Last weekend, Maggie and I took a shotgun trip to Dallas to visit her family and see some friends. Airfarewatchdog.com instigated the trip with an alert for a inexpensive ticket. If you havent heard of them, it's an awesome service and it will email you when cheap tickets between certain airports are available. We got in on Friday and Maggie's mother made us an amazing Tex-Mex feast with the best enchiladas I've ever had! On Saturday, we had a great dinner at a really cool restaurant in Dallas called The Meddlesome Moth. This place had an incredible beer selection of hundreds of beers from around the world and awesome small plates for sharing. A couple of my favorite things were on the menu and they were great: bone marrow, pork belly, and beef shin. These foods are starting to become more popular as chefs are pushing their amazingness on reluctant diners. After dinner, we met up with one of my best friends from college and hung out at one of Maggie's friend's houses for the rest of the night. The girls were telling all sorts of entertaining stories from high school and it was a lot of fun. The next day, I had the chance to experience the Texas State Fair!
The Texas State Fair is incomparable in size to anything like it that I've ever witnessed. There is so much going on that it would take months to see and do everything. Just the amount of food offerings is overwhelming and incredible. We spent the day checking out all the various booths and attractions and rode a bunch of really fun carnival rides after the sun went down. I can't say I will be going back to the fair any time soon, because I don't think my stomach can handle it, but it was an awesome experience and everyone should go at least once.
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I waited for the ferris wheel to come around so that I could capture "Texas" in full:There is some funny artwork on display as you walk into the fairgrounds:This is one of those things that you immediately regret buying...Chicken fried bacon could easily be called the Heart Attack Special. They really should only sell it as 2 pieces but of course in Texas, it has to be over the top and have 6!:Creative use of frying is one of the contests every year during the fair and this year's winner for most creative was "Fried Beer". We had to try it even though I had a pretty good feeling it wasn't going to be good... I was right; it was like eating a soggy pretzel combined with warm beer...: A show of US Marines provided some vibrant color to capture: This sign pretty much sums up the food offerings...:Now this is actually pretty cool; it is a statue made entirely of butter! The statue is kept in an air conditioned glass case to keep from melting and is on permanent display: I've always had a thing for photos of fountains...:Never really photographed cars by themselves but this Camarro was pretty cool; it's the one from the Transformers movie:Big Tex is this giant statue that welcomes you to the fair and talks about fair happenings. It's kind of creepy...haha.:Took this snapshot of maggie while we were out walking the dog. Aren't I lucky? :) :Maggie's family has a serious stable of pets with three cats and a dog in the house. Suma the cat has recently taken to spending her days in a basket on the stair case. She is a beautiful animal!:Snoop is one of the other cats and one of the most entertaining felines I've ever seen. She sits in a chair and lounges like a person most of the day. I love the way the green chair looks as a background to her green eyes.:We came home and found Snoop tormenting a poor lizard in the backyard and I quickly grabbed my camera to snap off a few images. This picture kills me; I've heard of cat and mouse but cat and LIZARD?:She got the lizard but I made her drop it and let it run away.: