Careful readers of the Tribune won't be surprised that I love to run because I constantly crave doughnuts. And not just doughnuts, but all things deep fried.
Which makes the Dogwood Festival my Christmas in April since it's a day where a great race and amazing junk food are in easy reach.
This year family logistics ruled out the Seaport River Run. But I did attend Art Under the Elms where I ate a deep-fried brownie ($6) for my first time ever. The first few bites were decadent bliss as the flavors of the funnel-cake-like exterior melded with the dark chocolate of the brownie. The whipped cream initially cut the richness.
That honeymoon, however, was short lived. The treat was a little too overwhelming even for me. The batter around the brownie and some of the brownie were runny. That's understandable when you're cooking for multitudes at a big event, but it detracted from my enjoyment of the dessert. A half to a fourth of it went in the trash in spite of help from my 11-year-old daughter.
The yummy surprise of the day was the $3 meat pie from a Happy Day Corp. stand with a Jamaica theme. It too was deep fried.
The seasoning in the meat had a little kick, but not too much. It came on a bed of shredded, iceberg lettuce with two dressings. One was a little like pesto only it was made from cilantro and parsley. The other reminded me of tzatziki sauce, which is frequently paired with gryros.
Tribune subscribers can find directions for things to deep fry at home in this column of mine from the archives.