Yesterday was day two at the Minnesota State Fair. And, it was such a great example of all the other things I love about the fair (friends and music). To begin with, it was moving day for my daughter back into college. So, I had a 4 1/2 hour car ride to Madison, WI, followed by moving all her stuff up a couple flights of stairs in 91 degree heat plus humidity. Perhaps some of you can relate? Anyway, after a few hours of moving in, I was in the car for my trek back to the Twin Cities.
Every year, I end "moving day" driving straight to the fair to meet my hubby for what always turns out to beautiful evening. We enjoy time hanging out listening to the awesome, free entertainment and chatting with friends and people we've never met. Last night, we hung out at the new West End listening to Chastity Brown at the Schilling Amphitheater. Then, we headed over to Famous Dave's (to get a new food - more on that in a bit) and heard some great Blue's. Finally, a nice stroll over to one of our favorite hangouts, Coasters, where Uncle Chunk was rockin' the stage. For me, it's such a great distraction, as I can get a bit melancholy when my girl goes off to school.
So, what about the food? I was able to try a couple more new fair foods last night.
First, was the Korean BBQ Collar with Kimchee pickles. These meaty pork chunks were coated in that special tangy Famous Dave's sauce that paired nicely with the spicy pickles.
Second, Coaster's Pork Chop (not on a stick). Great flavor and enjoyed having something without a lot of spice and sauce - for a change. I will say that my hubby and I really enjoy the pork chop on the stick located across from the Bandstand. This one has a nice marinade/seasoning and more char grilled flavor.
Also, from Coaster's - Bacon Mac and Cheese Bites. Kind of look like those dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets, but actually deliver a nice, creamy texture (not gooey) with a bit of a kick.
A final note for a cool evening at the fair. Enjoy a great beer, such as Schell's Oktoberfest. A lovely pairing with pork!
Val Schonberg is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian who specializes in weight management, sports nutrition, disease