2017 Wisconsin State Fair – Day 1 Part 2 (The Food)

A little threat of severe weather can’t get between me and my fair food – we still managed to get a hearty serving of the fair and its food. The first day is always a little overwhelming – the sights, the sounds, and a list full of new foods with nothing crossed off.

A hard left out of the tunnel entrance lead us  organically down to the Spam wagon and to what may have been inorganic Spam Fries.

But guess what? I don’t care what they were made of (as long as it’s not crickets.) Factory ham beats crickets every day and twice on Sunday. But anyway, these Spam Fries; salty, crispy on the outside, hammy spammy on the inside . Great! I liked them with ranch, because they didn’t seem unhealthy enough on their own.

Adjacent to the Spam is the highlight of the Fair year in and year out, the Milwaukee Bucks Milk House. Two new flavors this year; chocolate peanut butter and salted caramel. Both were really good with the edge going to the chocolate peanut butter – like a melted Reeses in your mouth. The only major issue is that the boys can each drink at least a milk-a-piece so even with my trademark 4 milk carry – I’m not left with enough milk to satisfy my craving. It’s ok, it’s worth it to raise a couple milk drinkers.

Brad & Harry’s Cheese Curds are next and since we have them every year (and almost every trip) the new game is, “find a cheese curd that looks like something.” This batch had this:


Back to the new foods list and over to Water Street Brewery for Yardbird Nachos.

These were pretty good. Rich and really filling to eat alone (which I did). Turns out “chicken cracklings” are basically deep-fried chicken skin (maybe they were battered a little too) so they’re basically the best part of your bucket of fried chicken. The toppings were great too with some nice fresh salsa. Give these a try.

Time to feed the kids some more and what better than a 12″ corn dog (which I ate half of because that’s what dads do – or that’s what I do – either way).

Tropics at the Fair was the next target to cross our path and I moseyed up the bar and ordered some deep-fried grilled cheese sandwich bites. I talked to the owner as well and got you all some insider information – the cheese is battered in bread batter – something they came up with. When you cook it, it turns into bread around the cheese – deep-fried grilled cheese bread.

These were even better than I hoped they would be. Even the tomato dipping sauce was great – inspired by homemade tomato soup (more insider info). These are highly recommended – by me and my family.

Last stop for the day was appropriately Saz’s for dessert. Monkey Business.

Two little dessert burritos were excellently prepared. The burritos may have even been banana flavored – I think – I couldn’t exactly tell. Either way, they were crispy and full of everything good. Peanut buttery, bacon jam, caramelized banana. These were great. Soooo rich though. Please don’t be me – don’t eat them both yourself. I ended up couched for a good 2 hours after we got home from overdoing it today. Tara never wants to share these weirder things with me. Don’t get me wrong – she encourages me to get them…and life insurance. Weird.

Be back soon.


Thoughts on milk, school, and getting older


And they’re all kind of related. First up, milk. It does a body good, right? I’m not even sure if they still use that slogan, or if they have used it in years (first sign of this blog post that I’m getting old). Side note/history lesson: the “Got Milk?” ad campaign started in 1993 with that commercial where the guy had a mouthful of peanut butter and couldn’t say Aaron Burr. It’s a classic. Also, it has been hijacked for way too many other things. Got (insert what you’re selling here)? Time to move on.

Anyway, back to my point, I love milk and I feel that it’s a pretty widely accepted fact that it’s good for you. Well, in my “Strategic Management” class the other night, the professor brought up a topic on dairy farmers and declining milk sales. And of course, according to one student, the reason milk sales are down is because “humans are the only mammals that drink milk after infanthood and that’s unnatural. Plus almond and soy milk is much better for you.” Well guess what, humans are also the only mammals that plant seeds, grow plants, and then juice the nuts and beans from said plants and call that milk. Suck on that teat know-it-all. I’m pretty sure I could drink a gallon of milk in front of this student during the 3 hour class but we’ll wait and see if I’m thirsty…thirsty for revenge.

As for getting old, that feeling happened to be at school too. I went in the school bookstore and the student employee working that night said, “Can I help you with anything sir?” Nice and polite sure, but dude, I know you aren’t calling Joe Undergrad sir when he comes in looking for his books. So dang, I must look too old to pass as a college student anymore (I’m ok with this). Also, upon checking out, he looked at my school ID and said he had never seen one that old. “I’ll finish school when I finish school” is what I said (to myself).

Anyway, to summarize, stay in school, drink milk, and feel young.

Image source: http://www.scienceofimitationmilk.com/ (interesting website about those other “milks”)