This weekend That Husband and I hit up Taste of Addison, the second “Taste of” event I have attended during my time in Texas (last year when I was here during the summer we went to Taste of Dallas). I’m starting to think these events should be mandatory in all cities of a certain size throughout the States. Taste of Addison was much bigger than the Dallas version, and I probably would have stayed until the end of the event, but That Husband was ready to head home. We didn’t take in much of the concert (Foreigner closed the night out and Bowling for Soup was playing as we walked out, I used to listen to them a lot in high school!), but we walked away with full tummies, which is really the point in going (well, for some people the point seemed to be to get get drunk. We saw a lot of those people.).
Luckily we ran into some friends while we were there, and were able to get this picture together. It’s always a stressful thing to try to find a sober, trustworthy person to hold and correctly utilize $3000 worth of equipment for a picture.
I was instantly taken back to my days spent showing pigs at the Fair as soon as I saw the carnival. After a bad experience with a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas a few years ago I don’t think That Husband and I will be going on any rides anytime soon though.
All of the standards were there: old time photo-booth, booths selling everything from summer dresses to costume jewelry, and caricaturists. What do these kind of vendors do for a living when they aren’t at fairs like this?
But we passed all of that by, for we were the couple that came for the food. Booths run by local restaurants lined either side of the park, some with no line, and others obviously making bank on an overcast Saturday night.
Benches and chairs are hard to come by, so most had to either stand and wolf their food down, or sit on the curb.
We started our gastronomical journey with Chicken Tikka Masala from The Saffron House. It was delicious, but reminded me we had forgotten our water bottles in the car and I was left waving my hand in front of my mouth a few times to cool things down. (I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned that I have absolutely no tolerance for anything spicy.)
This hummus from Nazar Turkish Resaurant was delicious (and the portions they were serving were so huge that we asked them to half ours), and we’ll definitely be visiting them for one of our Deluxe Date Nights this summer. I’m a big fan of supporting family owned restaurants, although we’ll probably avoiding them on Friday and Saturday nights when the belly dancing show is going on. I’m going to take a guess that TH would not be a fan.
A slice of Spanish Potato Omelet from De Tapas. My best friend went to Spain for study-abroad and when she came home this was the first dish she made for me. Heather, if you’re reading this, it tasted just like what you made that one day in the Yellow Brick House. I loved it! Although it was served with a big dollop of mayonnaise which I’m not sure I liked, did they eat it that way in Spain?
Texas Prime Beef Chili Pie from Chamberlains. It was my goal to eat at least one dish that felt “Texan” and this dish filled that quota for me. Mmmmn, Fritos.
Oh my, oh my my my. This Pear and Goat Cheese Salad, from Greenz Salad for Z’Adventurous was magnificent. It was divine. It was so good that I felt relieved when That Husband only took one bite and left the rest for me. I’m planning on taking my mom out to eat here when she arrives in Dallas this afternoon. I want some right now.
After a friend talked up Sambuca as the best booth he’d visited, we were eager to see what they had to offer. The Chipotle BBQ Pork Slider was too spicy for me, and though salsa that accompanied the Chicken Samosas was good it didn’t match up to the salad I had just experienced from Greenz so I wasn’t wowed. Their website has a gorgeous picture on the homepage though, which might be enough to convince me to go out for dinner and experience some dinner at a location with a nightclub feel.
I’m still working on taking more pictures of strangers (it’s really tough I think), but the guys at Selim’s Doner Kebap made it pretty easy for me. I’m pretty sure the one on the left liked me, so he gave me extra sauce on my Kebap. Yum.
We ended the night with some original flavored fro-yo from BerryBerry. I’ll be visiting their storefront location again very soon. Probably tomorrow. And as a reward for making it through surgery the next day. And possibly the day after that as well.
Have you ever been to a “Taste of” event? Are they more common than I think?