My recent (read: 6-8 months) obsession with the Sazerac reached new heights this last week. As you may recall in my first post about the sazerac, I said:
Given the sazerac’s storied New Orleans history, you’d think that every bar in New Orleans should be able to make a decent sazerac.
Then I realized that I have a bar in my house, which is in New Orleans. Which lead to the horrible realization that not only had I never made my own sazerac, but I didn’t even have all the necessary ingredients on hand to attempt to knock one out. Thankfully, with liquor available most everywhere it was only a short detour before I was fully stocked and ready to go.
I recently overheard a debate about whether or not chili can contain beans. Apparently chili purists would never put beans of any kind in chili. So, if you’re a chili purist, this may not be the recipe for you. But if you’re looking for a hearty fall dinner that incorporates lots of spice and vegetables, you’re going to love this dish. $1.25 has helped me perfect it over time, although it seems that it’s never the same each time I make it depending on the ingredients I have on hand. You can tweak it to fit your tastes, but here’s a jumping off point to get you started.
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
4 links hot Italian turkey sausage, casings removed and broken into small pieces
2 cans diced tomatoes (not drained)
2 cans black beans (drained and rinsed well)
3 chipotle chilies, chopped
1 palmful* of chili powder
1 palmful of cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup frozen corn
Coat the bottom of a heavy pot with olive oil, heat on low. Sweat the onion, bell pepper, garlic, jalapeno and a pinch of salt until all of the vegetables are soft. Add the sausage and saute until color develops on the sausage. Add in the chipotles, tomatoes and juice, black beans, chili powder, cumin, salt, and water. Bring to a boil, add corn. Reduce heat and simmer for an hour or more. Serve with shredded cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream, or diced red onion (or all of the above!).
*here’s a picture of a “palmful” in case you aren’t sure:
It’s Thursday (finally), so that means for many people it is the unofficial start of the weekend. For those of you in a business program, it is the official start of your weekend. If you’re week has been anything like ours, you haven’t had time to even think for a minute about your free time. Unless of course you’re thinking about how stuff keeps popping up to take it away from you. All this comes down to two things, you need something fun to do and you need a drink.
Enter Gambit’s 8th Annual Reds, Whites and the Blues event. Sure there will be the some music, some food from great restaurants and a pretty decent collection of wines to taste from. However, one of the greatest things about this event is the raffle, a chance to win a 200 bottle wine collection. Raffle tickets are only $5 or 6 for $20.
Reds, Whites and The Blues
Pavilion of the Two Sisters
Today from 6-9 pm
Tickets are $70 at the door.
Proceeds to benefit the Big Easy Awards Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education, which supports culture and the performing arts in New Orleans.
While combing the gin aisle at a local liquor store in search of strange and unusual gins, I spied a tall, slender bottle that for some reason had not caught my eye before. I was even more surprised by the date on the bottle, an impressive “Est. 1575.”
Ready for some burgers?
In this 24 hour news cycle/Internet day and age, the public can get drawn into most anything pretty easily. I mean, how else can you possibly explain the popularity of Axe body spray, the Twilight movies or Paris Hilton. Since late September, the New Orleans food twitter folks have been a buzz with MVB (Most Valuable Burger
), first in trying to find out the who, what and where and now just drooling in anticipation of MVB’s Sunday opening. Oh, we’re not innocent here. In fact, we’re pretty much a big part of the problem (see our piece from GoNOLA as Exhibit A
). Top it off with the fact that pop-ups naturally manufacture extra demand with their limited supply and the hype factor is through the roof. Of course, when I fell into the chance to put the MVB hype machine to the test, I jumped.
A quick review of the logs here shows that what the people really seem to like is the talk of booze. When the people want what I like, I deliver. This is our little dystopian after all. We’re (but mostly me) are all in luck, as I’ve recently stocked up on some weird and out-of-the-way booze that I’ll be discussing. One such acquisition may even prompt me to share a nice little secret of what I’ve been doing in my spare time (hint: it isn’t sick or perverted and I’m getting better at making it not gross).
To top it all off, if the Fates are ever so kind to me there could be a special treat for tomorrow. Of course, assuming I don’t get sidetracked with the research discussed above.
Missed Tails of the Cocktail or just thirsty again? Coming soon, you’ll be able to hit what looks to be a smaller offseason version. You know, like OTAs or spring baseball.
Unlike TOTC, Tails of the Toddy is a one day event, December 16, 2010–right in time to prop up your holiday cheer. TOTTy [tm] tickets run a mere $25.00 and include the sampling of many a toddy. I’m sure more details will abound as we get closer to the event, but there is one special appearance that should be worth the $25 entry fee on its own, or at least so Cupcake tells me, the men of the 2011 New Orleans Firefighter calendar.
Plus bonus room rates ($99) at the Hotel Monteleone. That’s sounds cheaper than a DUI.
UPDATE (10/15): Just got a discount code for this bad boy, promising half price tickets with code NOLA. Not sure how long this may last so hop to it if you’re going.
After seeing the high praise coming from the fellas over at Blackened Out, I knew I was going to have to get to Nine Roses. Unlike a certain guy in town, I happen to like Vietnamese food and can appreciate the range and diversity it has to offer. Warned ahead of time about the extensive menu, I knew I was going to need to go in prepared or at least with some help. Following the twitter recommendations, I went with the Vietnamese crepe and the bun with pork and egg rolls. Way too much food for me for lunch, but luckily I had some help. Both were absolutely delicious.
Of course a full report will take a few more trips, you know solely for the purposes of research. Besides, its going to take a few trips just to make it through 5% of the menu. The menu’s huge size definitely made me happy to have my recommendations, otherwise I may have spent an hour just trying to figure out what I wanted to eat. If you haven’t quite made over that way just yet, I highly suggest you check it out. The scouting report turned up excellent food and quick service. A more detailed report will undoubtedly follow.
1100 Stephens St.
Gretna, LA 70053
So while most everyone has been basking in the glory of sub-60 degree temperatures, I’ve been freezing my ass off. Sure it’s perfectly delightful in the sun, but I can already see the icicles forming in the shade. This blast of cold air means two things, its time to start putting away the gins and breaking out the bourbons and we’ve officially hit gumbo/chilli/soup weather.
Not from around here and haven’t stocked up on the proper supplies? Don’t worry, I guarantee this is just a not so subtle mind-screwing from Mother Nature. In no time at all we’ll all be battling the heat for one last time before the fall/winter weather is officially here to stay. It happens every year.