Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
My wife says I'm a strait-laced, by the book kind of guy. I've always followed the rules. I've never been in any serious trouble. I've only received one ticket in my life. My parents taught me that everyone received a response of "Yes Ma'am, No Ma'am. Yes Sir, No Sir." They still do regardless of age.
But I do have one vice. One so powerful it brings me to my knees in submission. It is the kryptonite to my Superman. The pit of brooding vipers to my Indiana Jones. The self-doubt to my crippled Cyrano de Bergerac.
Until race day.
The one thing I looked forward to the most was the post race expo. I knew what booth I would spend most of my time around. Dripping in sweat, muscles burning from lactic acid I would always find my way to the Great Harvest Bread Company of Acadiana tent and eat my weight in bread and pastry samples. I hated being "that guy" eating all the free samples, but their breads and treats were just so addictive.
Sad to say I eventually stopped distance running. That also meant that I stopped having my post race tradition. It wasn't until recently that I stepped foot into this marvelous bakery, and I already want to go back for more confections, chai, and conversation. I don't normally write about chain restaurants, but this one just doesn't feel corporate or cold.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
No. It really is!
Excuse me while I channel my inner Alton Brown.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
WesMar Farms for milk and cheese.
Bread & Circus for curry ketchup or belly bacon.
Inglewood Farms for okra and peppers.
This past week I challenged myself to stretch my boundaries and discover three vendors that I hadn't visited before. I hoped to find some hidden gems and I was not disappointed.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
We weren’t entirely sure what we were in store for when we crossed the bustling intersection of Magazine Street and General Pershing in New Orleans. It was our first visit to La Petite Grocery. We had done our research on Executive Chef Justin Devillier and studied the menu the night before. I secretly expected a grand foyer lined with white gloved workers standing at attention. I was worried I had underdressed and would have to wear the restaurant's jacket for gentlemen who don't meet the dress code. I was pleasently surprised when I saw the quaint yellow building on the corner. We walked in to a warm and inviting building that was flooded with charm.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
If you are a chicken living within a 50 mile radius of Bendel Rd, you are a marked piece of poultry. Simply put, Chef Manny Augello has put a price on your head and countless restaurant patrons are willing to pay whatever it takes. I know I am.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
Things change. It is an inevitable part of life. Especially in the culinary world if you don’t adapt, you die. Phares’ Oysters-Seafood & Steaks, a staple of Lafayette cuisine, has outlasted neighboring competitors for many years. Now with its newly announced changes, Phares’ is primed to excite you with small plates that pack huge flavor. Say Pharewell to the old and hello to the new Phares’ Kitchen.