Joh vs. Food : CNE Food Fest – Part Two

Visit #2 to my happy place. The goal this day was not Food Trucks, but rather try out all the new food vendors at the CNE this year.

Bacon, tacos and pulled pork were on the menus everywhere.

First stop was Thyme & Olives, a Lebanese bakery for a Halloom Cheese Sesame Purse. Halloom cheese is a mild cheese that is sturdy and stands up well to grilling. It has a slight squeakiness when you bite into it, like fresh cheese curds. A little bit salty in taste. And it was shaped like a purse. What girl isn’t into purses?

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Crispy sesame thin bread and tomatoes. I am obsessed with tomatoes these days, not sure why. This was a great appetizer.

Next was Far East Tacos.

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You guessed it, tacos with an Asian influence.

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I opted to try the traditional corn tortilla taco and the Bao taco,or taco in Chinese steamed bun dough. In the corn tortilla I selected the fish and in the Bao, I went with the Bulgogi – sliced sirloin in a Korean BBQ sauce.

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I have to say I absolutely loved the Bao taco. The steamed bun dough was so soft and sweet tasting paired with the bulgogi – AMAZING!!!!

Picking up the pace a bit now. I saw the lights of Pull’d and was immediately drawn in.

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Let’s talk pulled pork. Yes, I am a fan.

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That’s right folks, it’s pulled pork in between red velvet pancakes.

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Tasted like breakfast. Yummy!!

I of course had a couple staples of the CNE diet – deep fried Oreos and Perogies. Favorites for sure.

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Walking around, saw this line up…

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We sampled some Dofino herb and spice havarti, bocconcini, Brie Damafro, aged cheddar by Organic Meadow and Tiger Blue by Poplar Grove. I really liked the Dofino cheese, it was so smooth and creamy. I’m a big fan of Brie Cheese, even better when melted. That Tiger Blue – not for the faint of heart, but it was delicious. I used to be scared of blue cheeses, but they are beginning to grow on me. So good!

Back to the food building for some sweet stuff. A simple apple fritter, dipped in cinnamon sugar.

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Does anyone agree that Icees are hard to find these days? This is the original. Blue red mix ALWAYS!

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The grand ending. Bacon Nation.

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The Nutella BBBLT.

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They made it. I ate it.

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It was salty, it was sweet, it was full of bacon, it had tomatoes, it was ridiculous and fantastic. Mmmmm.

Another year done, what does next year bring? I can only imagine… =)

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