova Facebook Page

Maria Sharapova launched a candy line this week.

SugarPova

SugarPova

The sweets are called SugarPova, above you see some of the tennis ball bubblegum offered by the brand. (Ms. Sharapova isn’t playing in this year’s tournament, withdrawing because of injury.)

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Our other item is via the Wall Street Journal, from a story on the food at State Fairs around the country. The piece was really about what an enormous investment it can be to become a food vendor at your State Fair. From Caroline Porter’s story:

The 59-year-old owner of an automotive upholstery shop said he depended on the allure of his “deep-fried pepper jack and bacon macaroni and cheese on a stick” to woo fairgoers and increase his profit margin after lukewarm sales at last year’s fair.

One of last year’s big winners at the Texas State Fair was Fried Bacon Cinnamon rolls.

Texas Monthly

Texas Monthly

That made me think about delicacies made for other fairs. For example, you can also have your bacon chicken fried at the Texas Fair.

Kevin Brown/Fair of Texas via Delish

Kevin Brown/Fair of Texas via Delish

At San Diego’s County Fair there is Deep-Fried Kool-Aid.

Cuttlefish Flickr via HuffPo

Cuttlefish Flickr via HuffPo

In Florida you can enjoy a cheeseburger topped with a deep fried ball of ice cream.

Dennis & Cheryl Reas via HuffPo

Dennis & Cheryl Reas via HuffPo

Deep frying seems important to many of the more peculiar foods. Chocolate and donuts are also popular; below we see a chocolate covered corn dog from the Orange County Fair.

My Burning Kitchen via HuffPo

My Burning Kitchen via HuffPo

We leave you with these gastronomical visuals: the deep fried White Castle burgers (also from the San Diego Fair) and chocolate covered bacon from the Ohio State Fair. 

/©A. Bill Miller via Food and Wine

© JoAnn Maxwell Stougaard / © A. Bill Miller via Food and Wine

I hope your plans for the weekend are…tasty.

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5 Responses to Those Ralph Lauren US Open Uniforms and Deep Fried Kool-Aid

  1. I’m going to a fair tomorrow; I’ll keep my eye out for weird foods! There’s a good chance, since it’s a Renaissance Faire! But some of those above options look revolting–namely, the Kool-Aid! Do I even want to know how they can do this? Haha.

  2. I am way over the oversized polo pony and if anything its kind of making me want to stay away from Ralph Lauren..talking about beating a dead horse, pun intended :) Enough..lets come up with something else!!

    The sugarpova is adorable…novel and cute…..guess for all those tennis fans, this will be the sweet of choice. The other foods? Yuck. bacon and cinnamon rolls simply do not belong in the same sentence! Have a great weekend.

  3. Agree about being OVER the OVERSIZED polo pony. I was never a fan it it just gets tackier every time I see it. I don’t buy nearly as much RL anymore…I am loving the Lilly Pulitzer Island polos and I like the colors at VV better this year.

    OMG LOVE the sugarpova! Could not be more adorable!

  4. How ridiculous is it to proffer Polo designs with SUPER-sized POLO images for TENNIS tournaments? Mr. Lauren has made a fair-sized fortune shellacking the world with his stylized notions of wealthy society: those narrow snapshots of what he considers necessary to live a life of luxury far above the “hoi polloi”. It’s common knowledge many attending Wimbledon, particularly courtside, find his tennis “costumes” fodder for conversation and much jocularity at drinks parties regularly. Perhaps if he was to get wind of the reactions of those whose lives and homes he has so blatantly piggy-backed upon in his rise from tie-designer to mogul, he might return to his more authentic leanings such as the American cowboy lest he find the front gates of the estate closed or directed towards the servants’ entrance where all tradesmen call.

  5. VickyMacDonald

    2 Ponies and deep fried bacon. Life is good. Well ok, scary. But there’s always you to cheer us up!

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