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By Zachary Posted in on April 28, 2021 0 Comments 1 min read
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We saw several changes at the well-themed Hawaiian booth. A new dish, Spam Musubi, debuted as the top-rated savory item. It boasted a clever presentation and well-balanced sweet and salty flavors. The raw fish in the Tuna Poke was good, but unfortunately overwhelmed by the horseradish sauce. While the dish was actually the best version we have tasted at BGW, including a crunchy shell and mild seaweed salad, we would have preferred to have the horseradish served on the side. It is always hard for the team to overcome its frustration with being served super-mundane food at a culinary event, so the middle of the road scores for the Hawaiian Mac & Cheese were fairly predictable. The cheese sauce was admittedly creamy with hints of ham and pineapple, but the crumble lacked any macadamia nut flavor. It was fine, but we couldn’t see a reason to go out of your way to buy it. By contrast, everyone really enjoyed the Best in Booth Pineapple Coconut Mousse, which was light and fluffy and covered in flavorful toasted coconut. Our biggest quibble was with the canned pineapple flavor, which honestly made the Abacaxi that much more frustrating. As expected, the Hibiscus Lemonade was a fun and sweet drink. Some of the tasters wished for more tartness, but it was a refreshing accompaniment to the savory items at the kiosk.


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