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The 2013 San Diego County Fair, Part 2: Fun With Food

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Happy Fourth of July everyone!  Right now, I’m Las Vegas visiting our in-laws, but this is part two of our visit to the 2013 San Diego County Fair, which is all about the food.  But I must make special mention of the photo above of Dominic in all of his green glory.  He picked his outfit that day, and what you can’t see are his sandals, which also have a touch of neon green (yes, green is his favorite color).

On our first visit, we made a stop at one of our favorite spots, Chicken Charlie’s.  They always have some kind of wonderful and interesting deep-fried fare, and this year was no exception.  Despite the mixed reviews of the Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe, I actually liked it.  I’m a sucker for savory and sweet, and it delivered.  The deep-fried cookie dough was ooey-gooey good, but I could only eat one.  I took notes from my sister and her friends, and brought Zip-Lock baggies to take home what we couldn’t finish at the Fair.  I then had one of my new fair favorites: fried cheese curds.  I know they’re probably best in Wisconsin, but I think the ones I had at the Fair were pretty darned good.  Deon and Dominic took it easy with corn dogs and roasted corn.  The biggest disappointment was the bacon cotton candy.  I was expecting it to be maple flavored, sprinkled with bacon bits.  But it was pre-packaged and tasted nothing like bacon.  Save your $5 for something better and get a dish with real bacon at Bacon A-Fair.  I can’t believe another year of the Fair has come and gone!  Thank you for another fun one, San Diego County Fair.  We look forward to more fantastic fair goodies next year!

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“Aerial” shot of Chicken Charlie’s, my deep-fried goodness destination.

SD Fair 2013 Collage 3Photo 1: Deep-fried cookie dough; Photo 3: Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe.  Yup, I had them.

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SD Fair 2013 Collage 4Deon, Dominic and roasted corn, both days!

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On the Sky Ride.  Our awesome “aerial” shots came as a result of this ride.

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SD Fair 2013 Collage 12Dear bacon cotton candy: I wanted to love you so much, but I’m sorry it was not to be…

Sparkling ICE SD Fair 2013 2 (1280x960)Like our “Freeze Frame” shot, courtesy of Sparkling Ice?  We had free tasters, and my favorite was the Black Raspberry and the Pina Colada (click on the picture for their Facebook page).

DSC01691 (1280x960)From Dominic’s point-of-view.  It’s his first ever picture, taken all by himself!

DSC01645 (2) (1280x854)Good-bye San Diego County Fair…until next year!

The 2013 San Diego County Fair, Part 1: Game On!

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It’s that time again for the San Diego County Fair.  I can’t believe it’s already been a year!  Because this is the Fourth of July weekend and my family will be travelling to Las Vegas this week, I thought I’d dedicate this week to the Fair, and break our visit into two parts: this post will be about the sights & sounds.  We bought the “Unlimited Admission” pass again, but we were able to get it at a group rate.  That price brought it down to the regular price for a single day ticket, which paid for itself after our first weekend at the Fair (we went two weekends in a row).  The theme this year was “Game On!”, so there were plenty of game related sights all around.  The next post will be about, what else, the food!  Hope you had a great weekend!

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Dominic actually won a coupon for 2 pieces of fruit from 7-11!

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Photos 1 & 2: A gigantic rabbit!  Photos 3 & 4:  Dominic getting to know a few animals.

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We have entered “The Fun Zone”

SD Fair 2013 Collage 7Dominic’s favorite ride was from Michael Jackson’s “Neverland Ranch”, and he was just tall enough to take his first “big boy” ride!  In fact, he loved it so much, he insisted to go back on during our second visit.

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(This photo is from our second visit.)

SD Fair 2013 Collage 13“Twist to the left, back to the right. Twist and turn, til you’ve got it right…” Part of the Get The Balance Right video by Depeche Mode is at an amusement park, riding bumper cars (during that very part of the song).  On this one, Dominic nearly lost his beloved Rickie Fowler Puma hat!

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SD Fair 2013 Collage 2More photos from day 2: Deon has a love/hate relationship with the “Shooting Star” gallery game.  Just a few more shots, and he would have had it!

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Whew, thank goodness I wore comfy shoes (thank you Dansko)!

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One last photo at the end of our first day at the fair.  Part two later this week!

Bonus video:  Last year, I wasn’t able to get video coverage of our zip line adventures.  This year, I was able to catch Deon doing it, and pulling a “Spider-Man”!

I Want Somebody to Share, Share the Rest of My Life

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A couple of weekends ago, my family travelled up to Palmdale to share a special day with my younger cousin, CJ.  He married the love of his life, Jaime and they had a beautiful travel themed wedding.  I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves.  Hope you all had a great Father’s Day weekend!

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(The title of this post are lyrics from the song Somebody by Depeche Mode.)

Weekend in Pictures: Celebrations

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There have been quite a few celebrations in the month of March and beginning of April.  I did actually intend to post about these seperately, but they just came up so quickly that the photos started to pile up.  I finally grabbed sometime over the weekend to put together some collages of past weekend events.  Here are the events pictured:  1. The opening of the new PlaySpace at Plaza Bonita Mall at the beginning of March; 2. My sister’s 40th birthday celebration at Chuck E. Cheese; 3. Our family’s annual Easter picnic; 4. My brother-in-law’s birthday get together at Famous Dave’s in Vista.

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Happy 4th Birthday Dominic!

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It’s so hard to believe that another year has come and gone, and our precious boy is now four years old today.  With all the craziness right now in our lives and just starting my new job, we decided to keep it very low-key this year and celebrated this past weekend with my sister’s family at John’s Incredible Pizza Co. at Plaza Bonita Mall.   We started the afternoon with food and cake, and ended it with daddy winning 500 tickets!   Unfortunately, grandma couldn’t make it in from Las Vegas as was originally scheduled this weekend, so we’re going to celebrate again in March.  I’m pretty sure Dominic won’t mind!

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With our handsome little man!

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My sister’s family with the celebrant.  Check out the cool Spider-Man cake!

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In the midst of lunching.

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Singing to the birthday boy; check out Nana getting into it (on the far right)!

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Princess poses!

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Concentration is the key to winning.

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Daddy won 500 tickets!

Weekend in Pictures: Images from Easter 2012

The weather has been so very spectacular these few weeks, and Easter last weekend was no exception.  It’s feeling more and more like summer came early to San Diego.  We celebrated Easter with a fun day at the park with extended family.  Dominic and Mei-Lin hauled in overflowing baskets of eggs in the hunt this year.  I didn’t participate myself, but my husband and sister won the water balloon toss, which ended up in a full-fledged water fight.  It was quite refreshing on a hot day.  Hope you had a great weekend!

My sister & My Hubby:  Water balloon toss winners!

Grandkids with Nana (Dominic didn’t want to wear the purple bunny ears, but Mei-Lin didn’t seem to mind wearing the pink ones!)

Empire State Building Blocks

I’m amazed at how artistic my son has become, coordinating colors when using his building blocks.  Dominic can sit for at least an hour when he’s really concentrating on creating something, then will tear it all down again to build anew.  At one point, he was building tower and said, “Mama, look it’s so tall!”  He loves to listen to the music on my iPhone, so I played a song called “Empire State Human” by The Human League because of the lyrics “I want to be tall, tall, tall,” like his awesome tower.  Who knew that he would take my iPhone just to keep playing the song each time he wanted to build something new?  I’m glad my son loves my 80’s music.