- It's so hard to find frozen custard in CA. What's up with that! MJ
- I don't have a clue has to how they do that--some special equipment, for sure! This one was orange, but I will probably try the caramel this year.
So, I headed south from Warrenton and stayed overnight in Manning, SC. Along the way, I crossed into "Bojangles country" (fast food haters please forgive!) and got a Cajun Fillet Biscuit. It was fresh, perfectly spiced (for me, anyway), and I loved it.
In Manning, SC, there were two BBQ places: McCabe's Bar-B-Que and D&H Bar-B-Que. I asked the hotel staff which one they recommended, and they said D&H. Let's just say next time I'd try McCabe's.
Here's the pork BBQ close up. Now, I typically like the vinegar-based Carolina style of BBQ, but theirs just didn't work for me. Still, obviously some do love it!
The hush puppies looked fabulous, but they'd been sitting around a while and weren't fresh.
No biggie - I saved some calories for my next stop: Celebration, Florida, home of the National Pie Championships!
On my first day at the competition, I volunteered as a bakers' assistant, assigned to help an amateur competitor get simple things done, such as cleaning various utensils they'd used, providing them with a few hotel-provided utensils they might need, etc. Competitors must bring their own ingredients and any special equipment required other than what is provided on site. Bakers' assistants cannot provide any preparation advice or help in making the pies. (See a typical baking station set-up below.) I loved watching the men and women at work.
Also on this day, all of the commercial pie entries are judged. (The photos at the very top of this thread show the astounding commercial pie display.) I've not volunteered to judge commercial pies; however, once the judging is completed, volunteers can try ANY and EVERY commercial pie they want to. And we do!
Here are a few pics of some of the commercial pies from 2011. Unfortunately, the pies do not have names for the display--only the company's name. When I took these pics, some tables will look empty as not all companies had arrived yet.
Next time, it's amateur pie judging day! "I'll be back."
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