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Twinkie Logs and Krispy Kreme Burgers at the State Fair

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Let's be honest: A Twinkie Log doesn't sound that appealing based on its name alone. But to hear Doris Drury of Drury Enterprises describe it, I'm convinced that it just might find a place on my menu at this year's North Carolina State Fair (1025 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raleigh, 821-7400, www.ncstatefair.org). The fair runs Oct. 14 through Oct. 24.

Drury has made a name for herself at the fair with chocolate-dipped frozen bananas and strawberries. But those desserts are now common, so she hopes to set herself apart this year with the introduction of the Twinkie Log—a frozen Twinkie dipped in chocolate with an option to add coconut flakes.

"It's absolutely refreshing," Drury says of her new creation. "The inside of the Twinkie has the consistency of soft-serve ice cream, and the cake soaks up the chocolate." Drury believes that, in the tradition of frozen fruit, the Twinkie will provide a healthier option for folks at the fair who are looking for something that hasn't been fried. (You know it's state fair time when "Twinkie" and "healthier" wind up in the same sentence.) But for those who are in search of a new fried option, plenty of those foods will be available, too.

According to Letrice Vinces, commercial space administrator for the fair, cheesy mashed potato bites are among some of the newest deep-fried options. Other new foods, she says, include a Krispy Kreme Burger (a hamburger patty served between sliced doughnut halves) by Michael and Sheila Beaver, beignets by Café du Monde and an 18-inch all-beef hotdog by Joseph Bushfan of Joe's Big Dogs. Bushfan, who runs Joe's Diner in Durham, says he'll sell his hotdogs in three sizes: quarter-pound for $6, half-pound for $9 and a pound for $12.

After loading up on fair food, find truly healthy food options on local menus during Diabetes Restaurant Month (www.merckdiabetes.com) in Raleigh, Oct. 12 through Nov. 12. Through the efforts of Merck & Co. and basketball legend, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Diabetes Restaurant Month has taken hold in cities throughout the United States. This is the first year Raleigh is participating.

Menu planners at Raleigh restaurants will consult with a registered dietician and an endocrinologist to provide an item on their menu that falls in line with recommendations for folks like Earl the Pearl, who live with diabetes. Such items are generally low in sodium, carbohydrates and saturated fat.

In Raleigh, five restaurants will participate: 518 West (518 W. Jones St., 829-2518, www.518west.com), Backyard Bistro (1235 Hurricane Alley Way, 851-6203, www.backyardbistro.com), Market Restaurant (938 N. Blount St., 754-0900, www.eatatmarket.com), Zest Cafe (8831 Six Forks Road, 848-4792, www.zestcafehomeart.com) and Mitch's Tavern (2426 Hillsborough St., 821-7771, mitchstavern.com).

518 West, where Monroe will dine during the month, plans to offer grilled organic Scottish salmon on spinach and feta brown rice with oven-roasted roma tomatoes. At Mitch's, grab a bowl of vegetable chili, and at Zest Café, a fall orchard salad—goat cheese, toasted pecans, dried cherries, golden ginger apples and champagne vinaigrette.

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