While I was in San Diego for the Comic-Con recently, I did take some
time to explore the city a little bit. One of the nicest spots I came
upon was Seaport Village. It's admittedly a bit touristy, but that
doesn't change the fact that this cool marketplace on the bay-front is
great to check out. Hell, it sure beats getting pounded in a back
alley by a bunch of drunk Navy guys looking to let off a little steam.
In Seaport Village you'll find a magic shop, a cowboy gear shop, a
pewter sculpture shop, a tile shop, a crazy shirts shop, an indoor
carousel, and more. All that stuff is fine and dandy but none of them
compare to this place:
Licks is a great little shop that specializes in spicy food
additives. From hot sauces and mustards to fiery candies and
seasonings, they've got pretty much everything that a person who hates
their mouth could possibly desire. That's right, if you're a masochist
looking for some good old fashioned oral torture, you've come to the
when you walk in, the first thing you notice is the spicy decorations.
Hot peppers adorn mugs, towels, and other various collectibles. These
are the "safe" things that people buy as a gift for mom back at home.
But let's be real... when you go into a place like this, there's only
one thing you're looking for...
Licks has more hot sauces than you can shake a stick at, and they all
have varying levels of heat intensity. Even if you're not a fan of hot
sauce, I challenge any of you to go into this shop and leave without
buying at least one bottle. Why? Because the labels for these bottles
of hot sauce are often hysterical.
further illustrate my point, I took a bunch o' photos of my favorite
hot sauce bottles in the Hot Licks shop. If you liked the
firecracker labels I shared with
you recently, I'm sure you'll get a kick out of these too. I swear I
need to somehow find a way to get a career in designing labels for
firecrackers, hot sauces, and any other types of products that proudly
throw sanity and political correctness right out the door. Alright,
now let's get on with the gallery:
Insanity" hot sauce, "Vicious Viper" hot sauce
"357 Mad Dog" hot sauce with a bullet attached to the
"Love Your Country,
But Fear Your Government" hot sauce
"Bottled Up Anger" hot sauce
"Pure Arson" hot sauce and "Radioactive Iguana" hot
The mystery hot sauce stored within a Grenade!
"Sphincter Shrinker XXX" hot sauce
"Memphis Smokin' Heat" hot sauce, "Sonny Barger's Hellfire"
"Tahiti Joe's Kumawanakilya" hot sauce,
and "Kiss Your Ass Goodbye" hot sauce.
"Original Death" sauce and "Mega Death" sauce - both
with attached skulls!
"Professor Phardtpounder's Colon Cleaner" hot sauce
"Pick This. The Sauce That is Arrogant. In Fact, it's the
"Crazy Mother Pucker's" hot sauce, "Geck-Zilla XXX" hot
"Tequila Sunrise" hot sauce, and "Elvis' Burning Love"
"Smokin' Joe Jones' Blazin'" Mississippi barbeque sauce,
"Pappy's XXX White Lightnin" barbeque sauce,
"Pappy's Moonshine Madness" barbeque sauce,
"Fighting Cock" barbeque sauce.
"Hog's Ass" barbeque sauce,
"Dinosaur Wango Tango" barbeque sauce.
stuff eh? That's just a small sample of what they've got. And it gets
even better. They also carry some sauces that are so hot that they
keep it inside a locked glass case! Check it out:
"Black Mamba," "Da Bomb" and other extreme heat
right, these products could bring Kong to his knees. They're so hot
that they make you sign a waiver that releases Hot Licks from any
liability... you know, in case you get drunk one night and mistake a
bottle of "Black Mamba" for a Dr. Pepper or something. Think it's just
for show? Nope, they really do make you sign a release form. The store
clerk was nice enough to take it out for me to get a snapshot:
to view the full-size release form]
ya have it... a tour of one o' the hottest little establishments on
the West Coast. Hot Licks have a
web site too, so if you're ever
in the area of one of their three shops, be sure to check 'em out if
for no other reason than to get some good laughs at all the hot sauce
they do let you try any of the hot sauces that they have in the shop
for free. Sure, you might think that this would cost them money in the
long run since most people will try a few varieties on each visit.
Still, they're making a profit because I guarantee that you'll end up
purchasing at least one bottle of the only other product that they
keep a hearty supply of in stock: