The San Diego county fair is the ultimate summer destination. This is the place where all your guilty pleasures come true and should really take advantage and indulge in all the deliciousness it has to offer. From the famous funnel cakes, to the massive turkey legs, to their new deliciously creative Maui chicken in a pineapple, and not to mention all the fun rides, shops, and concerts, this is where you want to be this summer.
This year was different than all the past times I’ve gone because it was my first time attending as a mom. Bringing a toddler definitely has it’s limitations on the activities you can do, but if you have awesome friends like me, who not only love but help you with your kid, then what more can you ask for?
When we got there, we didn’t even think twice about going anywhere else but to get food. Time to get those taste buds going. We hadn’t really ate anything all day because we were all anxiously waiting to get our hands on some yummy goodness. Our first stop was at Australian Batter Potatoes, where we got huge sliced deep fried potatoes with ranch, nacho cheese, and bacon bits. Seriously, though how good does that sound? I’m a firm believer that if you like pizza and peanut butter, why not eat them together? It doesn’t have to sound good to be good, but that’s not the case here. These three ingredients are the perfect pairing. The only downfall just like everything else at the fair was the size. The pieces were so incredibly big and filling that we just couldn’t finish them even if we really wanted to. Plus, we had to save room for other tasty treats.
Next, we made our way to Chicken Charlie’s and there we purchased the famous Maui chicken on a pineapple, my friend Rachel got Maui Shrimp on a pineapple as well, and Mitsy got bacon wrapped shrimp with Cajun fries. The food did not only look and smell amazing but it was so incredibly tasty. The chicken I had was very well cooked, very juicy, and tender, and the seasoning was on point. The rice was pretty good too, it had a sticky rice consistency so it paired very nicely with the chicken. Since they were serving it in a hollowed out pineapple, they still included pineapple chunks at the bottom, so all sweet flavoring from the chicken rested on top of that pineapple which gave the pineapple such a unique flavor. If you went to the fair and bought this, aren’t you glad you did? This was by far the highlight for me.
After all that, we just had to walk around to make room for desert later on. We strolled around and went to see the animals, Leya and I got to interact with a baby goat, which was by far the cutest thing ever. Then, we headed over to the kid’s area so Leya could get on some of the rides. So here’s the thing, Leya is very tall her for her age. She “qualified” to get on the majority of the rides/activities but, just because she looks big doesn’t acts or can handle certain things like a bigger kid. She was very persistent on getting on a Pirates of the Caribbean climbing activity, so insistent that she was border line having a tantrum. The problem was that I wasn’t able to do this activity with her because it was designed for little humans. Off she goes and as she’s making her way, I can just tell she was getting a bit overwhelmed and was very perplexed. Once she got to the these rope climbing steps she just broke down. She didn’t know how to climb up. A little boy behind her, much older than her, was very nice and willing to help her but she just was not having it. I had to ask one of the workers there to hand her to me because she was Honestly I foresaw that coming, I didn’t want her to do this activity because I felt like she wasn’t ready. I don’t know what it was or how to explain it, I just didn’t think it was going to go well. Motherly instinct perhaps. As a parent sometimes it’s very hard to differentiate between being cautious and over protective. Where do you draw the line? When is it go to let go a little bit? I don’t know guys, I guess time will tell. Mom life y’all.
After all the excitement, we mainly just focused on walking around and taking a few pictures. A few hours had passed and I think we all agreed that we couldn’t leave the fair without indulging in a funnel cake. As a kid I didn’t grow up eating funnel cakes. Just very recently I was actually introduced to them and I gotta tell you I’m so glad that I did. Funnel cakes are just one of those things that can make you instantly happy. I don’t say that about many things because I’m actually quite picky, but to me this is just perfection. I can’t describe what makes it so good, I don’t know if it’s the weird soggy but crunchy consistency it has, the powdered sugar, the strawberries, heck or even the whip cream and if you know me, you know I’m not the biggest fan of whipped cream. All of these components work so well together that I think each ingredient is what makes it so unique and delicious. I don’t know y’all, all I know is that these funnel cakes just take me there. They make me smile and they make me so happy.
As I mentioned earlier, this was quite a different experience for me, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I had the best time, I laughed over and over, I ate delicious food, I got to see my daughter enjoy herself (for the most part), and best of all I went with some of the people I love most. The fair is exhausting but well worth it. Even though it has already passed if you didn’t get a chance to go this year, make a destination next year. Buy some oversized jeans and shirt so you can eat tons of fantastic food and get there. Trust me, it’s well worth it.