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Ashley’s State Fair Food Wish List 2012

The Minnesota State Fair is one of our must-do activities each summer. Our primary goal is to find all of the wacky foods on our list.  With over 450 different foods and more than 60 of them on a stick, it’s one big artery-clogging haven for gluttony.


On Sunday, we’re going to join the nearly 2 million other visitors at the State Fair. After the food, the  2nd most fun part about the fair is the people-watching. Some seriously interesting people come out of the woodwork to gawk at farm animals and ride the tilt-a-whirl every year. We have a WHOLE DAY to play this year…normally we go on a weekday evening and barely have enough time to find our deep fried goodness before things start to shut down. I fully intend on rides, swine barns, music, beer, and a sunburn this time around! But this post is about food, so I digress…

The Minnesota State Fair website has a handy dandy little “Food Finder” tool that helps nerds like me figure out what they want in advance. Every year, I pick out some funky new foods I want to try. Here are my choices…I’ll have to do a follow-up post and let you know if my belly was big enough to fit all of this stuff.


Fair Food #1: Gluten Free Risotto Poppers from French Meadow Bakery & Café.

–       Located on Carnes Ave. & Underwood St., across from WCCO Radio

Fair Food #2: Porcupine Meatballs on a Stick from Giggles Campfire Grill (pork meatballs with wild rice)

–       Located at Cooper St. & Lee Ave. in The North Woods

Fair Food #3: Eggplant Caramelos (tacos) from Sonora Grill

–       Located at Midtown Global Market inside the Bazaar, east wall

Fair Food #4: Bruschetta Bites from MN Wine Country

–       Located on the West side of Underwood between Carnes and Judson


Fair Food #5: Sweeties Delight (Mashed Sweet Potatoes on a Stick) from Potato Man and Sweetie

–       Located on the West side of Liggett, south of the Midway


Fair Food #6: Red Velvet Funnel Cake from Smoothies & Jurassic

–       Located on Murphy Ave. across from Pet Center



These are foods that we have tried before, but are so insanely good we absolutely CANNOT leave without eating them. It would be a crime.

–       Sweet Martha’s Cookies: a huge bucket of them. They are so soft and greasy. I guarantee my husband will have eaten at least half the bucket before we get home. Located on the South side of Carnes between Nelson and Underwood

–       Grilled Corn on the Cob: Located on the southeast corner of Nelson and Dan Patch

–       Pulled Turkey Sandwich from Turkey to Go. OHMYGOODNESS. If I could eat only one fair food item, this would be it. I don’t know if it’s marinated in a bucket of butter or what, but it sure tastes like it. Juicy, delicious turkey. Mmmmmm…Located on the East side of Clough between Judson and Carnes.


What are YOUR favorite fair foods?  Are there any that are not on my list that I should really try this year? Am I going to have a coronary before I get home on Sunday?

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The Recipe for a Perfect Summer

Although I do enjoy the change of seasons and the winter sports that my state has to offer, I absolutely LOVE hot weather. Minnesota summers are so fleeting, it’s tough to squeeze in all of the FUN summer can offer into a few short months.

There a few activities that I absolutely MUST check off my list each summer to consider it a success. Which of these summer past times make YOUR list?


As in, as often as humanly possible. Steaks, pork chops, fish, kebabs, asparagus, burgers, brats, whatever. The smell of charcoal is pure happiness. Plus, who doesn’t love eating outside off paper plates?


At least one baseball game per summer is a must. We’ve got an awesome new stadium just a few miles away (unfortunately, not such an awesome team). Heck, you don’t even need to like the sport to enjoy the fans, the beer, and the Wave (duh). Or, go to a soccer game or minor league event and save some cash. Regardless of the team, the camaraderie and atmosphere at an outdoor game is unbeatable. P.S. – I took this picture last night. Crazy great seats..right behind home plate!


I can’t imagine too many things I’d rather be doing on a sunny Saturday afternoon than sitting on a patio or rooftop with a Corona, vodka lemonade, margarita, or {insert your favorite adult beverage here}. A few great spots around the Twin Cities area include Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge, Muddy Waters, Brit’s Pub, CRAVE, Stella’s Fish Café, Lord Fletcher’s, The Happy Gnome, Uptown Cafeteria, etc…

Enjoying a gigantic booze concoction on the Psycho Suzi’s patio…


Get away from your familiar surroundings for a weekend. The chores will still be there when you get home. Go hiking, biking, climbing, or camping somewhere secluded and leave work and everything else behind for a couple of days. Clear your head. Appreciate the summer and all of the beauty and life it creates.

Hiking the trails near Bozeman, Montana 


It’s just sort of expected in Minnesota, perhaps because ours is the 2nd biggest State Fair in the country (everything is bigger in Texas). I get super pumped every year when the food list comes out…we scout out our route – “Ok, the pulled turkey sandwiches are here, the deep fried mashed potatoes on a stick are over here, the grilled corn on the cob here, and the other super-fattening-but-amazingly-tasty-weird-fair-food is over by the cattle barn”. In addition to the awesome food, the fair is the ultimate people-watching experience. It brings all kinds of weirdos out of the woodwork. Sit back and watch, or share a tilt-a-whirl cart with one of them.


If you’re like me, you spend enough painstaking hours inside the gym all winter long when it’s perpetually dark and frozen outside. I have a really tough time even setting foot in a gym when it’s over 55 degrees out. I was even lucky enough to run outside this January when we had record high temps in the 50s! Warmer weather is God’s way of telling us to enjoy the outdoors. Get on your bike and ride the trails, go for a run around a lake, or work out in the park (monkey-bar pullups!).



Do a Google search for “outdoor concert calendar {your area}”. Whether it’s a local rock band, orchestra, dance group, movie, or comedy show, you can probably find free (or nearly free) entertainment in your city virtually any night of the week. It’s a great opportunity to meet people in your community and get away from your normal weekday routine.


Swim, lounge on a floating raft, splash, play, waterski, tube, fish, whatever floats your boat (haha…get it?). We are blessed to live in the land of 10,000 (actually more like 12,000) lakes, so there’s water just about everywhere you look. Cool down and enjoy the pool, lake, or ocean whenever possible…the sub-zero temps will be back sooner than you know it.


What are YOUR favorite summertime activities? Let me know in the comments below!

 Photo Credits: Grill, State Fair, Outdoor Concert, Waterskiier

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