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Del Mar Fair...$2 Tuesday tastings..new food items

Beach Chick Jun 11, 2009 08:00 PM

Del Mar Fair starts tomorrow!

New Food Items..

Also, they are bringing back the $2 tasting at every food booth..info below.
Tuesday $2.00 Taste of the Fair
For you light eaters, or those who can't narrow down the list of foods you want to try, we are bringing back Tuesday Taste of the Fair. Each Tuesday, you can buy a taster's portion of a featured Fair food item for $2.00 at each food booth.

2009 San Diego County Fair will be 22 days, from Friday, June 12, through Sunday, July 5, closed two Mondays, June 15 and 22.

$2 tickets..only this June 16th at Albertson's..


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    Encinitan Jun 12, 2009 06:59 AM

    I can't wait to try the deep-fried sushi.

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      Beach Chick Jun 15, 2010 10:42 PM

      Heading out to the SD fair and besides air drumming to the 70's Styx act and drinking a couple of cold ones..anything new and exciting to eat this year?
      Love the fried zucchini and the grilled corn..turkey corn dog is great with a fresh lemonade at the kitschy Hot Dog on a Stick.
      Got any fair fav's?

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      1. re: Beach Chick
        DiningDiva Jun 15, 2010 11:02 PM

        Yep...me demonstrating tamales at 5:30 pm this coming Saturday

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          mimosa Jun 16, 2010 12:40 AM

          We're doing some fun cheese pairings at the Slow Food thing on Saturday at 4pm. Is your demo in the same area - would love to catch it!

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            DiningDiva Jun 16, 2010 08:08 AM

            Yep, I'm right after you in the 5:30 slot :-). I'm actually the Secretary for SF Urban SD. I was looking forward to catching your gig as well! One can never know too much about cheese

            1. re: DiningDiva
              Beach Chick Jun 16, 2010 09:49 AM

              Awesome DD..
              I like my tamales with lots of cheese and serrano chiles..dozen would work well for me and I'll bring the beer!
              I might have to try the deep fried Klondike..sounds so wrong that it must be good!

              1. re: DiningDiva
                daantaat Jun 16, 2010 09:46 PM

                bummer, we'll miss it--have reservations w/ friends at Okan that night....

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          Ewilensky Jun 16, 2010 11:26 AM

          Deep fried butter!? I gotta ask, why?

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            phee Jun 16, 2010 12:18 PM

            No kidding! WTH???

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              littlestevie Jun 16, 2010 01:20 PM

              The deep fried butter stand is right by the bridge that takes you out to the infield. This is also where the paramedic vehicles are parked. My SO and I were wondering if that was done on purpose. The name of the stand is Heart Attack Cafe, and I don't know if they are related to the Arizona place with the same name. We will be there on Sat, and we hope to last until mimosa and DD get on stage.

              1. re: littlestevie
                phee Jun 16, 2010 10:14 PM

                Practice your CPR in case the paramedics are busy. ;-)

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              Beach Chick Jun 17, 2011 10:28 AM

              Going to the SD Fair this Tuesday...
              Doobie Brothers..cold beers and $2 Taste of Tuesday.
              Anyone been this year...what's good?

              Church of Chino's..is the corn ready yet?

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              1. re: Beach Chick
                JRSD Jun 17, 2011 11:40 AM

                I enjoyed the Deep-fried bacon, garlic battered artichokes and bacon-maple doughnuts before Weird Al.

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                  Beach Chick Jun 17, 2011 02:03 PM

                  Do you recall if that bacon was of the Tofu variety?
                  ; )

                2. re: Beach Chick
                  foodiechick Jun 17, 2011 11:46 AM

                  Going next Thursday to see Willie Nelson.

                  Larry Himmel did a piece on an older woman who has been operating a food stall at the fair for over 30 years. Two locations: 1 just as you come through the entrance and the other at the far end in the fun zone, she specializes in authentic Chicago Hot Dogs. Can't decide between visiting her or the new Pinks!

                  Husband always gnaws on either BBQ ribs (better than Phil's IMHO) or those big turkey legs.

                  We finally indulged in one of Chicken Charlie's infamous deep-fried items two years ago - the deep fried Klondike Bar. He ruined a perfectly good ice cream bar so I don't think we will be trying the deep fried Kool-Aid.

                  A friend recommended a dessert that I'm going to try: The Gingerbread Shop's Eton Mess pudding. It is macerated strawberries and raspberry puree with vanilla ice cream, meringue bits and whipped cream. I have passed this place so many times and never even thought to stop, but this summer treat will remedy that.

                  Have fun Chicka!

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                    Beach Chick Jun 17, 2011 02:07 PM

                    You gonna wear those kick ass red gorgeous boots to Willie?
                    Hope you'll be representing..

                    I have a couple of beers in the parking lot in front of the sign that says 'No Partying in the parking lot'..and then I'll have to check out the $2 taste on Tuesday..

                    Do you think they'll have the Birkenstock Food Trailer with the tie-dye serving tofu lollipops, hugging a tree and tasting like one food stand at the Fair this year?

                  2. re: Beach Chick
                    daantaat Jun 17, 2011 05:05 PM

                    did Chino's yellow corn last weekend. I think b/c it's been so cold and overcast, that there hasn't been enough sun to sweeten them up. They were fresh but lacking in their usual sweetness. I'd wait another week or two to see if they improve.

                    Chino's did have fava bean leaves, stinging nettles and quelites. Their white nectarines weren't too bad after ripening on the counter for a day or two.

                    French strawberries are bigger than last year and coming into their sweetness.

                    Red raspberries were very, very good.

                    And if you want to try growing your own, they have raspberry and strawberry plants for sale.

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                    Island Jun 17, 2011 12:07 PM

                    Wait....you mean there are actually things worth eating at the fair? Do tell.

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                      Beach Chick Jun 27, 2012 08:20 AM

                      Going to the fair and whats the new fried thing this year?
                      Not that I'll be trying it..
                      I'm the same old same old chica.. a turkey corn dog, grilled corn on the cob and battered zucchini with a pint of stella.
                      Anything new I should try?

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                      1. re: Beach Chick
                        littlestevie Jun 27, 2012 01:17 PM

                        There are a couple of new things at the fair this year. There is a place seving up lobsters in the infield right next to the bbq place. 25 bucks for a one and a quarter pd lobster with a couple of sides. I think they also have tacos, a lobster roll and a slider. Chicken Charlies has some Haiwiian style chicken dishes. Next to Charlies, there is a guy selling everything bacon wrapped. I have not tried any of those offerings. The best thing was on the first Saturday a SD wine festival in the garden area. There were about 30 wineries pouring 2 selections. They were all SD wineries, no Temecula wineries. It was really nice and the wines were way better than I feared they would be. The crowd was a lot mellower than the beerfest guys from last weekend.

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                          Beach Chick Jun 28, 2012 06:28 AM

                          Wow...who would of thunk having pound and a half lobster infield for $25.
                          Gonna check it out maybe for a lobsta roll or taco.

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                            JRSD Jun 28, 2012 06:37 AM

                            The roll was better than the taco.

                        2. re: Beach Chick
                          phee Jun 27, 2012 08:57 PM

                          I don't think they're new, but the fried artichoke hearts on a stick were pretty darned good!

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                            Beach Chick Jun 28, 2012 06:29 AM

                            good call phee...I've had them before and they were good.

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                          Beach Chick Jun 29, 2012 06:23 AM

                          Went yesterday around 5 and it was packed..
                          Had a $5 happy hour marg from the surly bartender at the Paddock and then headed over for the killer and best deal in town with the battered zucchini for 4 huge pieces for $6..great to split and you can make your own sirrachi ranch dipping sauce.
                          Chicken Charlie's was the big man on campus with all their famous fried stuff..didn't try.
                          Didn't get to the infield for that lobster roll.. : (

                          After a couple of hours of the fair, sadly, I can't wait to get the hell out of there and that holds me over till next year!

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                            Beach Chick Jun 12, 2013 03:05 PM

                            Went to the SD Fair yesterday..had a blast since most of the kids are still in school, not so crowded..
                            Happy hour at the paddock from 5-7 is a better deal than the $8.50 for a beer..yikes!
                            Tried the fried pickles with bacon wrapped..took that off and dipped in ranch/Tabasco..they need to be deep fried a little longer.
                            You need to take out a second from your home to eat and drink but dancing to REO Speedwagon made up for it..
                            Hit up Roberto's on Carmel Valley on the way home..delicious and had lunch at Americana Del Mar for lunch..great with ocean views from back patio.

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                            1. re: Beach Chick
                              Dagney Jun 12, 2013 04:34 PM

                              Hey! We went yesterday too. Shoot, we could have met up.

                              We went for fresh cut fries and calamari with marinara to start the day. The fresh cut fries were good but the calamari was pretty forgettable. After some shopping around we flung ourselves into two cinnamon rolls with the "works." to DIE for. Missed REO Speedwagon but we did see the Herding Dog demonstration and the pig races.


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                                Beach Chick Jun 13, 2013 04:41 AM

                                Dang, Dags, we could of meet up!
                                Could of bought you and the hubs a beer and watched the pig races.

                                It was a perfect day at the fair..

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