The Current's Steve Seel on dining at 5 a.m.

If you wake up to The Current during weekday mornings, then you probably have breakfast with Steve Seel, who hosts the 6-10 a.m. show with Jill Riley. But what does Seel, a guy who gets up before the sun, nosh on?

1. It's State Fair time, so instead of "my three songs" lets do "my three State Fair foods." What three items are must-haves when you visit the Fair? First, I have to eat a bratwurst with sauerkraut. Not very "State Fair" I suppose, but that's my favorite item. I do love Pronto Pups too ... I'm not very adventurous (you can keep your fried Twinkies and "Reuben Balls"). And finally, I simply don't see what's so boring about good ol' funnel cakes. They're sublime.

2. You have to be at work pretty early in the morning. Do you grab breakfast as you run out the door, or do you make a meal of it? This is a huge challenge. If you're not prepared with your own food at 5 a.m., face it: You're going to eat gas station food, because that's all that's open. So I rely a lot on cottage cheese. If I eat cereal, I'll have a carb-crash at about 8:30 and end up eating Fritos--which are always great for one's waistline.

3. If you could have dinner with any band or musician, dead or alive, who would it be and where in the TC would you take them? I would take Tom Waits to Mickey's Diner in St. Paul. He'd pour too much sugar in his coffee and string together random observations over his Potatoes O'Brien.

4. Eating while on the air: a necessary evil or tacky? Probably tacky, but often necessary. However, Jill doesn't mind, and we usually share the Fritos anyway. We're not trying to be anyone we're not. Technically, though, we're not supposed to be in the booth with food. Shhh, don't tell MPR.

5. What's your favorite song about food? For example, Mark Wheat's is "Custard Pie." Sorry to be redundant, but Waits's "Nighthawks at the Diner" is my absolute favorite. I can taste every single piece of food he lists in that song, probably because his singing and the song's instrumentation perfectly evoke that late-night, fluorescent-light, greasy-spoon kind of vibe.

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