The Zagat Restaurant Survey for New Orleans has gone live. Normally, you’re encouraged to rate restaurants and comment on them with a two-fold carrot. First, if they deem you witty enough, your quote may be used in the blurb on the restaurant. Second, if you rate/comment on enough restaurants and provide your address, you’ll get a free book when it’s published. Probably so you can check to
see if confirm you were witty enough to make the book. But is that enough for the premium content provided by people like you? Heck no!
Knowing that you all are dripping with good taste (I mean you’re here) and fountains of knowledge about the local restaurant scene, Zagat approached us with a sweet deal for you. In addition to getting in print and getting a book, they’re going to give you the shot at $100 for Whole Foods. Here’s how it was explained to us:
Each time [you] vote for a restaurant, it’ll be counted as an entry to win the $100 gift card from Whole Foods. The prize will be awarded to the person who writes the most witty, creative and informative review (judged by Zagat).
Additionally, if [you] vote for 10 or more restaurants, [you]‘ll be eligible to receive a free copy of the 2013 guide when it’s published next year (provided we’re given an address).
Just follow this link: https://sites.google.com/site/nolarestaurantblogcontest/ to get started. Just be sure to get on it, as the contest is only open until next Friday, June 29th. Be sure to check their website for the contest’s official rules and other legal stuff.
As part of our full disclosure standards, you should know we aren’t receiving a darn thing for this, just giving you all a chance to win $100 for something you’re probably going to do anyway.
After one of the more glorious Springs in recent history, this month has brought us back to reality, with temperatures creeping ever higher. June, as we all know won’t be any kinder. Thankfully, the folks at PJ’s may have just the (free) tickets to beat the heat, free iced coffee, a party and the chance at your own coffee flavor. From June 1 to June 7 you’ll be able to download a coupon for a free 12 ounce Southern Wedding Cake Iced Coffee from PJ’s Facebook page.
So why the free coffee? PJ’s is celebrating one year since the launch of their first consumer (that’s us) inspired flavor, which was the Southern Wedding Cake.
In addition to the downloadable coupon, PJ’s is throwing a birthday bash for the Southern Wedding Cake coffee at the PJ’s on Maple (7624 Maple Street) on Friday, June 1st from 8:30-10:30, complete with free coffee samples, free PJ’s inspired cake from Sucre’s Tariq Hanna and a chance to meet PJ’s Roastmaster Felton Jones.
Once you’ve had the chance to re-acquaint yourself the Southern Wedding Cake coffee, PJ’s wants you to try your hand at creating your own coffee flavor. From June 1-15, PJ’s wants you to post your ideas for the next custom coffee blend on their Facebook wall. The top 5 flavors will be chosen by a PJ’s team and open voting runs from June 18th to the 26th. If your flavor wins out above all, you get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the roasting facility and a year supply of PJ’s Coffee.
Enjoy your free coffee and best of luck in giving us our next PJ’s flavor!
*Check PJ’s Facebook page for any rules, regulations or disclosures associated with this contests.
The New Orleans International Beer Festival giveaway is concluded and we have a winner. Thanks to Random.org, we’ve randomized the commentors names to select a winner.
Congrats to Chris Vitenas for scoring a pair of free tickets.
Here’s the list as generated by Random.org
Timestamp: 2012-03-23 12:38:07 UTC
Got any plans for this Saturday? Say from 2 to 6? Well, you might now. You see, the folks from the New Orleans International Beer Festival have provided us with a pair of tickets to give to one lucky winner. One winner, two tickets, four hours, 50+ breweries, 150+ beers, unlimited sampling. That’s right, unlimited beer. For free.
So how do you win? Easy, between now and Thursday, March 22nd at 11:59 PM, find the list of breweries scheduled to appear at New Orleans International Beer Festival and the beers they are bringing (hint: click here) and tell us in the comments which beer from which brewery you’d like to try most. We’ll pick the winner at random Friday morning.
Don’t forget to sign in with a valid email address when commenting so we can track you down. And one entry per person.
New Orleans International Beer Festival
March 24, 2012
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
As our feature of Emeril’s Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders comes to a close, we managed to save the best two dishes for last (in my opinion). First up: Chicken and Black Beans with Chorizo. This dish is SOOO flavorful. We marinated the chicken overnight in a delicious blend of spices and some sherry. The black beans are chock full of aromatic vegetables and a hearty helping of spicy chorizo. For a weeknight, this one took a little too long to cook, so $1.25 and I didn’t sit down to eat until super late. But most of the heavy lifting comes in the form of marinating and baking in the oven, so if you’re home with a little bit of time on your hands, you can pull this together pretty easily. $1.25 was partial to the black bean/chorizo bottom layer and we’re already planning on using it for our pulled pork nachos! Get your copy of the cookbook here for this recipe and all of our favorites from the past few weeks.
Don’t forget about our giveaway of the Zak dishes! Only a little while longer to enter to win.
Come back tomorrow for the knock out final dish. We can’t wait to eat it tonight and tell you all about it tomorrow!
For full disclosure information, click here.
Our next selection from Emeril’s Sizzling Skillets and Other One Pot Wonders is the Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork. What a PERFECT game-day dish! Saturday night we made a delicious spice rub and prepped the Boston butt roast. Then on Sunday morning we popped it into the slow cooker on our way out the door to the Dome and it was ready for us when we got home. We added a sweet slaw and some macaroni and cheese on the side to round things out. Our group loved the sandwiches we made and I’m sure $1.25 is eager to make some pulled pork nachos with the leftovers!
Since we can’t give you the full recipe, I thought I’d give you a little note on technique. The recipe calls for making slits in the pork butt and putting pieces of garlic in each one to add flavor. In order to do that, you have to peel the garlic, but you can’t smash it to oblivion in the process. Whereas normally I give the garlic a hard press and easily pop the pieces out of the skin, you have to be a little more gentle in your approach in order to keep the cloves whole. So, I gently pressed the garlic with the side of a knife, just until I feel it give way a little bit. Then I peeled the skin off, sometimes with a little more trouble than others. Then I easily sliced each whole clove in half lengthwise in order to spot them all over the pork roast. No need for one of those crazy garlic peelers, just a chef’s knife and a little patience.
Easy does it!!
Peel off the skin
Prepping the roast
The yummy spice rub
After marinating overnight
8 hours later its ready to eat! Gotta love that slow cooker!
We opted to strain the cooking liquid and separate the fat. We poured the gravy back over the meat to keep things moist.
The finished product
Don’t forget that we’re giving away a copy of the cookbook! Check out last week’s post for more information. You’ve only got today and tomorrow left to enter!!
Full disclosure for our Emeril’s Sizzling Skillets participation available here.
Earlier this month we entered to be a part of a promotion for Emeril’s new book, Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders. We found out the other day that we’ve been selected to participate, which is pretty exciting in our little part of the universe. While we will be making this food and providing honest feedback on the recipes, full disclosure is our #1 requirement around here. So here is what our participation in this means for us (and you):
1. Over the next 3 weeks we will have 3 posts a week featuring recipes from the book. The recipes we will select come from a pre-approved list of recipes from the book. I assume this to be a best-of-the-best of the universe of recipes in the book [Update: We can make any recipe from the book, we're only allowed to give out 3 recipes].
2. For our trouble we will get additional promotion of our blog and posts by the company and other participating bloggers. We will also receive or be eligible to receive the following:
■ONE pre-publication copy of Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders to use to cook from for the three-week-long program
■ONE jar of Emeril’s Original Essence to use while preparing recipes from Sizzling Skillets.
■ONE set of Emeril – by zak! Table Art 7-piece Flame-Shaped Serving Bowls, for beautiful presentation of the one-pot wonders you cook up.
■The top performing blogger, as selected by T-Fal, will be awarded an Emeril by T-Fal Slow Cooker once the three-week blogging project is over
■$50 grocery reimbursement
For your troubles in checking in over here, we’ll be giving away:
■ONE additional copy of Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders to offer as a giveaway through your blog, Twitter feed, or Facebook profile.
■ONE set of Emeril — by zak! Table Art 7-piece Flame-Shaped Serving Bowls to offer as a giveaway through your blog, Twitter feed, or Facebook profile.
So be on the look out for our posts featuring Emeril’s new recipes and our contests to put these things in your hands.