Before we delve into today’s post, it’s time to reveal the results of our poll. The votes are tallied and it was a CLOSE race. We had two clear leading contenders for our next cooking destination taking about 60% of the votes. And the winner is…Cuba! Cuba took Argentina by just one vote! Thank you to everyone that participated. We’re looking forward to our Cuban cooking adventure.
A few weeks ago we made a trip down state for some traditional country fair fun. I hadn’t been to the State Fair since I was a kid and Mike, Mr. N and Miss A had never been. So here’s a little taste of our excursion with a little help today from Miss A. She’s seen Mr. N and I write posts before and she decided to take a turn at it, with a little help from mommy. (Miss A’s words are in italics.)
Our first stop at the Illinois State Fair was the famed “butter cow.”
The butter cow is made out of butter and nothing else. It was big and just made out of butter. We got to try some cheese sticks in the butter cow building. The were good and healthy.
In Conservation World we touched fish and a turtle. I didn’t touch the crayfish cause I just didn’t want to. I loved making my tie dye dress. Mr. N made a pillowcase. Mommy made shorts and daddy made a shirt. I shot a BB gun and so did Mr. N.
After Mr. N finished the rock wall, it was time for lunch. There is an endless array of stands with fried food, funnel cakes, corn and corn dogs. We also happened to notice there was an Ethnic Village full of cooking stands featuring foods from around the world. How fitting is that! Miss A’s first stop was Brazil.
I got a lime and kiwi shake up to drink. It was green. It tasted good, but not too good. I’m kidding. I liked it. After Brazil I went to get my food at the Mexico stand. I got a cheese quesadilla. It was good, but I dropped part of it. Mr. N went to Romania and he got shrimps. Mommy…
I actually stopped off at the Cuban stand for my lunch and had a fabulous pulled pork and caramelized onion sandwich. So good! Mike went to India and got some chicken curry which was also very good. Once lunch was finished we hit a few more exhibits before heading to the high dive show.
We watched a high diver show. They were good. The guy jumped roped off the diving board. He was really, really, really high. It was over my head. I could not go high diving off the top. They did good flips and I was excited to meet them because they were good flippers. The Illinois Fair was fun. Mommy I’m done blogging now.
And that’s a wrap for Miss A. Not a bad attention span for a four-year old! Anyway, Mr. N and Miss A really did enjoy the high dive show. The tallest jump was 75 feet in the air. I can’t imagine jumping from that height into a small pool of water (it wasn’t more than 12-feet deep), but then again I can’t jump off a regular sized diving board either. Before leaving the fair the kids did a bit of dancing at the break dancing demonstration, played a few games, took a 10 minute little rest while mommy and dad sampled some state wines and then for the big finale…
The big slide. Mike and the kids are up in the top right corner of the picture. I’ve done a few of these slides with the kids, but the height always gets to me. I really enjoy the ride down, but the steps up, not so much. So this time, I hung out with the kids giant inflatable prizes and the camera at the bottom. The day at the fair was definitely a fun adventure. The kids are already talking about next year – Mr. N wants to enter the baked goods competition.
Speaking of the baked goods, Mr. N bought the Blue Ribbon Culinary Contest cookbook and picked out a recipe which we’ll share with you next weekend. He really got into the different foods and contests, and his favorite winner’s display…the banana bread competition. Go figure! Have a great weekend and we’ll be back mid-week with a special recipe for one of our good blogging buddies. Cheers!