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July 31, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

CULINARY DELIGHTS....Tomorrow Marian and I are going to the Orange County Fair, and we all know what that means: lots of deep fried food. If Elina Shatkin in the LA Times is to be believed, our best bet is to start off with deep-fried apple fries as an appetizer, move on to deep-fried Spam™ accompanied by deep-fried zucchini for the main course, and then finish off with either deep-fried Snickers or deep-fried Reese's Whips for dessert. Foods to be avoided at all costs include deep-fried White Castle burgers, deep-fried frog legs, and deep-fried Tootsie Rolls.

Anybody have anything to add to this?

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Deep-fried zucchini is proof that there is a higher power.

Posted by: Catpain Haddock on July 31, 2008 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

Deep fried Oreos. Had my first one at that very fair. I've never eaten another and probably never will, but it's worth a try. Neither your heart nor your ass will thank you, but your soul will feel good.

Posted by: on July 31, 2008 at 2:53 PM | PERMALINK

I hope your medical insurance premiums are up to date. Big deductable?

Posted by: Chris in Seattle on July 31, 2008 at 2:54 PM | PERMALINK

The booth selling Deep-fried Soylent Green is best avoided.

Posted by: David W. on July 31, 2008 at 2:54 PM | PERMALINK

You're blowing a blatant dog whistle to dogs and cardiologists.

It's jackasses like you who keep our medical costs rising.

Friday is Soylent Orange day.

Posted by: jerry on July 31, 2008 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

Wait, how else would you eat frog legs?

Posted by: piminnowcheez on July 31, 2008 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

move on to deep-fried Spam

ZOMG! My arteries harden just hearing those words. That would be so greasy that you'd have to tie it to your teeth to chew it.

Posted by: Joshua Norton on July 31, 2008 at 2:56 PM | PERMALINK

Anybody have anything to add to this?

Pepcid AC.
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Posted by: Grand Moff Texan on July 31, 2008 at 2:56 PM | PERMALINK

Deep fried vomit.

Posted by: jeff on July 31, 2008 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

You've gotta tell them! Deep-fried Soylent Green is made out of zucchini! We've gotta stop them somehow!

Posted by: Petey on July 31, 2008 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

Better bring your portable defibulator. Or better yet, stuff yourself on something low calorie before going. Nothing like a tummy ache to deter you from sampling the various forms of poison.

Posted by: bigTom on July 31, 2008 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

squick

Posted by: Baldrick on July 31, 2008 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

Stay away from the Cindy McCain deep-fried ahi tuna with Napa cabbage slaw.

Posted by: AJB on July 31, 2008 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

How bout a nice side serving of Deep Fried Regret.

Posted by: sheerahkahn on July 31, 2008 at 3:10 PM | PERMALINK

JUST CHECKING because two other blogs were not taking my comments and I wanted to know if the problem is with MY computer...gotta say I cringed at Colbert's comment last night about not having County Fairs to go to where one could step in someone else's VOMIT!!! UGH!!!

Posted by: Dancer on July 31, 2008 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

And what, may I ask, is wrong with fried frog's legs?

Posted by: steve duncan on July 31, 2008 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK

All these fried delights were invented for the great State Fair of Texas. Come down to Big D in October, and get yourself a big ol' helping of Deep Southern-Fried Fat, and sprinkle a little sugar on top to make it go down easier!

Posted by: Max Edison on July 31, 2008 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

Elephant ears--otherwise known as fried dough dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar. It's mm-mm good.

Posted by: Donald A. Coffin on July 31, 2008 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

In Las Vegas I've seen deep-fried oreos and deep-fried twinkies. I would avoid them. Deep-fried pcikles are good.

Posted by: Randy Paul on July 31, 2008 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

Had deep fried Oreos lat year for the first time--not bad at all, although they needed ice cream on top.

Colbert, I believe, said that because of the economy the deep-fried "insert food item here" on a stick was going to be replaced by "deep-fried stick." He noted that the replacement would be better (more healthful) for all concerned.

Good luck.

BTW, was Kreuz's better than Black's in Lockhart--it used to be 35 years ago.

Posted by: A Transplanted Texan on July 31, 2008 at 3:20 PM | PERMALINK

Just for the record, you haven't lived till you've had garlic ice cream in Gilroy, CA.

Posted by: Randy Paul on July 31, 2008 at 3:20 PM | PERMALINK

Texas State Fair, Kev.

Ground zero for deep-fried foods. Fried Coke, fried Twinkie among the deepf-fried foods that got their start in Dallas.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on July 31, 2008 at 3:26 PM | PERMALINK

Randy Paul.... mmm on the garlic ice cream.

More seriously, grapefruit gelato is a great taste.

Kevin, go up to Sonoma.

Vella Cheese.

Get their five-year old raw milk sharp Cheddar.

And, their new Golden Bear dry Jack.

I go there every time I'm on a vacation in the Bay Area and stock up.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on July 31, 2008 at 3:29 PM | PERMALINK

I'm going to regret asking, but how do you fry Coke? I'm assuming you mean the beverage.

Posted by: Joshua Norton on July 31, 2008 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

I hate to contradict all you Texans--okay, I actually enjoy contradicting Texans--but the Illinois State Fair has to lead the galaxy in deep-fried everything on a stick.

I had a deep-fried Oreo two years ago and I can still feel how much my teeth hurt.

The ISF is best known for its corn dogs and lemon shake-ups, but we also indulge in funnel cakes and elephant ears. Mmmmmmmm.

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on July 31, 2008 at 3:33 PM | PERMALINK

I would avoid the deep-fried chicken feet. Sometimes crunchy is overrated.

Posted by: Keith Frohreich on July 31, 2008 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry, but y'all are waaay behind Glasgow at the art of deep fried *everything* ... try deepfried christmas cake, with deepfried beer on the side, if you want truly disgusting.

The bright side of life in Glasgow: the constant threat of violence will keep your blood pressure high enough to force its' way through all those thickening arteries ....

Posted by: firefall on July 31, 2008 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

I tried a fried twinkie and fried snickers bar at last year's fair, and found they were not very remarkable. Actually, I think fried sweets, while they sound quite decadent, just do not taste very good. Savory foods taste much better fried. I agree with one of the posters above about fried pickles being the bomb. Fried cheese curds are also good.

Posted by: Pocket Rocket on July 31, 2008 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

but y'all are waaay behind Glasgow

I first saw it in London in the chips shops. They'd throw a Milky Way into the fish batter and fry it up in the same fat they fried the fish 'n chips in.

Posted by: Joshua Norton on July 31, 2008 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, well you can eat all the crap you want -- just don't take any home to the cats!

Posted by: K on July 31, 2008 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

Deep Fried Beer Battered Bacon Double Cheeseburger. Bypass optional.

Deep Fried Mac 'n Cheese.

Deep Fried Marlboro's.

Deep Fried sandwich of fried chicken in a split Krispy Kreme donut.

Spaghetti & meatballs on a stick.

I think my left arm just went numb...

Posted by: Joshua Norton on July 31, 2008 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

I second the motion to avoid deep fried Twinkies. Very disappointing. It's hard to tell the Twinkie from the fried, if you get my drift. The classic funnel cake is far better. Also vinegar fries.

Posted by: bluewave on July 31, 2008 at 4:18 PM | PERMALINK

My wife was very taken with the pork-chop-on-a-stick at the Iowa State Fair the last time I was home. I don't recall if they are deep-fried (if so, they weren't at least deep-fried AND coated in flour -- they didn't look like it, anyway). I avoided them (being more taken with various sausage-type foods), but they were good enough she had at least one every day we went there (about five days, if I recall).

That said, I do wonder at the whole fried-food industry, state fairs or local chip shops. It's amazing to go to a folk festival in a hippie-liberal town like Takoma Park, MD, and see the number of vendors who sell -- fried foods! I suppose for a one-day outing, it's no big deal, but I know that all those vendors were not selling something they don't sell each and every day in their own establishments!

And then I watch the flesh-mountains move through the crowds in any city street and realize we're really doing ourselves in by putting our money where our mouths are.

Then I think about the deep-fried platform-on-a-stick that is the Republican campaign, and realize that healthy habits lead to a healthy country (and vice-virtue).


Ed

Posted by: Ed Drone on July 31, 2008 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

Mostly we all live to a reasonably old age because this food is only available at fairs. However. In Dayton, Ohio an entrenpenuer decided there was a demand for deep-fried everything all year around. So now they're selling it at a little store about a block from our house.

I suppose early deaths from heart attack, stroke an diabetes will increase by a magnitude in our neighborhood.

Posted by: cowalker on July 31, 2008 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

I'd say go for the white castle and skip the spam. But hey, i'm a dog person and you're a cat person, so maybe it's just a preference.

Posted by: qwerty on July 31, 2008 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

Deep-fried Spam??

Spam in the place where you live,
think about nutrition, wonder what it's made of now...

-Weird Al, "Spam" (to the tune of R.E.M.'s "Stand")

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on July 31, 2008 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe there is a Polish or Italian festival going on somewhere nearby soon so you can try some real food instead?

Posted by: Swan on July 31, 2008 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

O.M.G.

Posted by: kamajii on July 31, 2008 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

You haven't lived until you've gone to the great State Fair of Texas and had the deep-fried soup on a stick!

Posted by: Max Edison on July 31, 2008 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK

Anybody have anything to add to this?

Aka-Seltzer?

Posted by: Gregory on July 31, 2008 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

The fried chicken Krispy Kreme sandwich is pretty remarkable too. In case it's not sweet enough (it's a jelly doughnut), they serve it with a packet of honey on the side.

Fried Oreos didn't do it for me at all. There was something that was good, but I had a little too much non-fried beer to remember what it was.

Posted by: JB on July 31, 2008 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

Don't forget to buy some deep-fried beverages in case you get thirsty!

Posted by: DanM on July 31, 2008 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

Arteries are overrated.

Posted by: Thlayli on July 31, 2008 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

Where I live, the Indian fry bread is the main culinary attraction at these pubic gatherings.

Posted by: Brojo on July 31, 2008 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

If they have deep fried dill pickles, don't pass them up! Disgustingly good.

Posted by: The Bobs on July 31, 2008 at 5:14 PM | PERMALINK

Lifelong Dem: The corny dog's home is down here at Fair Park. (And I'm not a native Texan.)

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on July 31, 2008 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

I thought this was a political site - where are jokes? This is such a set up!

I hear the Rove booth is serving deep-fried McCain balls.

Posted by: mroberts on July 31, 2008 at 5:50 PM | PERMALINK

And the Cheney booth is serving deep-fried Bush balls.

C'mon people!

Posted by: mroberts on July 31, 2008 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

White Castle half dollar size burgers,aka sliders,are fine straight up., Don't deep fry them!

Posted by: Fran, the upper east side,latte sipping limousine liberal on July 31, 2008 at 6:06 PM | PERMALINK

Fran.... 19 sliders is my personal record. MMMMmmmm

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on July 31, 2008 at 6:20 PM | PERMALINK

W. Bush's brain was deep fried in whiskey, sprinkled with coke and put on a stick by the Texas Republican Party. Then 49% of America saluted.

Posted by: Brojo on July 31, 2008 at 6:29 PM | PERMALINK

"The fried chicken Krispy Kreme sandwich is pretty remarkable too. In case it's not sweet enough (it's a jelly doughnut), they serve it with a packet of honey on the side."

Please tell us you're kidding. I live in Bangkok and given the crap that people stuff down their necks in the States I am amazed when Americans come here and "Ooo" and "Aaah" at the locusts sauteed in chili oil.

Posted by: robuzo on July 31, 2008 at 7:25 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,
I would like for you to bring me home deep fried scallops that have been wrapped in bacon and dusted with catnip powder.
Domino would like deep fried trout wrapped in bacon and dusted with dried shrimp powder.

Posted by: Inkblot on July 31, 2008 at 7:48 PM | PERMALINK

Let's leave the nanny government to the Brits.

Posted by: food police on July 31, 2008 at 8:02 PM | PERMALINK

Well, we always ate frybread or Indian Tacos at Pow Wow when I lived in los Estados Unidos, so we know that Jesus always ate frybread (we call it holjaldres in Panama) but since Spam is the canned meat of the Developing World, I'm figuring that Deep Fried Spam is something Jesus would eat, también.

Posted by: Padre Mickey on July 31, 2008 at 8:18 PM | PERMALINK

Don't forget the deep-fried tofu and bean sprouts.

Posted by: thersites the zantac junkie on July 31, 2008 at 8:34 PM | PERMALINK

Forget the deep-fry. Have a yummy barbeque brisket dinner with cole slaw and beans. Then top it off with an ear of fire-roasted corn and a cold beer.

The only thing you might need after that is a cinnamon bun to eat on the way back to your car.

Posted by: on July 31, 2008 at 8:39 PM | PERMALINK

I thought I was joking with the Deep Fried Tofu

Posted by: thersites on July 31, 2008 at 8:40 PM | PERMALINK

Angioplasty not included

Posted by: mikeel on July 31, 2008 at 9:20 PM | PERMALINK

The bright side of life in Glasgow: the constant threat of violence will keep your blood pressure high enough to force its' way through all those thickening arteries ....

Sounds like someone who sat in the wrong section at an Old Firm Derby.

Posted by: Randy Paul on July 31, 2008 at 10:15 PM | PERMALINK

Prilosec.

Posted by: Paul Camp on July 31, 2008 at 11:49 PM | PERMALINK

Buy some Tums/Rolaids before you go, I stopped eating fried foods years ago and now when I try them I get indigestion form the oil slick that forms in my stomach.

Posted by: Jet on August 1, 2008 at 12:34 AM | PERMALINK

I thought I was joking with the Deep Fried Tofu -Thers

I went to the Texas state fair, they will fry anything and I do mean anything.

Posted by: on August 1, 2008 at 12:37 AM | PERMALINK

@ robuzo:

Sadly, no. I ate one, just so I could say I did it. For being a horrible, awful thing in so many ways, it was reasonably tasty. But state/county fairs have metamorphosed into places where we get together and eat the most ridiculous, awful, bad-for-you stuff, and call it "fun".

Or maybe that's what they always were and it's only recently become very widely known. I think at this point they're all trying to come up with the worst possible foods to get the news coverage so people (like me) will go to the fair to eat these terrible things for the experience.

I am not proud. But next time someone offers me a doughnut with fried meat in it, I can turn it down knowing I've already been down that road once.

Posted by: JB on August 1, 2008 at 12:39 AM | PERMALINK

the oil slick that forms

I try to take a large dose of ester vitamin C before eating fried foods or meat. Supposedly this helps reduce the sclerotic effects of such foods.

Posted by: Brojo on August 1, 2008 at 12:40 PM | PERMALINK

Glasgow: That place is the center of the universe of heart surgery. Bypass heaven.

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