Now that October is upon us, it means a few things. Halloween is right around the corner, the holidays aren’t too far away, fleeces and jeans are returning to my wardrobe, but it also means that in Dallas the State Fair of Texas has returned. If you’ve ever experienced it, you’d know there’s nothing like eating a corny dog there. And not just any corny dog, it needs to be from the Fletcher’s stand. I’m not sure what the nutritional information is on one of these things… but I’ll tell you right now, I never want to know! With my old friend Thomas in town for the week, we decided last Sunday was the perfect time to hit up the fair. Now if only the weather agreed with us and our plans for fried deliciousness…
It had rained the night before, and was certainly overcast when we piled into the car, but we were still in the clear. As we parked it started to lightly sprinkle. But no big deal, we’d brought raincoats and umbrellas, and surely it wouldn’t last long. After all, it really hasn’t rained in Dallas since May, why would that trend change that morning?! Um.. yeah… On the walk from the car into the park it starts coming down HARD. After a few minutes, my running shorts, socks, and sneakers are all completely soaked. But seeing how we’d just paid to park, and paid for our park ticket, and for food coupons, we might as well enjoy what we could while we’re there, right? We headed towards the Fletcher’s stand, which was, of course, on the other end of the park from where we’d entered. 9 coupons later each, and mmmmm!! So yummy! It made the trip almost worth it.
Here we are, two completely soaked people standing in the rain enjoying essentially a fried hot dog. We headed inside to the food court to enjoy some time out of the rain. That turned into a fried Snickers for Thomas, and Tornado Taters for Lena (I had a small bite of each). After another 20-30 minutes we went back outside. The rain had pretty much stopped at that point. As we walked around the rides and games area of the fair, we chatted and people watched. I couldn’t stay for too long, but before I left Thomas stopped for a fried peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwich. It came with a little powder sugar on top. It. Was. Heavenly. Seriously, outside of a corny dog, this was my favorite fried treat. The peanut butter was warm, and the subtle sweetness of the grape jelly and banana pushed it over the top. I’ve tried fried Snickers and fried Oreos before, but I can’t stomach more than a bite or two before it’s too rich. This wasn’t that way. I probably could have eaten at least half of this sandwich before feeling sick! I had about 3 bites of it, but it was fantastic. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking of ways to execute a healthier version of this at my house.
Now to get working on that recipe….