“Food” & Garden ’18 Flash Report: Seared Scallops – Northern Bloom (Canada)

Aside from some al dente green beans, I loved Northern Bloom’s Seared Scallops in 2017.  They served two, after all!  No sharing!

This year, the green beans were a hit.  The scallops, however, fell a bit flat.  Oh, they were well-cooked, but the sauce that adorned them presented too strong of a sour-citrus flavor for my palate to enjoy.

Sadly, I have to declare that Canada was a “bust” for me in 2018.  Their beef tips were inedible.  Their scallops were unenjoyable.  It’s too bad.  Canada usually delivers!

“Food” & Garden ’18 Flash Report: Chilaquiles with Chorizo – Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico)

The first thought that crossed my mind when I first tasted the Chilaquiles with Chorizo being served by Jardin de Fiestas was, “Hey!  This is just like having a lasagna!”

Are you a lasagna fan?  Boy, I am.  I have to say, this dish is a very tasty preparation.  Packed with lots of flavor, sub out pasta for tortillas, and you have a winner!

“Food” & Garden ’18 Flash Report: Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake – Florida Fresh (between France and Morocco)

This one’s going to be short and sweet, my friends.  Looks great, but, whether in the meat or the beans, I didn’t find much flavor in Florida Fresh’s Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake.  I’d recommend you take a pass in favor of other festival items.

“Food” & Garden ’18 Flash Report: Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare – Cider House (United Kingdom)

Another pleasant surprise, folks!  Actually, I hadn’t sampled Cider House’s Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare in years.  Why?  I’m not a huge fan of smoked salmon.  Having said that, this wasn’t so bad!

You know, some people call this presentation of tartare unappealing.  The fact is that the biscuit truly carries the item.  Crispy on the outside and warm and flaky within, it is delicious!  Hey, it’s hard to pass by a “cheddar cheese biscuit” anyway, you know!

“Food” & Garden ’18 Flash Report: Beef Tenderloin Tips – Northern Bloom (Canada)

First, let’s talk about the portion of Beef Tenderloin Tips that I received.  In short, if you like mashed potatoes and pearl onions, it was passably OK.  The beef?  Well, do you like beef-flavored “rocks”?

Now, let’s discuss the serving that my friend, John Peters, received one day later.  For him, the tips were tender and delicious.  Hah.  Folks, if you want to play Northern Bloom’s game of beef roulette, go ahead.  I’m going to pass.