But all was not lost. FryDay was amazing. I drank excellent homebrew and ate one each of the following things, each dipped in batter and fried in hot oil:
- Hot dog: Hands down, the best corndog I've ever had. A very light batter that didn't overwhelm the hot dog. It just made it better.
Baby dill, wrapped in bacon and cream cheese:
Salty, salty, salty. The batter just held it together and made the whole thing a little more crispy.
Olive: Hot and briney. Reminded me of olive cheese bread.
Broccoli floret: It was green, so it was health food.
Cheese curd: A classic for a damn good reason.
Sardine doused in hot sauce: My first sardine. It was not at all scary. The hot sauce wasn't too hot, but warmed my mouth very nicely. And the sardine tasted much like the fish my dad might fry up when he comes back from Canada, which is to say, good.
Mushroom: Before I went down the rabbit hole and started cooking mushrooms for myself, pretty much the only way I would eat them was deep-fried. The Imperial Room makes a delightful deep-fried mushroom with a a most excellent horseradish dipping sauce, if you are interested.
Pineapple chunk: Oh my God. So good. It was sweet, juicy and warm.
Maraschino cherry: A bit disappointing for some reason. It felt a bit dry. But it was still good.
Brownie: Am I biased because I made the brownies? Maybe. But it was fucking good.
Rolo wrapped in cinnamon bun dough: I wondered if it would really be that good. But it fucking was. Hot sex on a platter, y'all.
Mini Reese's peanut butter cup: It was what you'd expect, but warm and wrapped in a cloud of happiness and joy.
Tiny Twinkie (out of a 100-calorie pack): The perfect size and all that I hoped a deep-fried Twinkie would be.
I didn't eat a Peep or the astronaut ice cream. I think there were a few other things I didn't get around to eating. But I stopped in time so I don't even feel full, much less sick. Yay! I'm sure I'll still feel slightly asstacular and horribly bloated and greasy tomorrow, but DAMN. It was worth it.
Thank you, Interwebs, for bringing these people into my life.