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Things I Ate at the 2014 MN State Fair - Part 1

I did such a good job photo-documenting our Minnesota State Fair experience this year that there are too many pictures for one post. So I decided to break it up into a few posts, and Part 1 is all about the Beer!

We got to the fair right around 2:00, and I had already eaten lunch but was in the mood for something cold and refreshing right away. We sought out the new “West End Market” area and the Schell’s/Grain Belt booth.

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I had heard quite a bit of good buzz around the new Grain Belt Blu, a blueberry-flavored beer (The Heavy Table put it at #8 on their Triumphant Ten list of new Fair foods this year). So that’s exactly what I got:

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I was very happy to find that the flavor tasted like real blueberries - not much artificial flavoring here. It was slightly sweet and fruity, and overall very refreshing. I think the best part was the frozen head though - the booth had big machines of frozen beer foam that they dispense on the top of your cup. It kept the beer cold without watering it down while I walked around in the 80-degree heat - WIN.

 

Of all the new foods I tried at the fair this year, this glass of Grain Belt Blu was my favorite!

State Fair food posts coming up next: the Dairy Building experience, all things fried, and dinner + dessert.

Travels ahead

Officially going on 6 trips between now and mid-October.

  • South Bend/Plymouth/Anderson, Indiana for college friends’ wedding!
  • East Lansing, MI for recruiting (pre-career-gallery info session)
  • NYC, New York to visit a friend
  • East Lansing, MI for recruiting (Career Gallery week!)
  • Toronto, Ontario to meet with the Canadian marketers who run the website that I support
  • Duluth, MN for a long weekend of R&R with the boyfriend

Ready, Set, TRAVEL

Insta-weekend

  • Shophouse Green Curry Rice Bowl at the Chipotle Cultivate Festival! Pork and chicken meatballs with Jasmine rice, green curry sauce, green papaya slaw, herb salad, charred green beans with chili jam & crispy garlic. SO YUM.
  • Celebrating the upcoming arrival of baby Schutte! Mom & Dad (Jamie and Brian) are both over 6 ft tall, so their little guy is basically destined for tall greatness.
  • Relaxing Sunday morning spent wandering the Minneapolis Farmers Market solo
  • Bought some green onions, cilantro, zucchinis and a sweet potato to use in a batch of veggie-loaded chili. Also a glass of fresh-squeezed OJ from a chipper guy who was juicing oranges at record speed.
Because my tumblr name is compscibarbie, after all.

Because my tumblr name is compscibarbie, after all.

With a little help from smitten kitchen, yesterday I turned this monster zucchini (shown with a lemon for scale - I was out of bananas!) into some tasty zucchini muffins.

With a little help from smitten kitchen, yesterday I turned this monster zucchini (shown with a lemon for scale - I was out of bananas!) into some tasty zucchini muffins.

Open Streets Mpls - Franklin Ave! 

Franklin was closed to cars from 10am-4pm today, so we took the opportunity to wander down the middle of the street with lots of other pedestrians and cyclists. From top:

Curry Mushroom Quiche for lunch at Franklin Street Bakery

Part of the action in the street

Used my new Fitbit to track my walking progress!

Ashley and I hanging out in front of Verdant Tea

Free coffee sample from Peace Coffee with a mini Birchwood granola-yogurt parfait!

Enjoying free mini ice cream cones - thanks Pizza Luce!

Playing Car2Go Jenga with some new friends :)

So many fun things happening in the street, and such a great way to get out and learn more about the incredible community we live in.

Internet Cat Video Festival

Internet Cat Video Festival

Indian Food Dinner Party!
Featuring:
Chicken Shahi Korma from Pinch of Yum
Indian-Spiced Carrot Salad from Tesco (via Pinterest)
Basmati rice
Garlic Naan from Trader Joe’s
The korma is A-MAZE-ING. Chunks of chicken and paneer (Indian cheese) get simmered in a creamy sauce full of warm Indian spices, along with some cashew pieces and raisins. First attempt at making my own authentic-ish Indian food was a resounding success!
I made a visit to my local co-op (The Wedge in Minneapolis) to purchase some of the more difficult to find spices, as well as the paneer. What I especially like about buying spices there is that they are sold in bulk, so you can buy as much or as little as you need. For the more exotic spices that I knew I wouldn’t regularly use, I only bought a few teaspoons of each and it cost less than $0.30. Love it.

Indian Food Dinner Party!

Featuring:

The korma is A-MAZE-ING. Chunks of chicken and paneer (Indian cheese) get simmered in a creamy sauce full of warm Indian spices, along with some cashew pieces and raisins. First attempt at making my own authentic-ish Indian food was a resounding success!

I made a visit to my local co-op (The Wedge in Minneapolis) to purchase some of the more difficult to find spices, as well as the paneer. What I especially like about buying spices there is that they are sold in bulk, so you can buy as much or as little as you need. For the more exotic spices that I knew I wouldn’t regularly use, I only bought a few teaspoons of each and it cost less than $0.30. Love it.

notquitedreaming:

Spoonbridge and Cherry (1985-1988), Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

Symbol of my new home city ♡

notquitedreaming:

Spoonbridge and Cherry (1985-1988), Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

Symbol of my new home city ♡

(via edukaition)

CSA season is in full swing, and even though I haven’t been posting many food photos on Tumblr, I’ve definitely been in the kitchen experimenting!
Above is my recent favorite recipe, a Green Bean Chicken Salad with Curry Vinaigrette. It has green beans, wax beans, new potatoes and summer squash from my CSA deliveries, and I cannot. get. enough! I think the components that really send it over the edge are the slow-roasted grape tomatoes and the crumbly, salty feta.
This is actually the second time I’ve made it, and I wouldn’t rule out making it again in the future if I keep getting so many dang beans every week. I also like that you can mix it up and add any other veggies you have, since all of them are bound to taste delicious tossed in curry vinaigrette. <3

CSA season is in full swing, and even though I haven’t been posting many food photos on Tumblr, I’ve definitely been in the kitchen experimenting!

Above is my recent favorite recipe, a Green Bean Chicken Salad with Curry Vinaigrette. It has green beans, wax beans, new potatoes and summer squash from my CSA deliveries, and I cannot. get. enough! I think the components that really send it over the edge are the slow-roasted grape tomatoes and the crumbly, salty feta.

This is actually the second time I’ve made it, and I wouldn’t rule out making it again in the future if I keep getting so many dang beans every week. I also like that you can mix it up and add any other veggies you have, since all of them are bound to taste delicious tossed in curry vinaigrette. <3

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