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New Orleans Food & Spirits in Bucktown

12 Jul 2014

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We've been to New Orleans Food & Spirits before, and decided a Sunday afternoon might be a fun time for a return trip. It was!

Abita Amber draft. Great start.

Tasty seafood gumbo. You can tell the server was a bit jittery, as she brought the soup to the table in her hand, rather than on a tray. Remember that, aspiring servers. The gumbo was good, not the best I've ever had, but the roux was thick, not lumpy, and the seasoning level was proper.

Mrs. YatCuisine's Shrimp Remoulade Salad, with the dressing on the side. Grilled shrimp, not too spicy, but not bland, either. Tomato was fresh, and the remoulade, well, it was OK. The earth didn't move. I don't want to convey the impression it was bad, because bad remoulade makes you want to run like Godzilla's down the street. It was OK.

Half a muff. Proper. Delicious. Can't go wrong with good bread and good ingredients. This was so good, I quickly forgot how indifferent I was to wife's salad.

Cheesecake for dessert!

In summary, we'll be back again. The food is good and consistent, albeit not platonic.

 

 

 

Individual King Cakes

13 Feb 2014

I saw these at Zuppardo's out in #themetrys. I had no idea who/what "Caluda's" is, but the grocery store's barcode system gave me a clue. The price sticker listed the item as coming from "Dianne Randazzo's." When I double-checked the address of Caluda's, it was indeed the same Elmwood location. I'm guessing Dianne Randazzo either sold out, or changed the name of the business.

As you can see by the icing, it's a Randazzo-style cake. As such, it's OK. Is a slice of a larger king cake better? Yes. Also, there's no baby in these individual cakes, and they're $5 apiece.

All those negatives aside, they're cute.

Oslo Dining - New Delhi in Oslo Sentrum

12 Feb 2014

New Delhi

Address:Øvre Slottsgate 10, 0157 Oslo, Norway
Phone:+47 22 33 63 72

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If you walk down Karl John's Gate, just past the Parliament building in downtown Oslo (an easy walk from my regular hotel), there's shopping and dining. New Delhi is one of two Indian restaurants on Øvre Slottsgate, and one of my go-to places.

 

 

This is Handi Gosht, with rice and garlic naan. I've also enjoyed their Rogan Josh, Mutton Shahi Korma and Chicken Shahi Korma. New Delhi calls their super-hot curries "Madras-Vindaloo," and both the Lamb and Chicken are tasty. I usually get samosasas a starter here. The Onion Bhaji is good, as are the soups. To drink, beer, of course.

New Delhi bills themselves as "Punjabi," and this is good, representative Northern Indian food.

Drinks and starters at @IrishHouseNOLA

30 Jan 2014

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Had drinks and picked at starters with the lovely and talented Laura Bergerol last week at Irish House. Always a fun time!

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These are "Cornmeal Crusted Barbequed Oysters with firecracker coleslaw" - the coleslaw isn't so "firecracker," but who cares? The oysters are wonderful.

"Irish cheese platter Trio of cheese with toasted soda bread, cornichons and berry compote." This lovely combination of cheeses didn't stick around long.

"Truffled Chicken, Wild Mushroom, Smoked Gouda and Cilantro Tart drizzled with truffle oil." This is cheesey and wicked. The chicken, 'shrooms, and cheese come together. It's comfort food you just can't make easily at home.

Naturally, no trip to Irish House NOLA would be complete without multiple pints of Murphys!

While this wasn't a full meal, it's worth reporting on Irish House. Chef Matt describes his place as a "Gastropub," and that's quite accurate. Whether you treat Irish House as a restaurant, or as a pub, either way you get wonderful food and drinks.

 

Beer Notes: Perfect Tin

24 Jan 2014

Perfect Tin is an American-style amber ale from Tin Roof Brewery in Baton Rouge. It's a nice amber, not as heavy as the ubiquitous Abita. Perfect Tin's got a malt flavor, with just a hint of something--chocolate on my palate.

I first had Perfect Tin on tap at Walk On's in Baton Rouge, when we helped move kiddo in for the fall semester at LSU this year. Zuppardo's sells it, so it's part of my regular rotation now.

Baton Rouge - Oscar's Ice Cream and Pizza Joint

21 Jan 2014

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We had to bring kiddo a textbook he ordered from Amazon, so it made a good excuse to take him to lunch on Sunday. He chose Oscar's Pizza & Ice Cream, on Perkins, after hearing several friends rave about the sundaes. I figured, why not, how bad can any pizza be, if there's good ice cream in the offing?

No worries, the pizza was pretty good...

Southern Pecan, from Lazy Magnolia, in Mississippi. I pick this brew up regularly at the grocery, but it's so much nicer on tap!

The three of us split an order of meatballs as a starter. Didn't get a chance to take a pic--they got devoured too fast!

We each got calzones. Oscar's does 7" and 12" sizes, and all three of us got the smaller size. Mrs. YatPundit and kiddo both got just-pepperoni, but I got a specialty from the menu, the "Primo." It's ground italian sausage, caramelized onions, and pepperonicis. The sauce on the side was incredibly tasty, making for a great lunch.

Warm chocolate chip cookie sundae. That's two scoops of cookies-and-cream ice cream on the ends, and vanilla in the middle. It's not fair to say the pizza wasn't relevant, but it could have been a disaster and the trip would've been worth it. The fact that the calzones were all tasty means we'll be back to Oscar's.

Ottawa Pubs: D'Arcy McGee's

20 Jan 2014

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I was teaching in Ottawa the week of January 6th, so naturally I stopped into D'Arcy McGee's one evening. Darcy McGee's is your typical Irish Pub--pub food, good selection of beer, nice staff. The gals all wear miniskirt-kilts, but since I always sit at the bar, I chat up Doc the bartender.

Keith's was on special, so I started with that. It worked just fine with onion souip.

Lamb pie for the main, and it was quite good...the pie itself had a flaky crust and a good traditional gravy/vegetable filling. The lamb was flavorful, with a good gravy and greens.

I switched to Mill Street Brewing's Coffee Porter for the main.

Desert was a "Chocolate Volcano," and a scoop of house-made ice cream.

Double-Chocolate Milk Stout from Big Rig for dessert.

Overall, a lovely meal!

 

Comfort Food: Roast Beef, Rice and Gravy

25 Jun 2013

Before I head out on one of these 3-4 week trips, I try to cook a few dinners that will generate leftovers for the family. Roast beef is an easy one for that. A 3.5-4 pound sirloin roast fits nicely in my dutch oven. The seasoning mix you see there isn't regularly Tony's, but a "spice n' herbs" blend for grilling/blackening. Its a bit less salty than the classic creole seasoning, and does well for a roast or a whole chicken. I brown the roast using the top broiler element in the oven for a few minutes top and bottom to let the seasoning kick in and do it's thing, then add some water, red wine, cover, and let it roast away at 375F. A couple of hours later, and here's the finished product. The gravy sometimes needs a little thickening with a quick roux, then it's good to go. My family was always a classic roast and mashed potatoes household, but Mrs. YatPundit grew up in a rice-and-gravy house, so we do things her way most of the time. Add some mushrooms I tossed in the pot with the roast and here's a great "comfort food" meal.

Travel Dining - Sora Japanese Restaruant in DTW

12 Jun 2013

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Detroit's Airport has a number of pretty good food options, for an airport. I flew to and from Europe through DTW on a recent trip to Oslo, Norway, so I stopped for Japanese at a place called Sora, coming and going.

sora 1

Double-pork Ramen. The pork slices are advertised as their awesome BBQ-pork, but it was kinda meh. The soup and noodles were great, though.

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Gyoza Ramen. This totally made up for the meh of the pork ramen! Tasty, the pork sausage in the dumplings was very tasty. Combine that with a nice, cold beer, and it was a great post-long-flight dinner.

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