I LOVE THE EX! I go to it EVEEEEEEERY year.. It's a chance to just hang out with yours friends, bask in the feeling of the warm sun, drink in the carnival lights and flashing signs, and listen to the screams of kids on the rides. When you inhale, you're hit with a myriad of smells.. Roasted corn, pizza, popcorn, and fresh donuts.. Beaver tails, chicken shwarma, fish and chips.. PN and my schedule finally matched up on Friday and we got a chance to go! Took us an hour to get there because the exit on the highway was closed and there were no real detour signs so we got lost... -_- For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you'll have seen most of these pictures. I'm still camera-less and these were taken with PN's iPhone.
The first thing we saw when we got there was this huge line... we immediately jumped in to it without knowing what it was for.. C'mon, if these people are waiting for something, IT MUST BE WORTH IT!
AND IT TOTALLY WAS! Chocolate covered bacon, deep fried Mars bars, Twinkie logs, and deep fried butter... all for only five bucks. I was ecstatic to be trying these two items (bacon and butter), and they were totally worth the 30 minute wait... We stopped right then and there to eat our treats, licking our lips to tempt the people still waiting in line..
Cue photos of me diving in:
The chocolate covered bacon was alright.. Good, but I think I would have rather tried the Mars bar. The bacon was microwaved so it was chewy rather than crispy.. The chocolate was really good though. Not too overpowering, so it was a perfect mixture of salty and sweet. The deep fried butter balls on the other hand? TO DIE FOR! OMG, I wanted to inhale all four... The batter was crispy and the sauces made it a bit sweeter (strawberry, chocolate, caramel, vanilla). The middle is where all the action was.. The lump of butter melted because of the heat of the fryer, so it was at the stage where it melted once it hit your tongue.. Salty butter encased in sweet batter.. I could have eaten more if I wanted to jump back in to the line that now spanned an hour long's wait... My stomach just rumbled remember the texture and taste...
Other than the gambling games, this bowling ball game is my favourite! Taking part in the games is part of the tradition of the CNE... The prizes were soo much better this year! Shrek characters, Hello Kitty, Pokemon, and the most popular... DOMO! Unfortunately, PN didn't win me anything... :( The point of this bowling ball game is to roll the bowling ball with enough strength that it goes up a hill... without too much power so that it rolls back towards starting point. Best part? Only 25 cents! PN got it on the first try, but couldn't do it again, ahahah... Look at the curl of my hands in the second photo.. Total finesse!
We were pretty hungry at this point and had reached the Food Building.. It's basically an elementary school sized building FULL OF (expeensive) FOOD! We wandered around with our craving for fries... and came upon this poutine place! I can't remember what it was called though and didn't think to snap a picture of the banner... :( This is basically a poutine (gravy and cheese curds) with a sunny side up egg and two sausages on top... I put ketchup on everything, and PN doesn't even react anymore ahahah... Obviously, this was DELICIOUS and artery-clogging. Cheese curds still held their shape, but had that nice stringy effect when you bit in to one. Gravy wasn't too overpowering (I actually hate gravy). I finished off with a big ol' pickle.
Next up were the Halls, which are basically buildings that you can shop in. They have an International section that basically sells items from all around the world.. From food, to clothes, to household furniture... There is also discount retail, drugstore makeup/nail polish, and even an entertainment tent! We quickly stopped by the retail area because PN needed to find a new shirt.. in his excitement at finding chocolate covered bacon, he ended up getting some on his white shirt, LOL. I also managed to find a nice pair of slim dress pants from FCUK for only $25!
We also came across this hallway of funhouse mirrors! I was seriously cracking up at the last photo.. PN's legs are skinnier than mine! PN pulled me away saying 'we have to go you're laughing funny,' LOL. How rude.
We quickly rushed to the other side of the Halls to catch the SuperDogs show! I love this show and watch it every year.. and it's always different! It's basically just a bunch of dogs doing crazy tricks, dancing, and running obstacle courses. I was screaming like I was in a horror movie and my life depended on it... I had a headache as we were leaving because I got too excited, LOL (I also get headaches when I laugh too much...).
After the show we wandered back outside to peruse the games.. My favourites include the colour game and the over/under game (all gambling ones, ahah). We ended the night at the casino they have, where we saw my dad! He actually lectured me about gambling even though he's been going almost every night, LOL. He INFORMED me that I wasn't allowed to play, only watch.. Then he dragged me over to the $1 game and said that was the only thing I could play. He even wanted us to leave with him ahaha. After he left to go home, we indulged in a little Blackjack and War, coming out with our pockets a little emptier... :(
Overall, it was an amaaaaaaaaaazing day. I definitely plan on coming back several more times before the Ex leaves in September!
PN's quote of the day: 'I like you because you like to eat, but then I don't like you because that means I have to share my food.'
... how romantic.
Wearing: Romper, purse - Forever21, Shoes - Urban Planet, Sheer blouse - H&M