Thursday, May 28, 2015

Friday 5: Chanel Gaudé

She has worked in the kitchens of some of Lafayette's most creative restaurants- think De Gaulle Square Bistro and Bar and Bread & Circus Provisions. In this week's Friday 5, Chanel Gaudé shares her culinary must haves.

1. Eating on the cheap - I am a sucker for anything banh mi. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Asian Market next to Piccadilly on the Boulevard makes fresh banh mi sandwiches.  They’re just a few bucks and I’d argue the best in town.

2. Favorite Dessert - Mae Sone’s Noodle House has this coconut sticky rice dessert with either fresh mango or some sort of custard. I don’t even know what it all is, but I dream about it.  So. Good.

3. Guilty Pleasure - Smoked bacon belly chocolate chew.  Nutella Bombs.  Just the names make me feel a little guilty. The Lab Handcrafted Coffees & Comforts regularly has mind blowing croissants, cookies, scraps, and cold creams that make me mutter to myself  “whaaaaat the $@*#.” They are also the only place I know of that has goats milk lattes, which are just divine.

4. Late Night Hangout - Bread & Circus Late Night on Saturdays is a permanent fixture in my weekly schedule.  Very rarely is there any good food available when I get off at 10 or 11pm.  The chalkboard menu is always creative and fun.  And everything is always, always delicious.  AND, they have ridiculous drink specials for Late Night.

5. Date Night - When I somehow weasel my way out of a dinner shift and can go on a date, I never seem to get enough of Saint Street Inn.  I love the porch seating and the whole feeling of the place.  The menu is always different from the previous visit.  I fully believe that one can taste the energy that’s put into food, and there is no doubt in my mind that the women in the kitchen at SSI love what they do and have so much fun doing it.

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