Reporter’s Notebook: O.C. Fair’s ‘Taste of Fair’ not for the weak

Previous professional boxer Mike Tyson as soon as famously stated, “Everyone has a strategy until

Previous professional boxer Mike Tyson as soon as famously stated, “Everyone has a strategy until they get punched in the mouth.”

When it will come to the Orange County Fair, I consider all people has a program until eventually they attempt a bacon-wrapped jalapeño with cream cheese filling.

I attempted to prepare for Thursday afternoon’s assignment at the honest the ideal I could. It appeared very simple sufficient. I was tasked with going about to distinctive foods vendors for the “Taste of Honest Food” application that is returning just about every Thursday this yr.

For just $3 each individual Thursday, patrons can get a fun-sized portion of some of their most loved fair food items from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. I brought a $20 invoice and was all set to have some pleasurable.

Disclaimer: I also acquired a big soda which was just a bit far more than $3, to make the grease go down just a little bit less complicated.

The deep-fried Oreos from the Rooster Charlie’s at the O.C. Fair’s $3 “Taste of Fair” on Thursday.

(Scott Smeltzer / Employees Photographer)

Was it a oversight to start out with the deep-fried Oreos from Hen Charlie’s? Probably, but it was a delectable mistake. Not only were being they deep fried, but they have been topped with powdered sugar, chocolate syrup and rainbow sprinkles. The part was satisfying for the price.

From there, photographer Scott Smeltzer and I went to the Australian battered potatoes booth. I experienced never had this in advance of, and what I got was two fried potato parts with a generous heap of ranch dressing on best. It seemed a little bit like fish and chips to me, but the potatoes had been crispy on the outside and delicate on the inside. A Facebook good friend tells me these are known as “fritters” in the United Kingdom. Two thumbs up.

The battered potato with ranch dressing from the Australian battered potatoes booth at the O.C. Fair.

The battered potato with ranch dressing from the Australian battered potatoes booth at the O.C. Fair.

(Scott Smeltzer / Personnel Photographer)

We walked about right until we identified the Texas Donuts stand, in which my $3 acquired me half of a “Big D” doughnut. That 50 percent-sizing serving was nonetheless about as massive as my hand. And I have large fingers. It was all appropriate, a bit way too chewy for my liking and not fluffy.

The approach was not to get two desserts in my first 3 samplers, but the heat may have been obtaining to me. I headed back again to the Family members Fairway space to Bacon-A-Fair, ready to knowledge heat in a various sort — the bacon-wrapped jalapeño with product cheese filling.

The initially bite was typically jalapeño and my mouth was scorching. I imagined the product cheese would by some means harmony it out, but no dice. At least the bacon was delectable as generally, but this was the to start with time my stomach started to murmur, “What are you undertaking to me?” It was still a standout, however.

The bacon-wrapped jalapeno pepper with cream cheese from the Bacon-A-Fair booth at O.C. Fair on Thursday.

The bacon-wrapped jalapeno pepper with product cheese from the Bacon-A-Honest booth at O.C. Good on Thursday.

(Scott Smeltzer / Employees Photographer)

Close to the corner I heard a include band enjoying “All the Compact Things” by Blink-182, and I understood my waistline was not 1 of explained little things. I resolved to sluggish it down a little bit.

I got the grilled pineapple on a stick from Hawaiian Rooster Bowls, found in the Centennial Farms space. Actually, this was the preferred food I ate throughout my two-hour gorging session.

The pineapple was sweet and juicy, some of the very best I have tasted, and two substantial skewers were a generous portion. The only pineapple that arrived shut was from a Brazilian steakhouse I visited around 2005 ahead of my friend’s marriage ceremony, but that is a distinctive story.

Jacob Fesili prepares grilled pineapple on a stick from the Hawaiian Chicken Bowls booth at the O.C. Fair on Thursday.

Jacob Fesili prepares grilled pineapple on a stick from the Hawaiian Chicken Bowls booth at the O.C. Honest on Thursday.

(Scott Smeltzer / Workers Photographer)

My 40-calendar year-previous digestive technique could just take possibly one or two additional samplers. I enjoy sizzling canines, so I obtained the deep fried hot dog bites from Pink’s.

The teenage boy doing work as a cashier requested me if I needed mild or spicy. “Spicy!” I reported with a grin. I got nacho cheese on prime as a substitute of ranch, which I’d had with the potatoes. Sometimes you have to change it up.

The hot canine had been great, but I tasted the batter a lot more than the pet dogs.

The spicy hot dog bites with nacho cheese from Pink's at the O.C. Fair's $3

The spicy very hot dog bites with nacho cheese from Pink’s at the O.C. Fair’s $3 “Taste of Fair” on Thursday.

(Scott Smeltzer / Team Photographer)

Scott still left, and I started creating my way towards the Green Gate exit, way too. I passed the shave ice stand and decided to go for a person more deal with. At the time the ice melts, the water can assistance the food stuff go down, correct? It sounded great in my head, at least.

The line was 20 robust, yet I would not be deterred. I was slicing it close on time, but it was about 3:45 p.m. when I bought to the front of the line and purchased a Flavor of Truthful-sized cherry shave ice, which was even now a respectable portion for $3.

I exited the good and drove residence, and laid down a little bit. I didn’t require Pepto Bismol, but then once more, I tried out to pace myself.

So, see you in Costa Mesa next Thursday? Who’s driving?

Daily Pilot reporter Matt Szabo tries the grilled pineapple on a stick at the O.C. Fair on Thursday.

Daily Pilot reporter Matt Szabo attempts the grilled pineapple on a adhere at the O.C. Honest on Thursday.

(Scott Smeltzer / Team Photographer)

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