We continue from Decadent Delights.
Deconstructed Dish is the next Food Studio on the walk into Canada up here on the left. From where this picture was taken, Decadent Delights is behind me and Refreshment Port and The Masterpiece Kitchen are both ahead on the right.
Each of the three food items return to this year’s Festival along with the Deconstructed Breakfast drink and Pop-Artsicle slush. The two wines are new selections.
Deconstructed Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef, Thousand Island Dressing, Pickled Red Cabbage and a Rye Curl – $6.50
The problem here is that it’s so deconstructed that you have to put it all back together yourself to get the right flavor profile – so be prepared to dip the beef in the dressing, then break off a bite of the crisp rye curl, then dip it in the mustard, and top it with some onions, to make for a proper bite. If you do that, then it’s very good and the portion of beef is on the large side for the money.
Deconstructed BLT with Crispy Pork Belly, Tomato Jam and Soft Poached Egg – $7
One of my favorite dishes from the original Festival of the Arts returns for its third year with two sizable slices of crisp, seared pork belly that almost-instantaneously melts away in the mouth, leaving a pleasant, lingering flavor of grilled bacon. The tomato jam adds a bit of sweetness to the flavor profile in addition to a bit of acid that helps cut some of the rich decadence of the pork. The just-poached egg requires just a small poke before releasing its rich, creamy contents. A must buy.
Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped, New York Style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies with Micro-basil – $6.25
The cheesecake, which is incredibly fresh with bright, ripe berries doesn’t “feel” as substantial whipped up in this fashion, but the bold flavors are still present and the sugar cookies provide a nice, sweet base for the bite that you’re going to have to put together yourself. It’s delicious, but it seems hard to justify for the money.
Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Cream Bourbon, garnished with a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon – $10.50 or Non-Alcoholic for $4.50
You can see the bourbon pooling there underneath the “shake” on the alcoholic version on the far right. I actually preferred the flavor and texture of the non-alcoholic version (GASP), which enjoyed a thicker consistency and those tiny little ice crystals that make a drink like this sparkle on the tongue. I think the liquor in the alcoholic version melted the Shake so much that it was more like drinking milk. Overall, the non-alcoholic version is more refreshing and the much more expensive alcoholic version isn’t going to pack much of a punch.
Pop-Artsicle: Red, White and Blue Frozen Slushy – $4
That’s it on the left. You’ll receive three flavors of the usual frozen slush layered on top of each other. It’s a patriotic selection if you’re otherwise in line and in the mood for something cool and refreshing, but a regular Frozen Slush is $1.25 more and at least twice as much frozen goodness.
Overall, the website recommends stopping for at least one BLT with the potential addition of the Deconstructed Breakfast.