Monday, 28 October 2013

Death By Grease.

So the State Fair of Texas is a big deal. Obviously, because everything in Texas is a big deal, but it certainly exceeded my preconceived-fairs-are-sticky-and-gross expectations. Roomie and I sat down with our planners and penciled in a nice Sunday afternoon fair date. The weather was less than ideal, but it was gonna take more than a sprinkling to dampen our spirits.
We decided our best and cheapest option for getting to the fair was the DART. Guys...we rode the DART! But I'll save my excitement in telling you about that later.

Upon arrival I picked up a map and freaked a little when I realized how big this theme park/fair is. It's ginormous and since we were both newbies we decided to make a full circuit.
On our list of must sees... Big Tex (duh), ferris wheel, bird show, fried food, and agriculture.
Before we could think about any of that though we had to buy coupons. The fair's currency. And boy was it steep. I think we got 20 coupons each, at fifty cents a coupon. It sounds like a lot of coupons but the ferris wheel, which I really wanted to ride, was 14 coupons! Maybe next year.
Our first stop as we made our way through the crowds was Big Tex himself. Having lived for a year in Big Tex's birth town it sure was exciting to see him in the flesh? Plastic? I'm not really sure what he's made of. It's interesting to me that he's become such an icon for Texas because his face couldn't get much creepier. His boots are cool though, I'll give him that.
Big Tex photo bombing our picture. ^
After taking entirely too many pictures of a creepy giant statue man we went on the hunt for a fried heart attack. This room was a joke. My eyes were watering from all the smokey grease in the air so it took a second for me to comprehend just how many fried food options I had.
We made two laps and decided on Fried Snickers. Easily the best fried food we ate that day. Texans there anything you can't fry?
One of my favorite parts of the day was the Bird Show. I'm a sucker for zoos/aquariums so this was right up my alley. I have no idea how they trained this hawk, but in the above picture the hawk (tiny black dot left of ferris wheel) was released from a cage in the ferris wheel and flew all the way down to a trainer on the stage. It was incredible.
Next year ^ this is the first thing I'm gonna do.
This magical man in orange overalls is carving pumpkins. Those have gotta be hundred-pounders.
And these are the rides that you could never pay me enough money to get on. I kept a safe distance. Those are vomit traps.
We heard about the fried Nutella, so we searched for the booth, which was hard to find, but then easy to spot because of the long queue. Roomie bought the Nutella, and I bought the cookie dough. I'll save you the suspense, it looked one hundred times better than it tasted. Looking at the pictures again makes me feel a little sick. The cookie dough was so disgusting sweet I could only manage one. And the Nutella, honestly, was a big disappointment. Not nearly enough Nutella and too flakey. Everything just fell apart. We left feeling a little gross. Death by grease.
The after math.
I have a new appreciation for goats so we took a tour around the cattle, hog, goat, and horse barns. Such pretty animals.
And this bad boy ^ was the coolest thing I'd ever seen.
Now the 'Everything is bigger in Texas' phrase totally makes sense to me.
I dig the fair and will be back next year for more.


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Farm Update.

It seems like every time I go home there's some new something to look at and my parents are quickly turning into the farmers of their dreams. They're slowly and purposefully building up their animal population, this past week adding three beautiful goats. [<Read the full story over at We Love Texas]
My immediate thought was to name them Walt, Jesse, and Hank having just watched the season finale of BB, but unfortunately they're all female and we'll have to resort to some cute English girl names. The black-socked goat was the instant family favorite. They don't get much cuter than that.
Along with the new pets came a Teviahmade goat home and a new chicken coupe mansion fully equipt with chicken wire, corruagated metal siding, repurposed deck wood, vintage door and window. What would we do without Teviah?
Among other developments is the two roosters that have emerged out of the ten.
And the bees are flying around, making honey, pollenating the fields, being awesome.
Next major step...cattle. And more importantly, what I was promised...horses.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Polka Dot Day.

I won't deny that polka dots are one of my favorites. They add such a feminine graphic element to any look. This entire outfit (minus the tote) was purchased at target. From as early as I can remember Target has always tried to be fashion concious but recently I think they've really been selling to the fashionistas of the world. Keep it comin Tarr-shaayy.
Outfit brought to you by Target. Tote- Madewell


Monday, 7 October 2013

Deep Sushi.

Exploring restaurants in Dallas is the best part about living here.
Although in a slightly edgy neighborhood, Deep Sushi really served up some delicious rolls. We weren't really sure what to order so the server gave us his top picks, but we ended up going overboard and were bursting at the seams trying to stuff that last roll down. It was rough, but wonderful.
We got there a little after six beating the evening rush which I'm certainly glad we did because by the time we left there was a line out the door. Deep Ellum is a really cool artsy/musical area of Dallas during the day. Vampires and weird men in clown costumes come out at night so be warned. I definitely recommend if you're a raw fish lover.