Saturday, June 24, 2006

Wyl(an)d, Wyl(an)d West


Oy. The San Diego Fair doesn't have a whole lot of options for vegetarians, save way overpriced corn on the cob and the occasional side salad served at places that I would never frequent (read: they cook animals).

So I brought some munchies with me... but I decided to break down and purchase kettle corn, which I am curious if any of you have had... Addictive!

I shared a huge bag of kettle corn Thursday with my pal Peter and an even larger bag Friday with my mom.

Now I am so burnt out on it. However, I am not going to say "I'll never eat that stuff again!" I know myself better than that. I found a recipe for it if anyone wants to give it a go. I am sure I shall... but not for a while!

Kettle Corn


1/4 cup corn oil
1/4 cup popcorn
1/4 cup sugar


Use a big pot with a lid and pour in enough oil to have about an 1/8-inch covering the bottom. Don't use too much oil. Too much oil will sog the popped popcorn. Dump in enough popcorn to make a single layer in the pot. Heat the pot on medium high.

When you see the corn start to move, but before it starts to pop, pour in the sugar quickly and as evenly as you can across the top.

Cover and shake back and forth to pop. When you pull it off the fire, take the popcorn out of the pot, put it in a bowl and lightly salt it.


At the Fair on Friday, my patient, brilliant and sweet mom insisted on buying me this beautiful blue-with-colourful-fish sundress by Wyland, the ocean/environment activist and artist ( ). He has been at the fair working on one of his "Whaling Walls" and was in an indoor area yesterday painting up a storm and shmoozing with the peeps who come to watch him do his thing.

He signed a yellow fish on the dress for me. Yeah! I enjoyed watching him interact with his "fans" as he was exceptionally patient with each and every one. Surprisingly down-to-earth.

While he painted, Wyland was listening to the band HEART on a CD player. Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band were at the Fair on Thursday (which is why Peter and i went) and he had gone to the show as well. We both noted how fabulous the sisters sounded after all these years!

Wyland was so "one of us." Strange to me that he's not a vegetarian... unless he is and no one knows. I should've asked, i guess!!


Melody said...

You are soo tan!

My kids were watching Heart today on Demand (cable).. so far, I'm very impressed with their taste in music.

I think he's a veg, but doesn't know it yet.

OkraMary said...

When I was in 3rd or 4th grade he was in Norfolk painting one of his whaling walls. It's on the side of an old parking garage. I love it! My mom would drive me past every couple days to watch him work on it - hanging from the side of the building.

OkraMary said...

oh, i found the one done in norfolk - here's the link

Whales at Waterside

Urban Vegan said...

sounds like you had a great time. [mmm, kettle korn....] make sure you post a photo of your sundress--we want to see!

tabitha jane said...

i LOVELOVELOVE kettle corn!!!

sigh . . . i haven't had any since last summer's james taylor concert extravaganza.

Ferocious Killer Kat said...

haven't had popped corn in a while.. like more then 4-5 months now.. and glad you r having fun!!

pinknest said...

kettle corn is awesome! but yeah, once i eat too much i get sick of it. but i haven't had any in awhile so here i go!

Carrie™ said...

I also want to see a picture of your dress! That link that okramary posted has some amazing stuff on it. How is it that I've never heard of this guy? I must be living under a rock or something. Heart is great. That must have been a good concert to see. Sounds like you had a fun weekend at the fair. Excellent!

tara said...

Very neat.

I may make that popcorn. I almost never eat it, and I do like it.

The photo that okramary posted reminds me of a wall painting that we have in downtown Indy. I have no idea if it's the same artist.

Vicki said...

mmmm, kettle corn! i can't resist it @ the farmer's market. i'd like to see your sundress. :o)

Anderson, Cherie said...

I don't like kettle corn, at least not ready-made. Was too greasy for me. Maybe I should make it myself one day.

Shananigans said...

Kettle corn is the bomb. Jolly Time makes a microwaveable “kettlemania” that’s pretty good. Probably not as good as popping it on the stovetop, but way less messy for sure.

Dori said...

I love artistic markets! I'm sure the sundress is awesome, just the thought makes me want to spend Saturday at the large market in Des Moines.

karen said...

I loved Heart when I was in high school! I have still some of their cd's!

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