If you live in Southern California, chances are you have memories of anticipating the L.A. County Fair at the end of every summer. I remember the warm Indian summer nights there with my Dad. As a kid, I often had my artwork on display in the exhibit halls–it was my first real taste of being in an art show.
Nowadays, I usually take my kids with our homeschool group every September. It’s fun to walk around all of the cool exhibits, getting on crazy rides and eating sinfully indulgent food that you wouldn’t dream of eating on an everyday basis.
This week I had the chance to visit the fair a few days early to preview some of the treats that fair-goers will get to enjoy.
It was a fat kid’s dream, basically.
Corn dogs, chili cheese curly fries, fried frog legs, fried catfish, Nutella and bacon on a “ten pound bun”, a sloppy Joe in between a Krispy Kreme donut, “skinny” cocktails and deep-fried twinkies–name your poison at the L.A County Fair.
Since I’ve been trying to eat healthier, this would be my game plan. If I was spending the day at the fair, I would choose the chicken kabobs by Chicken Charlie. They were fresh, grilled right in front of you and you can’t go wrong with chicken and veggies. As you can see, Boifromipanema is excited.
The chicken kabob strategy is partly because I’d want to save my calories for the blooming onion! I’m an onion ring enthusiast, so the blooming onion was my jam.
It was so good.
And I can’t lie–I ate the whole thing! #fatgirlstatus
In between gorging on fair food, I’m so happy I got to see my favorite food blogger — and my American Latino travel buddy — Nicole from Presley’s Pantry, rocking the Princess Leia buns as you can see.
Please go and check out her new webisode–Papa and Pork Chile Verde with The Vieja! It’s basically awesome.
These were probably my favorite taste of the day–the Chipotle BBQ Beef “Dirty” Potato Chips from Tasti Chips. The potatoes were sliced really thin so they were perfectly crisp.
Don’t miss the Texas BBQ beef brisket sundae.
Beef sundae, complete with a cherry tomato on top.
I’m not a big fan of crawfish, but the fried catfish nuggets from Harold and Belles to Geaux were tasty. As I was staring at my crawfish sample, it reminded of a conversation I recently had. What food would you never ever be willing to try? a friend asked.
It took me some time to figure that out (practically two days!) because a sister enjoys good food, you know what I’m sayin’?
But yeh. It’s Crawfish.
It reminds me of this scene from Little Mermaid. I’ll have to pass.
The L.A County fair opens today, August 30 and runs until September 30, 2013. Take some time to visit and have fun with your family!