Deep fried humans

Trip Start Sep 24, 2011
Trip End Oct 11, 2011

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sooo twas Texas State Fair day today. Where do I even start?! I guess I should start by explaining that I didn't really understand what the Fair was all in aid of - or more hadn't considered why it was held. I'm still not sure, but I can surmise from today's experience that it seems a bit like an English carnival, only much bigger and with more purpose/attraction. There was a fun fair, food stands (of course), local businesses with stalls and a parade of mostly unmanned floats. There was even a girl in a sash but really not sure who she was. Perhaps the Texan carnival queen? Unlike English carnivals, there were also loads of cattle, swine and farming displays, as I guess would be understandable in a state which apparently has over 400,000 dairy cows :)

So yes. If you have a nervous stomach disposition I'd turn away now, for I'm about to take you on a journey of culinary discovery mostly of the fried kind!

The main reason we came to the state fair was because we'd seen a Travel Channel special about the wrongness of the food there, and we figured we had time for a 400 mile detour. It did not disappoint. The crappest meal of the day was lunch, which was chicken tenders and fries purely because I was angry hungry and didn't want to walk any further! The day goes down/up from there (depends how you look at it) and becomes a lot more wrong! Behold, we ate:

Corny dog! So nice. I'm a big fan of corn bread so if you stick it around a sausage on a stick and fry it, I'm a happy girl. Wish I'd just had one of those for lunch.

Chicken fried bacon. Hm. Was very tasty but couldn't eat much of it. Would've been better in a proper kfc style breaded style rather than very crispy batter which made it too brittle. An interesting experience!

Tata tornados: stick a potato on a drill, put it infront of a peeler and deep fry the twisty spirals you get as a result. Tasted like a cross between chips (fries) and crisps (chips). Very tasty! Liked them lots, cos I like potato :)

Deep fried pepperoni pizza. God. I'm really sorry for this one heart! It was, literally, a slice of pepperoni pizza, battered and deep fried. I expected something like a corn dog crossed with a pizza. This is probably the worst thing I will ever put in my body! Was kinda tasty but didnt eat much, and would rather have just had the pizza.

There was so much more we could've tried if we'd had infinite cash, stomach capacity and a desensitised gag reflex. Those we missed:

Deep fried cheesecake/butter/cookie dough/peanut butter and jelly sandwiches/bubble gum (yes, deep fried bubble gum!)/frito pies/beer/lemonade/saur kraut balls...I'm sure there was much more, not to mention the toffee apples, ice creams, chocolate strawberrys etc.

A food lovers dream or nightmare, I'm not sure, but I truly never want to see another piece of deep fried food for a very long time!

Other cool things we saw at the fair:

Chinese acrobats, BMX stunt show, log flume, pig racing, band called Maiden Texas, the parade, really massive pig (like 1,000lbs+), loads of amazing looking people, Big Tex, snakes, science museum, IMAX film about sea dinosaurs...I'm sure there was more but I can't remember right now. I'm proper tired, my feet are on fire and the shower is calling.

The State Fair and Texas in general is a great experience, and everyone should visit at least once. Still not sure where to tomorrow - possible beaux bridge, who knows!

Until then...

L x
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