30 things I love about the Kentucky State Fair

1. The rows of food vendors that surround the exhibition center

2. Balancing a corn dog, bottle of water and wallet while obtaining even mustard distribution on the corn dog

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3. The sounds of the midway as I approach the entrance

4. The samples of country ham in the West Hall

5. The sorghum samples on pieces of biscuits in the West Hall

6. The rabbits

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7. The display boards the Future Farmers of America (FFA) kids put together to present the work they’ve done all year

8. How inadequate I feel when I read that one of the FFA kids made $2,000 from farming their own tobacco

9. The desire to recruit FFA kids to my zombie apocalypse survival team

10. The clothes, art, jewelry and bug displays from members of 4H

11. The rows of quilts entered for competition

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12. The homemade miniature houses

13. Funnel cake

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14. Lazy cows

15. Miller’s Border Collies, the dogs that herd ducks through a little obstacle course

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16. Feeling inspired to teach my dog, Roscoe, a new trick after seeing Miller’s Border Collies

17. Piglets having lunch

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18. Catching the weighing of a 1,034-pound pumpkin

19. The commercial exhibit hall in South Wing C where they sell everything from bras to modular homes

20. The booths in South Wing C that sell packets of seasonings and provide dips and pretzel sticks for sampling

21. Seeing a baby chick hatch, look confused, then hang out with its brothers and sisters in the West Hall

22. Getting to the baking contest entries before they start to get moldy

23. The cakes that don’t even look like cakes

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24. Crazy-looking birds

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25. The Pride of the Counties booths that showcase attractions throughout the counties of Kentucky

26. The sweet smell of roasted nuts that floats throughout the exhibition halls

27. Discovering a new treat, like pineapple whip

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28. Not discovering a new treat, like the Krispy Kreme sloppy Joe

29. The 15,000 steps that register on my pedometer after a day at the fair

30. Learning that the state outside Louisville metro city limits is actually pretty neat

Now it’s your turn — what are some of your favorite things about the Kentucky State Fair?

The Kentucky State Fair runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. Visit the fair’s website for more information.

Team Dunkin’ rules supreme in Louisville (or at least on this blog)

Photo courtesy of Qfamily via Flickr.

Well, color me surprised.

After news that Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to Louisville, I posted another super-scientific Ashlee Eats poll that pitted Dunkin’ Donuts against Krispy Kreme in a battle of baked goods.

Though Krispy Kreme was my favorite, it turns out I was on the losing side. Team Dunkin’ won with 64 percent of the vote.

Well played, Team Dunkin’. Well played.

It’s time to choose. Team Dunkin’ or Team Krispy?

A storm’s a-brewin’ over Twitter, and it’s all about doughnuts.

Dunkin’ Donuts looks like it will open a franchise in Louisville. This news led to some Twitter debate on my timeline yesterday regarding the tastiness of Dunkin’ Donuts compared to Krispy Kreme.

I don’t have anything against Dunkin’ Donuts, but I’m planted on Team Krispy. Like other folks who weighed in on this divisive issues (it’s tearing families apart, I tell ya), my alliance has more to do with nostalgia than anything else. I grew up about two minutes away from the Krispy Kreme in Shively, which makes this doughnut chain an important part of my formidable years as a chubby kid.

Now it’s time for you to pick a team. You have a week to vote. Take your opinion to Twitter with #teamdunkin or #teamkrispy hastags.

And for all you Nord’s Bakery lovers, don’t fret. This local gem will be an option in a future poll.

Avocado, bacon and Oreos – the latest fast-food menu additions

It’s hard to avoid fast-food restaurants when there is a barrage of advertising shooting at me on all fronts.

But the media blitz has revealed some interesting developments in fast food. Observe:

The Good – Subway adds avocados to the menu

Photo courtesy of j_silla via Flickr.

I love some avocado slice on a turkey sandwich, and now I can do so at Subway. Avocados are a nutrient-rich food full of vitamins and “good fats.” I’ll have to eat fresh soon.

 

The Bad: Bacon comes to White Castle

Photo courtesy whitecastle.com

The new Bacon Cheddar and Bacon Ranch sliders at White Castle are officially the most unhealthy hamburgers in the joint, coming in at 200 and 260 calories and 12 and 18 grams of fat each, respectively. It’s not as bad as some of the chicken and fish items on the menu (don’t look at the nutrition information for the chicken ring sandwich with cheese if you know what’s good for you), but you’re not going to order just one slider at White Castle. Those calories are going to add up quick.

 

The Ugly: The Cookies and Kreme doughnut at Krispy Kreme

Photo courtesy of Torben Bjorn Hansen via Flickr.

You can view this abomination of a doughnut here under the “Featured Doughnut” heading. Krispy Kreme ruined a perfectly good doughnut and a perfectly good cookie by crumbling an Oreo on top of a classic glazed doughnut. I haven’t tried this creation, and I don’t want to. It’s too much, KK. Far too much.

Here are places where you can get a free doughnut for National Doughnut Day

Today is National Doughnut Day, a day when our country can come together in celebration of fried rings of dough.

Here are some places where you can get a free doughnut today. Know of another freebie? Help us all out and put it in the comments.

My favorite posts of 2010: Will I ever burn off all these calories?

 

 

      

    

I felt the regret 10 minutes later.

I should start reading past blog entries whenever I’m feeling unproductive.

 It turns out that I did a lot more than I thought in 2010 – and had a lot of fun doing so.

I had some interesting adventures full of good food and good people. Here are some of my favorites: 

  1. Ashlee versus the Donut Burger: Think I exaggerated about the peril of eating a cheeseburger between two Krispy Kreme donuts? Scarf one down and tell me how you feel 30 minutes later. I could have really used some Tums that day when I ate this monster burger at the Kentucky State Fair.
  2. Chicken Fest and KFC, y’all: A couple of friends and I visited Laurel County, Kentucky, birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken and home of the annual World Chicken Festival. The highlight of the trip was meeting a handful of Colonel Sanders lookalikes. I’ve never seen so many white suits and moustaches in one place. The chicken wasn’t what I expected, but you can’t beat eating a KFC two-piece meal in the place where it all started.
  3. Adventures at Aldi: I love Aldi. Every visit is filled with glee when I look at how many reuseable bags I fill for half the price of other stores. Let’s face it, I might name my first child after this grocery chain. It’s not local, but the prices are right for someone on a tight budget. My four tips for shopping at Aldi remains one of the most-read posts on Ashlee Eats.
  4. Some dude named Emeril: Celebrity chef, author and television host Emeril Lagasse stopped by Louisville for the first-ever Fork, Cork and Style event at Churchill Downs. He had some really nice things to say about the city, and it made my heart squeal with pride.