I’ve somewhat of a troubled relationship with the Hops & Barley Market at Food & Wine. One item that Matt loved last year was the Pumpkin Mousse with Craisins & Orange Sauce. It was the top item on his list for items to revisit, and he was disappointed when we stopped by on preview day and they didn’t have any available. We went back a couple nights later, and fortunately they had it.
It looked a little different than I recalled, but not a bit was left by the time Matt was through with it!
It was only later that I realized what was missing when I was reviewing pictures. There was no granola or Craisin topping this year, and there was only a bit at the bottom and in between the layers of pumpkin mousse.
Apart from the topping, the mousse was spilling out of the top last year. Matt ordered it a second time later in the festival this year and it was still not as full and once again missing the topping. Has anyone else had this happen to them, or did yours look like last year’s below?
I haven’t tried the Clam Chowder this year, and I’m not sure that I will. I didn’t order another Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Lobster Roll as I saw it appeared the same as last year. I thought it was okay last year, but it’s still not a true lobster roll like I used to enjoy in Maine. Plus I can get a dang good one with around 4 times the meat for just over twice the price of this tiny thing and get it with two sides in Celebration!
I also skipped Linda Bean’s Claw Cuddler. Last year it was served with drawn butter, and this year it’s served with Herb Mayonnaise. The lack of butter being served with the dish is a bit of a bummer, but the disappointment I had in the claw meat itself kept me from ordering this one again this year.
Did you try any of the food items from Hops & Barley Market, or do you stick with sampling the Sam Adams? Let us know what you enjoyed!