Macy's has a big corporate event out at the State Fair and sent teams all over the grounds on a scavenger hunt. Congrats to Geoff's crew who cornered me at the Minnsota Cooks event and made me an honorary member of his squad. And we won! The best foods at the Fair are, and in no real order:
Cinnie Smiths Cinnamon Rolls across from the Pet Center
Gizmo Sandwiches on Cooper
Jerk pork and chicken at West Indies Soul in the Food Building
Lamb Gyros at The Lamb Shoppe in the Food Building
Nitro Ice Cream, espeically when you run your scoop around the corner and toss it into a big vat of root beer (Food Building)
The footlongs across the street from K102 and Tim Pawlenty's booth, catty corner from the Pizza Palace
Sausages by Cynthia (200 yards west of the Haunted House entrance as you walk out if it)
Papa's Gelato (at the Pizza Palace)
Goldens Bagels on Ligget and Dan Patch
Fudge Puppies outside the Food Building
Kiwanis Malts up by the Fine Arts Building
The Original Cheese Curds, the one not in the food building
Grandstand Mini Donuts
And why can no one make a good steak sandwich at the Fair? Hello Tri-tip sirloin, skirt or flank . . . cheap and tasty . . .
I have been rescheduled on ABC's The View. I am now taping on September 26 and still trying to figure out if this will be live, but I think it is.
I got a date for the premiere of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel, it will be March 12. We will replace the station's number one–rated show on the network, No Reservations with Tony Bourdain, at 9 p.m. CST for a seven-week run while he takes a break, and then our shows will air back-to-back on Monday nights from July onward. I am thrilled to say the least. I am off to Ecuador on Wednesday, so I'll be blogging from the rainforest, the equator, and the capitol city of Quito. Adios.
This just in . . Oddfellows and Boom! are closing in three weeks. The building is sold and a chain called Bulldogs, a brew pub, is moving in. "Now us homos have no where to go," says Boom!-o-phile Jason Matheson, Show Tune Sunday host and Twin Cities media maven.