October 2009

I love my local Korean market!!!




Yesterday I took my annual trip to the State Fair of Texas, mainly to consume as many different kinds of fried foods as possible, with my aunt and my dad.  (It was Seniors Fly Free Thursday, and I had an empty Coke bottle to get $4 admission.  Hooray for discounts!!!)  And at the request of several people who begged and pleaded with me for a food review of this godforsaken place, I have created the blog entry that you are reading right now.

And before I start, I would like to state a couple of things:

  1. NO, I DID NOT TRY THE DEEP FRIED BUTTER.  From what I heard from others who tried it, it wasn’t that big of a deal.  It was more like a fried biscuit.  And I had better things to waste my money on.
  2. (From a previous visit):  DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT GET THE DEEP FRIED GUACAMOLE.  Unless you enjoy having intestinal distress to go along with the funky, badly-spiced-guacamole flavor that will linger in your mouth for hours.  HOURS.  Just don’t.

And so, On to the reviews…

My first foray into the Wild and Wonderful World of Fried Foods was this:

The deep fried strawberry chocolate waffle ball!

Strawberries covered in chocolate, then dipped in waffle batter and deep fried!  What more could a girl ask for?  I only had one of these, and my dad ate the other one.  And since he is all about Quantity over Quality, he didn’t much care for these, but I thought they were amazing.   Perfectly sweet, with none of the bitter aftertaste that is so typical in other non-waffle batters.  I give this a thumbs UP!

Next up was lunch.  Since I am following a vegetarian diet this month, I couldn’t have my annual Fletcher’s Corn Dog (*sniffle!*), but instead, I got this:


And a beer.  (Did you know that beer in the food court is $1-$2 cheaper than the beer outside at the other food stands?  And you know what that means???  More money to spend on fried food!!!)

Oh yes, the review part:  The spanakopita was perfection.  Instead of being in slices, it was wrapped in a phyllo pocket.  The phyllo was perfectly cooked, not too flaky (and therefore not too messy), and the inside was perfectly chewy.  The spinach and feta were well-balanced and seasoned, and I would not hesitate to get this again.  Great job, Greek food kiosk people!

And my dad, once again proving himself to be the Quantity Over Quality guy, got THIS:


In case you can’t tell by looking, this is a baked potato from some BBQ joint in the food court.  A baked potato with EVERYTHING.  Including a heaping mound of brisket.  And yes, my dad ate it ALL.  (And no, he’s most definitely not a big guy.  He just eats one HUGE meal a day.  And apparently, this was it.)

After a bit of shopping, we arrived at the Embarcadero and tried this tasty little number:

Fernie’s Deep Fried Peaches & Cream

According to bigtex.com:

 Sweet juicy peaches are coated in a delicious batter of cinnamon, ginger, coconut, graham cracker crumbs, eggs & milk, then deep fried to a crunchy golden brown on the outside, while luscious and sweet on the inside.  Served on a plate drizzled with raspberry sauce, lightly dusted with powdered sugar and topped with a cool dollop of whipped cream.  A side of vanilla butter cream icing is provided for dipping. 

These were SO good!  The peaches on the side were obviously canned, but the ones that were fried were most definitely fresh, and still a bit crunchy. The dipping sauce on the side was a little watery, though.  My aunt and I LOVED these, but my dad wasn’t too impressed.  And although my aunt and I thought they were great, we thought we could do them better.  Maybe with a sweetened/spiced tempura batter, and a thicker dipping sauce, sweetened condensed milk with bourbon and/or cinnamon, perhaps?  I dunno.  But I do know that if I have the chance to try these again, I definitely will!

So after eating, we went to look at sculpturey things…



Owls and acorns!  Oh my!

We ended our day at the Fair by doing what every good Fairgoer MUST do:  We took a ride on the Texas Star!


And no, we didn’t spit on anyone from the top.  This time.

From September 22 to October 22, The JohnnyCakes and I are being vegetarians.  After that, I’m going to try to go macrobiotic, just for funsies.

So, to keep with the vegetarian theme, last night I made a vegetarian pizza.  And it was crazy good.  And because I’m such a nice person, I am giving you the recipe….


  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup of broccoli florets
  • 1 summer squash, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded or julienned carrots
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pizza crust of your choice
  • pizza sauce of your choice (When I can find it, I like to use sundried tomato pesto.)
  • Pizza seasoning and/or dried oregano and basil
  • 2 cups shredded mozzerella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 425, or follow directions for your pizza crust.
  2. Saute garlic in olive oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add pizza seasoning.
  4. Add zucchini, carrots, and summer squash and saute until slightly tender.
  5. Add mushrooms and cook until tender
  6. Add broccoli, turn off the heat, cover the pan and let sit for 3 or 4 minutes.  This is so that the broccoli doesn’t overcook.  You will thank me later.

  7.   Shmear pizza sauce on the pizza crust

  8 .   Top with cheese

   9.   Top with veggies.  If you have extra, save it to put on top of rice,  quinoa, polenta, or pasta later on.

  10.   Place tomato chunks on top of the pizza.  Ooooh…Pretty!

  11.   Throw that puppy in the oven and find something to do for 15 minutes…

  12.   After 15 minutes, you will hopefully get THIS: