Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Feast Recap: Night Market, Bloody Marys, and Mermaid Dancing

Having not attended Feast last year, I can safely say that this year's Feast was definitely the best ever. Here's a quick recap:

Night Market:

I thought I was doing a really good job of documenting what Doug and I ate at Night Market, but it turns out I am actually really terrible at taking photos. (Yeah, that photo I posted on HHH Instagram, totally stole that from Doug.)

So instead of posting all my crappy pics, I'm going to direct you to Hummingbird High's post. This is what real food blogging looks like people. Enjoy!

Top 5 Dishes from Night Market:
(According to me and Doug)

1) Franklin Barbeque- Brisket
We beelined for Aaron Franklin's booth the moment we got in and good thing we did because the line was crazy long for the last two hours of the event. Obviously the brisket was amazing.

2) Incanto- Beef Tongue Tartare
Maybe we're suckers for offal, but Doug and I loved this dish. Great combo of textures and the flavors were spot on.

3) Momofuku Milk Bar- Cake Truffles
Christina Tori's Pretzel Cake, Birthday Cake, and Chocolate Chip Cake with Passionfruit truffles were some of the best (and most indulgent) sweets I've had in a while and I'm now obsessed with either a) figuring out a way to get to New York so I can eat more or b) trying my hand at one of her famously complex cake recipes (note: this will never happen).

4) North End Grill- Crab Salad
With all the rich, meat-heavy dishes being served, Doug and I loved Floyd Cardoz's light and refreshing Crab Salad with avocados and grapes.

5) Departure- Sausage Sandwich 
This Chinese sausage sandwich with charred onions and fermented cabbage was my favorite dish of the the night.

Also, here are some more pretty photos of Night Market from Serious Eats.

Bloody Mary Bar at Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off:

Sometimes this little ol' blog does manage to get us some pretty cool perks and one of those perks was the blogger pass we were given for the Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off.

I'm sure the butcher and fishmonger contests were great (we couldn't see the competition area from our table), but Kel and I were slightly more interested in the Bloody Mary Bar waiting for us in the VIP lounge.

We're talking steak, ribs, meatballs, olives, pickled veggies, and more. Such a fun idea and such a generous spread!

Mermaid Dancing:

You guys, I'm not sure what to say about this one other than that if you invite Kel and me to an afterparty with an open bar, we will most likely make the most of it. We will also probably embarrass ourselves when the hosting chef stops by to say hello and we might even do some mermaid dancing, especially if encouraged by some friendly oyster farmers. Hey, we have to work off those extra Feast calories somehow, right?

See you next year, Feast!