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Covering the fair can be challenging

By Ken Raymond Modified: September 19, 2010 at 9:46 am •  Published: September 19, 2010

I ran into the Food Dude at the Oklahoma State Fair on Thursday.

His real name is Dave Cathey. You've probably seen his videos online or read his stories in The Oklahoman. He's our resident gourmand, a big-hearted guy with a real love of food. He reviews restaurants, judges cooking contests and makes elaborate Mexican meals.

Basically, he's the anti-Ken 2.0.

When I saw him, he was about to interview Amber Vandewarker, who sells chocolate-covered bacon at the fair.

You heard that right: chocolate-covered bacon.

Vandewarker immediately offered me some of it. I declined. "Are you sure?" she asked. "It's really good."

I didn't want to take the chance that she was right. Mind you, it sounds disgusting. I'm quite fond of chocolate on its own, and like most fat men, I've lost myself in bacon's salty embrace many times in the past. It was the idea of combining the two treats that seemed revolting.

The point is, I'll never know if it was good or not, because I didn't try it. Not even when she offered a third time.

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