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I’ve been on a hot dog eating binge ever since I went to the Pima County Fair (see below), and had one of the best hot dogs of my life from a tiny stand in one of the buildings there. Since then, I…

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San Diego County Fair: The Food

26Jun09

When it’s that time of year for the San Diego County Fair, you know it’s time for you to go and pig out. You eat things you wouldn’t normally eat. You see foods that you see no where else. You think about trying the foods and wonder if you can really stomach it or not. Here’s some of the things I ate at the fair this year. If Alyssa had gone with me, I bet she would have tried some of the things I faltered on (like the chocolate covered bacon and the oatmeal cookie chicken sandwich – WTF).

San Diego County Fair - Roxy Restaurant

Roxy Restaurant is usually one of the first places I hit at the fair. I can’t pass up the Garlic Battered Mushrooms with Ranch sauce… if you’re a mushroom lover like me, this are divine. I didn’t even realize until this year that Roxy Restaurant is in San Diego County – in Encinitas even! HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS? Sorry for the shouting, but my surprise was truly great in knowing that I could have been having garlic battered mushrooms all year long! Trust me when I say you’ll see a review of the restaurant on this blog some time this year!

San Diego County Fair - Garlic Mushrooms with Ranch

Oh, looking at this photo makes me long for another mushroom. I did notice that compared to my photo from last year, they put one less mushroom on the stick. Arrrgh. I will console myself with the knowledge that I don’t have to wait until next June to get these again.

Next up! Potatoes. There are so many ways to have a potato at the fair – fried, Australian battered, chips, covered in stuff, or baked with other kinds of stuff! I must also mention that the day we went to the fair was a Tuesday. Tuesdays you can get a $2 taste of items at every food booth in the fair. I got the $2 baked potato from the California Pita Co., which was 1/3 of a baked potato with butter and chives.

San Diego County Fair - Baked Potato

Uh, I’m pretty sure I could not have eaten a full sized potato if this was 1/3. It was so good, I ate every buttery bit, including the skin. This filled me up though and I started wondering how much more I could eat. Not everyone has a bottomless stomach like our dear friend, Alyssa.

San Diego County Fair - Chicken Charlie's

Chicken Charlie’s is where you can get some of the crazy food. Like the Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich (which Alyssa has had), Deep Fried Avocados, Deep Fried Frog Legs, Deep Fried Smores, the Oatmeal Cookie Chicken Sandwich (the Kookie Cookie) and the Zucchini Weeni. Let’s guess what I got from here!

San Diego County Fair - Zucchini Weenie

If you guessed Zucchini Weeni then you win an imaginary prize! Congrats! This is a hot dog stuffed inside of a zucchini, which is then battered and deep fried. It was pretty good, the only lame part was that it fell apart before I finished it. Also, there was no mustard or anything besides ketchup available. I don’t like ketchup! Damn it. Oh well. Still tasty.

At this point I was starting to wind down. Not too much room left in the stomach and I felt I was getting close to being borderline sick so I didn’t want to eat too many more fried things. Onto dessert it was at this point!

San Diego County Fair - Cinnamon Rolls Stand

Mmm, cinnamon rolls.

San Diego County Fair - Cinnamon Roll

I adore cinnamon. I would marry it if I could. This cinnamon roll was packed with lots and lots of cinnamon. I only wish there was more frosting. The cinnamon roll seemed to absorb the frosting and by the time we finished it, there was no frosting left, just little cinnamon bites.

My last item of the day? I can’t ever go without this, even though the last few years it wasn’t quite up to par. But my last item of the day was a Date Shake.

San Diego County Fair - Date Shake

I’m very happy to report that this year’s Date Shake is much, much improved. With date bits in every sip, I was chewing through my shake and enjoying the milkshakey goodness. The past few years the Date Shake was seriously lacking in dates, but they have more than made up for it this year. So happy!

Are you planning on visiting the San Diego County Fair this year? Don’t forget that you can get tickets at Albertson’s for $11. Or, you can do like I did and enter a One Day Contest for free admission to the fair. Go and pig out and enjoy summer at the fair.


Read more:
http://food.theplainjane.com/2009/06/26/san-diego-county-fair-the-food/#ixzz1Qp91dBD5

the tasty things in life: garlic battered mushrooms

08Jun11

This week’s tasty thing in life is a look back at deliciously bad for you treats from the San Diego County Fair which opens this Friday, June 10th!

The garlic battered mushrooms from Roxy’s is one of my favorite things at the fair. I always have to get it. This photo was taken when I went on a Tuesday and got a “sample/taste” for $2 at the fair and got my 2 little mushrooms to munch on. Golden, crunchy and delicious and filled with hot, tasty mushrooms and that lovely ranch sauce at the bottom for dipping. Oohh, I feel my arteries clogging already!

What’s your favorite deep fried treat from the county fair?


Read more:
http://food.theplainjane.com/2011/06/08/the-tasty-things-in-life-garlic-battered-mushrooms/#ixzz1Qp9BWgYU

the tasty things in life: rolled tacos from lolita’s

01Jun11

This week’s tasty item is something I suspect a lot of people in San Diego are familiar with:

Rolled tacos… from Lolita’s! Made fresh to order, super crunchy with delicious guacamole and cotija cheese on top, how can you go wrong with these crunchy little bits? I actually had never visited Lolita’s before I met Jake. I was truly missing out, but now I can enjoy these wonderfully crunchy tacos!

What’s your favorite taco shop item from around town?


Read more:
http://food.theplainjane.com/2011/06/01/the-tasty-things-in-life-rolled-tacos-from-lolitas/#ixzz1Qp9N8anB

the tasty things in life: bruschetta from la focaccia

25May11

This week’s featured tasty tidbit is this really awesome Bruschetta from La Focaccia in Hillcrest.

Jake and I have been back to La Focaccia a few times now just to indulge in their tasty offerings and this bruschetta is one of my favorites! It’s not on the menu… you have to ask for it… and it’s so, so worth it. You get 4 pieces on large, freshly made bread with a heap of freshly chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic, onions, olive oil and other herbs and flavorings. It just tastes so fresh and bright and so delicious. I highly recommend it!

Do you have any favorite “not on the menu” items?


Read more:
http://food.theplainjane.com/2011/05/25/the-tasty-things-in-life-bruschetta-from-la-focaccia/#ixzz1Qp9VTCIJ

the tasty things in life: blueberry muffins from souplanation

18May11

I’m going to start doing “short posts” on Wednesdays featuring things that I love!

The Tasty Things In Life

Here’s my first post: the blueberry muffins from Souplantation!

I don’t know what it is about these little gems, but I can never get enough of them whenever we go to Souplantation. They are my favorite item there! They’re always warm and fresh with just the right amount of sweetness and lots of blueberries with each and every bite. And, they aren’t complete without a dollop of their luscious honey butter to go with them. I don’t normally eat blueberry muffins with butter, but honey butter just makes it all better.

What’s your favorite item at Souplantation?


Read more:
http://food.theplainjane.com/2011/05/18/the-tasty-things-in-life-blueberry-muffins-from-souplanation/#ixzz1Qp9c0GeW

cupcakes at elizabethan desserts / encintas | san diego, ca

11May11

It’s been a crazy week here in Mary-land, so here’s a sweet and short post on something I truly love: cupcakes!

I have been wanting to go to Elizabethan Desserts for a very long time. I just never have the will to go north to Encintas but I’m sure glad I finally did! Not only are the cupcakes super cute but I found most of them to be really delicious. Score! All of the cupcakes below were $3.25 each. They also sometimes have mini cupcakes ($1.75) and jumbo cupcakes ($4.25).

The bakery itself is inside a nursery surrounded by a lovely array of flowers. The bake shop itself it small and when I visited there was a line out the door (granted, there were like 4 people in front of me so it wasn’t really that bad). You can see the bakers behind the counter busily working away baking up fresh treats – it looked to me like they kept baking throughout the day since there were at least 5 bakers back there working. In addition to cupcakes they also have gigantic cookies, muffins, cinnamon rolls, mini pies and cakes. So much stuff to choose from! I decided to only get cupcakes on my visit, but I couldn’t decide and ended up trying out 4 different flavors.

The first cupcake I tried was the Chocolate Toffee. This is a chocolate cupcake with caramel buttercream and the buttercream itself is dipped in milk chocolate and then has a sprinkle of toffee layered on top of the dip. Oh. My. God.

The chocolate dipping reminded me of the chocolate dip cones you can get at Foster’s Freeze or Dairy Queen. It was a thin candy shell that enveloped the buttercream frosting – it was so good! The cupcake itself was very moist and melt-in-your-mouth. The toffee gave the outside a nice crunch, too.

This is Rosie’s Red Velvet which has a white chocolate cream cheese frosting and a cute little rose to top it off! Also nice and moist, I only had a bite since I gave this one to Jake (the lover of red velvet cupcakes).

This is another one just for me, since Jake is anti-chocolate (the horror!). This is Colin’s Peanut Butter Wag. I ate this the next day and I wish I had eaten it right away because I left it out too long and it started to melt, so I popped it in the fridge and then left it out again to eat, and then it got kind of melty on me. This one is also hand dipped in chocolate for that ice cream dip feeling but instead had peanut butter buttercream under it’s little shell. The peanut butter lover in me dug this but was sad it got melty on me. Note to self: eat it sooner.

And last but not least is this Churro Cupcake. I remember Jake and I were talking about something and I mentioned the flavors of cupcakes I got and when I said, “Churro” he perked up and said, “Why did you keep the churro cupcake a secret?!” Apparently he had some kind of great, great love for churros that I wasn’t aware of so we shared this cupcake straight away. It’s a cinnamon flavored cupcake with I think a cinnamon-type frosting but I don’t remember (this flavor isn’t listed on their website so I think it was a temporary flavor). The cinnamon didn’t really come through for me on this one. It was a yellow-cake base with the cinnamon added and it didn’t totally scream “churro” to me, besides the fact that there was a little churro looking thing stuck into the frosting. Ah well. The other cupcakes more than made up for this one!

Elizabethan Desserts
155 Quail Garden Dr.
Encinitas, CA. 92024
760-230-6780

Hours:
Open Tues – Sat
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Sunday & Monday


Read more:
http://food.theplainjane.com/2011/05/11/cupcakes-at-elizabethan-desserts-encintas-san-diego-ca/#ixzz1Qp9rnhu2

Saturday, August 21, 2010

OC Fair Food

I love food from County Fairs.  Here are pics from the Orange County Fair this past Summer.  Australian Beer-Battered Potatoes (with some Ranch dressing) and a Strawberry Funnel Cake (and my Bud Light of course).  Yes!!!

Thursday, 23 September, 2010

Fair Foods

Summer’s over, so now it can be revealed: Top 10 New Foods at the 2010 State Fairs.

  1. Fried Beer – Texas State Fair
  2. Corn Dog Pizza – Minnesota State Fair (shown here)
  3. Sweet Potato Dog – San Diego County Fair
  4. Deep-Fried Cheesesteak on a Stick – Wisconsin State Fair
  5. Chocolate Tornado Potato – Minnesota State Fair
  6. Deep Fried Klondike Bar – San Diego State Fair
  7. Deep-Fried Frito Pie – Texas State Fair
  8. Garbage Burger – Indiana State Fair
  9. Deep-Fried Cheddar-Bacon Mashed Potatoes…On a Stick  – Minnesota State Fair
  10. Hash Brown Hot Dog  – San Diego County Fair

corn dog pizza

(Thanks Mean Jean)

Column: Indian taco at Great Jones County Fair filling, affordable

by Angie Holmes/SourceMedia Group News  ::  UPDATED: 28 July 2009 | 11:03 am  ::  5 Comments

Angela Holmes/The Gazette This Indian taco from the Longhorn Saloon vendor at the Great Jones County Fair and Food Fest was filling and topped off with a cherry limeade.

Could use some New England Clam Chowder right now. #food #iphoneography #iphonegraphy #foodporn #cravings  (Taken with instagram)

Could use some New England Clam Chowder right now. #food #iphoneography #iphonegraphy #foodporn #cravings (Taken with instagram)

Craved chicken wings after the shooting range last night. #apester07 #iphonegraphy #iphoneography #shootingrange #nom #delicious #foodporn #food #chickenwings (Taken with instagram)

Craved chicken wings after the shooting range last night. #apester07 #iphonegraphy #iphoneography #shootingrange #nom #delicious #foodporn #food #chickenwings (Taken with instagram)

Bento box. Beef and salmon teriyaki. #iphoneography #iphonegraphy #food #foodporn #delicious #apester07 #Japanese #nom (Taken with instagram)

Bento box. Beef and salmon teriyaki. #iphoneography #iphonegraphy #food #foodporn #delicious #apester07 #Japanese #nom (Taken with instagram)

Camarones al ajillo with tostones. #delicious #cuban #foodporn #food #iphonegraphy #iphoneography #seafood  (Taken with instagram)

Camarones al ajillo with tostones. #delicious #cuban #foodporn #food #iphonegraphy #iphoneography #seafood (Taken with instagram)

Because you don’t want to miss this.

Salmon and cream cheese croissant. #foodporn #food #iphoneography #iphonegraphy #sandwich #lunch (Taken with instagram)

Salmon and cream cheese croissant. #foodporn #food #iphoneography #iphonegraphy #sandwich #lunch (Taken with instagram)

Launching July at Off the Grid!  Can’t wait!

Coffee toffee ice cream from Bi-Rite. See the shadow of @timoneil’s spoon? Haha. #iphonegraphy #iphoneography #food #foodporn #niceweather #hot  (Taken with instagram)

Coffee toffee ice cream from Bi-Rite. See the shadow of @timoneil’s spoon? Haha. #iphonegraphy #iphoneography #food #foodporn #niceweather #hot (Taken with instagram)

Papardelle with braised short ribs, peas, and cream sauce. #foodporn #food #iphoneography #iphonegraphy #pasta (Taken with instagram)

Papardelle with braised short ribs, peas, and cream sauce. #foodporn #food #iphoneography #iphonegraphy #pasta (Taken with instagram)

Amatriciana pizza. #iphonegraphy #iphoneography #food #foodporn #pizza (Taken with instagram)

Amatriciana pizza. #iphonegraphy #iphoneography #food #foodporn #pizza (Taken with instagram)

What is Fair food to you?

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Jun 162010

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San Diego had a County Fair with a ‘Taste the Fun’ theme. I’m gonna say this right off the bat: I didn’t taste much fun.

This was the first time we attended the County Fair in San Diego, and I was looking forward to it, even though I’m not that into fairs. I thought the ‘taste the fun’ theme was an interesting idea, but it got my hopes up in trying unique food specialties that California had to offer. I was imagining a heaping handful of taco vendors (since we ARE in SD), or at least more than ONE fish taco vendor and…I dunno, what else is famous in California? I still don’t know, because all I saw were an array of vendors selling deep fried butter, burgers, fries, hot dogs, corn dogs, ice cream, you know, the standard fair food.

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We had a couple of sliders (photo above) for the $2 tasting special they offered on Tuesdays. And washed it down with a plate of cheese fries. Just standard fair food…nothing special.

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I had to have the cinnamon bun because the aroma from this vendor was unbearable. Like when you walk by a pretzel place at the mall and just want pretzels the entire time you’re there. This was pretty good, topped with cream cheese frosting, soft and warm on the inside with lots of cinnamon in between.

We also tried chicken kabobs and a sample pita with hummus at a Greek vendor.  They were decent too.

I think it was the first time in awhile that I missed something from NY. Chris dragged me to the NYS fair every summer, and I reluctantly went even though I was never crazy about walking in the hot, humid sun with the stench of farm animals nearby, and having sweaty (smelly) people accidentally rub up against me as I walked through the crowds. No, I didn’t miss THAT. But I miss how excited he was when he’d take me to the great baked potato booth (where every huge potato was baked to perfection, loaded with butter, sour cream, or cheese and sold for $1), seeing the long lines in front of the famous Dinosaur BBQ vendor (also serving Gianelli sausage, another local specialty), tasting the fresh milk in the Dairy Building (your choice of white or chocolate, for $25 a cup), and local delicacies like chicken spiedies (marinated chicken grilled over charcoal and served in a hot dog bun, which I’m not crazy about, but other people seem to love it), salt potatoes (small potatoes cooked in salty water, which come out perfectly salted and then served with butter), and vendors serving Zweigle’s red hots or white hots (my absolute favorite). I wouldn’t be surprised if there weren’t a few vendors selling the infamous garbage plate too. We also check out the annual butter sculpture. And of course, they have the generic food vendors selling corn dogs, hamburgers, blooming onions, fried dough and ice cream.

I know it sounds like I’m biased, but there’s no denying that NYS Fair serves up its’ local delicacies with pride, and people visit yearly because of it. I miss seeing my husband’s eyes light up when we saw something that he looked forward to every year since he was little. He was reliving his childhood memories. Maybe it’s the nostalgia that we won’t experience that makes him sad. Now it almost feels like if we go to a fair, we’re just mindlessly filling our stomachs with fried foods like pigs eating out of a trough, just for something to do.

So what’s your favorite fair food? Does it gross you out? Does your local fair have specialties? Is it even worth going to? Are you from San Diego and are there any local specialties that we should try?

Indio Date Festival and Riverside County Fair

View over 7,000 exhibits including animal, agricultural, arts, gems, floricultures & minerals. Enjoy the date and citrus exhibits with a chance to saver tasty date treats. Taste the other fair foods including terrific BBQ. 

Take in the flavor of an old time county fair, watch the unpredictable and hilarious ostrich and camel races!

Enjoy the Arabian Nights Music Pageant with brilliant costuming and extraordinarily talented performers. 

Monday, August 24, 2009

California’s Carnival and Fair Foods

I love everything about county fairs–the livestock, the art work, the pig races, the rides, the lights at night, and, of course, the food. Growing up in Montana, I was excited to go to the Yellowstone County Fair each year, with my favorite food being the Viking on a Stick from the Sons of Norway booth. It is a Swedish meatball on a stick–and it might have been deep fried. I’m not sure–it has been quite a few years.

Now that I live in Sacramento I’m lucky enough to get the small Sacramento County Fair over Memorial Day Weekend, and the enormous California State Fair for 17 days ending on Labor Day (and it used to be 24 days). But that doesn’t stop me from visiting other county fairs in the area–I try to combine visits to those fairs with hiking/camping trips, or with excursions to photograph vintage neon signs and historic buildings.

At first I took to photographing the typical carnival foods–corn dogs and caramel apples and the like. But at fairs these days there are always people selling over-the-top food, like a deep-fried White Castle hamburger. I’m willing to give those a try too, no matter how unpalatable and unhealthy the concoction might sound.

So here, just for your amusement, are some photos of foods I have eaten and the fairs in Northern California that I ate them at.

20070602 Deep-Fried Twinkie
Deep-fried Twinkie on a stick
Contra Costa County Fair (Antioch)

This was surprisingly good–certainly better than what I remember an unfried Twinkie tasting like. I’ve seen that at other places, though, they top the Twinkies, with powdered sugar, or chocolate syrup. Discovering that, I felt like I had been cheated with a plain old deep-fried Twinkie.

20070602 Cheese-on-a-Stick
Deep-fried cheese on a stick
Contra Costa County Fair

The melted cheese is contained by the fried cornmeal batter. The cheese was not of high quality, and this really didn’t work too well as stick food.

20080626 Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs
Bacon-wrapped hot dogs
Mother Lode Fair (Sonora)

I’m afraid I didn’t get to try these. I had eaten a very large meal at a barbecue restaurant while waiting for the fair to open. I’ve looked for them at other fairs since, but haven’t had any luck in finding them. I’m very anxious to give them a try.

20070817 Cheesecake on a Stick
Cheesecake on a stick
California State Fair

Frozen and dipped in chocolate. You know they couldn’t go wrong with this one.

20070817 Foot-Long Corn Dog
Foot-long corn dog
California State Fair

A classic. The only corn dogs I had as a kid were from the school cafeteria, and they were not good, so it came as a surprise to me later on to find out how delicious a well done corn dog is. As for the meat–I’ve seen booths boasting that they serve 100% turkey corn dogs, and ones boasting 100% beef corn dogs. I love them both, as long as they are either “jumbo” or “foot-long.”

20080819 Totally Fried White Castle
Deep-fried White Castle hamburger and fries
California State Fair

Between this and the unusually greasy fries underneath it, I felt a bit queasy when I finished eating, but soon recovered. There was no way I wasn’t going to try this after reading about it in the Sacramento Bee.

20090619 Twister Dog
Twister dog
El Dorado County Fair (Placerville)

When I couldn’t find a bacon-wrapped hot dog, I had to settle for this. It’s a spiral-cut potato wrapped around a hot dog and deep fried. It was not good.

20060529 Smoked German Sausage
Smoked German sausage
Sacramento County Fair

Mmmmm, I wish I had one right now.

20080522 Caramel Apple on a Stick
Caramel apple
Sacramento County Fair

A classic I used to enjoy at the Yellowstone County Fair in Montana. I need to also get a photo of a candied apple, which is something I never saw growing up. I don’t really understand that one either–the hard shell makes it a bit of a challenge to eat. The caramel apple is no problem.

20070602 Frozen Banana
Frozen banana dipped in chocolate
Contra Costa County Fair

Always a favorite of my mother and sister.

20090823 Turkey Leg
Turkey leg
California State Fair

Awfully pricey compared to the turkey legs at Sam’s Hof Brau, but the seasoning was delicious.

20080821 Totally Fried Pop Tart
Fried Pop Tart
California State Fair

Topped off with syrup and sprinkles. I don’t really remember this, but in my comments on the posting of the photo on Flickr I said that it was surprisingly good, and I don’t lie about these things.

20070907 Funnel Cake
Funnel cake
Gold Country Fair

Topped with cinnamon and sugar. I think I need to get one with more impressive toppings to photograph, not to mention getting a shot without shadow on the corner.

20070825 Fried Peanut Butter & Banana
Fried peanut butter and banana with honey
California State Fair

If it’s good enough for Elvis . . . .

20080819 Swirl Cone
Swirl cone
California State Fair

20080522 Eggroll on a Stick
Egg roll on a stick
Sacramento County Fair

You’ll have to take my word for it that they shoved a stick up into it. A poorly conceived photo. I like the idea, however, of putting food on a stick for no reason. I mean, an egg roll is convenient finger food anyhow. I’ve been looking for pizza on a stick, which I have seen photos of on Flickr, but not yet found for myself.

20060829 Beignets
Beignets
California State Fair

The New Orleans classic.

20090524 Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob
Sacramento County Fair

One of my favorite things about summer growing up in Montana was all the roadside stands selling sweet, juicy, golden corn on the cob, usually 8-12 ears for $1. I think it will set you back more like $3-$4 for one ear at the fair.

20090523 Italian Sausage Sandwich
Italian sausage sandwich
Sacramento County Fair

German sausage, Italian sausage . . . it’s all good.

20080826 Totally Fried Frog Legs
Fried frog legs
California State Fair

They tasted more like cod than chicken to me, and were served with lemon and tartar sauce like fish would be.

20090801 Frito Pie
Frito pie
Yuba-Sutter Fair (Yuba City)

Cheap and filling–fair food tends to be pricey, so this was a nice find. It’s just Fritos, chili, and cheese. I added the onions, which were set out for topping hot dogs.

20090801 Gourmet Caramel Apple
Gourmet caramel apple
Yuba-Sutter Fair

Ooh, much too sugary. I’ll stick with the regular caramel apple next time.

20090523 Deep Fried Artichoke Hearts
Deep-fried artichoke hearts
Sacramento County Fair

I love artichokes, but was disappointed with these–far too greasy.

20080826 Funky Monkey Waffle Cone
Funky monkey waffle cone
California State Fair

The server took out a large scoop of vanilla ice cream, put fresh banana slices, bits of chocolate, and peanuts on it, then folded it all together with two spatulas before putting it all in the waffle cone. Delicious

20070817 Hawaiian Shaved Ice
Hawaiian shaved ice
California State Fair

Strawberry, banana, and grape. Looking at all of these photos together, I know now how I SHOULD have shot this subject.

20090826 Churro
Churro
California State Fair

We didn’t have these at the fair in Montana, but they are the classic carnival/fair/festival food in California’s Central Valley. They’re just deep-fried dough with cinnamon and sugar.

There are plenty more foods to be tried, so I’m sure I’ll be updating this every year.

Posted by Tom Spaulding at

Labels: CA, California, California State Fair, carnival, county fair, food, state fair

Fried green beans, mushrooms, cauliflower and pickles avaiable at the Lake County Fair in Eustis on Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Hawaii: Chicken-Fried Bacon

Wailuku · Sep. 29–Oct. 2

The Maui County Fair is home to local specialties like poi (made from taro), banana lumpia (similar to spring rolls) and tuna poke (like tartare), but vendors nod to mainland tastes with chicken-fried bacon.

Photo © Irene Chen.

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Oklahoma: Deep-Fried Mashed Potatoes on a Stick

Tulsa · Sep. 29–Oct. 9

At the state fair in Tulsa, bacon-cheddar mashed potatoes are formed into balls before being beer-battered, fried and served on a stick with ranch dressing.

Photo © Rich Hutchinson.

Ohio: Chocolate-Covered Bacon on a Stick

Columbus · Jul. 27–Aug. 11

Known as “a muddy pig,” chocolate-covered bacon on a stick isn’t new to fairgrounds, but the Ohio State Fair gilds the salty-sweet construction with a candied cherry.

Photo © A. Bill Miller.

Arkansas: Deep-Fried Egg on a Stick

Little Rock · Oct. 14–23

While other fairs fry liquids and supersize burgers, the Arkansas State Fair exalts the simple hard-boiled egg with a dunk in batter and oil and a selection of dipping sauces, like jalapeño-ranch and sweet-and-sour.

Photo © Kat Robinson.

South Carolina: Fried Pepsi

Columbia · Oct. 12–23

Pepsi was created in North Carolina, but it’s hardly recognizable in South Carolina, where state fair vendors inject fried dough with Pepsi syrup and top the result with powdered sugar and more syrup.

Photo © Sean Mellody.

Alabama: Krispy Kreme Hamburgers

Birmingham · Aug. 26–Sep. 5

The doughnut burger at the Alabama State Fair features a quarter-pound hamburger, bacon, cheese and two glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts in place of a single bun. The monstrosity contains nearly 1,100 calories and 67 grams of fat.

Photo © Bob B. Brown.

California: Chocolate-Covered Scorpions

Pleasanton · Jun. 22–Jul. 10

Raccoon on a stick at the Alameda County Fair is barely adventurous compared to crunchy, chocolate-covered scorpions—though the dessert is no longer poisonous.

Photo © Sabrina Hampton.

Minnesota: Spaghetti and Meatballs on a Stick

Falcon Heights · Aug. 25–Sep. 5

The Minnesota State Fair (a.k.a. The Great Minnesota Get-Together) serves everything from candy apples to camel meat on a stick. To transform an iconic Italian dish into a portable novelty, spaghetti is mixed into a meatball, which is then cooked, battered, fried, skewered and rolled in marinara sauce.

Photo © Mike Immekus/Leadfoot’s Bar & Grill.

Oregon: Roadkill

Salem · Aug. 26–Sep. 5

The Oregon State Fair is home to a flattened, deep-fried dough delicacy that just looks like it tried to cross the road at the wrong time, complete with oozing fruity sauces and syrups.

Photo © Courtesy of Oregon State Fair.

Alaska: Reindeer Sausage

Palmer · Aug. 25–Sep. 5

Alaska’s State Fair celebrates the sunny season with grilled local reindeer sausages and a giant-cabbage contest. The current record of 127 pounds was set in 2009.

Photo © Courtesy of FishEx.

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New York: Kangaroo Spiedies

Syracuse · Aug. 25–Sep. 5

The Great New York State Fair, the oldest in the US, spotlights a local sandwich specialty known as a spiedie, featuring marinated cubes of grilled meat on a soft Italian roll. While chicken, lamb, or beef is a common filling, kangaroo loin makes an exotic replacement at the event.

Photo © flickr.com/people/mikes_trips/.

Idaho: Fried Pickle on a Stick

Caldwell · Jul. 28–31

It’s said that fried pickles were first popularized in Arkansas by Bernell “Fatman” Austin in 1963, but Idaho’s Canyon County Fair and Festival has embraced the concept: A whole dill pickle, battered and deep-fried on a stick.

Photo © www.pigtrip.net.

slideshow  More Fried Foods

California: Python Kebabs

Sacramento · Jul. 14–31

After realizing that visitors to the California Exposition & State Fair wanted more adventurous foods, vendor George Sandefur changed his offerings from chicken to foods that “taste like chicken.” Grilled python kebabs seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, Old Bay and lemon-pepper are a new favorite.

Photo © Dan Scott of The Sac Rag.

slideshow  Delicious Kebab Recipes

Illinois: Alligator on a Stick

Springfield · Aug. 12–21

After enjoying some gator antics at the State Fair’s Swampmaster Alligator Show, visitors can pretend they’re eating the entertainment, deep-fried, on a stick.

Photo © Michael Braly.

slideshow  More Odd Regional Foods

Wisconsin: Irish Stew on a Stick

West Allis · Aug. 4–14

Proving that even soup can be reimagined to fit on a stick, Slim McGinn’s stand at the Wisconsin State Fair serves Irish Stew in a pastry shell for a portable, utensil-free meal.

Photo © Brian Jacobson.

slideshow  Hearty Stews

Massachusetts: Fried Jelly Beans

West Springfield · Sep. 16–Oct. 2

The Big E (a nickname for the Massachusetts State Fair) doesn’t force a choice between candy and funnel cake. These jelly beans are dipped in batter before being deep-fried.

Photo © Melissa Rebelo.

slideshow  All-American Desserts

Kansas: Pickle Pop

Hutchinson · Sep. 9–18

The Kansas State Fair’s answer to a freezer pop—filled with briny pickle juice—is a chilling, supersour pairing for the region’s famous barbecue.

Photo © Harper Reed.

slideshow  F&W’s Frozen Desserts

California: Deep-Fried White Castle Burgers

Costa Mesa · Jul. 15–Aug. 14

The Orange County Fair is so dedicated to frying that a vendor called Heart Attack Café chose Deep Fried Butter Stand as its new name after being pressured with legal action by Arizona’s Heart Attack Grill. Even more stupendous: Chicken Charlie’s fried White Castle cheeseburgers (bun and all).

Photo © JoAnn Maxwell Stougaard.

slideshow  Best Burgers in the U.S.

Montana: Fried Butter Balls

Great Falls · Jul. 29–Aug. 6

While the Montana State Fair is famous for its Big Sky ProRodeo Roundup, Paula Deen wannabes and other fried-food enthusiasts head for the deep-fried butter balls.

Photo © Heather Leah Kennedy.

slideshow  Buttery Comfort Foods

Texas: Fried Beer

Dallas · Sep. 30–Oct. 23

Even alcohol can be fried when it’s pocketed in pretzel dough. The food innovation won the 2010 Big Tex Choice Awards at the Texas State Fair.

Photo © Amanda Gillispie.

slideshow  Cooking with Beer

Florida: Cheeseburger with Fried Ice Cream

Tampa · Feb. 9–20

One Florida State Fairgoer rationalized the appeal of a cheeseburger topped with deep-fried ice cream by describing the salty-sweet hybrid as a “milk-shake burger.”

Photo © Courtesy of Dennis and Cheryl Reas.

slideshow  More Fried Foods

Arizona: Mealworm-Covered Caramel Apples

Phoenix · Oct. 14–Nov. 6

Along with deep-fried crickets, the Arizona Exposition & State Fair’s Chef du’ Jour booth sells caramel apples dipped in mealworms.

Photo © Courtesy of Chef John of Chef du’ Jour.

slideshow  Worm-Free Apple Recipes

Indiana: Hot Beef Sundae

Indianapolis · Aug. 5–21

When state fairgoers tired of the iconic rib eye steak sandwich, Indiana’s Beef Cattle Association invented the Hot Beef Sundae, layered with mashed potatoes, marinated beef, gravy, cheese, corn “sprinkles” and a cherry (tomato).

Photo © Tom Coates.

slideshow  Delicious Beef Recipes

North Carolina: Kool-Aid Pickles

Raleigh · Oct. 13–23

Also known as Koolickles, pickles soaked in the sugary kids’ beverage are a Southern tradition—and a sweet-and-sour snack at North Carolina’s annual state fair.

Photo © deepfriedkudzu.com.

slideshow  More Fantastic Pickles

America’s Wacky Fair Foods

Cotton candy, corn dogs and candy apples once ruled the midway at the local fair, but visitors now want food that’s exotic—as long as it’s on a stick, or more importantly, fried. From health–defying anomalies like fried dough injected with Pepsi to squirm–inducing chocolate–dipped scorpions, the new sideshow is food. —Justine Sterling

Photo © Dan Scott of The Sac Rag.

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June 21st, 2011

Fried Kool-Aid. That Is All

I’m no scientist, but “Great Scott!” How does one go about frying a flavored children’s drink? At the end of the day, who really cares. Bit it’s taking the county fair world by storm.

Move over fried Oreos, Twinkies and Klondike Bars there is a new fair food king in town and like its predecessors the oil filled novelty intertwines fond childhood memories with a heart stopping battered twist. This year’s guilty indulgence is none other than fried Kool-Aid.

During the first weekend of the San Diego County Fair, Chicken Charlie’s, the creator of the oil ladened snack, sold between 400 and 600 orders per day—5 doughnut hole shaped balls per order— of fried Kool-Aid. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, that equates to 150 pounds of Kool-Aid powder and 1500 pounds of flour. Figures for oil usage were not provided but more than likely it would be counted in vats.

Liquid nitrogen is a sonuvabitch.

Lunch Time: A Giant Brick of Cheese Fries


An $8 brick of cheese fries from the LA County Fair.

More Than Fair Fare at the OC Fair.

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Some food is great and some just novel experiments.  This day was a combination of both.  We started with Australian Battered Potatoes with Cheese Sauce and Ranch Dressing.  I had read that they’re loved by many, so had to give them a try – And we liked them too.  The batter was cooked perfectly, but they can get heavy after a couple.  I’d probably share them with a few people again.

These Smoked Pork Ribs had a generous amount of meat and flavor.  They were definitely more than fair fare at the Fair. :)

And on a different note, there was the Fried White Castle Burger, which I won’t be getting again.  My friend liked it, but it tasted way too greasy for me.  Granted we had already eaten the above, but overall I don’t see its value – But it was fun to try.

The following pictures respectively relate to the three above.

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Orange County Fair Info – http://www.ocfair.com/ocf/

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant
869 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6G 1M4, Canada
Web: Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant
Phone: 416.535.6615
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It’s not that Western New York specifically needs Toronto’s Lalibela Restaurant or Canada’s BeaverTails chain of pastry shops – you probably haven’t heard of either of them before, and might never do so again. But this area would really benefit from what they represent: a good Ethiopian restaurant, and a signature, home-grown dessert that isn’t served out of a box or bag. Foodie-in-Chief President Obama went out of his way to try BeaverTails when he came to its home city Ottawa in 2009, and as one might guess from his visit to Duff’s last year, great things happen when a really noteworthy place makes a national or international name for itself – and when a foreign cuisine becomes available in a major city. Let’s see what makes Lalibela and BeaverTails worth considering, shall we?

Let’s get the old stereotype out of the way for those of you who haven’t tried Ethiopian food before: you’re not going to walk away from an Ethiopian meal starved with hunger. The typical meal is based on two elements: piles of wonderfully seasoned meat and/or vegetables, and a soft, spongy bread called Injera. Think of Injera like a huge, thick crepe with a light sourdough flavor and you’ll have the right idea.

You pull off bite-sized pieces of the Injera and use them to pinch the meat or vegetables, then pop the mix into your mouth together. Entrees are often served on top of a large piece of Injera, which can then be enjoyed – complete with soaked-in sauce – when you’ve finished the items on top. Lalibela’s Injera was some of the best we’ve had: ever so slightly sour rather than bland, warm rather than lukewarm or cold, and huge. There was more than enough to go around, and two combination platters would have been enough to serve our group of four. (We over-ordered.)

In the foreground of this picture is the rich red-colored Kitfo, which can be ordered in the traditional raw, minced beef form (as shown) or cooked for the squeamish. Most items are cooked such that the soft meat is ready to fall off the bone, as with the curried chicken leg in the foreground here. The flavors at Lalibela generally weren’t as strong as at other Ethiopian restaurants we’ve visited, which would make it a good place for spice-sensitive diners, and possibly some first-timers to visit.

Combination plates give you an opportunity to sample a bunch of different Ethiopian dishes, often including four or five items. The plates are huge, and set up with a mirror of the same items on each side so that two people can share them without reaching over the center. This Meat Combination Platter has a salad at the center – just plain lettuce with tomatoes and feta cheese, and not something that’s commonly found in the middle of most such combination meals. Again, it’s a fine thing to include as comfort food for people who aren’t familiar with Ethiopian cuisine. The Mama’s Platter included five vegetarian dishes, notably some tasty spicy lentils, and a really nice Asa Wat – spiced grilled fish with a tomato base – which would have been great on its own.

Called “Titanic Tibs” (or Tibbs, as this menu put it), this boat-shaped bowl of lamb riblets tasted broiled at Lalibela, but can be served grilled or sauteed. It’s most commonly spicy and somewhat chewy; here, it was served with modest marination and some bones still in the meat, alongside a sweet and spicy dipping sauce – not quite like what we’ve had (and loved) elsewhere. More Injera and some sliced French bread were on the plate, too.

While Lalibela wouldn’t be at the top of our Ethiopian list on pure food quality, the prices were reasonable – large platters in the $15-$22 range, which is fair given the quantity of food – and both the service and venue were above average given our experiences at other Ethiopian restaurants. Friendly servers were nearly as prompt and attentive as could be given the time (think 20-30 minutes on average) the dishes take to prepare, and the bar-like setting was clean, reasonably sized to accommodate 60 or so people at a time, and not particularly noisy, though not decked out with the Ethiopian decor we’re accustomed to seeing. Though it’s one of many Ethiopian restaurants in the same area of Toronto, only a few blocks away from others that are said to be better, we’d call it a good enough place to start the exploration of this highly compelling cuisine.

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BeaverTails. Viewed most cynically, BeaverTails (BeaverTails web site) are little more than county fair food – fried dough with your choice of toppings. But the execution of this particular variant leverages a part of one of Canada’s icons (the beaver, eh?) to create something memorable, a hot, flat surface that can be customized with anything from sliced apples and cinnamon to maple butter or chocolate hazelnut topping. Over the years, BeaverTails has expanded from just a few flavors to a larger menu of nine current versions. It also uses photos of kids coated in the sticky afterglow of its products as fun, effective advertisements.

The version we sampled this weekend at the Toronto Zoo was the Apple Cinnamon ($6), which didn’t look quite as amazing as the three-toned version in BeaverTails’ photographs, but tasted delicious anyway. We didn’t mind that the glazed and sliced apples likely came from a can, or that the cinnamon-crusted dough was as common as could be; the dessert’s sweet and fruity flavors just worked together in the way that any danish would, only hotter and therefore seemingly fresher.

Though Buffalo has its own share of semi-indigenous desserts – and we’re certainly fans of Sponge Candy – it doesn’t have an iconic dessert item that’s served hot and fresh. Someone around here has to be up to the task of inventing and popularizing such a thing, leveraging local tastes and symbolism at least as well as BeaverTails do. Any thoughts? Share your comments on our Facebook page or Twitter feed!

Heart Attack Cafe takes fair food to new heights

Michael Peterson, owner of Heart Attack Cafe, right, offers Tony Mendez of Anaheim, a Jumbo Mexican Funnel Cake. Two other people passed on the deep-fried treat, before Mendez gladly accepted the five-pounder at the Orange County Fair.

CINDY YAMANAKA, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Here’s the deep-fried butter, which is actually made with Country Crock margarine. This is the garlic version, but you can also choose a sweet cinnamon-sugar variation. It’s created by injecting churro dough with a butter-and-cream-cheese mixture.

These are the garlic dippers, which are tortilla chips soaked with garlic and butter. Completely inedible.

Here’s the family-sized super garlic platter, which is actually quite a deal at $12.50, as far as fair food goes. You could actually seeing butter dripping off everything deep inside the platter.

Brave souls tried deep-fried butter, created by injecting churro dough with a butter-and-cream-cheese mixture, at the Heart Attack Cafe, Orange County Fair.

Yuma County Fair Week 2011 is Here!
by Burge, Kevin

The Yuma County Fair is going on March 29-April 3rd.  Rotarians, please work your shifts and everyone please come out and enjoy the great food!

The Yuma County Fair is going on March 29-April 3rd.  Rotarians, please work your shifts and everyone please come out and enjoy the great food!

Davydd, on Aug 26 2007, 01:34 PM, said:

A Great Day at the 2007 Minnesota State Fair

Regardless, I had to find the Walleye on a Stick for an appetizer and managed to get one without too much trouble.

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Once again, the Fahning family hit the State Fair (the great Minnesota State Fair). Paul and I have sort of lost track but this was either the 29th or 30th year in a row that we have attended together. The last 17 with at least one child (at least in the womb). We don’t miss it, and although we always vow to go on opening day (when the rides are cheap, the grease fresh and the bathrooms clean), this year it was the second day.

And, as always, the first stop is for a Corn Dog. Now, remember, we are a house divided — at least until this year. I am of the Corn Dog Camp, Paul of the Pronto Pup Camp. The first corn dogs were disappointing. The batter was too thick, and although appropriately corny enough, it just wasn’t right. But, the cheese curds were just right, as was our macaroni and cheese on a stick:

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Think great macaroni and cheese, chilled, formed into patties, breaded and deep fried, and skewered. This was wonderful. But, there’s enough other fatty and deep fried dishes to keep us occupied, so one skewer did it for the five of us.

We washed this down with a glass of 1919 Rootbeer, one of the fair’s best values. The other good soda pop value was the Pepsi stand in the food building. Never mind that the Pepsi was served in an official State Fair Coca Cola cup!

Oh, let’s continue on with the deep fried stuff. Each kid had a candy bar. There were mini-donuts. More cheese curds.

Then, the Pronto Pups, decidedly inferior in the minds of Diana, Peter and I. Too doughy, not cornmeally (sp?) enough. French Fries.

Then, some lamb meatballs from Dino’s Gyros — a very big hit.

Okay, so it’s not actually the fair I love.  It’s fair food!  Cheese on a stick, funnel cakes, curly fries, fried pies, roasted corn on the cob, homemade strawberry lemonade, foot-long hotdogs, corndogs, carmel apples, cotton candy.  Need I say more?

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The most celebrated thing to come from Indiana since Larry Bird. It is the Doughnut Burger. God bless the U.S.A. (USA Today photo.)

10 Most Ridiculous Fried Foods

Posted By: Desi Jedeikin on 06.27.11

Summer isn’t just a time for working on your tan and showing off your toned beach body. It’s also a time to go to county fairs, where you can peruse farm animals in the hot sun while enjoying the smells of steamy animal dung and deep-fried horror shows. Here’s a little sampler of some of the worst things you can expect to see this summer when you hit the fairway. Don’t forget to wear your summer-weight pajama jeans and XXXL T-shirt.

10. Fried Kool-Aid Balls

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I’m pretty sure that in all the fantasizing I do about new and wondrous food inventions (I thought I had invented chocolate covered potato chips years ago!) I never once have dreamed of biting into hot and succulent fruit punch flavored fried balls. Okay now I just went down a real bad thought path involving the Kool-Aid mascot having errrr…balls. Oh yeeeeah!

9. Fried Poptarts

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I love Poptarts and I love Fruity Pebbles. But together? And fried? If Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are the French Riviera of ‘two great tastes, that taste great together’ then this is the Jersey Shore. Only less artificial.

8. Deep-Fried Butter

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Have you ever thought to yourself…how can I add even more fat to something that is already 100% fat? Yeah, me neither. Buttery deliciousness has never sounded so un-delicious.

7. Fried Coke

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Okay…so we’re frying our beverages now? This just screams giving up on life. This is beyond excessive. This is the Coke an obese Tony Montana would plunge his face into and inhale. I smell a Scarface sequel here! Get on it Hollywood!

6. Fried Chicken On A Krispy Kreme Donut

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I ain’t gonna lie. I went to a county fair once JUST because I had to try this sandwich. Then I stupidly filled up on an appetizer of deep fried smores while I watched a pig race and didn’t have room for dinner. Sadly, watching pigs waddle around a track was not enough to curb my appetite.

5. Battered Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

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They got the jelly belly part right…but this treat is WRONG! Fried things should be gooey and creamy and chocolate-y. Not red dye #4-y. 

4. Fried Cadbury Creme Eggs

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This is like drawing a moustache on the Mona Lisa. Don’t mess with perfection, people! I would, however, probably have to try one…just to be polite!

3. French Fry Coated Hot Dog

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Seriously? Are you so fat and lazy that even lifting a fry is too much exercise? That being said…I would be all over this if it was a fry-covered IN-N-OUT burger! Now that’s what I call animal style!

2. Fried Beer

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Do we really need to encourage more beer consumption at the county fair? Besides, I go to the fair for fun times, not to be reminded of my sad, sad, childhood the minute I get a whiff of the fried food/cheap beer combo. Long story short…Worst. Stepfather. EVER! Come to think of it, maybe the fair isn’t the best place to go if I wanna forget those days. 

1. Deep-Fried Chocolate Bacon On A Stick

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You had me at bacon. What can I say? Bacon brings out the Homer Simpson in me.

What’s the craziest fried food you’ve ever tried? Let us know in the comments!

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san diego fair 2011

30Jun11

I went to the fair this past Tuesday and here’s my recap!

Jake works as a security guard for the fair and he was working that night so we had a few hours together before he went off to work at one of the concert stages.

I met up with CC of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High for a little bit right when we got to the fair. We were going to grab a bite together but I got there a little later than anticipated so we just chatted for a bit before Jake and I headed off to eat stuff!

Since it was Tuesday, Jake and I got mostly $2 tastes for the food items. The $2 tastes are an excellent deal – especially when you don’t want to drop the money on an large serving of something.

The first thing we got to munch on was the Hash Dog. It’s a corn dog with hash browns included in the coating of the dog. It was super crispy and crunchy and the hot dog was nice and juicy inside. I really liked it. Half size was a good portion, too, in my book.

We wandered around a bit and stopped for this taste of BBQ Pork. You get this little cupful of pork and Jake grabbed a cup of BBQ sauce to eat with the pork. I found the pork to be super dry – the sauce helped a little but overall I didn’t dig it. Jake ended up liking it in the end as the sauce grew on him.

After the BBQ, I headed over to get the Australian Battered Potatoes. We each got a taste portion as I didn’t think we could eat a full size serving. I thought Jake would love these (as I do) but he thought it was just okay. These weren’t the sauces he wanted but since there was no choice… I think the ranch is better than the cheese but I loved the crispy exterior of these.

I was starting to feel the need to eat something healthier than all fried foods so I stopped and got a Grilled Corn on the Cob. Course, I buttered it up, added some salt and Parmesan cheese and munched away on it (and shared it with Jake). We sat for a bit in the garden area before moving onto more foods (and wandering around in Bing Crosby Hall).

We stopped at a place that had cheese curds and Jake picked up this taste portion of Cheese Fries. They were meh.

I got the Deep Fried Cheese Curds. I had read there was a taste portion of these somewhere, but I didn’t know where, so I ended up just getting the full size portion of this. These were super tasty to me. Jake thought they were akin to mozzarella sticks, but tiny. The batter is different to me but I loved the gooey cheese with a slight crisp exterior.

The last thing Jake wanted to grab were some BBQ sandwiches and we over to get some taste samples. These were the smallest sandwiches I’ve ever seen. We got the tri-tip sandwiches (you could also get chicken or pork). I didn’t really like the BBQ. I didn’t like the flavor of the meat or the sauce. As soon as Jake took a bite he said, “I don’t think you’re going to like it.” Yeah. I gave him my tiny sandwich to finish off.

After some wandering and meeting up with Stacey and Heather for a bit, these are my last food items of the fair. I got the taste of a Baked Potato (1/3 of a baked potato) with butter and chives. I added a touch of salt and munched this right down. I felt it would be a good base to get my final and my dessert item at the fair.

I was considering getting the Deep Fried Kool-Aid, but I ended up getting this:

The Deep-Fried Reese’s.

When I read “Reese’s” I assumed “Peanut Butter CUP“. But it turned out to be a Reese’s Nutrageous bar on a stick. Which isn’t what I was thinking of. I was totally picturing the peanut butter cups fried like Oreo’s but with a melted inside filled with simply chocolate and peanut butter. This was … all right. Super sweet, of course, nutty inside. I don’t like Nutrageous bars as much because there isn’t enough peanut butter to me, so, there you go. It was just okay. I should have gotten the mini donuts or something instead.


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san diego fair 2011

30Jun11

I went to the fair this past Tuesday and here’s my recap!

Jake works as a security guard for the fair and he was working that night so we had a few hours together before he went off to work at one of the concert stages.

I met up with CC of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High for a little bit right when we got to the fair. We were going to grab a bite together but I got there a little later than anticipated so we just chatted for a bit before Jake and I headed off to eat stuff!

Since it was Tuesday, Jake and I got mostly $2 tastes for the food items. The $2 tastes are an excellent deal – especially when you don’t want to drop the money on an large serving of something.

The first thing we got to munch on was the Hash Dog. It’s a corn dog with hash browns included in the coating of the dog. It was super crispy and crunchy and the hot dog was nice and juicy inside. I really liked it. Half size was a good portion, too, in my book.

We wandered around a bit and stopped for this taste of BBQ Pork. You get this little cupful of pork and Jake grabbed a cup of BBQ sauce to eat with the pork. I found the pork to be super dry – the sauce helped a little but overall I didn’t dig it. Jake ended up liking it in the end as the sauce grew on him.

After the BBQ, I headed over to get the Australian Battered Potatoes. We each got a taste portion as I didn’t think we could eat a full size serving. I thought Jake would love these (as I do) but he thought it was just okay. These weren’t the sauces he wanted but since there was no choice… I think the ranch is better than the cheese but I loved the crispy exterior of these.

I was starting to feel the need to eat something healthier than all fried foods so I stopped and got a Grilled Corn on the Cob. Course, I buttered it up, added some salt and Parmesan cheese and munched away on it (and shared it with Jake). We sat for a bit in the garden area before moving onto more foods (and wandering around in Bing Crosby Hall).

We stopped at a place that had cheese curds and Jake picked up this taste portion of Cheese Fries. They were meh.

I got the Deep Fried Cheese Curds. I had read there was a taste portion of these somewhere, but I didn’t know where, so I ended up just getting the full size portion of this. These were super tasty to me. Jake thought they were akin to mozzarella sticks, but tiny. The batter is different to me but I loved the gooey cheese with a slight crisp exterior.

The last thing Jake wanted to grab were some BBQ sandwiches and we over to get some taste samples. These were the smallest sandwiches I’ve ever seen. We got the tri-tip sandwiches (you could also get chicken or pork). I didn’t really like the BBQ. I didn’t like the flavor of the meat or the sauce. As soon as Jake took a bite he said, “I don’t think you’re going to like it.” Yeah. I gave him my tiny sandwich to finish off.

After some wandering and meeting up with Stacey and Heather for a bit, these are my last food items of the fair. I got the taste of a Baked Potato (1/3 of a baked potato) with butter and chives. I added a touch of salt and munched this right down. I felt it would be a good base to get my final and my dessert item at the fair.

I was considering getting the Deep Fried Kool-Aid, but I ended up getting this:

The Deep-Fried Reese’s.

When I read “Reese’s” I assumed “Peanut Butter CUP“. But it turned out to be a Reese’s Nutrageous bar on a stick. Which isn’t what I was thinking of. I was totally picturing the peanut butter cups fried like Oreo’s but with a melted inside filled with simply chocolate and peanut butter. This was … all right. Super sweet, of course, nutty inside. I don’t like Nutrageous bars as much because there isn’t enough peanut butter to me, so, there you go. It was just okay. I should have gotten the mini donuts or something instead.

The best thing about the fair though are the Footsie Wootsie machines.

Ahhhhhh.

Jake won this stuffed cow for me at the fair. I consider it to be a new relationship milestone. Stacey insisted that I name it, told me it was a boy cow, and I named it “Lucy”. I chalk this up to the fact that I watched “Swingers” right before leaving for the fair.

And, here’s Jake and I. Jake was finally told that he’s been on my blog but I never post photos of myself. He asked me why and I said, “Because I take all of the photos.” So I figured I would make up for it with this goofy photo we took of ourselves. It makes me laugh.

I ended up buying one slice of peanut butter fudge and 2 bags of salt water taffy (the taste size) for my folks. The fudge is really, really good. But my favorite item were the cheese curds! I didn’t get my usual mushrooms or mini donuts, but I had enough foods and tried some new things instead. My tummy didn’t want too many fried things this year!

After dark, I decided to go around and try practicing with this new camera and took a bunch of various night shots at the fair:

Til next year!

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the tasty things in life: pat & oscar breadsticks

29Jun11

This week’s tasty thing in life are those crazy good breadsticks from Pat & Oscar’s.

I feel like they put some kind of addictive chemical into these breadsticks. Otherwise, why would I crave them so much? The thing about it is that I don’t even like the other food at Pat & Oscar’s. And I’ve tried just about everything on the menu. The breadsticks keep me coming back and usually I’ll just get a petite greek salad and some breadsticks and call it a day. I will from time to time get the small pizza but then I don’t ever eat the whole thing and then feel bad for eating so many carbs. I’d rather save myself for the breadsticks.

Am I crazy or are the breadsticks the only really good item at Pat & Oscar’s?


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making veggie pasta with bitchin sauce & gary’s seasonings

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by Gary of Gary’s Seasoning to inquire if I’d like to try his line of all purpose seasonings. I agreed and was sent a bottle of each of his seasoning blends: Original, Hot for Mama and Too Hot for Mama. My dad totally loves this stuff. He’s used about half of the jar of the Original blend already and uses it on a variety of things – from BBQ, to collard greens and more. It’s a blend of about 20 different spices with a unique and flavorful twist that can be added to a variety of recipes. I finally started using it as well and here’s a dish I used it in!

I also went to the Farmer’s Market on Tuesday in Mira Mesa and picked up a package of some Pesto Bitchin’ Sauce (made with almonds, grapeseed oil and other natural ingredients) for $5 for the 8oz. container. Maybe a little pricey, but hey, it’s local and it tasted good! I had $5 to spare to try new things. I was also drawn to the table just because of the name and tried all of the sauces and decided I wanted to try some on some pasta. The original blend has a wonderful garlic kick and I think I’ll have to pick up some of that next time I’m at the market…

It occurs to me now that I didn’t take a photo of the actual sauce… hmm. It’s kind of a weird green color but its very light. The sauce is kind of thick and would go well as a dip. I also have used it as a dressing on a chicken sandwich.

I didn’t even put all of the ingredients I used in this photo. Apparently I’m not very good at this. In any case, I used some fresh kale from our garden, some lemon basil (also from the garden), a summer squash chopped into thin pieces (sort of like sticks), crimini mushrooms, and not photoed: milk, red pepper flakes, chopped onion, chopped garlic, kosher salt and pepper.

I added Gary’s Seasoning to my veggies as I sauteed them in some olive oil. The “Hot for Mama” blend includes cayenne pepper in the mix giving it a little kick (I would have used that one instead if I hadn’t already put red pepper flakes at the start of this dish) and the “Too Hot for Mama” blend has habenero pepper in it and I’m scared to try that. I’m tempted to make something for Jake with it though…

All seasoned up! The lighting looks weird on my veggies. And there’s steam blowing up into my camera.

At this point I added some milk to the pan and added a few spoonfuls of my pesto Bitchin Sauce to make a creamy pesto sauce base. Then I put my cooked pasta into the pan, mixed it all together, and viola.

I put ribbons of the fresh lemon-basil on top of each serving of pasta. I like adding the fresh basil at the end to give the pasta a little kick in the pants. This was quite tasty! The pesto sauce was a nice, lovely accompaniment to the dish and I know Gary’s seasoning upped the flavor of my veggies to make this is a tasty veggie pasta dish. Check out Gary’s Seasoning on his website and try out the Bitchin Sauce available at various farmer’s markets around town!

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    All Pro-AICE:  “We eat outside the Box……”

Although we are the only Eaters organization that honors the tradition, history and culture of a food item, we have also been known to “eat outside the box” and have created some very unique and different type championship eating contests.  The following is a list of some of the “non-traditional” and in some cases, ground breaking events we have sanctioned.  

World Frog Leg Eating Championship, Madison Wisconsin

First ever sanctioned World Frog Leg Eating Championship. This event “jumped off” during the Madison Mallards vs. the Green Bay Bull Frogs baseball game in august 2007. The Mallards sponsored the eating contest as a tribute to the Green Bay Bull Frogs. A University Professor pulled off an incredible upset by defeating several top ranked eaters in the process.  It was rumored that the nutty Professor (“The Mad City Masticator”) had lived with a colony of frogs for several months prior to the contest in preparation of the event.

Elvis Sandwich Eating Championship Asbury Park NJ

Although an “Elvis Sandwich” eating contest had been previously done on an amateur level before, “The Kings” greatness could not be truly celebrated until a group of elite Food Warriors bellied up to the table on the boardwalk in Asbury Park New Jersey in the summer of 2006. The championship chowdown was a tribute to the “King of Rock an Roll” and his famous appetite. Rumor has it that Elvis himself was lurking in the crowd and worked his magic so that a boy from Tennessee with Elvis-like good looks known as the “Hunk of Hunger” pulled off an amazing victory!

National County Fair Foods Eating Championship, Bolder Colorado

This contest involved a medley of County Fair favorites such as corn dogs, cotton candy and watermelon and occurred at a long standing country festival which made it not only unique but authentic. Eaters had to qualify in the individual disciplines on the day prior in order to be eligible to compete in the championship medley stage.

National Sandwich Eating Championship Schaumberg Illinois

Eaters had to advance from a breakfast table to a lunch table and finally a Dinner table as they consumed sandwiches that were breakfast , Lunch and dinner favorites.

On each table there was a variety of food items related to the particular table .  Only the Winner was able to advance to the final table when the clock ran out.

2-2-2008 Worlds Largest Hamburger Eating Contest: Team USA vs. Japan Clinton Station NJ

Three of Japan’s top Food Warriors battled a group of elite American Food Warriors while the World’s Largest Menu Burger was being unveiled. The contest played to an enthusiastic Japanese TV audience when it was aired in Japan. It was rumored shortly after that that this eating extravaganza further strengthened diplomatic ties between the United States and Japan (Although no actual proof exists that this actually occurred).

Japan      USA

Three incredible Japanese Food Warriors

World Eating Championship Tokyo Japan

Some of America’s best battled some of Japan’s best Food Warriors in a variety of Eating contests occurring in Tokyo Japan on December of 2007 and aired on TV Tokyo during on New Years day to 15 Million Japanese viewers. This contest represents the first team eating championship involving the two powerhouse nations of competitive eating.

World Nano Burger Team Eating Championship Clinton Station NJ

Although the Clinton Station NJ diner unveiled the Largest Menu Hamburger at that time, it also held a team Nano Burger Eating Championship involving the world’s smallest hamburgers…Owner Mike Zambas clearly understands the connection between Food & Funny

Team USA vs. Canada: North American Slider Eating Championship, Ontario Canada

Introducing the next great innovation of the 21st Century: the deep-fried Snickers bar. Click for this recipe

This recipe has everything you love about waffles in fun, easy-to-eat lollypop form. Click for the recipe

This perfectly crisp fish fillet dipped in mayonnaise and sweet relish makes a great summertime lunch. Click for this recipe

This snack combines the cheesy deliciousness of a slice of pizza with the portability of a pretzel. Click for this recipe

August 05, 2009

Wisconsin Families Share The Cream Puffs: Traditional Wisconsin Food At The State Fair

Eating cream puffs at the Wisconsin State Fair is a tradition for many Wisconsin families. And this Thursday, Aug. 6th, the cream puffs will again be on sale at the State Fair in Milwaukee. Cream puffs are a traditional Wisconsin food.State_fair_cream_puffThey are mostly butter and cream, – two ubiquitous, Wisconsin foods originating from those bucolic, Wisconsin cows sharing America’s Dairyland with humans. It’s only logical that the traditional Wisconsin foods of butter and cream be mixed together with a bit of flour, eggs and water. What else would be on hand in a Wisconsin farm kitchen? It was Wisconsin’s inevitable destiny to create a delicious, flaky, buttery, creamy, sweet cream puff and share it’s recipe with the world.

If you can’t get to the fair but want a true Wisconsin cream puff, click on “Continue reading…’ for Marlyne Schantz Seymour of Elkhorn, Wisconsin’s cream puff recipe. She shared her recipe with Harva Hachten and Terese Allen for publication in their culinary documentation of Wisconsin culture. The history book/travel guide/cookbook is titled, The Flavor of Wisconsin: An informal history of food and eating in the Badger state.

Cream Puffs

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature

Bring water and butter to boil. Add flour all at once, stirring quickly with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick and does not cling to sides of pan.

Remove from heat and after 2 minutes beat in eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Drop by tablespoon on a greased cooke sheet 2 inches apart. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 25 minutes more.

When cool, cut and fill with freshly whipped cream or any filling desired.

This week Wisconsin families will again gather in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin State Fair and share the traditional Wisconsin cream puffs. They’ll stand together in an outrageously long line that moves at surprising zephyr speed, purchase boxes of cream puffs and pass the pastries around. But eating the prize cream puffs is just one of the fun things to do at the Wisconsin State Fair. Fair-goers will stroll the pavilions learning about the numerous agricultural products produced in Wisconsin. They’ll see Wisconsin businesses display their goods to demonstrate the state at work. They’ll see the remarkable, award-winning 4-H projects made by Wisconsin kids. And the brave and young will get dizzy on carnival rides. And when everybody is tired out from walking, they’ll dine outside while enjoying live, musical performances. Later more cream puffs may be bought to be taken home and shared again. Wisconsin families come together over cream puffs, at least ours did. When one pastry is the size of the head of a small child it takes a small family to consume one.

Cream puff line So whether you buy those cream puffs at the fair or make them at home, just remember, a Wisconsin cream puff is never fattening or unhealthy when enjoyed in a spirit of state pride. Raise a cream puff to salute the state of Wisconsin! And smile, you’ve got real whipped cream all over your face.

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Eat Your Heart Out (Literally): The 10 Craziest State Fair Foods

Corn Dog Cheese Pizza, Minnesota State Fair

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Donkey Tail, Texas State Fair

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A beef sausage filled with cheese, wrapped in a tortilla, then deep fried.

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Deep-Fried Cheese Steak, Wisconsin State Fair

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Bread dough stuffed with steak, sauteed onions, and cheese, then deep fried.

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Chicken-Fried Bacon, Texas State Fair

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Bacon, battered and then deep fried.

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Deep-Fried Latte, Texas State Fair

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A fried pastry topped with cappuccino ice cream, whipped cream, instant coffee powder, and caramel sauce.

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Deep-Fried Norwegian Banana Split, Minnesota State Fair

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Banana wrapped in lefse (Norwegian flatbread), then deep fried and topped with ice cream, chocolate, strawberries, and pineapple.

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Meat-Man Parfait grabs Illinois State Fair’s heart

MeatManParfait-blog Posted by Judy Hevrdejs

State fairs, gastronomic celebrations of all things fried, occasionally surprise with the culinary creativity dished up at food booths. Which is how we feel about a new delicacy (OK, that may not be the right word) being served at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. It’s sort of a deconstructed shepherd’s pie, a meat and potato concoction, we’d vote it into the State Fair Food Hall of Fame” (if there was one). 

It is the “Meat-Man Parfait ” being scooped up by the team at Midstate Meat Co.’s booth that captured our tastebuds at the fair on Saturday. They didn’t actually use the word “deconstructed” but that’s how one taster best described his “Meat-Man Parfait.” For $7, you get barbecued pork layered with mashed potatoes in a plastic cup, finished with a dollop of potatoes, a drizzle of barbecue sauce and a “cherry” tomato. Or, you could alternate layers of barbecued pork with barbecued brisket, as we did (photo left).

The “parfait,” says Midstate’s Steve Donelan, is a bit of an homage to a mashed potato-loving uncle, been grabbing a lot of attention, and was conjured up by Bob Cooper, chef at the 33-year old Springfield family business. The all-pork is in the lead as the State Fair favorite so far…but final results won’t be known until after the fair ends Aug. 22.

Whether it makes it into a State Fair Food Hall of Fame remains to be seen. Right now, my top contenders are lemon shake-ups, cream puffs, corn dogs, salt-water taffy, deep-fried Snickers and deep-fried pickles. What other fair foods deserve a “hall of fame” spot?

p.s. BTW: Found the last two items at the French booth in an area dedicated to ethnic fare. Who knew the French had a thing for deep-fried pickles?

Tribune photo by Judy Hevrdejs

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Man-Meat Parfait, Illinois State Fair

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Barbecued pork, mashed potatoes, barbecue sauce, and a cherry tomato.

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A Krispy Kreme cheeseburger? Only at the State Fair

Published On Tue Aug 17 2010

The Krispy Kreme cheeseburger, served at the Wisconsin State Fair, uses a donut in place of a bun. For an extra dollar, patrons can get this dish with a side order of chocolate-covered bacon on a stick.

The Krispy Kreme cheeseburger, served at the Wisconsin State Fair, uses a donut in place of a bun. For an extra dollar, patrons can get this dish with a side order of chocolate-covered bacon on a stick.

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By Cailley Hammel Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Between the cream puffs and everything you can get on a stick, food at the Wisconsin State Fair is a dish best served over the top. Ladies and gentlemen, meet 2010’s early favorite: the Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger.

Sold at the Machine Shed tent at the fair, the $5 burger features the normal patty and melted cheese, but with a Krispy Kreme doughnut for a bun. For an extra dollar, patrons can top the burger with last year’s big hit: chocolate-covered bacon on a stick (furthering the debate on whether the new dish is dinner or dessert).

The calorie count: 1,000, according to Nathan Morrissey, executive chef at the Machine Shed.

What’s the burger’s appeal?

Well, let’s see,” Dave Owens of Appleton, Wis., said at the fair’s opening day this month. “It’s a doughnut with chocolate-covered bacon and a cheeseburger put together. How could you go wrong?”

Owens’ nephew, 9-year-old Harrison Smith, also of Appleton, had a bite of his uncle’s burger and had to have one for himself.

It’s really good,” he said.

Todd Whittaker of Fond du Lac, Wis., came to the State Fair with his wife, Dawn, and their 16-month-old daughter, Bren. They were interested in trying the new burger after seeing a similar product on an episode of the Travel Channel show “Man vs. Food.”

Dawn Whittaker was the first to take a bite.

It’s good! It’s different,” she said. “Kind of a little salty and sweet all at once.”

Some at the fair tried the Krispy Kreme burger after stumbling on it by accident. Dan Hypki of South Milwaukee bought one, he said, “because it’s just odd.”

But some had the burger in their sights as soon as they hit the fairgrounds.

It’s amazing!” said Brooke Brueser of Muskego, Wis., after her first bite of the burger. She came to the fair with her brother-in-law, James Stefanovich of West Allis, Wis.

Stefanovich agreed.

Oh my God, forget about it,” he said. “That’s insane! I thought it was going to be really gross, but it’s amazing.”

While the people trying the burger at the fair Thursday seemed to thoroughly enjoy the treat, for some, it’s just a State Fair thing.

Once a year is fine, but more than that—I’m in the hospital five out of seven days a week!” Stefanovich said, laughing.

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Ground beef, cheese, and a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Add a piece of chocolate covered bacon for $1.

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The Top 10 Best & Worst Deep Fried Foods in the World

Foodies — By Bridget on November 28, 2009 at 11:10 pm

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Arteries being what they are today ~ hardening at an alarming rate, I’m certainly not here to endorse the deep frying of all things edible. It’s more  an observation really, as we are lovers and loathers of the infamous deep fat fryer.

All over the world, fryers, pressure cookers, pots, woks and cauldrons are cranking up the heat and getting our oil to an acceptable frying temperature of 175-190 C or 345-375F . Acceptable because when the oil is at said temperature the moisture in the food repels the oil and steams the food from the inside out while the outside becomes crispy.

Sounds delicious I know, but dependent on what is on offer under the crispy batter, you may be inclined to change  your mind.

I, for one, find it hard to resist  a crunchy hot potato chip tempting me from its newspaper confines that are so reminiscent of a child hood spent waiting in line at the local fish and chip shop.

We all have our food demons, taunting and seductive, crunchy and moist. But it’s what we do with our good oil that sorts the hu-mans from the deep fried guinea pigs.

The Potato Tornado

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The creative juices behind the wonderful blog Creative Juice found this popular street vendor food in  South Korea.

Take one large potato, wash, spiral cut with a super duper spiral vegetable slicing machine (these are so much fun to have in your kitchen! ), insert on to a large bamboo stick,  DEEP FRY and dust with tangy cheesy powder ( origins of tangy cheesy powder unknown)

Thank Goodness For My Deep Fried Turkey

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Where did this phenomenon start? Deep frying the thanksgiving turkey is having folks all over the United States reaching for there frying kettle rather than their roasting pan. Is it the succulent meat and crispy exterior? or could it be the quick cooking time of 40 minutes for a 13-14 pound/ 6-7kg  bird?

Katie from Chaos in the Kitchen tends to agree with all of the above  and has put together a fantastic recipe that she has adapted from the master of  Good eats ~  Mr. Alton Brown.

Deep Fried Batter ~ Oh,  I meant Deep Fried Butter

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These little balls of cholesterol were proudly invented for the State Fair of Texas, where they won Best food of show 2009.

How do they do it? Or should the question be Why do they do it?

Inventor extraordinaire Abel Gonzales Jnr, whom by the way proudly gave us the Deep fried peanut butter and Jelly sandwich and Deep fried Coca -Cola uses the method of freezing little balls of butter, battering and deep frying.

Apparently they taste pretty good ~ check out this video of a little boy dancing his socks off after trying the snack , and Mr. Gonzales has 4 tempting butter ball flavors to having you slipping back for more.

The complete meal ? French Fry coated Hot Dog

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If the Americans can be thanked for giving us the famous hotdog of a  sausage in a soft bun than we have the Koreans to thank for taking that sausage,  battering it in french fries, securing it with a stick and dropping it in to the deep fryer.

This great photo was taken by the hungry folk at The last Appetite where their exploits with artisan hot dog vendors  take in the highlights of  South Korea.

You Asked for it ~ The Deep Fried Cheeseburger

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I’ve seen a  couple of versions of this ~ with this particular culinary delight   being minus the bread  buns but with the addition of ewwww greasy!

Before I new how cellulite, spare tyres and heart attacks were caused, I may have indulged  in one of these from time to time.  But now being somewhat wiser and my palate being slightly more educated, I would rather eat whats on offer below this paragraph than separate my head from my stomach in choosing to chow down on one of these.

Still curious?  FXcuisine.com shows us hows it’s done with this step by step account that is entertaining none the less.

Deep Fried Earthworms

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If you hadn’t read the heading for this photo, you could be mistaken for thinking Mmmmmmm delicious!

A Croatian restaurant in Zadar has taken the humble earthworm and featured it center stage in its menu offerings. Farmed completely on site, the restaurant owners claim they are extremely nutritious,  low in fat and high in protein.

The BBC has visited and tasted whats on offer at the Eco- restaurant which includes such earthly delights as worm soup and earthworm cheesecake.

Little Miss Muffets Nightmare

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Lurking under that crispy coating, lies the deep fried remains of a  Tarantula spider . These little guys are popular street food in a town called  Skuon, Cambodia who are famous for their edible spiders. One spider will set you back about US $0.08 cents, so great for the budget conscious traveler.

Deep fried in large woks of scalding hot oil, you can chose to eat them whole, or pull off the legs and eat them one by one before crunching down on the body.

I might pass, all the same.

Krispy Kreme Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger

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Look out teeth, look out tongue, look out arteries ~ here I come!

We have the photographic genius of   ‘ccaviness’ to thank for this splendid shot of what could only be described as a heart attack on  a plate. Take one fat laden deep fried donut, and add meat  pattie, bacon and melted cheese.

This particular food experiment was part of a luncheon given at Google NYC’s cafeteria to celebrate the birthday of the head of cafe staff. I’m guessing they weren’t intending on that person having many more birthdays after devouring a few of these snacks.

Deep Fried Pork Intestines

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In keeping with the deep fried theme, I thought it would be a great time to introduce you to a common street hawker food from China ~ Zha Fei Chang or Deep Fried Pork intestines.

The thought of supping on these don’t disturb me as much as the look of the oil they are being deep fried in. I would hazard a guess that the oil hasn’t be changed or filtered for some time and such depreciation would cause the oil to taint the flavor of great offal.

Deep Fried Coca-Cola

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No self respecting Deep Fry post would be complete with out the inclusion of the the now world famous  Deep Fried Coca-cola.

From the man who brought us Deep Fried butter ~Abel Gonzales Jnr rocked the 2006 Texas State fair with this ingenious creation.

In a nut shell ~ or in a takeaway cup as it so happens, frozen Coca-cola flavoured batter is deep fried and then topped with cola syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and finished off with a cherry on the top.

But, is it the “real thing” you may ask? You’ll have to go to Texas to try it for yourself.

Now what deep fried delights would you add to this list?

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