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Enjoy the heights of the Arizona State Fair. But come to earth for some eats.

What’s the first thing people ask me when I mention the Arizona State Fair?

Well, a lot of things, but the most common refrain is the food. That delicious, awful-for-you, glorious food.

The people who bring us the annual event must get the same reaction, for they have taken to sharing out their list of the newest and unique food items on the year’s menu.

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Fireball Donut

It’s Change of Venue Friday, so I pass on some of those items to you. Here’s hoping you partake at least a bit of the “sweet, salty, spicy and savory.”

Before we get to the food, let me remind you that the 131-year-old Fair runs this year from today, October 16 to November 8. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday and is located at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix. All the important detail can be found here.

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Yes, I said “Spaghetti Ice Cream.”

Now, let’s eat!

As the Fair’s media folks remind us, “All the familiar favorites are back including giant turkey legs, deep fried candy bars, corn dogs, cotton candy, caramel apples, Indian frybread and funnel cake, as well as an assortment of items chocolate coated, bacon covered, spice smothered, and/or deep fried. This year’s newest items combine favorite flavors with exciting new twists to serve up a feast of fantastic Fair food finds,” including:

  • Deep-Fried Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheesecake on a Stick with Bubble Gum Frosting—Decadent, crispy cheesecake treat topped with light blue frosting and red, white and blue gumballs (Sweet Cheeks)
  • Deep Fried Twix (Sweet Cheeks)
  • Deep Fried Woodfired Pastrami Pizza (Cardinali’s Pizza)
  • Award winning Spaghetti Ice Cream (Cardinali’s Pizza)
  • World’s Hottest Ice Cream (Cardinali’s Pizza)
  • World’s Most Sour Ice Cream (Cardinali’s Pizza)
  • Specialty Poutine—French, Mexican, Greek, Shepherd’s pie Fhat Dawgs and La Poutinerie)
  • Specialty Dawgs—Japanese dog, Mexican dog, Chicago dog (Fhat Dawgs)
  • Brownie Caramel Funnel Cake—Tastes like a sweet crunchy brownie with caramel on top (J & L Concessions)
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You’d be nuts not to go.

  • Raspberry Frybread topped with powdered sugar (J & L Concessions)
  • Fireball Donut—Giant raised donut topped with warm caramel glaze infused with cinnamon Fireball Whisky, banana slices and whipped cream. (Brander Enterprises)
  • Coconut Samoa Donut—Giant raised donut topped with warm toasted coconut caramel glaze with chocolate drizzle. (Brander Enterprises)
  • Chocolate Covered Chicharrónes (Bacon A-Fair)
  • Chicken Fried Bacon (Bacon A-Fair)
  • Southwest BLT Indian Fry Bread—Indian Fry Bread served with hickory-smoked bacon, lettuce, fire-roasted salsa and homemade chipotle mayo topping (B & J Concessions)
  • Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly—Premium pork belly rubbed with sage and rosemary and wrapped with 2 feet of thick-cut honey smoked bacon on-a-stick. (Biggys 1 & 2)
  • Frosted Flake Fried Chicken (Get Pickled O Petes)
  • The Koolicle—A Kool-Aid infused pickle (Get Pickled O Petes)
  • Deep Fried Nachos—Nacho cheese inside of piping hot orbs of crispy nacho goodness bursting with nacho flavors. Can be topped with guacamole, sour cream, jalapeños and cheese. (Tater Twister)
  • The Tajin Candy Apple (Sweeties and Sweet Dreams)
  • Deep Fried Nutella (Fried A-Fair & Fried A Fair 2)
  • Affogato Ice Cream Sundae—Sundae with a double shot of fresh brewed espresso in a test tube placed upside down into the ice-cream. As you eat the ice cream, the espresso slowly drains out into the Sundae. (Fried A Fair 2)

EMTs will be standing by. Have a wonderful—and delicious—weekend.

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New board of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association sworn in by Judge Roxanne Song Ong, Feb. 13, 2014, Chandler, Ariz.

New board of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association sworn in by Judge Roxanne Song Ong, Feb. 13, 2014, Chandler, Ariz.

Four years ago, I posted a list of the nine courses (yes, nine!) served at the annual Arizona Asian American Bar Association banquet. You can read it here.

Over the (too) many years of this daily blog, I have covered that event in multiple ways—for example, here, here and here. (I’ve even included photos and a video of our now-beleaguered Attorney General Tom Horne playing the piano as the crowd chats; here’s a photo you might like).

But writers are always learning, and here is the instructive point for me: I have always and forever received the most follow-up queries after my here’s-our-meal-list post. Showing, I suppose, that food trumps most legal issues, including allegations of campaign-finance violations. The main commentary I typically receive: The list is nice, and your description of the keynote speech is swell, but why only one food photo?

C-Fu Gourmet restaurant logoThe public speaks, and I listen.

So today, on Change of Venue Friday, I decided to keep the words to a minimum and to share only photos and captions of each of the dishes served last night at C-Fu Gourmet in Chandler. If you were there, you know how great it was. If you missed it, too bad for you. Remember to follow the Asian American Bar Association on Facebook, so you can keep track of when they announce next year’s banquet. You can join the organization too.

I hope you’re sated by the photos below (click to make them larger). I plan to share later some more detail about the evening’s great elements, among them the awarding of a few law student scholarships. But that’s for another day.

Have a great—and dim sum-filled—weekend.