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New York State Fair

Another first this labor day weekend was a trip to the great New York State Fair.  I had heard that the NYS fair was good but had never had the opportunity to go.  You really have to experience it for yourself.

plethora of food signs

Not only for the food, but also for the bunnies, cows, crafts, concerts, and activities.  There were so many animals…  cows, sheep, bunnies, chickens, other fowl, goats, and on.

lionhead bunny! there was this poster outlining how the lionhead bunny is a result of a mutation in ‘x’ gene and how it’s recessive so that means xyz… these people are serious about their bunnies!

All the animals were for show and they had all different breeds, colors, shapes, sizes of these animals.  Most people don’t normally see cows just chillin in a giant building with hundreds of other cows.  I saw someone literally blow drying a cow’s hair? fur? I assume to get ready for the show.  They were pretty cute and bony…

chillin dairy cows + boy…

And of course the udders…

udders…

I don’t really understand how they’re able to walk around with such udderly big udders.  And it is a bit strange to actually see where your milk comes from…  It’s so removed from the cow in a gallon jug that it’s easy to forget it ever came from an animal.  I don’t think that’s really a positive for our food system.

Other highlights:

I got to hold a chick at the 4-H booth!

chicky!!

There was a cheese carver and cheese samples.

she carvin the cheese

sample o feta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The butter sculpture in the ‘dairy products’ building.  They had I ❤ Milk for sale for 25 cents and lots of ice cream.

the butter sculpture

And the food!

mo food

We ate gyros, bloomin onions, ice creams, and fried clam strips.  The food was inescapable and any type of fair food you could ever dream of from roasted corn and wine slushies to chocolate covered bacon and $1 baked potatoes (the line for which is literally 100ft).

maple soft serve

blackberry vanilla twist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The maple soft serve was so rich and creamy your tongue was swimming through it and I love any blackberry flavored ice cream.

bloomin onion

Gotta have something fried.

You could go to the fair everyday it was open and not eat the same thing twice.  Plus, some of the prices are actually reasonable like a $2 soft serve at Byrne Dairy.  At the other end there’s the $9 gyro that’s still delicious.

I don’t even have pictures of the rides but of course my brother wanted to go on the spinny-est of them.  Is it sad when you feel old when you’re in your 20s?  My brain cannot handle those rides like when I was 10.  *sigh* youth

There are also free concerts every night.  The Band Perry was playing the day we went and I was so excited because I was obsessed with “If I Die Young” at work literally the week before.  Unfortunately, the concert started at 8pm and after being there since noon the rest of my family was to tired to stick it out so I didn’t even get to hear them play it.

They have other ‘headliners’ as well like monster trucks and the demolition derby which I’ve heard is quite the amusement.  Good ole Amurica, running cars into each other till they die.

Overall, it’s like a better fun, more diverse, cheaper, temporary, amusement park.  Parking is a breeze with a bazillion shuttle buses running around.  The worst part was the lines for the women’s bathroom…  It really was quite the experience with such a seemly unrelated set of experiences: pigs, the Space Roller, funnel cake, and demolition derby?  In any other place it would make absolutely no sense, but at the NYS fair it’s all just right.

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Lavender Festival, San Juan Island

A beautiful, bright, and sunny day on San Juan Island and there is a lot going on this weekend. Farmer’s market, art show, salmon sale, and lavender festival.  I rode to the lavender festival at Palindaba Farm with a few friends and this is what I saw.

It was just beautiful.  Rows and rows of different kinds of lavender for a few acres.  During a cooking demo (more on that later) the nice old man next too me said that they owner wanted to open a farm but wanted to grow something different to avoid competition with other farms.  I guess no one was growing lavender because there is a whole lot of lavender here!  So many different types.

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I bought some of their famous apple rhubarb lavender pie a la mode with lavender vanilla ice cream.

They even had crafts.  All sorts of things to make and buy, and the woman who made soap had leftover soap shavings you could make a soap ball with.  She was very nice.  I was really going to put a donation in the donation jar until I realized I had forgotten my wallet… >.<

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It wasn’t very large or but some arts and crafts vendors, some food, music, massage, and some demos.  There was a cooking demo and the chef was preparing samples of all these dishes with lavender:  Lavender hazelnut biscotti, blueberry lavender cobbler, apricot glazed lavender duck, and roasted apricot with raspberry and goat cheese.

It was funny, cuz as the demo was going on a man with a beard sat in one of the plastic chairs in the back where one of the legs was broken and completely fell over backwards.  The nice old couple were telling me that he was the owner of the farm and if it happened to anyone, probably best if it was the boss.  haha

I would have stayed longer maybe, but my ride had to go.  I wasn’t able to check out the store but they also have a store in town down by Friday Harbor so I will try to check it out before I leave.Lavender Fields are Foreverrr!

Good To Be Home!

Summer in O’ahu was great, but coming home is always the best! My mommy had a Korean feast all prepared for me PLUS a blueberry pie! The food I missed the most in Hawai’i were berries. To me summer means loads and loads of berries but not on O’ahu. So expensive. Very unfortunate. I kept saying the first thing I was going to do when I got home was make a blueberry pie but my mommy had one waiting for me! Moms are the best.

The feast:

soon tubu jigae

steamed mandu (korean dumplings)

pan-fried mandu

spicy bacon with saam, rice, and lettuce

da table

We were griddlin on the table and plenny of food to go around. Of course, blueberry pie to top it off for dessert!

good ole messy piece of blueberry pie a la mode

I tried to make my own vanilla ice cream to top it off but it failed. I don’t think the container was cold enough so I’m going to try again in a few days. I made an ice cream run after dinner and read every company’s ingredients list to try and find one without corn syrup. Breyer’s natural vanilla qualifies but not the homemade vanilla.  Dorthy had it right.  There’s no place like home!

Bubbie’s!

At last after a few weeks on island I have finally made it to Bubbie’s Ice Cream!!

the window sign at the University Ave location

For weeks I had been unknowingly passing it pergrinating to grocery stores and bus stops in the area but I finally snooped around for it after my sailing class last week.  I went to the one off University Ave near UH Manoa and it’s kinda in the back corner away from the intersection.  It doesn’t really matter though because it seems everyone knows where it is because it’s Bubbie’s!  People were coming in and out the entire time I was there for a constant line.

It was a cute space with a colorful chalkboard menu detailing sundaes and little wooden tables and chairs with framed articles detailing the glory of the ice cream mochi decorating the walls.  There was an ice cream counter and display case of some yummy looking peanut butter pies and such but seriously my query was ICM.  I digress.

So let’s get down to business to defeat … the Huns I mean about the ICE CREAM MOCHI!!

trio of Bubbie's ICM offerings: lilikoi, saurka, green tea

It is truly a beautiful sight to behold.  They’re like perfect, pastel, jewels of ice cream enveloped in a precise layer of chewy mochi.  They were pretty frozen and I was initially a little hesitant to bite into them for fear of cold tooth syndrome, but of course I did.  I actually found the mochi acts as a protective layer for cold sensitive front teeth.  I told you this was good stuff.

lilikoi aka passion fruit

green tea

sakura

There was a small board listing the mochi flavors of the day and there were a little more than 10.  There were your standards like vanilla and chocolate, the tropicals like lilikoi (Hawaiian for passion fruit) and guava, and the Japanese influenced like the sakura and green tea from what I can remember.  I believe the more specialized flavors rotate daily.

The lilikoi ICM was bright and sunny with lilikoi ice cream wrapped in lilikoi mochi.  The sakura was a cute pink with vanilla interior and I think sakura is the cherry blossom festival in Japan?  I didn’t really taste cherry in the mochi or maybe it’s called sakura just based on the cherry-blossom-pink color?  It was good nonetheless.  Finally, the green tea ice cream lined with green tea mochi.  Delish.  I’m pretty sure I’ve had green tea ice cream mochi from Trader Joe’s before…  The taste was pretty comparable.  I’ll have to scout those out when I get home.

yum in a black styrofoam bowl

Ice cream is all about the texture: the smooth, creamy, coldness melting in your mouth and paired with delicate, chewy mochi it is a perfect compliment.  A match made in heaven.

And to bring you back down to Earth, they go for $1 a pop and I read on one of the articles posted on the wall that they are 1/4 oz ice cream balls.  So I guess $1 for a quarter of an ounce of ice cream is pretty pricey? but I’ll think of it more as economic portion control.  If you buy more it does get slightly cheaper, 3 for $2.95 (5 cents, whoopie) up to 12 for $11.  There were people buying two dozen of these babies to go and $3 for a nice ice cream repast isn’t bad.

So I can cross Bubbie’s off my “must-do” list in Hawai’i:

  1.  Bubbie’s ICM!
  2. GRE
  3. scuba
  4. beach repose
  5. Harry’s Cafe kimchi omelette
  6. eat lots of mangoes
  7. see Forks over Knives
  8. Diamond head
  9. farmer’s markets
  10. bentos

That doesn’t mean I’m not coming back!

Summary: o o o o o   5/5 little ICMs

I only wish they had a bathroom.  I really wanted to wash my hands after my sailing class.  And of course there’s that styrofoam bowl.