Shirt – Alfred Sung for Zellers
Pants – Alfred Sung for Zellers (19.99)
Fanny – thrifed (1$)
Rubber boots – chooka
Oh Labor day weekend, you fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness. It was an eventful weekend. I ate a lot of fried food, drank a lot of gin and slept very little. That’s what weekends in the country are all about. Yeehaw! Ok we don’t actually say Yeehaw, I did however wear my cowboy hat on Saturday. Oh yeah, that’s right, you don’t mess with tradition.
Saturday afternoon, after my half asleep sorting through clothes at the church basement sale, we headed to the fair. It was off to a good start with a nice greasy poutine**. We walked around (and around and around) eating, looking at the stands selling everything but the kitchen sink, hiding from the on again off again rain (“IT’S RAININ’ SIDEWAYS!”) and intense winds.
Brome Fair has been a tradition I haven’t missed since I was in diapers. Despite the fact that it isnt as exciting as it was when we were younger, it’s still a fun weekend to run into friends, eat a lot of garbage without feeling guilty and of course, lots of photo ops! We used to count down the days till Brome Fair even thought it meant back to school.
I feel like the fair food deserves a post on its own but I just didn’t take enough pictures! What I did get a picture of was the blooming onion. This is a whole onion deep fried in batter with a dipping sauce. We shared this among 4 of us, it’s a little deadly. The highlight of my weekend was definitely the burger. I’m not supposed to share this story on the blog because I’m going to taint the cantine’s reputation. But too bad! I have to share it because it was amazing. One of the things you HAVE to eat at the fair is the Derby burger. It’s a burger with a bunch of fried onions. I had never had one before I became a vegetarian and since the boys refused to serve veggie burgers, I said I would bring my own burger for them to cook. Obviously I couldn’t pass up this opportunity! (It helps I’m good friends with the big kahuna) Even though he probably won’t admit to it, he slapped by burger on the grill and even though he was really confused by the fact that it wasn’t meat and you didn’t know when it was ready, he made it perfectly! With a slab of cheese and a pile of fried onions, he handed me over my first ever Derby burger. I added ketchup and mustard but I have a feeling it wasn’t even necessary. I was a little hesitant about all the onions at first but that hesitation soon disappeared as the burger, onions and steamed bun just melted in my mouth. I cursed myself for only bringing one veggie burger. I may have to start frying onions at home from now on…
Other highlights of the weekend:
– Sitting on a friend’s shoulders while wrestling with a 5 year old on my other friend’s shoulders.
– Seeing a 900 lb pumpkin and a 37 lb zucchini.
– Heading to the bar Sat night and seeing lots of familiar faces.
– Spending time with family.
As crazy as it sounds, I actually have NO PLANS for the next coming weekends!!!
** Poutine (Quebec French pronunciation [putsin]) is a dish consisting of French fries topped with fresh cheese curd, covered with brown gravy and sometimes additional ingredients. Poutine is a diner staple which originated in Quebec and can now be found across Canada. It is sold by national fast food chains (such as New York Fries, A&W, and Harvey’s), in small “greasy spoon” type diners (commonly known as “cantines” or “casse-croûtes” in Quebec) and pubs, as well as by roadside chip wagons. International chains like McDonald’s, A&W, KFC and Burger King also sell mass-produced poutine in Canada. Along with fries and pizza, poutine is a very common dish sold and eaten in high school cafeterias in various parts of Canada. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poutine]