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.
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:
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.
Officially going on 6 trips between now and mid-October.
Ready, Set, TRAVEL
Because my tumblr name is compscibarbie, after all.
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
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
Indian Food Dinner Party!
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.
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