7.31.2016

OC Fair round one 2016

It is county fair season again and I love it. T and I got fair passes this year and our first day was all about the food. We went around dinner time and I had looked up some of the new foods to try. I wasn't very impressed and my all time favorite fair food is still the Maple Bacon Donut!

(Don't mind that T has "crazy eyes" in half these photos....
We started with the "French Toast Bacon Bombs" and I was underwhelmed. Mini-french toast wrapped in bacon. So much potential, but not worth the hype. If you try them, get the whipped cream on the side.

Then we had the bacon wrapped jalepenos. Not as good as the ones T makes, but pretty good at the OC Fair!

We then grabbed a beer to wash the food down with...

And headed over to get some food we knew was amazing. The "Chili Relleno Burger" and the australian potato rounds (cheese on the side). The burger won best in show in 2014 and is pretty good.

Then we found ourselves in the livestock area with the goats when they were being fed and milked and they were a lively bunch! They were so active and friendly. One of them even tried to drink T's beer when we were taking a photo!

Near the end of the evening we got my favorite Maple Bacon Donut! This fair trip was all about the food and I am looking forward to my next trip when I actually see some of the other fair stuff.

I am always on the look-out to try something new. Do you have a fair food you love? Let me know in the comments so I can try it.

-elizabeth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.13.2016

Road trip eats

I am out of practice when it comes to Road Trips. Our recent truck trip showed me that. And while I liked the spontaneity of it all, when I got home my allergies were acting up and I had a bit of a food flu. What is a "food flu"? Well, for me it is like having allergies or a cold and it is directly related to what I have been eating. I try to eat paleo-ish and when I deviate form that for days on end, I get the food flu. Which is kind of what happened with this trip.

But no regrets! I do not regret food. Which leads me to the Road Trip Eats from our recent trip through Washington, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California in three short days.

Day one: Crafted Tap House and Kitchen in Couer d'Alene Idaho.


Long daylight hours can be deceiving on a road trip. After T and I visited his Grandparent's old farm we crossed into Montana and I looked down to see that it was about seven o'clock. Knowing that soon we wouldn't find many places to eat dinner, I looked on Yelp and found the Crafted Tap House and Kitchen. The reviews that called it a "Hipster" place were a bit of a turn off, but the photo of a hamburger with a fried egg on it sold me. T and I parked and walked up to a fairly busy restaurant. A few places were open at the bar and we sat down to a surprising good time.

I had the "Freshest Ever Veggie Flatbread" and T had the "B I Double G I E" burger with an egg on it and garlic fries. Very good. Both items. The place had a hipster vibe (three of the four bartenders had handlebar mustaches) but they were nice guys and and overall it was a pleasant meal. I only wish I had room for dessert! I would eat here again.


Day two: Red Iguana in Salt Lake City Utah.


Whenever I hear Salt Lake City my first thought is "Red Iguana"! Some years ago I went to Salt Lake City for a conference and Library AC (who since that time has become mostly vegan....) told me to try the Red Iguana. "Because you love food", she said. So I found it. Waited for 45 minutes to try AMAZING mole and went back the next night with people I met at the conference. I have not been back since that conference but I must mention it because T said, "We are going to the Red Iguana right?" on the road trip. Ummm... YES! And so we did.

I had the "Mole Negro" with chicken and T had the "Mole Poblano" with turkey. The chips were good and the salsa was great! I always thought of the Red Iguana as a mole place, but it is really a Mexican restaurant. I must of tried the mole on a recommendation from Library AC and been addicted ever since. It did not disappoint. Whenever I hear someone is going to Salt Lake City I always encourage them to try the Red Iguana!

Day 3: Crazy Cow Cafe in Beaver Utah.


T had "Bacon and Eggs (over easy) with crispy hashbrowns" and coffee. His usual breakfast. In other trivia, Beaver, Utah is the same place we stayed with the Airstream on our way home from our Yellowstone Trip all those years ago.

This is the day I tipped the scales toward the "Food Flu". And is it any wonder? Look at that "Tracker Driver's Sandwich"! Eggs, sausage, syrup, and french toast. I was very much in a food coma on the way home. T kept asking what was wrong with me and then we stopped for some coffee, which I don't normally drink, and some snacks before making it home.



We arrived home on July 3rd and on July 4th I kept the Food Flu alive with good old-fashion 4th of July fare. And while I don't regret any of my eats, I do think next time I might eat less Pringles.....

Do you have any road trip food tips? How about you favorite place to eat on the road? I am always looking for my next place to eat!

Ciao,
-elizabeth

7.05.2016

Road trip. New Truck. 3 days. WA. ID. UT. CA

Happy 4th of July! Yes I am a little late. It seems like I am always traveling around the 4th of July and getting back just in time to run around and BBQ. This year it was simple with hot dogs and watermelon, a movie and then fireworks. But this story is really about July 1-3rd....

My thought is that if somethng is meant to be, it will be, and it will be easy. That is not to say that I don't work hard for things, because I do. It is more of an observation of when things just work out. They are easy. And that is what this is about.

The short version of the story goes like this:

Friday July 1st T was supposed to leave to go on an Airstream fishing trip in Montana.

Tuesday June 28th T's truck is acting up.

Wednesday June 29th T comes home and tells me he bought a truck in Idaho.

Thursday June 30th T flyes up to Spokane, WA.

Friday July 1st I fly up to Spokane, WA and T picks me up in his new truck. We then drive it home and he delays his fishing trip for a week.

We took the scenic route home and it made me think I need to plan less and go more. We looked at a map, decided a few places to see and just drove home. It was kind of cool and I felt like I was channeling my Dad a bit. Less then 24 hours into the trip I was driving the new truck, we were testing out the four wheel drive and finding delicious food and cheap motels. 301 on the XM radio was the Road Trip station that brought us home through Vegas traffic and 100+ temps. But it was fun. And I am happy everything worked out. I guess it was meant to be...

The new truck in Montana.

Montana rest stop photo.
Me driving the truck. I look scared...
T, truck, and the Tetons way in the background.

South Fork of the Snake River. I think this is a Fly-fisherman's Graceland.

Eagle at the South Fork of the Snake River. T took with picture with an iPhone and some binoculars.

Me enjoying all the room in the truck!

The truck after 4x4ing in Idaho.

Next stop, somewhere fun I hope!