Archives for the month of: October, 2015

Everything is bigger and better in the state of Texas, everyone knows that, DUH!  Well, The State Fair of Texas is a prime example.  Every year, during the month of October, “The Fair” as locals call it, brings a range of exhibits, entertainment, services, concerts, rides and lots and lots of food, fried food especially, to dig your teeth into; drool all over.

The most exciting thing, for ME, is the Big Tex Choice Awards.  Each year, different State Fair concessions fry up delicious and unique foods, to become a finalist in the Big Tex Awards.  It’s crazy what some people come up with in their kitchens!  I’m determined to come up with a creation one day. Really.

This year for instance, the Finalists included: Cowboy Corn Crunch (sweet corn, minced jalapeño, rich cream cheese and a hint of smoky bacon), Deep Fried Alligator’s Nest (rich alligator meat with Monterey Jack cheese, chopped jalapeños, onions and garlic), Pretzel-Crusted Pollo Queso (spicy shredded chicken is combined with a rich blend of cream cheese, Monterrey Jack cheese, bacon, cilantro and Sriracha sauce) and one of my favorites this year, Chicken Fried Lobster with Champagne Gravy.  Let me tell y’all, that 30-45 minute wait was well worth it. I almost didn’t even get to experience it. You know why? 60 tickets, that’s why!  That’s $30!  So, because the fat woman inside of me wanted it so bad, I had to have it, when I went on my 2nd trip (I made a total of three trips this year) splitting it with one of my friends didn’t make it seem so expensive.  Bruh!  De-li-cious!  The fact that each lobster tail was fried fresh and served to you hot out the grease, now that was greatness.  The tails were a good size too!  Fried perfectly.  Sweet lobster meat, great texture, not rubbery at all.  Then, I’m thinking the lobster tail is served alone, nothing else.  To our surprise, it was served with fresh, hot, seasoned fries and this chilled corn relish with red & green bell peppers.  Not too bad at all, if I may say so myself.

Now, after eating, sampling, trying all the salty, savory things, like classics such as a Fletcher’s Corny Dog, the best corny dog “in the WORLD Craig!”, a humongous smoked turkey leg, 3-4 people can share one EASILY, or the roasted corn, you’re definitely going to want something sugary and sweet, possibly fried and accompanied by a side of whipped cream .  I mean you could easily go for cotton candy, a funnel cake, which always hits the spot, but this year, I think I might have discovered one of the best desserts I’ve ever had.  Why have I never heard of a Millionaire Pie?! I’m so upset with myself!  So, if you don’t know, it’s a filling of cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, crushed pineapple and pecans.  Now, take that and fry it inside two hot, doughy, empanada-like, contraptions and you’ve got Heaven in your mouth, Fried Millionaire Pie.  I’ve never had anything like it.  I think what made it so good is the warm cream cheese, it was so silky and smooth and then the condensed milk sweetened it and they topped it all with whipped cream and honey and it was just A-MA-ZING.  My eyes closed after every bite lol…I was in a very good place while devouring them.

One thing I must say is, and don’t say I didn’t warn you…if you’re trying to watch what you’re eating or on some type of cleanse during the month of October or any program to try and lose weight, hold off on that until November, because the calorie count from all the things you’ll indulge in at The Fair, OFF.THE.CHARTS.  Don’t even step on the scale.  Just enjoy yourself and PIG. OUT!

I love birthdays. Wait.  Let me be honest…I love birthday DINNERS!  A reason to celebrate the awesome birth of a loved one and feed your face at the same time.  This time, it was for my girl Mrs. Lashune.  I really liked that her husband picked somewhere different for us to go, somewhere new, where no one had been, so that we could all experience a culinary adventure at the same time.

THE BIRTHDAY GIRL!

THE BIRTHDAY GIRL!

For GOOD Italian food,  he picked a great place.  Crudo Wood Fired Taverna in Frisco, TX.  It definitely made my list!  I’d never heard of this place and I live in that area.  It’s a very romantic vibe, very sultry, but I will say, the noise level was pretty high.  For such a small place, it was pretty noisy.  No big deal though, at all, because the group, the party I was with, we probably added to the noise.  Never a dull moment when you include my family and our friends; but the noise level, it was kind of surprising.

Let me say, the staff was very accommodating.  Our reservation was set for 7:00pm, but pretty much everyone was late, C.P. time for real, like 45 minutes late (if you have to ask what this means…never mind, just don’t ask lol). Even with our tardiness, and them giving away half our table to parties that were on time, they still sat our table of ten within 15 minutes of everyone’s arrival.  Very sweet, very nice of them.  Patience is real.

Everyone was handed a menu and it was a bit overwhelming, but in a good way.  The reason I say that is because the descriptions of all of the items was so detailed.  Literally each ingredient is listed.  I liked it, because I had options, but it made it harder to decide, which I love and hate, because it made each dish sound even more delicious!  After a good 20 minutes of going back and forth between three and four dishes, I stalled by ordering a salad.  Can’t go wrong with that.  The Mixed Greens Salad, soaked in a white balsamic vinaigrette.  The reason I cleaned the whole surface area of my plate.  Then, I boldly went with the Pappardelle w/ Pulled Lamb Ragu.  I love Pappardelle.  Big, flat noodles, more room to hold all the sauce and the goodies inside.  It came out hot and fresh.  The two pieces of toasted crostini were great instruments to sop up the sauce.  I could’ve eaten more than two of those easily.

I love that each dish was cooked to order, no sitting under a hot light.  You could taste the freshness in each bite.  Presentation was great and the portion size was on point.  They have an open kitchen, so you can see the cooks doing what they do best, creating masterpieces and all the delicious smells swirling around the restaurant, really nice.  Great date spot, any celebration or special occasion.  I left with a smile on my face and a full, happy stomach!

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