• Taste of Park Plaza

    August 4, 2009

    The Taste of Park Plaza was such a cool event with so much delicious food! I’m so glad that I went! It was, however, one of those events where you could easily over-do-it, so I tried to pace myself with Bethenny Frankel’staste everything, eat nothing” motto. Even with the best intentions, I still ended up stuffed to the gills by the end of the night! 😳

    Oh well, I had a great time! :mrgreen:


    I was expecting a big function room filled with booths from the featured restaurants, but instead, each attendee received a “passport” to sample various foods and drinks at each of the 8 establishments. The event was sort of like a food pub crawl!



    Mal and I met Mary Kate at the start of the “crawl.”

    Bonfire was our first stop.


    Bonfire was easily my favorite of the evening! It’s a modern restaurant with a gorgeous bar and laid-back vibe. I could definitely see myself going there for drinks and apps with friends.


    At Bonfire, we enjoyed a Black Garlic Empanada and a Surf & Turf Taco. Both of which were excellent!


    At Bonfire, we met Shannon and her friend, who joined us for the rest of the event.


    Our next stop was the Melting Pot, which was surprisingly disappointing. I’ve only visited the Melting Pot once and raved about my experience on the blog, but tonight it was just so-so.



    I had high hopes for the Melting Pot’s cheese fondue, but their Cheddar Cheese Fondue was really bland. Usually cheese fondue has a nice, strong taste to it, so it wasn’t what I expected at all.


    The Dark Chocolate Fondue was also weak-tasting and runny. It reminded me of Hershey’s syrup.


    After the Melting Pot, we walked across the way to McCormick and Schmick’s which was absolutely packed with people!


    The featured XYZin wine was excellent: full-bodied and smooth.

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    Just the way I like my red wine! 😀


    The food at McCormick and Schmick’s was tasty, but hard to come by. Eventually, I scored a couple of pieces of Pan-Seared Tuna with Wasabi Dressing.


    Delish! 😀


    We met Anna and her sister Meg in the midst of the craziness at McCormick and Schmick’s, so we gathered the group and headed to the less-crowded Swan’s Cafe.


    The group:


    At the Swan’s Cafe, I tried a Tea-Brined & Spiced Chicken Wing and a piece of Tea-Cured Smoked Salmon. Both were tasty, but the tea flavors didn’t come through at all.



    MJ O’Connor’s was the next stop on our list.


    At this point in the evening, I became much more selective in my food choices. I was getting pretty full, so I skipped the Clam Chowder and only tasted a few bites of the Sheperd’s Pie.


    The Shepherd’s Pie was AWESOME! It was hearty, flavorful, and perfect for a cool, crisp evening in Boston. The next time I visit MJ O’Conners, this is the first thing I will order!


    I’ve eaten at Au Bon Pain a million times, so I passed on their BBQ Chicken Sandwich and tried a few sips of their Watermelon Lemonade.



    The Watermelon Lemonade was a refreshing slushy-like beverage. Yum!


    Finale = holy yum! :mrgreen:

    At Finale, I enjoyed their Dark Chocolate Decadence, which was a rich, flourless cake with a hint of espresso and made with Grand Caraque Cocoa Barry and bittersweet Callebaut chocolates.


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    Each bite was dessert heaven! 😀


    The decadent dessert paired well with a cool glass of sweet Riesling.


    Our final stop on the Taste of Park Plaza tour was Ben & Jerry’s.


    Unfortunately (or fortunately?), B&J’s was out of most of their flavors, so I selected the Chocolate Fudge Brownie to sample.


    Of course, all Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is delicious, but I was SO FULL, I only ate a few bites before tossing the rest into the trash.

    All in all, the Taste of Park Plaza was a fabulous event! I can’t wait until next year! :mrgreen:

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    { 31 comments… read them below or add one }

    Leianna August 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    What a fun way to test out a lot of places to know where you want to spend a full evening in the future! Thanks for sharing:)


    Caroline August 4, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    What a fantastic event! I bet you were surrounded by foodies all night:)
    Bummer about the Melting Pot, but at least you managed to get some pretty choice eats elsewhere.


    Ris August 4, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    That looks so fun! I stayed at the park plaza a few years back for model UN and know that Au Bon Pain too well!


    Lindsey (Mrs. LC) August 4, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I love the presentation from finale! Not to mention that dessert/ wine looks fabulous. :)


    Nicole August 4, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    What a cool event! I don’t how you managed to not eat anymore than you did – everything looked so good! How did you find out about it? BTW, did you get your dog ;)?


    Anna August 4, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    What a great event- I had lots of fun! It was great to finally meet you and the all others. I can’t wait until the Summit!


    Allyson August 4, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    I would have eaten everything in sight, too. I would take a food pub crawl over a regular pub crawl any day!


    Rebecca August 4, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    This looks like so much fun!!


    Hangry Pants August 5, 2009 at 12:02 am

    re: melting pot – sometimes at events like this mass production really lowers the food quality. i liked it there the one time i went as well, but some people don’t like it at all.


    Rebeca August 5, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Finale is the best… My girlfriends and I went there all the time when I was at Tufts, yum yum!


    Lainie August 5, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Melting pot is weird like that I think – sometimes it’s so, so incredible, other times, it just isn’t worth it….your food looks delicious, though!


    Lynn (The Actors Diet) August 5, 2009 at 1:48 am

    what a wonderful evening! i’m sorry the melting pot wasn’t up to par tonight….by the way, i saw a pug in a stroller tonight and snapped a pic for you. it’s on my blog:


    Dee August 5, 2009 at 1:53 am

    All sounds amazing!!! But… throwing away ben & jerrys…??!?!?!?! You broke me! I have been craving it for 5 years since I left England!!!!! We don’t get them here in South Africa! So next time, think about the poor kids in Africa, like me, who don’t have ben & jerrys… ; ) Specially brownie fudge my 2nd favourite after cookie dough!


    melissa August 5, 2009 at 4:49 am

    that looks like so much fun! I will have to look out for similar events in my area!


    Christie @ Quit Your Diet August 5, 2009 at 5:03 am

    What an awesome event! Sorry you were disappointed with the melting pot. I have never been but have always wanted to go.


    Melissa August 5, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Looks like such a fun time. I wish there was something like that where I lived. Then again, I’d probably make a pig out of myself. What a great evening!! 😀


    jenny August 5, 2009 at 6:09 am

    We didn’t end up making it to every stop, but Bonfire was definitely the favorite. Their nachos are awesome, and on Thursdays from I think 5-7 they have $1 tacos.


    Lauren August 5, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Looks like a blast! I’m bummed I missed out on this event… next year.

    See you tonight at dinner!


    Leah August 5, 2009 at 7:59 am

    If you enjoyed that I’d try the Phantom Gourmet Food Festival during the last weekend in September – laid back,pure gluttony, and one of the best events of the year!


    Jess August 5, 2009 at 8:28 am

    This looks like such a fun event – I wish we had a thing like this in Indianapolis!


    Bev August 5, 2009 at 8:38 am

    What a beautiful tasting. Tina did you get your hair cut ?


    Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) August 5, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Looks like fun! I’m loving all of the gorgeous food :)


    Becci August 5, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Wow! It looks like it was a great event! I’m glad you had such a good time!


    Sarah August 5, 2009 at 9:18 am

    All those places sound amazing! I think I might’ve gone to Ben and Jerry’s first, haha.


    Pam (Highway to Health) August 5, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Looks like you had a blast. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it!


    Meg C. August 5, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I liked Bonfire the best, too! You took some great pics… that chocolate thing definitely had the best presentation. It was great meeting you and everybody, see you at the summit!


    Madelin @ What is for breakfast? August 5, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Wow that seems like a fabulous event! I wish we had something like that over here :).


    Elina August 5, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Looks like fun. Too bad I missed it. See you tonight :)


    The Healthy Apple August 5, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Looks Yummy, Tina…we used to go to Finale all the time back in college; such amazing food!

    Have a great day…Glad you had fun at the event.


    Evan Thomas August 5, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    That looks awesome. Youve definitely convinced me to do it next summer


    Quinn August 5, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    You have certainly had a fun couple of days!


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