Coming up soon I will have a post detailing the Sunday Brunch event featuring Morimoto that was held today. In the meantime, here are the festival items we tried later in the day.
Once again, I will not be fully reviewing any dishes that I’ve reviewed previously. I’ll just list them up front, with some very brief notes. The repeats from today were:
Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip – Almond Orchard (Instead of the awesome almond thins they were served with previously, they were served with bland stale table crackers.)
Fritto Misto – Italy (Still an awesome, large portion of fried deliciousness.)
Xi’an Beef Pancake – China (This one was loaded with beef, and even better than before. It may be in my top 5 now.)
Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake – Cheese Studio (This one was room temperature, which knocks it down a peg.)
And now, the 4 new items we tried today! First up, Almond Orchard!
Fire-Roasted Tomato Hummus
We ate this and the spinach and artichoke dip while we waiting in line to enter the Morimoto Sunday Brunch. We like to eat while we wait in line to eat. Seems healthy. Unfortunately this dish did not come as advertised. It is supposed to be served with awesome Blue Diamond Nut Thins. Instead it was served with stale table crackers. The hummus was fine, but no better than the Sabra hummus you can buy at the grocery store.
Score: 6.5 out of 10
Next up, our first trip to Spain!
Charcuterie in a Cone
We didn’t like Spain’s paella and seafood salad offerings last year, so this will likely be the only dish we try there this year. Luckily, this charcuterie is pretty good. It was a bit olive heavy, but we like olives, so that wasn’t a deal breaker. We had one piece of prosciutto, 4 chorizo cubes, 2 cheese cubes, and 6 olives. Everything tasted good, but my favorite was the chorizo. It was quite spicy. I’ll probably be back for another one of these in the future.
Score: 8.0 out of 10
Next up, a return visit to Germany.
This was very disappointing. The apples tasted like they had no cinnamon or flavor of any kind, the strudel was hard and not flaky at all, and the vanilla sauce had no flavor whatsoever.
Score: 4.0 out of 10
Last and probably least, Coastal Eats.
Lump Crab Cake
Please, there was no lump meat in this crab cake. It tasted like it was made with that Bumble Bee canned crab meat you see at Walmart. Blech, I didn’t even finish it. Now I need a Faidley’s crab cake to wash out the taste of this pale imitation.
Score: 3.0 out of 10
Today wasn’t the best Food & Wine day. A pretty good charcuterie, and 3 items that crushed my soul to varying degrees. No must haves today, but unfortunately we have to add 2 dishes to the Must Not list.
Apple Strudel – Germany
Lump Crab Cake – Coastal Eats
We’ll be back soon with a review of the Sunday Brunch with Morimoto, as well as more Halloween Horror Nights coverage! I might even work in a Chicken Guy review one of these days.