We’re joining our friends Melissa Sue of Mouse on the Mind and Estelle of This Happy Place Blog for their Kill, Refurb, Marry Blog Hop! Today’s post is all about 2014 Food & Wine. When you’re finished here, be sure to visit Mouse on the Mind for posts from more participants sharing their thoughts!
Kill, Refurb, Marry:
2014 Food & Wine
These KRMs are getting more difficult! For this round, I’m sticking with actual Food & Wine kiosks and skipping items like the coffee carts and Refreshment Port (the things that are present year round and only offer a special item or two during the Festival).
Poland. Now, I hate to kill any of the kiosks, as a good refurb is really all they need. Poland’s reliance on frozen pierogi is a shame, and their preparation is often lacking, leaving dried out dough. Yes, pierogi from scratch are a bit of work, but the outcome is so much better. And if you don’t want to put forth the effort in making pierogi, find some different dishes you can serve.
This year’s Sauerkraut Pierogi wasn’t prepared well, but the Pork Goulash it was served with could have been its own dish.
The now defunct Zapiekanki was simple but flavorful.
The Frozen Szarlotka is good, but I feel the portion is overpriced.
Terra. Sort of in the same vein as Poland, Terra relies on frozen Gardein products thanks to the company’s sponsorship. When first introduced in 2012, my experience was not a good very good one. I will say, however, that I was impressed by this years options despite the fact that I don’t like that they rely on faux meat. The non-faux meat portions of these dishes were flavorful, and the recipe to make the CraB’Less CraB Cake (in this year’s Food & Wine Cookbook) actually incorporates Gardein’s Chick’n Breast into the mix. I’ll give credit for repurposing the product into something unexpected, but I look forward to the day they serve vegetarian dishes using, you know, just vegetables.
The Blackened Chick’n Breast surprised me, with the Chick’n being prepared well and almost fooled me that I was eating the real deal.
The CraB’less CraB Cake had a good texture and spicy kick.
The Fresh Watermelon Juice is refreshing on a hot day, but it becomes a bit boring for me halfway through.
This faux meat Chili Colorado is what put me off the kiosk in 2012.
Farm Fresh. Featuring only two food items, both are done well. We visited Farm Fresh on preview day, and the portions and quality were top notch. A revisit for the Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon Hash last weekend, however, showed a change in the amount of bacon used (less), potatoes used (more), and overall portion size (less). Still worth trying, but it’s just one of those consistency issues we see.
Once again, this was a tough group to choose from. There are many kiosks I’d love to see have their menus refurbed *CoughMoroccoCough* and ones I’d marry for both their food and overall look, like Puerto Rico.
Let us know which kiosks you’d choose for your Kill, Refurb, Marry and why in the comments, and be sure to check out the others playing along at Mouse on the Mind!