Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Media Preview: L.A. County Fair Food - Pomona

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Gourmet Pigs invited me to be her +1 at a media preview for the LA County Fair.

Deep-fried foods? Sure!

Unlike the LA County Fair media preview we went to two years ago, there were no food trucks in sight. It was a return to basics. Well, basics as far as county fair food goes, which meant deep-fried, artery-clogging goodness. Deep-fried Twinkies. Bacon-wrapped pickles. Krispy Kreme burgers.


They were setting up the rides as we arrived. Too bad it's just a food preview. Or not. I find the older I get, the less desire I have to be spun until I puke.


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Chicken Charlie's seems to be the center of all deep-fried goodies.

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I actually really liked the deep-fried Oreo I tried two years ago.

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Totally fried Dodger Dog, anyone?

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The Krispy Kreme burger tasted like a burger between two doughnuts. I know it's been making the fair rounds for a while now, but it just never sounded appealing to me. I don't like to mix meat and sweets.

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The bacon-wrapped pickle was tart and crispy and salty. Winner!

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I tried deep frying a Twinkie at home more than a decade ago after eating a deep-fried Mars bar in Scotland. I guess my home fryer wasn't hot enough, because it just tasted like a fried Twinkie and I wasn't impressed.

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But this! Lightly crispy outside, molten cream inside. Another winner!

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And in case you don't want anything fried, Chicken Charlie's does grilled chicken kebabs too.

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Tasti Chips served homemade fried potato chips.

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Topped with cheese or a whole mesh of things. We actually liked the simple cheesy chips better.

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Skinnygirl Bar and Food and Cornucopia Cafe served up drinks for us.

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A light apple cider from the former.

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And a virgin pina colada from the latter.

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Creole cooking from Harold & Belle's To Geaux. Heh. Clever.

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Good, but tiny portions of fried catfish and crawfish etouffee. It just made me crave some Louisiana cooking.

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Fresh Frys. Why? Was spelling it correctly too much of a hassle? They wanted to stand out in Google searches? I can't get down with misspellings!

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But mmm, I do love blooming onions. Crispy, battered goodness.

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The Texas Style BBQ next door served brisket "sundaes."

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Mashed potatoes topped with brisket slathered in barbecue sauce, topped with a tomato. The mashed potatoes and brisket were good, but the barbecue sauce was too much.

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This year, the fair also features Star Trek: The Exhibition, which is $5 with fair admission. It's quite worth it if you're a Trekkie. I enjoyed it when I went several years ago.

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Ten Pound Buns offered up various toppings on huge slices of sourdough bread.

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There were a variety of French Bread Pizza options.

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But I went for bacon Nutella.

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Gourmet Pigs' pizza slice was good, but standard.

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My bacon Nutella slice tasted like what it sounds. I don't know why I expected more.

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We stopped off at Monster Grill and got some curly fries to-go.

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Lots of deep-fried goodies and other artery-clogging eats! I mean, no one goes to the fair to eat healthy, right?

L.A. County Fair
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
909-865-4590

*****
1 year ago today,
2 years ago today,
3 years ago today, Pork Ribs with Coca Cola and Strawberry Jam.
4 years ago today, Pomegranates.
5 years ago today, Pineapple Fried Rice.
6 years ago today, Light Town House Korean BBQ - Garden Grove (Korean Business District).

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