This Week in Food Blogs: Fried Foods to Try at the State Fair of Texas

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City of Ate: Our sister paper's food blog, Dallas Observer's City of Ate, has the scoop on which food competitors walked away victorious during the 10th Big Tex Choice Awards at the State Fair of Texas. We shared info about the finalists a couple weeks ago, and out of those entries, the Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil was awarded Best Taste and the Funnel Cake Ale was deemed Most Creative. For those heading to the State Fair of Texas, food writer Alice Laussade suggests you should also try the Chicken Fried Loaded Baked Potato, the Fried Sweet Texas and the Fried Sriracha Balls.

The Pancake Princess: Seriously, who doesn't love birthday cake? Even if it's a vegan birthday cake. The photographs of this vegan birthday cake from The Pancake Princess are too irresistible; it looks like chocolaty goodness. After an unsuccessful attempt at baking her favorite vegan chocolate cake (it stuck to the pan), she placed it in the freezer overnight and created a momofuku-style cake the next day. She assembled the dessert by making a layer of "squashed chocolate cake remnants," followed by a solid layer of cake topped with softened coconut milk ice cream and another layer of chocolate cake. Then, she topped it with ganache and toasted cake crumbs.

Food Monsters: The Food Monsters shared some information about the Tasty Tuesdays happy hour specials on West Avenue occurring throughout September from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at several restaurants. Nara Sushi and Korean Kitchen will offer small plates such as sauteed edamame, Korean fajitas and spicy tuna rolls for $6. Share a Fried Chicken for Two plate for $25 at Pondicheri; the special features half of a Bryan Farm chicken marinated in spicy yogurt masala and chickpea flour served with sides of curried fingerling potatoes, an arugula and blueberry salad, chutney and pumpkin buns.

Adventures in a New(ish) City: Before she leaves for her trip to Peru, Kim Ogonosky dined at Paulie's with one of her friends. She began her meal with a simple tomato, basil and mozzarella salad topped with either a mustard or hollandaise sauce -- either way, she enjoyed her appetizer. Next she ordered the "small" serving of the primavera aglio e oilio composed of house-made penne pasta with grilled veggies, olive oil and garlic tossed in a marinara sauce.

Breadnbottle: Laura Green, author behind Breadnbottle, writes about restaurants, food and other culinary adventures throughout Texas. This past week, she discussed what makes something true Central Texas barbecue. She and her husband visited The Salt Lick in Driftwood where she fell in love with the brisket, but it's coated with a mustard-based sauce, something true Central Texas smoked meats don't typically feature.

Gastronaut: Summer is almost over, so why not make a cobbler topped with homemade fluffy biscuits? This recipe for biscuit-topped plum cobbler from Gastronaut is just what you need to say goodbye to the summer months and say hello to fall. It's a warm dessert you can't help but pair with a giant scoop of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream.

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