La County Fair Food

Once again I was invited to taste the new treats put out by the delectable food vendors at the LA County Fair. Once again they did not disappoint!
I didn’t get a chance to do an official interview with Chicken Charlie but we did chat for a bit “off the record”.  HA!  We talked about his newest creation the Deep Fried Peanut Butter Pickle.  He said he got the idea when his wife was pregnant and she was craving peanut butter.  He thought don’t women usually crave pickles when they are pregnant?  Why don’t I put the two of them together?  BINGO! As he was telling us this story I thought don’t women (not me mind you) crave pickles and ice cream?  So I said, “Why didn’t you make it a la mode?”  He loved the idea and said we may see that next year.  I completely released any hold I had on it and gave the idea to him fuilly (this is public acknowledgement of that release).  Now when he make his fortune (HA!) off that idea maybe he will toss me a few deep fried oreos in recognition.
The Fair opens this Friday, September 4, 2015 and runs until Sunday, September 27, 2015.  If you are itching to go you can get your Season Pass or buy your ticket at the door.  While you are there you can use the handy dandy Food Finder to find exactly what you want to eat.
I took my friend Sheila with me (she’s like Mikey, she’ll try anything!) and here are her notes about all the food she tried.  My notes will follow hers in RED.  A photo gallery is at the bottom of the post.
Chicken Charlie
  • Slim Fast Bar- All due respect to the Slim Fast people, but the BEST way to eat a Slimfast Bar is breaded and deep fried. It’s kinda sweet, Kinda chocolaty,  kinda bad, but its a SLIMFAST BAR. Try it.  I will never eat a Slim Fast bar any other way again (Hell, I will never eat another Slim Fast bar).
  • Bacon chicken and waffles- the  waffle is a cinnamon batter. The chicken winglette is bacon wrapped maple sweet and deliciousness. If the thought of chicken and waffles makes you say WHAT?! try this.  I didn’t care for the waffle but that could be because it was cold by the time I tried to eat it.  The cinnamon batter had a good flavor but the waffle was more of a belgian waffle than a homemade one like I get at Roscoe’s.  The chicken is a small leg or whatever all dark meat.  I don’t like dark meat (except in my men buh dum ching) so I just picked at the bacon wrapped around it.  That was very well cooked and tasty!
  • Fried Guacamole- yep, me too. It was surprisingly excellent. A fresh and light avocado flavor. If a fried food could taste healthy, this is it. The guacamole went from a Latino delicacy to a Middle Eastern humus- falafel type dish. Nope, not me.
  • Peanut Butter Pickle- Fair Food Challenge….. yea, nope not me either.  Although my friend Jessica said she liked it so there’s that.
Cornucopia Foods
  • Spicy PB&J Burger- sweet and savory heat. Do it. If they hadn’t put Siracha on this, I may have tried it.
  • We missed the Chicken and Waffles in a Cone, but it looks like crispy fired chicken and waffles dusted in powdered sugar presented in a waffle cone. Should be yummy. Dang it!  Definitely getting this when I go back after the Fair opens!
Lori’s Concessions
  • Tasti Chips…. Tasti Chips are hands down my favorite thing to get at the Fair.  I can walk around all day munching on the parmesan garlic chips (and pay for it with heartburn all night long).
  • New Cuban Fusion Burger- With the US-Cuba relations opening, I want a more authentic Cuban Sandwich. What should have been a special kind of tasty ham and cheese was actually salty ham and Spam -type mystery patty with pickles disappointment.  I don’t do Spam.
Chuckwagon
  • Deep fried Cinnamon Apple Rings – good batter flavor. Be sure to eat these hot.  I really wanted to like these.  I think if they were hot they would have been amazing and will be something Marisa will enjoy.  
  • Deep Fried Pork Roll- Nope, a waste of deep frying. Stick with the beef sundae. The meat flavor is good and smokey. The fried wrap make the meat seem dry.  Looked like a deep fried burrito, no thanks.
  • Deep Fried Battered Corn- Classic Fair food. Once you get through the deep fried corn batter, the corn on the cob inside is in need of your personal flavor additions; which are there for your addition.  Disclaimer – A toothless woman eating corn on the cob is not a pretty picture. So I didn’t taste this one, but I was highly intrigued.
  • Deep Fried Corn- Clearly taste like frozen corn but is fried in good flavored oil. Adding your own seasonings makes this  corn. Because of the aforementioned issue I scraped some of this off the cob and like Sheila said it tasted like frozen corn, but the seasonings on it were good.
Pink’s Hot Dog’s
  • Chili Cheese Pastrami Fries- Salty cacophony of flavors that should have been good, but failed. You couldn’t get me to touch this with a ten foot pole.
  • Bam Hot Dog slathered in jalepeno’s – Neither of us actually ate this, but Jessica devoured it so it must be good!
Los Angeles International Wine Competition
  • Be sure to check out the Wine Education Program. Taste over 200 Gold Medal Winning Wines. View more than 2,000 international wine, spirits and extra virgin olive oil winners.
  • Stella Rosa Peach is featured by the glass. It has a peach nose that actually delivers a pleasant sparkling fresh peach taste.

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Grand Oroweat Sandwiches

When Oroweat Organics contacted me about doing a post based upon my favorite sandwich, I knew I should say no.  I am working way too much lately (that’s a good thing!), I hardly see the grands during the week, and my favorite sandwich is a simple PB&J.  But did I listen to myself?  Nope.  So I said Sure!  I would love to post about Oroweat Organic bread and the amazing sandwiches the grands and I will make!

Three weeks later, after many gentle reminders from the PR rep I am finally here to tell you all about our sandwiches.

Last night I had the chance to babysit the grands and give them dinner.  AHA!  We’re having sandwiches kids!  Since Oroweat Organics provided me with a $25 gift card to purchase supplies, you get to go to the market with me and pick out what you want to buy to put on your sandwiches. What the heck was I thinking?!  Seriously this whole working full-time thing and getting old and being peri-menapausal has really fried my brain.  When is the last time you tried to take 3 kids under the age of 10 to the grocery store?

oroweat_organic_breadsOroweat Organics provided me with 3 coupons good for $5.00 off a loaf of bread, and since the three grands can never agree on anything, I let them each pick out a loaf.  We ended up with Whole Wheat, Double Fiber and Country White.  None of which were the actual Organic sub category of the brand that we were supposed to be trying, but to my credit they were all actually Oroweat (Matthew walked around with a loaf of some other brand for a while and was distraught that he had to put it back and switch it for the Oroweat brand).  After threatening to leave Madilyn in the frozen food freezer to live like Olaf we finally made it back to the car and back to the apartment.  Where I proceeded to set up an assembly line of sorts for sandwich making.

I will never be someone who will stymie someone else’s pallette, but I will be damned if I ever have to try something just because you think it tastes good.  Let me preface this by saying, each kid had their own decisions and each kid ate 100% of what they made.

I divvied up slices of bread, one slice of whole wheat and one slice of double fiber for each kid (I told them if they ate their whole sandwich they could then have another of the white bread).  Then they each decided what their first layer of the sandwich would be, Caitlyn chose Spicy Brown Mustard, the twins both chose peanut butter.  So far so good.  On to the second layer, sliced cheddar cheese all around!  Wait what?!  Yup cheese and peanut butte, it brought me back to childhood of my crazy sister putting a slice of american cheese on top of her PB&J on toast.  But again, whatever floats your boat, just don’t ask me to taste it.  Next layer?  Salami for the girls and Matthew declines, his sandwich is complete.  Fo those of you keeping track, Madilyn now has Peanut Butter, Cheddar Cheese and Salami on her sandwich.  Blergh.

I repeat, they ate every single bite and then made peanut butter sandwiches with the white bread as well! (I don’t know how I managed to not get a single picture of the Country White)

Sandwiches for dinner were a rousing success!  And according to the folks over at Oroweat it was pretty balanced and healthy meal! Yay for Grandma!

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Thanks Oroweat Organics, next time I won’t take so long – oh who am I kidding.

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Luminasia at the Los Angeles County Fair

Usually this time of the year I tell you all about the amazing food choice that are available at the LA Count Fair.  Well this year, there is amazing food (let’s just say someone ate an entire triple decker cheeseburger on a Krispy Kreme bun) but there are also really cool new displays.  With so much to explore from Aug. 29-Sept. 28 – vibrant night life, fire dancing, superheroes, a Steampunk nightclub – visitors will want to come back again and again.

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LACF lights up the night with Luminasia. A larger-than-life Chinese lantern display, Luminasia takes the ancient art form of lantern making to a whole new level. Visitors stroll through colorful replicas of iconic landmarks – the Great Wall of China, the Hollywood Sign, the Eiffel Tower – as well as giant dragons, flowers and a pagoda. The lanterns were handmade by nearly 50 artisans who traveled more than 7,000 miles from Zigong, China to transform LACF’s hillside into an evening attraction that is both breathtaking and whimsical. LACF is Luminasia’s first-ever appearance in California.

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Lumanasia

The all-new Hall of Heroes celebrates the science behind beloved superheroes of comic book and real-life fame. Enter LACF’s Metropolis and come face to face with Batman, Spiderman and Superman as well as the law enforcement officers who risk their lives every day to protect and serve.

Animals abound at Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon. LACF’s resident Weeper Capuchin monkey, Mojo, and her friends have a new home on the water and are primed to engage in some monkey business. Also catch sea lions at Beneath the Sea and read your way to adventure in America’s Kids, where we are celebrating  the  exciting worlds of children’s literature.

The Farm at Fairplex is growing – literally – with the addition of three more acres and hundreds of California specialty crops. A must-have this year at the Farmhouse Grill is the new wood-grilled flat bread filled with a variety of toppings harvested from LACF’s organic farm. Add in our Big Red Barn full of animals, and you have agri-tainment at its best.  I got to hold a baby sheep the other night (I tried calling it a lamb and the caretaker corrected me), he and his twin sister are only 2 weeks old and as yet unnamed.  I dubbed them batman and catwoman.

093I don’t know if Groupon still has a deal on four tickets and a parking pass but if they do grab yourself a pack!

Disclosure: This post was not paid for in any way other than the aforementioned food.  Oh and I received a cute bag and a free ticket.

Not So Wordless Wednesday – Fair

My favorite time of year is Autumn and what getting fresh cinnamon donuts from Colosantis in Ontario Canada was something I looked forward to all year long.

 

Now I just have to walk over to the snack bar at work.

YUM!


 

Getting the Washing Up Done: Choosing the Right Dishwasher For Your Kitchen

Any piece of kitchen equipment that reduces time and effort is a welcome addition to the household. I’ve been researching recently on the purchase of a dishwasher and thought I would share my findings with you.

Dishwashers have become increasingly popular since they attracted mass-consumer interest back in the 1970s. Today, around 20 million of these time-saving units are sold each around the world. Available in a range of sizes, you can take your time in choosing a dishwasher so that you can find the one to suit your needs.

Size of family, size of dishwasher

The number of people in your family will make a difference to the size of model you should go for. Thankfully, they come in different sizes, so kitchen space is less of a problem than before. Of course, a slim-line dishwasher means a smaller inner capacity size but there will still be space for around nine place settings, more than large enough for the average family. If you go for a compact unit you’ll still have enough space for four place settings (the fifth place setting might just have to do some washing up!).

Energy efficient concerns

Many people are rightfully concerned about the amount of water and energy a dishwasher will use. The average unit uses no more than one gallon of water per day; hand washing your dishes will result in using five times the amount of water compared to a dishwasher. The newer models are also much more energy efficient than the dishwashers of only a decade ago and most models will be graded and then visibly marked with their energy efficiency ranking. Keep in mind that the more expensive dishwashers are more energy efficient — your investment will be rewarded with lower running costs over the long term.

Taking adequate care of your new dishwasher including regular maintenance should mean your new appliance will last for years. Remember — don’t overload the washer, use a dishwasher cleaner regularly and clean out the filter to extend the lifespan of your machine. 

Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bahama Breeze for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

From now until August 3 you can have a blast at the Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash.

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Kick back with their Bahama Breeze Ultimate Pineapple made with Bacardi Oakheart, Coco Lopez and Myers’s Original Dark Rum, served in a freshly cut pineapple. Add friends, sip, and soak up the vibe.

Bahama Breeze is the Summer destination for good times. Every Saturday there is live music and a Mojito bar, where you choose the fruit and the rum and the bartenders make it up fresh and special just for you!

They are also having a cool “Instagram Selfie Contest” (you know how all of you LOVE taking your selfies!).  All you have to do is share a creative selfie enjoying the Summer Beach Bash and use #MyBBSelfie and you will be entered for a chance to win a $25 Bahama Breeze gift card!

I may go just for the desserts!

Chocolate Island

Chocolate Island
Rich chocolate mousse on a fudge brownie Island in milk chocolate sauce and vanilla bean anglaise.

 

Warm Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake
A warm rich chocolate cake with a molten center topped with caramelized pineapple, served with raspberry sauce and fresh island fruit.

 

Banana Nut Bread Supreme
Sliced bananas and vanilla ice cream on warm banana-nut bread, with hot, homemade butterscotch brandy sauce.

 

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
Our special recipe, marbled with Dulce de Leche cream caramel, served with fresh island fruit.

 

Coconut Pineapple Cake
Coconut cake topped with roasted pineapple. Served with vanilla anglaise and a touch of chocolate sauce.

 

Rebecca's Key Lime Pie

Our original…homemade with brown sugar crust and golden meringue.

RIGHT?!

Remember you have from now until August3, 2014 to head out and enjoy the Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash.  And when you do drop me a picture of your dessert!

 

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Not So Wordless Wednesday – Wild Card

I haven’t been around much.  I’ve been a little busy.  Moving is done … ish.  I still have a couple of boxes to empty and some stuff to arrange.  But for the most part I am settled in.

The grand kids are here all weekend and some weeknights.  I love having them, but there is only one problem.

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I can’t afford a dishwasher right yet.

I grew up in a house with five kids during the 70’s and we always had a dishwasher.  I never learned how to properly wash dishes.

I don’t like dishes to sit so I end up doing them multiple times a day, but in all honesty, I’m not very good at it.  I have noticed bits left on some of the dishes and the pans still feel a little greasy afterwards.

Help me!  What shouldn’t I be doing?  I am using water as hot as the building allows, Palmolive detergent (dye and perfume free and hypoallergenic) and I rinse them in warm water.  I always wash the pans last and let everything air dry.

So tell me – give me your tips and tricks.


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A Food Network Thanksgiving

Food Network’s 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Live Broadcast. Food Network All-Stars Alton Brown, Giada Delaurentiis, Bobby Flay, and for the first time Ina Garten are on-call for Thanksgiving live! Viewer Questions Answered and Advice offered in Real-Time During Live, Two-Hour Interactive Event on Saturday, November 23rd from 12-2pm ET.

 

During the live show, viewers can submit questions via Facebook (facebook.com/foodnetwork), Twitter (twitter.com/foodnetwork, handle @FoodNetwork, hashtag #ThanksgivingLive and Skype. 

 

 

Culinary experts and co-hosts of the upcoming daytime series The Kitchen @ Food Network Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro and Marcela Valladolid log-in to hang out with Alton, Bobby, Giada and Ina post-Thanksgiving Live!, continuing to dish out holiday food advice in an exclusive Thanksgiving leftover-themed Google+ Hangout on  Saturday, November 23rd at 2pm ET. Participants can join the event and interact with the cast at FoodNetwork.com/ThanksgivingHangout.

 

In advance of the Google+ Hangout, participants can submit questions via Facebook (facebook.com/foodnetwork), Twitter (twitter.com/foodnetwork, handle @FoodNetwork, hashtag #ThanksgivingLive and Google+.

 

My only question is – WHERE”S REE!?!?!

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LA County Fair Food!

I am leaving on my trip tomorrow, but tonight……tonight I am eating all the food!  All the LA County Fair Food!  I will be taste testing the lovely fried fare of Chicken Charlies.  Making sure the potato chips are crisp and that the shaved ice is on point so that when the Fair opens this weekend you will all be happy and satisfied!
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OPENING WEEKEND
Fair will open at 3 p.m. this Friday.

OPENING DAY:  Friday, August 30 at 3 p.m.

  • $1 admission, 3-6 p.m. only; 6 p.m. to midnight, adults $12; ages 6-12 $8
  • Cedar-Sinai Medical Center Blood Drive at the Fair, 3:00-8:30 p.m.
  • $2 carnival rides 6-9 p.m.; $2 games 9 p.m.-midnight
  • $1 regular soft drink, 6-9 p.m.

OPENING WEEKEND: Saturday – Monday, Sept. 1-2

  • $1 admission from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. only
  • $19 adult admission, 1 p.m.- closing
  • $12 admission, ages 6-12, 1 p.m.- closing
  • $1 regular soft drink, 1-4 p.m.
  • $2 carnival rides & games 4-7 p.m.

Opening weekend tickets must be purchased at the gate.

PROMOTIONS
With the countless promotions the Fair has to offer, visiting the L.A. County Fair is easier than ever.

To see a complete list of promotions, click here.
THEMED ATTRACTIONS 

Pencils 2 Pixels – The Art of Animation

Jump into the world of animation, from the traditional hand drawn cell animation to the ever-changing realm of computer animation. Learn the process of animation by way of the largest and fastest 3D zoetrope in North America, exhibits featuring the elements of animation and the Animation University, where guests of all ages can learn to draw their favorite characters.

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OZ Tea

From now until August 11, 2013 you can have tea Oz style.  For as little as $14-28 per person you can dine in style at The Gordon Ramsay At The London in West Hollywood.  The enchanted Oz-inspired afternoon tea series at The London West Hollywood with decor, food and menus inspired by the Disney film, “Oz The Great and Powerful.”
Guests will enjoy:
    Wicked Witch Brew Juices for MunchkinsEmerald City miniature sandwiches and canapesFlying Monkey Bite black currant and peanut butter sconesA tower of Evanora & Theodora’s Wickedly Delicious sweet treatsGlinda’s Bubbles (for adults only)A special satchel of treats from OZ (for the munchkins)
 Attendees will also be entered to win an ultimate family getaway for 4 (a fabulous overnight stay at The London West Hollywood with a daytrip to  Disneyland. The drawing is open only to guests of the tea series and the winner will be announced on August 11th.
Price: $28 for adults, $14 for children. Time: Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Please call 310.358.7788 to make your reservation.
I was treated to Tea for two last weekend (the suck is getting better) and brought my counterpart Sylvia along for the treat (well and to be the taster, because, yeah).  The scones were delicious, I have never had a peanutbutter scone before but I plan on doing so again real soon.  The sandwiches were interesting.  Sylvia enjoyed all of them, I tasted all but only really like the one with peanutbutter and banana (surprised myself!).
This is a great way to celebrate a special occasion for that certain someone in your life big or small.  

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