Monday September 6 (Labor Day)
Today is the last day I'll be Heartlanding through the Breadbasket- I guess all good things do have to come to an end.
I found out the weekend before that Zanzibar, the coffee house would be closed on Labor Day-however Java Joe's
will be open, they did have a good iced coffe and I'll make sure I don't get another Dutch Letter.. I arrived a little after 7am and they were open. Java Joe's
certainly rectified themselves, considering the disastrous experience I had the weekend before.
Besides a decent dark roast I had a fine Pecan Roll- fresh with a thick sweet glaze and a substantial meaty pecan flavor. Unfortunately I did not get any photos of the pecan roll
After breakfast I was back on the road and 3 1/2 hours later arrived at
The Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day with on and off drizzle I tried to make the best of it considering I didn't have an umbrella (I really didn't need one on this trip!)
Picture this day like the climax of a fireworks show- you know the last few minutes where everything is set off- so again the theme is "eat like you're never going back" because it's doubtful I ever will
My first stop was unexpected but it caught my attention
I could let you all guess what I had but I'll let you all in on it
Swedish Potato Sausage- It had a nice mellow taste- the grilled onions seemed so right but the bright yellow mustard was oh- so - wrong...I have a cranberry mustard at home that would have been a perfect match- or better yet- a Lingonberry Mustard- I'm sure it exists-
Hey if they have Lingonberry Ice Cream then I'm sure they have lingonberry mustard (no I didn't try any of the ice cream) however another perfect option would have been brown gravy- but that option wasn't available.
Anyway I passed many interesting concessions- and yes most food does appear to be on a stick- however it seems that over here
They make it very clear that "nothin's on a stick"
Anyway as I passed
The deep fried candybars, my attention actually turned to
The Corn roast
For fresh off the stalk sweet corn. Just like 4 years ago, some the best corn on the cob I've ever had..
Now I was just getting into the swing of things because just around the corner
Fried Cheesecake- but that's not what I wanted
Now this is what I wanted- I've been looking forward to this for over two weeks
Freshly fried- sharp- squeaky- cheese curds- much better than the ones I had at the Nook over two weeks earlier.
Here are some other cool concessions that I bypassed
Looks like garlic fries have made it to Minnesota
And of course what's a state fair without some religious entertainment
Which got me hungry for my next stop
A big ol' smoked turkey leg-
But decided to skip the bars, which I guess I could have
washed down with some "all you can drink milk"
now that I ate some poulty- I guess it was time to visit some poultry
or perhaps not
However I did make it to the
The moo booth
To see what this gal produced (the moo both serves shakes and ice cream)
I also happened to catch an impromptu parade
The smell of cinnamon rolls caught my attention and as much as I wanted them
I didn't get any
That was because I had to save myself for my next stop- No hotdish on a stick this time- I learned my lesson the last time however
The Krumkake (pronounced "krumkahkah") was really good- yes I pronounced it wrong
I know that some people on the forum have a obsessive almost disturbing passion for bacon and squeal with orgasmic delight when they see bacon in various pornographic display- well this is for you (I personally couldn't care less)
of course any fair in Minnesota would not be complete without Walleye on a stick
I've heard of Nut Rolls but walked right by so I could hit my final stop
but it wasn't the "uffda brat" it was
I went with the Lefse Delight
Lefse filled with Lingonberries and topped with whipped cream (some of you may be familiar with the wrist band I'm wearing- I wore it just about the whole time I was on the trip - what does it say?)
After spending a few hours at the fair it was time to say "Goodbye"
I drove back to the airport-
When I arrived at my Layover- Midway in Chicago- it was time for dinner.
Since I was no longer heartlanding in the breadbasket, it was time to eat some plebian rustbelt cuisine- Chi Town Style...
So I went to Gold Coast Dogs
inside the Airport and topped off my trip with
An Italian Beef- with Giardinara
A Chicago Style Dog
I was back home just before midnight.. Epilogue
later on in the week
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