Feelin’ Fair at the LA County Fair

This weekend, Matt and some friends and I kicked off the long weekend by heading to the LA County Fair! I’ve always loved going to the fair – where else can you indulge in 100% pure American excess while going on rides, people watching and eating things like the Giant Rib? Don’t answer that… Vegas? It was a beautiful toasty day and as soon as we entered, our eyes were bombarded with signs and smells and colors for all sorts of things, like fried kool-aid and the 15 pound hamburger.

 

Feelin' Corny

I started with some kettle corn that was hot and salty right out of the popper. This actually ended up being a saving grace for me, because I ate enough popcorn to stave off any crazy feasting that otherwise might have ensued. Don’t worry, I still got plenty to eat… After the kettle corn, I decided a flame grilled ear of corn sounded good. Yum, yum – don’t I look happy? The corn was a bargain at $4 when priced against things like our upcoming red velvet funnel cake for $9.

 

 

Red Velvet Funnel Cake

I think one of the best things you can do if you want to experience fair food without the disgusting deep-fried hangover is to go with a couple people. We went with another couple and we ended up splitting everything four ways, which helped cut down costs and gave us a little bit of everything. The red velvet funnel cake was tasty, but personally in my opinion, nothing to write home about. I had a few small bites and left room in my tummy for other things… like my favorite of the day, the deep fried oreo!

 

Deep Fried oreo

Deep fried oreo sounds disgusting, right? I anticipated that I’d take one bite (like I did with the deep fried Twinkie) and go EWWWW. Sadly, I took a bite and thought “Oh. Ok. this is pretty goo- OMG YUM NOMMMMMM.” There was something about the temperature that caused the cream in the middle to slightly melt, and the batter was not overly sweet, so it became this delectable, soft, creamy cookie. YUM. Thank goodness we only got four in the order and each got one, because one was all I needed.

We sampled several other things that day – a bloomin’ onion, curly fries, a smoked turkey leg, lemonade, deep fried snickers (again – another thing I had a bite of and went, “eh, not worth the calories”). The great thing was, I left feeling pretty good – because we had been walking from 4 pm to midnight, I never got to an “ugh” point with too much food, and truly, the method of splitting everything four ways was brilliant, because I got to taste a little bit of everything but couldn’t truly go overboard. While calorically I know this was a fat bomb of a day, it was fun and didn’t feel as excessive as it could have when you consider all the walking around and small portions we had. However, it was nice to be back to a light dinner of salad the next day 🙂

View at night from the sky tram

In addition to eating fried stuff, we visited a bee hive, pet some cows, watched bad product demonstrations, saw some zebras, admired the London themed hall of Flowers, watched a No Doubt cover band (called Gwen in Doubt! Great name, right?), rode the sky tram (so scary to have your legs dangling way above the fair! eeek!) and I got to go down the giant slide. Giant slides = awesome. If you want a way to feel 10 years old again without a care in the world, stick your feet in a potato sack and scoot your ass down a giant slide. It’s magnificent. Flying over big humps with the wind in my hair was pretty darn rejuvenating. I highly recommend it!

Have you been to a county fair recently? Which one? When you go, do you splurge and try some of the crazy foods or do you play it safe by eating before you go? I got back on track on Sunday and today, and it’s time for me to start using MyFitnessPal again after a brief hiatus. Also, I took my last confession post to heart and have already gotten started with exercise again, so now my new plan of attack is to walk a little bit in the morning before I start work for the day. What’s new with you? 🙂

 

 

Weekend Get-Away: Big Bear Lake

Hello, Double Chinners! Sorry things were quiet around here for a few days. My hubby and I were in Big Bear Lake celebrating our one year anniversary of our wedding!

Score! We're Married!

While I’m not proud of it, I didn’t track a single thing through out the weekend. This was not wise, as it lead to copious indulging in things like creme brulee and NY strips… BUT… it was my first wedding anniversary, I splurged, and I had a great time! (Happy to report: back on the WW tracking train today!) It’s not really related to weight loss, but pix are fun – so let’s take a little pictorial recap of Big Bear, shall we?

Here we are at Juniper Point:

Exploring Big Bear Lake

And here’s Matt in our creepy haunted B&B (I’ll save that for another post… but let’s just say – 5 year old little girl ghosts? SCARY)

Matt looks for Casper

Here’s an amazing hand-made marshmallow from a great cafe called the Copper-Q where we had hand squeezed lemonades and iced coffees after sunny afternoons outside:

Stay-Puft, you got nothin' on this!

Here I am eating an awesome turkey sandwich on squaw bread from the “Big Bear Belly Deli”. It was a really tasty sandwich but almost had too much cheese. Or maybe I’m just not a fan of cheddar with turkey. *shrug*

I <3 sprouts

Here I am at a really haunted restaurant we ate at called The Log Cabin. (Over 100 years old – the waitress said apparitions of women in blue aprons (which was part of the original uniform) walk back and forth throughout the kitchen) I had some AMAZING biscuits and gravy with fried eggs. I should have had a heart attack on the spot from all the fat and salt, but they were incredible and brought back major memories of my grandma’s southern soul food cooking.

Is there a ghost behind me?!

Here we are at the Moonridge Zoo, which was full of rehabilitated animals. Their three grizzlies were there after raiding a campground three times too many. Can you see the big bear in back of our heads? It was fun hearing these guys snort and huff and puff as they lumbered around their enclosure. We also got to make the coyotes howl. That was cool.

Da Bears

Then, we had a fancy dinner at a place called the Peppercorn Grill. I had a NY Strip and Matt had the porterhouse. It was good – but couldn’t top their Artichokes Romano appetizer. It was baked artichoke hearts covered in balsamic vinegar, garlic, and parmesan bread crumbs. The creme brulee we shared for dessert was perfect – a nice crispy shell and cool, sweet custard underneath. So good. So, so good. So worth the few pounds I probably puffed up.

Before we pigged out at the Peppercorn

We drove home yesterday morning and had to pull over to capture some of the sheer scenic gorgeousness. Big Bear is absolutely stunning and a super friendly little town – and it only took two hours to get there from Los Angeles. We’ll definitely be going back!