Dad and l successfully tackled the 2015 State Fair of Texas in Dallas for the first time in years! The weather was pristine, the fair was full of people, and we ate like there was no tomorrow!
We're going to get into our Top 5 food purchases and I am so glad I chose the outfit I did (shoutout to Mom's awesome closet) because at the end of the day, I considered asking my father to buy one of those kiddie strollers to get me to the car.
1. Jalapeno Cheesy Fletcher's Corny Dog (Dad and Erika: A+)
This was the appetizer of our full fair spread. It's also my mom's favorite item, so we couldn't skip it!
They advertised that this was a "new flavor" and maybe it's because this was the first year they had cheese in the mix?? But either way, it was spicy, cheesy, and perfect.
2. Fried Red Velvet Oreo (Dad: A+ Erika: B)
First off, I've never had a regular red velvet Oreo, much less a fried red velvet Oreo. Three cookies were topped with a rich drizzle and powered sugar. I had one bite and let dad have the rest! Far too rich for me, but he didn't feel the same!
3. Smoky Bacon Margarita (Dad: ? Erika: A-)
This is the item I was looking forward to the most! My thinking is, you can never go wrong with a margarita....
I wouldn't say they went wrong, but I wasn't freaking out about how incredible it was either. It just tasted like there was bacon on my margarita!
4. Fired Peanut Butter and Jelly (Dad: A+ Erika: A)
10 years ago, my dad let me get a fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was the first year they had them on the list of crazy food options. I was so excited because it was my big purchase of the day.
When they handed me my basket of fried sandwich, I went to a container that I assumed was powdered sugar. I was greedy for more, naturally!
I turned the canister upside down... and what came pouring out was salt!
It started seeping into the hot fried coating faster than I could react! I was panicking..."Omg dad is going to be so mad! I ruined the sandwich!"
So what do I do? ... Well, I didn't tell my family!
I walked over to my parents and sister, handed a slice to everyone, knowing I just doused salt on my food. I cringed as we all toasted with our slices.
We all nearly gagged up our first bites onto the sidewalk!
They chalked it up to just being a disgusting food item and I was so incredibly relieved.
It wasn't until about 5 years later that I confessed my wrong doing! And that's not a memory any of us forgot!
This year, 10 years later, we got the PB&J sans salt. It was delicious... like it should have been from the beginning!
5. Fried Jumbalaya (Dad and Erika: A++)
This was our last food item of the day and at this point I was resenting dad for making me eat so much. I didn't even want to try this fried jambalaya... but to my surprise it was my absolute favorite item!
I couldn't tell you the cream sauce on top of these rounds of goodness, but it was heavenly!
Seeing Big Tex after so many years was like seeing an old friend that I made some of my best memories with.
There's nothing better than being home.