October 21, 2011

Fridays of Intestinal Fortitude:
Pulling your leg.

Note: Fridays of Intestinal Fortitude is a weekly feature about food, food and more FOOD. No, I do not necessarily want to be a food blogger, but I do LOVE to talk about food prep, cooking food, eating food and making sweet love to food.

Okay, maybe not the "sweet love" part. After all, this is not meant to be an homage to 9 1/2 Weeks.

Last weekend, we went to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.  I am not sure how other cities do it, but here in Kansas City, the festival is held on grounds that house permanent structures year-round.  There is no slapping up of tents, these wenches and wizards mean business.

The food is pretty good -- Arun and I had a turkey leg (of course) and Anjali chose barbecue.  Later, I could not resist a crepe with apples, brie and almonds (judge me.  Go ahead.)  For dessert, we had a root beer float.  Here's something -- I LOVE root beer floats now after a lifetime of HATING them.  I discovered this new found Food Love about a year ago. What the hell is up with that??  It leaves me to wonder which tide will turn next on a former Food Hate.  Will I suddenly start craving  ropes of licorice?  Horseradish? Grilled cheese? Cheetos? Zeus forbid, KETCHUP?

In what may be destined to become a tradition, I present for your viewing pleasure some snaps of my kid mowing through a turkey leg at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival



What is it about a turkey leg that makes it so damned delicious???  It's certainly a step up from traditional fair food.   I suppose there is a particular primal satisfaction to be gained from ripping through tendons, ligaments and whatnot with your bare teeth in order to get to that lovely pink meat.

Does your city have a RenFest? Does it also serve up the roasted turkey leg?  Also, have you discovered  new Food Loves after a lifetime of previously hating them?


Olivia said...

It's been years since I've been to a Ren Fest. I used to go with friends to one in Colo. that has permanent structures, too. We actually dressed in costume. So much fun.

Related, my family actually eats turkey legs and wings pretty regularly. They are very cheap ($.89/pound) at our butcher shop, and one wing or leg feeds both of us. My husband spices them up (cayenne and/or various hot sauces) and usually bakes them with sweet potatoes.

Somewhat related, I sold roasted turkey legs for a weekend summer festival right after graduating high school. It was fun but weird to be yelling out "Turkey legs! Get your juicy roasted turkey legs!"

Unknown said...

Turkey legs are magical. The last time I had one was at the festival in AZ, which is much better than the one in CO as they had shade for the shows! I can't say that I've started to like anything I detest although I wish I liked goat cheese and ginger. But I just can't, yet!

Anonymous said...

Minneapolis does have a Renaissance Festival and it is held on an open piece of land. But our main 'food' festival is the Minnesota State Fair. You can get almost anything on a stick, ranging from corndog to alligator meat to jalapeno-covered-with-chocolate to ribs - on a stick. I have to do a post on that sometime.

~ Krishanu