Wednesday, August 17, 2011

FOOD, FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD (and some shopping too)!

Since I told you what I wanted to eat at the State Fair, I guess I should tell you what I actually tried.
I went twice.  Spent 14 hours with my BFF, Weezy, on opening day and then Angry and went after work one night and noshed our way through some more goodies.

Day one, in order of “tastings”:
Deep Fried Pickles – While this wasn’t on my list of things to try, both Weezy and I really like these things!  We decided that this was a healthy option as pickles are technically vegetables.  Right?
It's a veggie. It's healthy!

Chocolate Covered Fritos – These were good but a little strange.  I’m a fan of sweet and salty but Fritos have a “spice” on them that was kind of weird with the chocolate.  I’ll stick to chocolate covered pretzels for that type of taste.
Chocolate and Fritos. Next big thing for people with the munchies?

Deep Fried Bacon with Country Gravy – This was really good! The bacon was super crispy.  I could have done without the gravy though as it didn’t do anything to the bacon.

Lordy, bacon is better than it was before!

Deep Fired Butter – These were small dough balls filled will melted butter (about a teaspoon in each?).  They also had powdered sugar on them.  I was very lucky because Weezy tried the first one.  It basically exploded, sending butter everywhere.  Luckily, she only got butter on her hands and arms and not on her clothes.  I learned from her how NOT to eat them.  We both said, at first, that they were pretty good.  About an hour later, we decided they were kinda' gross.  Why the change of heart?  I’m not sure.
Is there a magical surprise in there?
A puddle of butter. Maybe just a little gross?

Chocolate Covered Bacon – This is served cold so the chocolate can harden and cover the bacon.  I didn’t like it.  The cold strips of fat in the bacon were the turn off.

Bacon makes everything better EXCEPT chocolate. Fact.

Cookie Dough Fondue – Also something not on my original list but it looked good so we tried it.  We didn’t share these as we wanted different flavors.  You got a cold “glob” of cookie dough on a stick dipped in a "fondue" and sprinkled with a topping.  I picked toffee cookie dough dipped in caramel with coconut topping.  It tasted pretty good (and the cold dough on a hot day was a treat) but my choices made it too sweet to finish.
Cookie dough made better by science. Food science that is.

Tropical Fruit Tempura – This is another healthy option because it's fruit.  Don't laugh.  I think I got one that was sitting under the heat lamp too long.  My tempura batter was only slightly warm and the fruit was mushy.  It tasted OK but I think I could have given it an “I love it” rating if it had been fresh out of the fryer.

Cold batter + mushy fruit = just OK (but healthy because it's fruit!).

Swiss Cheese in Rye – We killed two birds with one stone here.  Deep fried cheese that was also on a stick.  A big hunk of Swiss cheese surrounded by rye batter and fried.  All I can say is, “YUMMY!”
This is pure genius!

Cream Puff – Our State Fair is known for their cream puffs.  It’s a “must do” when you are there.  At this point, Weezy and I had pretty much had our fill of goodies.  We decided to split a puff and that worked out great.  These are really good as they are made fresh constantly.  It was the perfect way to top off our food filled day.
World famous Cream Puff from the WI State Fair!

Day two, in order of “tastings”:
Deep Fried Beer – These were like raviolis filled with beer.  The ravioli dough was “blah” and the beer was warm (of course it was, they just deep fried the damn things).  Not sure why they added the cheese.  I’m glad I tried but would skip this next time.
What the hell is with the crappy cheese?

Fried Oysters – A “just because I like oysters” thing for me.  Plus, they were on a stick!  Angry wanted to try the deep fried bacon so I went with this.  They were fresh and yummy.

Fried ocean goodness!

Maple Bacon Sundae – Vanilla ice cream with bacon and maple syrup.  I wasn’t too sure I’d like this but it was really good.  The cold bacon fat was not an issue because the bacon was chopped so you didn’t “notice” the fatty parts.  A good mix of sweet and salty.

Bacon makes almost everything better (see above for the one exception).

Elvis – Not the real Elvis!  These were deep fried peanut butter cups in banana batter (on a stick too!).  I LOVE peanut butter cups and I love bananas.  This was actually pretty darn good.  The peanut butter and chocolate was at a perfect melting point and the batter had just the right amount of banana flavor.
Oh. my. god.

Pulled Pork Sandwich – We felt we needed something “real” that wasn’t candy, cheese, or deep fried.  This hit the spot and was a great size to share.  The pork was infused with IPA beer; beer is good.  
Real food?

Deep Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly – I’m a huge fan of warm, melty peanut butter.  This was really good.  They didn’t get carried away with the jelly either as there was just enough to give it a slightly sweet taste.
PB&J made better by a deep fryer.

Spaghetti and Meatballs on a Stick – While this was pretty generic, we had to try it.  How do ya get noodles on a stick you might ask.  How about IN the meatballs?  The meat didn’t have much seasoning and the sauce was sort of like Ragu but it was worth a try to see how it was done.
Where's the noodles?

Here they are! Packed into the meatball.

Swiss Cheese in Rye (again) – I liked this so much that I told Angry we should have needed it.  He didn’t argue and agreed that it was awesome.  You are not getting another picture.  It looked exactly the same!  Exactly.

Cream Puff (again) – Well, you can’t go to the Fair and miss the cream puffs.  Angry and I were in the same "we already ate too much" boat so we shared.  A nice treat to end the night.

I think we got more cream in this one!

So, what crap did I get suckered into buying?

Mr. Sticky – HEY! Get your mind out of the gutter!  This removes pet hair and crumbs.  I got cats. I got crumbs. I now have a Mr. Sticky.  So far, I like it.
This is not an adult toy.

Sweep Express – This is a rubber broom.  It does not do what its name implies.  Sweeping is still time consuming.  I already own one of these but the bristles are “mushing” together.  I needed a new one.  I talked Weezy into one so we could get the Mega Pack.
Doesn't really make sweeping an "express" job.

Saw -  Sorry, this thing doesn't have a fancy schmancy name.  It's just a garden saw.  Angry and I need this for the back yard.  That’s what the sales guy said.  I like the looks of it and hope I don’t cut myself.  If I do, you’ll know about it as soon as I’m able to type again.

This thing will cut a small tree with ease! Or, maybe my hand.

Now I have a year to think about what crazy food and shopping items they may come up with next!


Ricki said...

My vote goes to the swiss cheese with rye on a stick. Sound wonderful to me. And the Maple Bacon Sundae I'm sure would be something I like, being a fan of pancakes with peanut butter and syrup, with bacon on the side.

Liz said...

Ricki - That cheese in rye was so good I had it twice. Someone asked me if it was like a grilled cheese sandwich. It wasn't. It was different and awesome!! You would have loved the sundae!!

Nicole said...

The sundae sounds appealing. Seems like a tasty time was had by all. :)

Liz said...

Nicole - I'm not a fan of maple syrup but I really liked the sundae. I think pretty much anyone (except a vegan) would have enjoyed it!! :-)

Jann said...

Liz ... I found your site through your tweets on Cripes Suzette's Twitter.

While enjoying reading your blogspot posts about the State Fair and the food you tried ... I kept thinking to myself, "Boy, she is fortunate that she is not diabetic." (I am a new diabetic and think that about anyone eating anything that I cannot! My mind goes wacko watching "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives".)

Then I read on your ABOUT ME that you are diabetic. So, two questions ... (1) Did you just eat a bite of each thing? (2) How did you control your blood sugar while taking this food adventure?

I like your writing style and will continue checking your posts.

Liz said...

Hi Jann!! Welcome to my world. I'm not as funny as Suzette but I try to write something worth reading!!

I've been a type 1 diabetic for 37 years. Belive it or not, I can look at food and know how much insulin to take (I'm right about 95% of the time). With this eating adventure, I shared just about everthing so ate only half of most of it. The chocolate covered bacon was gross so that went into the garbage!! The cookie fondue was all mine but my blood sugar was so low then that I even had to eat something else after that.

I do wear an insulin pump now (as of almost 3 years ago). I wear it becuase I have too many low blood sugars (and can't recognize them). This helps with the type of eating done at the fair. Just a quick touch on the pump and I'd deliver a bit of insulin. I also took very little insulin at the fair. We did so much walking that my blood sugar was generally very low. I checked it about every 45 minutes.

Now that you have my life story, feel free to ask any other questions (I'm going to set up a "bolg e-mail address" soon as well)!! I'm not always right on time answering my comments but I try to get back to everyone in a day or two.