Saturday, October 22, 2011
Healthy Foods & Vegetarian Fare at the Fair
Later in the day I tried the spinach pie from John the Greek. I discovered the spinach pie by accident: It's not listed on the menu at either of their booths, but one of the booths had a tray of spinach pies next to their other Greek offerings. Also available were grilled portobello wraps, "veggie gyro" wraps (basically lettuce, tomatoes, raw peppers & onions, with the typical fixings), Greek salad, gyros, kabobs, sandwiches and other wraps. The spinach pie was substantial in size and tasted fine, but it had been sitting under a heat lamp for too long, making the phyllo somewhat rubbery and very hard to cut with the flimsy plastic fork I was given. While the spinach filling was pleasantly savory, the cheese was mozzarella instead of feta. But since this was the fair and not a Greek restaurant, I was willing to forgive.
But if you must indulge on something sweet, I'll leave you with two suggestions: First, the Campfire Delight ice cream from the NC State University ice cream booth. This ice cream was inspired by S'mores, and in my not-so-humble opinion it's even better than the original camping treat: Graham cracker flavored ice cream with large chunks of semisweet chocolate and swirls of marshmallow cream. My second decadent dessert suggestion is any type of pie from the Apex Lions Club Restaurant on "Restaurant Row" (also known by some as "Church Row"). Outside the entrance their "barker" drawls that they have "all kinds of p-i-i-i-e: Apple pie, coconut pie, chock-lit pie, PEEEcan and peh-CON, we have both; sweet potato pie, and lemone [rhymes with "own"] p-i-i-i-i-e...." Greg and I split a slice of their pecan (or was it peeee-can?) pie. The only way it could have been better is if it had been served warm with a scoop of Campfire Delight ice cream on top.
Carolina Sauce Company