Grab n Go Convenience – Screamers

The Food

** Update – We have heard rumors of the store that sells the Screamers to be now closed. We drove by recently, and it was in fact closed with a “for lease” sign on the door. The pizza place right beside it was owned by the same person, and it is still open for business, so we are not sure if there is a possibility for these to show back up again. We know they were very popular. We will keep an eye out to see if our favorite Screamers return, but for now we are on the lookout for a new favorite!

Screamer
Ice cream and slushy. Good quality soft serve with well made “slurpee”.
Price $3.59 (large)

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Review

Late last year we went on a hunt for the best “Screamers” we could find. Screamers are essentially 2 ingredients, slushy and soft serve ice cream. So you would think that they would all be very similar, yet we found quite the opposite. We found that most places seemed to use what could possibly be an oil based product for their soft serve. It simply just didn’t taste right and from what we gathered they chose this for sake of price, as most places that used this type of soft serve had much larger sizes and lower prices. However, most places had similar slushy flavors and consistency.

However, one place stood out. Grab n Go Convenience pride themselves on using the highest quality of soft serve available…and with talking to the owner, he proudly told us was the same as Dairy Queen soft serve. They offer a range of slushy flavors and similar to most other places and a few of them are on constant rotation.

When purchasing your Screamer, they dispense the soft serve and you dispense your flavor (or multiples!) of slushy. They also ask where you would like your soft serve, on the bottom, middle or top and then you pour your slushy accordingly. We prefer our soft serve to be in the middle, so that it mixes in a little more with each sip and stir of your straw.

With the high quality of soft serve and mixing it in with your favorite flavor of slushy, you have the best possible “creamsicle” you could imagine!

Reviewers

B –  Rootbeer Screamer
M –  Orange Screamer

Grab n Go Convenience
102-14377 64 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3W 1T1
Tel: (604) 591-6525

Pacific National Exhibition – Those Little Donuts

The Food

Those Little Donuts
Price: 2 bags of 13 donuts for $5

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Review

No trip to the Pacific National Exhibition is complete without a bag (or three! or six!) of Those Little Donuts, a tradition of the yearly fair since 1968! The donuts are made fresh, flipping out of the oil and immediately corralled into the cinnamon and sugar mixture while you wait.  The donuts are hot when they are handed to you and they melt in your mouth. Note: The donuts in the above picture tragically cooled while trying to get a good shot. Still tasty though!

While the two booths (concession trailers) have 8 machines constantly pumping out those sweet golden rings, the line ups for the donuts can get crazy at peak times.  Can’t wait for next year’s fair and more of Those Little Donuts!

A side note, in 1997 the owner of Those Little Donuts decided to produce a healthier donut for his customers. Without any government policy and much before the trend, they made the switch over to non- trans-fat, non-cholesterol, and is “low in saturated fat” Canola Harvest Hilo canola oil. Not one customer complained or noticed the difference, including me!

Reviewers

M – Those Little Donuts (two bags)

B – Those Little Donuts (two bags)

The Fair at the Pacific National Exhibition (The PNE)
2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 5J1
Tel: (604) 253-2311
http://www.pne.ca

Kwality Sweets & Restaurant – Samosas

The Food


Veggie Samosas
Possibly the best samosas we’ve ever had. Freshly fried, fresh ingredients. Evenly spiced.
Price: 2 for $1.00

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Review

Surrey, B.C. is known for it’s many Indian restaurants and sweet shops. Depending where you are in the city, you may have many options in the same city block. So it becomes important to have referrals on who has the best food as you couldn’t possibly try them all. A coworker insisted that this little sweet shop tucked in the corner of 152nd St. and Fraser Hwy had THE best samosas, so we had to go and try them.

The storefront is small and somewhat hard to distinguish where the actual entrance is, but we eventually found it. Upon entering the store, it looks and smells pretty much like any other Indian sweet shop with mounts of sweets piled up behind a glass display case and mountains of boxes all over the place.

The samosas are fried to order so it takes about 10 minutes for your order but it is worth the wait. While waiting for my order the owner of the store walked in the main entrance with a big tray of fresh veggies, including fresh cilantro. I knew these samosas were going to be good!

The samosas came in a little brown bag, which was helping soak up the excess oil from the frying (although they were by no means greasy at all). I tore open the bag, opened up the dipping sauce and tore a samosa in half to help it cool down. The samosas were a cripsy golden brown and the insides were fluffy and evenly spiced. Fresh cilantro complemented the indian spices nicely. The dipping sauce (most likely tamarind based) was your typical variety for samosas, however, it may have been a little bit on the sweeter side of most.

Reviewers

B –  Veggie samosa
M –  Veggie samosa


Kwality Sweets & Restaurant
15166 Fraser Hwy, Surrey, BC, V3R3P1
Tel: (604) 583-0220

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Lynden Fair (NW Fair)

The Food


Piggly’s – Veggie combo: Onion Rings / Zucchini Sticks
Crispy golden rings and gigantic zucchini sticks. Seasoned with seasoning salt and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing for dipping.
Price: $6.75

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


Poffertjes – Puffertjes
Airy “puffs” that taste like the best french toast. Sprinkled in icing sugar with a side of cinnamon cream cheese icing.
Price: $4.00

Rating: ★★★½☆ 


King’s Homemade Corn Dogs – Corn Dog
Large foot long corn dog. Fresh batter was thin and tasteless.
Price: $5.00

Rating: ★½☆☆☆ 


Sugar N Spice Mini Donuts – Spicy (Jalapeno) Cheese Curds
Looked like they had been dipped in hot sauce before frying. Not overly spicy, just right in fact.
Price: $5.00

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


Teens for Christ – Hand-dipped Cheese cake on a Stick
Pretty much as expected. No better or worse than any other cheese cake on a stick.
Price: $5.00

Rating: ★★★½☆ 


The Whatcom County Dairy Women – Moowich
Homemade chocolate chip cookies with huge blocks of vanilla ice cream in between. Comes in a sandwich bag emphasizing the homemade feel. Cookies were a little on the sweet side.
Price: $3.50

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

The Review

After missing the Lynden (NW) Fair the past few years, we finally made our way there one weekday evening to celebrate their 100th year of the fair.  Our first observation was that there was a lot of selection for places to eat…especially compared to some of the larger fairs in the area (PNE, Puyallup). After first going through a bunch of typical small fair trailer concession stands, we decided we wanted to continue on and look for something a little different. Next we came upon a huge food stand called “Piggly” which served beef sandwiches and all sorts of deep fried veggies, where the deep fried onion rings and zucchini caught our eye. They were fresh, crispy and perfectly salty.

After sitting down to relax while eating the delicious fried goodies, we headed towards the midway and rides, where we were able to make a one-two punch of “not your typical fair food”. While waiting for our jalapeno cheese curds were fried to order, we could stand in a long and growing line for Puffertjes. Taking the commitment of the people in the line as a sign of good things to come, we stayed even after our curds were ready and eaten (tasty, spicy squeaky cheese!). Part of the reason for the wait was the making of the puffertjes takes a bit of time (pouring batter into many small dimples on a hot metal sheet and then combining half circle of dough into full ones when they are almost done). Plus people were ordering multiple plates full at a time! Finally it was our turn to try these simple puffed dough balls with icing sugar and cream cheese icing and they were delicious. It was reminiscent of light French toast with the icing lightly spiced with cinnamon. We then realized why people were buying multiple plates!

There are two things that we cannot pass up. Corn dogs and cheesecake on a stick. This fair trip provided opportunities for both. While there were many options for corndogs, B couldn’t pass on the KINGDOG! While waiting for the dog to fry, a lady passed by and said “Ew! Those corndogs were horrible last year!” Not a good sign. When the dog was finally ready, it was disappointing. The batter was bland and flavorless.
Cheesecake on a stick on the other hand was what was to be expected. A frozen slice of cheesecake, hand dipped in chocolate when ordered. Yum!

After cruising around the fair grounds and taking in the sounds of Weird Al from the bandstand, we ended our night with some Moowich ice cream sandwiches from the popular ice cream stand. The sandwiches came in sandwich bags which emphasized the homemade feel of them. They were large but the cookies were a bit too sweet.

The Lynden Fair was a pleasant surprise with more food opportunities than we could partake in one evening. And although we are posting this after the fair is over, we will be back next year for sure,  just make sure to save us some of our favorite eats!

Reviewers

B –  Corn Dog, Cheese Curds and Moowich.
M –  Onion rings / Zucchini sticks, Puffertjes, Hand-dipped Cheese cake on a Stick, and Moowich.

Lynden Fair (NW Fair)
1775 Front Street, Lynden, WA 98264
Tel: (360) 354-4111
http://www.nwwafair.com