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Deep Fried in ’Diego

September 20th, 2011 (09:17 pm)

’There's a reason that Scotland languishes at only second fattest nation in the world. America can see us the infamous deep fried Mars bar and raise it… quite a bit.

Mean looking bunny, San Diego Fair

Tuesday saw us a little north of San Diego for the San Diego County Fair. At heart it’s an agricultural fair, but the agricultural part is dwarfed by other fair trappings – stalls selling stuff from key chains to jacuzzis, exhibitions of hand crafts, fairground rides and many, many food stalls.

One particular attraction that caught my eye, given where I work, was this:

Sadly, it looks far more exciting than any of our actual kit, which is very pedestrian by comparison. This behemoth is claimed to produce a personality analysis from your handwriting. I’m afraid I didn’t put it to the test, though perhaps for the princely sum of $3 I should have done it for amusement value.

Rather as I’d done with the Televac Personality Computer, I only looked at most of the scary, scary foodstuffs on offer, but here’s a selection, starting with a funnel cake. Watch out for the deep fried Kool-Aid, deep fried butter (really!) and probably the one that most makes you ask “Why?”: jalapenos stuffed with Baby Ruth chocolate bars, deep fried, and served on a bed of “fresh” churros (think straightened-out doughnuts).

Funnel cake with raspberry sauce, San Diego FairTater Twisters, San Diego FairDeep fried assortment, San Diego FairCandy Kabob (kebab), San Diego FairThe Maple Bacon Donut, San Diego FairDeep Fried Butter, San Diego FairBaby-Ruth-stuffed Jalapeño, San Diego Fair


Posted by: Alice Dryden (huskyteer)
Posted at: September 21st, 2011 09:15 am (UTC)

I'd give most of those things a shot, I think. Perhaps not all on the same day though!

If I had to pick just one I think it would be the Tater Dog.

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: September 21st, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)

I was tempted by that - actually I was tempted by many of these things, but the one day thing does limit what it's feasible to try.

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: September 21st, 2011 10:27 am (UTC)

On the way there, we passed the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which you might recognise. I wasn't quite quick enough with the camera.

Posted by: silverwhistle (silverwhistle)
Posted at: September 21st, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
Joe Hill

Scary! Although the chilli/chocolate combination has a long-standing Mexican history. I love Montezuma's Chilli & Lime chocolate bar: it feels as if it ought to be eaten with rum or tequila on the side.

However, such culinary abominations are not universal. I can vouch for the fact that historienne is a long-term San Diego resident who maintains her elegant Heian princess appearance. And my new pin-up boy (see icon) also spent some time there in early 20C and remained as slender and exquisite as ever (though being tubercular probably helped!).

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: September 21st, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)

Slight chasm of sophistication, I feel, between a subtle chili/chocolate blend and a choccie bar stuffed up a chili! :-)

Posted by: silverwhistle (silverwhistle)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Smiley Rosa

Perhaps... Have you tried chicken or turkey mole – poultry cooked in a chilli and dark chocolate sauce? I had it once at Pancho Villa's in Edinburgh: interestingly tasty, savoury, and not as gross as I had feared!

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