The Siberian American: Friday Favorites: All the Fair Food

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Favorites: All the Fair Food

Happy Friday, friends! The first week back from a vacation is hard, and I’ve definitely felt some post-vacation blues. (Curious how I combat them? I wrote a post about it two years ago.) I also really miss hanging out with Chris. It’s such a bummer to go from seeing him all the time to barely having any time together. Thankfully, he only works till noon on Saturday and Sunday, so we get to spend most of the weekend together.

I mentioned it last Friday, but I can’t wait to head to the State of Fair of Texas tomorrow. We are going on a double date, so I’m excited to hang out and eat all the fair food! Look out for a recap of our day on Monday.

I think the weather has been crazy all over the country this week, and Texas definitely joined the party. We were close to record highs for most of the week, so I’m excited to be back in the 70s now. Hopefully, it will mean a much nicer day at the fair and that we are finally done with the 90s for the year!

My hair is still in that awkward stage after my haircut, so I pretty much exclusively used my new flat iron from Irresistible Me. It literally took me three minutes to straighten my hair, which was perfect for days when we had to hit the road early!

After reading so much this year (it’s been by far my best reading year), all of a sudden, I don’t want to read. I think it might be because I’ve read so many mediocre books in a row. I thought I would read a bunch on our trip, but we were so exhausted after everything we did each day that I only managed to read one book (and it wasn’t that great). I just picked up Siracusa, so I’m hoping it will make me want to read again.

You all know by now how much I love physical cookbooks, so I was excited to see Blogging for Books offer The London Cookbook by Aleksandra Crapanzano. The cookbook is filled with recipes from restaurants and cafés all over London. England isn’t exactly known for its food, so I was interested to see what this compilation offered. It’s seriously jam-packed with recipes, and I want to try so many of them.

Highlights for me included the roasted corn and chorizo chowder from Brindisa, Alpine Fondue from La Fromagerie, scallops with corn puree and chile oil from Spring, and walnut cherry cake from Honey & Co. Of course, I definitely want to try an authentic fish and chips recipe from Tom’s Kitchen! They even have a section on chilled desserts with treats like black sesame panna cotta from The Modern Pantry and a deconstructed cheesecake from Rawduck. I also can’t wait to try the cocktails from the cocktail section such at the white peach summer martini from The River Café.

Other than the food, I really enjoyed the writing. It was so interesting to learn about London’s evolving food scene and the chefs who have taken it to new heights. I already bought a copy for a friend of mine who loves all things England, and I can’t wait to make some of these recipes soon!

I received a copy of this book for free from Blogging for Books, but all opinions are my own.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends! 


  1. Oh have fun at the fair!! I love going to fairs. Love me some candy apples.

  2. I get in moods where I'm on a reading frenzy & then other times that I have nothing to do with books. So weird.
    3 minutes to straighten your hair? I applaud you!!!!

  3. I go through phases where I don't want to read either, and I think it definitely has a lot to do with how you feel about what you read last. I hope you can find a really good book next!

  4. Hope you have a blast at the fair . . . love all the crazy foods there!

  5. i haven't really been feeling like reading either. just that time of year, maybe? we've had lovely weather (though a bit cold) the last few weeks, like 70s, and this weekend it is going to be like 40 or 50 which is fabulous (not) for the half marathon i'm doing tomorrow. rage! have fun at the fair :)

  6. Can't wait to hear all about the fair!! And then convince Freddie we need to go next time ;)

    Isn't the Texas weather so dreamy today?! Hoping it stays forever. By forever I mean at this for this weekend!

  7. That sucks that you've be had some mediocre reads lately, and that would put me off of reading for a while too. I'm so jealous that you're headed to the state fair this weekend! I feel like such a bad Texan because I've only been once, and that was the year that Big Tex caught on fire and he had already burned down before we got there! Eat all the delicious food for me and have a great weekend!

  8. Oooh have fun at the State fair! I've heard awesome things about the State Fair of Texas!

  9. Yay for the State Fair! We didn't get to go this year, but last year it was so fun! One of my favorite things to do in Texas in the fall. That cookbook looks so interesting! I love trying new ones! Have a great weekend!

  10. Post-vacay blues are the WORST! Sometimes, it just seems like I'm not ready to get back into the normal routine even though I'm home and don't really have a choice. :) I hope you jump back into the normal swing of things soon--and eat lots of tasty fair food!

  11. Nothing like some good old fair food! I so wish I could find that somewhere near me. Hope you had a fun at the fair!


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