“Food” & Garden ’15 Re-Cap – Day 2!

Sometimes a dish just doesn’t “make it”.  You know, it’s just so bad that it has to fall off the menu?

It happens at restaurants all the time, yes?  A poor seller gets the old “heave ho” in favor of something (hopefully) better?

Well, say “hello” to “something better” – France’s Parisian-style Dumplings

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… and, say “good riddance” to Morocco’s dreadful Falafel Pocket.

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The dumplings, like last year, were quite good.  I didn’t even mind the mushrooms!  They easily knock Morocco’s pita off my Top 15 list.

What else did we “enjoy” yesterday?  Well, “enjoying” was a bit of an issue, it seems.

For instance, The Smokehouse’s Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash

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… fell way short of matching 2013 and 14’s Smoked Beef Brisket.

2014's Smoked Beef Brisket - The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews (American Adventure)

2014’s Smoked Beef Brisket – The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews (American Adventure)

It just shows that sometimes “upgrading” a menu doesn’t work out so well.

Of course, not all was subpar as far as The Smokehouse was concerned … fortunately.

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Their Smoked Debreziner Sausage delivered a nice spice.  Its accompanying kraut was quite delicious.

But, then, things turned bleak again when we re-visited Morocco for a helping of Harissa Chicken Kebab.

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Our first taste came back in 2014.  It was an item good enough to finish that year in sixth place in our Top 15.  2015’s rendition didn’t “stack up” … at all.

Finally, Japan “saved the day”!  This tasty, if small, bite of Osaka Salmon Sushi was great!

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Whether you’re a sushi fan or not, I’d encourage you to give this dish a try.

Stop back later today, my friends!  Yes, there’s still more food to come!

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