Taste of Cambridge Food Festival

This week I attended a Boston local food festival called Taste of Cambridge and even got a VIP bracelet thanks to Google+! Zac and I set up The Danger Booth to promote the new Google+ collaboration with Zagat. While Zac manned the booth, I ran around sampling foods from the 90+ food vendors that were in attendance. We had a good system going, if something was mediocre, we wouldn't waste stomach space finishing it but quickly disposed of it and moved on. It allowed us get the most samples while feeling the least sick. All samples were very decently sized and Harpoon Brewery even had a tent set up giving patrons full size cups of their UFO White beer. We had a great time! Highlights from our food adventure are below (click images for larger view, small photos are described in clockwise order)

Appetizers:

Taste of Cambridge Appetizers

Strawberry Spinach Salad -Henrietta's Table One of the best things I ate at the festival and definitely the best strawberry salad I've ever had. The pecans were seasoned with cayenne pepper, cumin, and other spices. The strawberries were fresh and he did not skimp on the large chunks of creamy goat cheese.

Seven Grain Roll + Sun-Dried Tomato Spread - Iggy's Bread

Lamb Skewers + Lemon Olive Orzo - Amelia's Trattoria

Sun-Dried Tomato Tortellini Salad, Southwest Sweet Potato Salad, Vegan Oreo Cheesecake - Basil Tree

Salmon + Caramelized Onion Crostini - Sidney's Grille

Mains

Taste of Cambridge - Mains

Local Grass-Fed Beef + Caramelized Onions + Vermont Cheddar Cheese + Chipotle Mayo  + House Cured Pickle - Four Burgers Easily the best thing we ate. The burger was juicy and flavorful. The pickle had a nice crunch and everything tastes better with caramelized onions. I will be going back to Four Burgers for sure.

"Pork Three Ways" Pulled Pork Burger - Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant

Roasted Pork Belly on a Corn Arepa with Smashed Avocado, Chipotle Aioli, and Cotija Cheese - Lord Hobo

Grilled Pork Belly BLT on a Buttermilk Biscuit - PARK Restaurant

Veggie Black Bean Burger with Tarragon Basil Pesto, Red Cabbage Slaw, and Sweet Corn Mash - Veggie Galaxy

Random Assortment

Taste of Cambridge - Random Assortment

Paella (veggie on left, seafood on right) - Kika Tapas I gotta be honest, I don't really eat seafood, so I only ate the veggie one and it was very good but nothing outstanding (I think the seafood one was probably amazing so it was definitely my loss) I want to call out the chefs running this booth for being awesome and friendly. I would come to Kika just because you left a good impression on me! :)

Smoked Chicken Bahn Mi + Siracha Foie Gras Aioli + Picked Carrots & Cilantro - West Bridge

Various Sushi - Fuji

Unknown Variety of Dosa - The Dosa Factory

Sweet Chili Baby Octopus - Garden at the Cellar (I did not eat this!)

Dessert

Taste of Cambridge - Dessert

Chocolate Mouse Cake - Lyndell's Bakery OKAY they literally gave out entire cakes, tarts, pastries, and cookies. These were definitely not samples. Did I hate it? Absolutely not. This mousse was awesome. And the owner of Lyndell's was super sweet and friendly. Great feelings shared over great desserts.

Blueberry Cheesecake + Boston Cream Pie - Finale Desserterie & Bakery Cafe

Extremely Chocolate + Peanut Butter Cookie Dough - JP Licks

Chocolate Chip + Spice Girl + Chocolate Monster - Cow & Crumb

Black & White Cookie - Lyndell's Bakery