Neither did I! Fourth of July always seems like a backyard or beach holiday for me. But I do love a good fireworks show, so maybe this year $1.25 and I need to check out the 20th Annual Go 4th on the River celebration instead. Continue reading
New Orleans is a truly magical city. I’m not talking about the way of life or culture (that’s a whole other
post book), but the city itself. Nothing makes this clearer than turning down a random alley and finding a fantastic restaurant tucked away in an often overlooked alleyway. The Green Goddess (307 Exchange Place, 504.301.3347) is one such place, easily missed if you aren’t seeking it out.
As you may have seen a few weeks ago, we suffered some rather unfortunate service at Mr. B’s, which really derailed the meal and the morning. When a recent business lunch was scheduled for Mr. B’s I prepared for another unnecessarily lengthy meal. However, much to my content this was not this case this time around.
With Stephen as our server, requests were quickly met, food was timely and inappropriate asides were eliminated. Thanks to Stephen’s stewardship, Mr. B’s food was permitted to take its rightful place as the focus of the meal.
While still not my favorite of places, there are certain dishes that are worth stopping by for. One such dish is the Gumbo Ya-Ya, a chicken and andouille gumbo with great spice and flavor. The Gumbo Ya-Ya may very well be one of the best gumbos found in the city. A friend of mine swears the same of the Seafood Gumbo.
The lunch menu is pretty diverse, but I’d avoid the healthier choices, such as the grilled fish of the day. While providing a light alternative to the heavier and less healthy dishes, these lighter dishes seem just a bit too bland to be worth it. Instead, toss the diet and dive head long into the heavier dishes.
In all, Mr. B’s recovered pretty well in the service department (ask for Stephen) and continues to deliver with great gumbo, but still doesn’t quite reach the upper levels of New Orleans dining.
It’s summer in New Orleans, which means two things: It’s hot as hell and, as a result, anywhere with access to water is going to be the place to be. Of course, it is New Orleans so when you hit the pool, river, lake or other body of water you’ll be looking to bring some beer. Bottles aren’t safe with all the bare feet around and cans, while convenient, don’t really give you all that great of a selection of beer to choose from. So how do you cool off on a hot summer day and not have to sacrifice beer quality? Why with a Fridge Pig, of course!
When it comes to Bar-B-Que in New Orleans, most people think immediately of shrimp and not pork, beef or chicken. Well the folks of The Joint (801 Poland Ave, 504-949-3232) are well on their way to changing that perception. A tiny shack of a restaurant located in the Bywater, The Joint certainly lives up to its name.
We love dogs and we love eating. Assuming you’re here, you love at least one of those. That, or you pushed the “I’m feeling lucky” button for your google search. Assuming you can properly Google something, our latest Around Town lets you celebrate both dogs (and other pets) and food next Thursday, June 17th, marks the first annual Pause For Dinner hosted by the LA/SPCA. Once again, we’re pimping out an event that makes it easy to be selfishly giving (think on that awesomeness for a second). However, Pause For Dinner has one fantastic leg up on the competition, you don’t have to bother mingling with anyone you don’t know or be worried about people cutting in the buffet line or anything. Because the benefit is going to be you and whoever you invite to dinner. How is this possible? Details after the jump: Continue reading
What girl doesn’t love shopping? What girl doesn’t love chocolate? How about if we put them together? Turns out Neiman Marcus has a signature chocolate chip cookie recipe. Now, I’ve never had them in the store (because, let’s be honest, I can’t afford to step foot in NM), but I’ve made them at home, and they are pretty darn good cookies. But what’s better is that the “signature chocolate chip cookie” has a bit of folklore to go with it. Continue reading
I know this is very last minute, but as you can tell with our spotty posting the past few weeks, life and work have gotten in the way of all of this. If you’re not quite sure what to do this weekend, like live music and aren’t a big fan huge crowds, we’ve got the event for you. On top of that, proceeds go to saving our lake and the Gulf Coast. Thanks to BP, the Coast is in serious need of help.
Thanks to all the rain and heat recently, our herb garden is rocking. What better way to use up some of our abundant supply of mint and to ring in summer than with some homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream? I found this recipe in a favorite ice cream cookbook and decided to give it a shot. Continue reading