Recently I was invited to a preview of the food offerings at the Fair. It happened 4 days ago and I think I am finally able to feel hungry again. Not all of the vendors participated but my guest Sheila and I tasted something from each of those that did.
Skinny Girl Bar-
Sheila says: For my virgin taste of the very popular female friendly low-calorie cocktails, I tried the Skinny & Twisted. It might as well have been a virgin drink. It went down quick and light as if it were a non-alcoholic lemonade flavored water. Seeking a “cocktail”, I tried the Skinny Cosmo…cranberry juice. Skinny Girl is a pleasantly light and refreshing beverage. If you’re a drinker or seeking a buzz, I wouldn’t reach for Skinny Girl as a cocktail.
Adrienne says: I don’t drink so don’t look to me for advice on alcohol.
Sheila says: The fresh potato chips were fantastic. Fresh thick- cut potatoes fried to perfection. They were crisp and light, allowing the potato flavor to come through. I loved the opportunity to season them to my varied delight with seasoned salt on some, vinegar on others and Tapitio on yet another corner of the healthy serving.
Adrienne says: These were one of the highlights! The fresh chips were crispy yet not too crunchy. The variety of “seasonings” available was nice, but on their own they were nicely salted. I was disappointed in the onion rings unfortunately. They were nicely battered and well cooked but lacked any seasoning at all, no salt, nothing.
Sheila says: The Naked Pineapple Bowl was beautiful and delicious. Served in a half pineapple bowl, the shrimp, pineapple and rice was an eye-catching presentation. The shrimp was perfectly seasoned and knowing Chicken Charlie, lightly fried, because the shells of the tails were quite crispy as the shrimp came out moist and delicious. The Perfectly paired with the grilled pineapple and buttery decadent rice picked up the essence of the pineapple for a perfect presentation.
Adrienne says: Chicken Charlie is world renowned for their deep fried delicacies. They did not disappoint me this year! Their latest concoction is deep fried cookie dough. OMFG! I am told my eyes rolled in the back of my head and that I went into a sort of trance. I believe it. Another newbie on the menu is the deep fried Dodger Dog. I was pleasantly surprised on this one. ONly the hot dog itself is fried, you can then put it in a bun with all the fixin’s or eat is as is. It is not the same batter as a corn dog it has a more non-descript but yummy taste.
Harold & Belle’s to Geaux-
Sheila says: New Orleans may have been recently pounded by Tropical Storm Issac and Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, but the spirit and rich flavors of the bayou are ever present at Harold & Belle’s to Geaux. People raved about the etoufee. The catfish was lightly battered in a seasoned cornmeal and perfectly fried. The breading was crunchy while the catfish moist with a clean fresh flavor. Just a few drops of hot sauce gave it that extra kick.
Adrienne says: whoops I missed one! Although I heard all night long from people saying the etoufee was their favorite thing of the night!
Big Kona Huna Shaved Ice-
Sheila Says: Stand in the line, get the big one and make sure you make it Hawaiian! That drizzle of sweetened condensed milk makes it heavenly.
Adrienne says: I didn’t get adventurous enough to go “Hawaiian” with the condensed milk, but I will tell you Sheila went back for seconds so I know it was good! I did have a serving of the black cherry and loved it. My advice is to ask for a kids size because even that is as big as your head.
10 Pound Buns-
Sheila says: Garlic, Cheese multiple toppings? need I say more?
Adriennes says: The bread had a slight “frozen pizza” taste to it. But with the addition of the toppings it was pretty good. I saw someone eating a Nutella and Bacon and when I asked how it was she couldn’t answer, she was too busy taking another bite.
C’est La Vie-
Sheila says: Well Sheila didn’t say anything about this spot, but if she did I’m sure it would have been Ooh La La!
Adrienne says: YUM! Chocolate Mousse! Crepes! Monte Cristos! So much yum in one spot. This the first year for this vendor, but I am certain it won’t be their last.
The best part of all of this is that the Fair is giving a pack of four tickets to one lucky reader!
the Fair runs from August 31 through September 30 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Check out their website http://lacountyfair.com and blog http://blogs.fairplex.com/blog/fairblog/ for up to date information.