I have to say, I'm normally not the type to venture outside the box when it comes to burgers - I just like a normal cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayo and ketchup but I'm here to say that The Cherry Cricket has changed my mind, and perhaps my life, forever. This burger was a revelation, and I said as much on the radio a couple of weeks ago when my local station DJ's asked listeners to call in with the best thing they ate over the weekend. The DJ's took calls from 5 or 6 of us, listened to our description, and at the end they declared a winner to receive a prize: $50 in food vouchers at the Taste of Colorado. And I won. I won! So, with vouchers in hand Cory and I headed for a date to the Taste of Colorado in downtown Denver yesterday. What's the Taste of Colorado you ask? It's basically a food festival. A FOOD FESTIVAL! And I had COUPONS! So we ate for FREE! I felt like Joan Rivers at a botox convention.
We had shrimp and chicken gumbo, red beans and rice with plantains, bacon wrapped chicken (you heard me), a coconut samosa, cinnamon cashews, cupcakes, a snow cone, and...FRIED ALLIGATOR. I knew you wouldn't believe me, so I took a picture for proof:
For the record, fried alligator isn't that great. Trying to mask the chewiness of the alligator with a crunchy cornmeal coating is kind of like trying to hide JLo's butt with a potted plant. FAIL. You would think that the fact you can make purses and boots out of the stuff would have tipped me off. Oh well, here I am with my cute date:
They also had some non-food related booths. Nothing says "Failing Economy" like "Hand Carved Musical Frogs" for sale!
There was a concert. And a weird guy dancing by himself:
All because I ate a hamburger and talked about it on the radio. By the way, anyone know how to calculate the points on fried alligator?