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Taste of the Nation highlights

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Taste of the Nation highlights

Joanie | Apr 7, 2006 07:54 AM

I volunteered this year and it was actually pretty fun in a crazed way dealing with checking people in. When I got to taste the various food, there were some real gems. Gargoyle's tuna on a crispy chip was the standout I think. I told Jason Santos he was getting raves left and right and he said I made him blush (doubtful) and that he doesn't read these boards cuz he doesn't want to see the shitty stuff. A few places had great big beautiful scallops, Hammersley's for one (had a funny conversation with Gordon H.), Vox Populi and a few others I can't remember. Interesting rabbit ravioli, but who made it? Nice crab salad from Ruth's Chris, lobster ravioli from 33 (with hunks of lobster inside, not all mushed up), lamb from Ithaki was tasty, skirt steak tacos from Bonfire, good key lime pie from Tempo, choc. mousse from Finale that my friends say they got high from but I wasn't quite as moved, nice pannacotta from Umbria and some other desserts that I can't remember, watermelon martini, interesting sakis, beautiful cheese from Formaggio and breads from Iggy's, and way more wine tables than I remember from being there a few years ago. I'm sure I'm forgetting other good things. But it's not too much of a zoo, you can easily taste everything, people are really friendly and happy to talk (Anthony Susi, Panificio and Tremont 647 guys and more), definitely recommended except for the fact that that room at the Hynes is ugly and the lighting makes you look dead.

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