Thursday, December 30, 2010

Flu, etc.

Got the stomach bug and word of some sadness in the community. Will resurface in the new year.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Pub Crawl Flash Mob

So, today we got home from Columbus (flight out was at 6:20 EST and we got home at around 10am CST.) Some friends of ours are in town and we all wanted a good, soul satisfying lunch, so we went to J'Anita's at the Rendon Inn.

Tom ordered the Monday red beans & rice special, I ordered the tomato basil soup and the Duck Sammich with No Name (side: fries), Liza ordered the side salad and the Best Fish Sammich Ever (side: also fries), and Justin ordered the Crispy Hog Balls and the Swamp Ruben (side: cheese grits with bacon.) Tom, Liza, and I all enjoyed a variety of NOLA Brewing beers (Hopitoulous, Irish Channel Stout, and NOLA Blonde.)

So, we get our order in, and we are literally the only people in there eating. (was a bit on the late side for lunch.) A few minutes afterward, Craig comes out and tells us that we got our orders in just in time, there's a huge pub crawl crowd en route.

No lie! Within about a half an hour, there were 80+ VERY DRUNK and BOISTEROUS folks dressed up in assorted costumes (which were centered around Saints colors/T-shirts.) It was hilarious. Jello shots and liquid shots both were consumed with abandon. People were drinking out of pitchers. As we were leaving, people had started migrating outside to start literally dancing in the street.

And of course the food and beer were absolutely wonderful. Including the lagniappe that appeared in the form of Kimmie's crawfish etoufee andouille crab rangoons. DAMN GURL.

Ah, New Orleans. So glad to be home.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ethnic Cuisine! In New Orleans!

And it was good!!! Went to Cafe Abyssinia, an Ethiopian restaurant that recently opened on Magazine Street.

It's pretty low-key- it's set back from the street and it has only about 7 tables. Apparently there's only one cook in the kitchen so this is pretty much the maximum they can accommodate for the time being.

I ordered the vegetarian platter, which included all its vegetarian dishes: the Yemisr Wot (spicy lentils with onions); Kik Alicha (yellow split pea with ginger and garlic); Tikel Gomen (cabbage and carrots); Dinich Alicha (potatoes and carrots); and some sort of spinach dish. Served atop injera (a spongy, slightly sour flat bread made with a grain called teff) with plenty on the side. You use the injera to scoop up bites of the curry- no forks or knives, though it looked like they provided them upon request.

Tom ordered Awaze Tibs, a beef dish- really excellent with a spice that sort of snuck up on you. Very tasty.

Looks like all the vegetarian dishes are vegan, they specifically say that they are cooked in vegetable oil with no dairy products.

We ordered a pot of tea to go with our meal- spicy with cloves, it was a bit overwhelming when drinking it before our food was served, but went perfectly with the spices of the meat and vegetables.

Bill came- $33. Plus tip, it was a relaxing, delicious, comfortable, and soul satisfying meal that was absolutely a bargain in every way. I highly recommend.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

J'Anitas at the Rendon Inn

Made my way over to J'Anita's in their new digs at the Rendon Inn in Gert Town for lunch this week. They just started up last week at the Rendon Inn after parting ways with the Avenue Pub, which is where we first fell in love with their Duck With No Name Sandwich, Best Fish Sammich Ever, guacamole, cheese grits, burgers....mmmmm... wait, what was I saying? Oh yeah. J'Anita's was a bit of a victim of their own success over at the Avenue Pub and set out on a new adventure under the brand new management (like, less than 3 months I think) of the Rendon Inn.

I discovered that they started doing chicken fried steak (with garlic mashed potatoes and smothered green beans OMG OMG I KNOW RIGHT???) on Wednesdays so of course I had to go check it out- I missed the first week but I got it going on the second week, I tell you what.

It was So. Good. It was crazy good! For $7.50! They had this awesome white sauce and the steak had a panko crust so the texture was nice and light... bacon in those green beans... and you all know how I feel about mashed potatoes. I do admit I was perhaps less than at my full productive potential that afternoon at work though, what with the food coma and all.

Next time I will take a picture- it must be seen to be believed!

J'Anita's serves their menu for lunch and dinner and I believe any time in between. I highly recommend checking them out- they are still building a customer base out at the Rendon Inn so right now it's pretty quiet and quick. Get in at the ground floor- it'll be a while till they outgrow this kitchen. Good food, cheap, fast, and cooked with love.

Next time: Duck With No Name Sammich. Or the cheeseburger. Or, or, or....