I have had lots of projects going on as of late: organized a big work meeting, trying to project manage condo improvement projects to get it to sell (this is by far the most painful and expensive and stressful project), helping a friend settle into the neighborhood, volunteering at events to help the my neighborhood booster club to help buy uniforms for the kid's sports teams, and, of course, the Beers Not Bullets Fundraiser to raise money to help with Chef Nathaniel's medical bills.
All this do-gooding has put a cramp in my hedonistic lifestyle, I tell you what.
However, fear not! I present to you the Maple Glazed Bacon Long John Donut from Blue Dot Donuts.
Oh, MAMA. So good. Did I mention this place is like 5 blocks from my office? Herculean RESTRAINT, people!
I've also discovered a great place, also in Mid-City. It's called Katie's and they have great crabcakes, crawfish etoufee, and fried catfish. I look forward to eating all the other awesome sounding stuff on their menu like the cochon de lait sandwich, stuffed inside pistolettes. Or the kalamata muffaletta. Or the Baltimore (fried oysters, topped with bacon and melted swiss. Or garlic feta fries. Or, or, or...! I don't know why the place is so appealing - it's just so accessible, homey, with awesome food at really good prices.
I also had a stupendous piece of peach pie at Crescent City Pie and Sausage. Fresh local peaches, a crumb/crumble topping, served with creole cream cheese ice cream. Well done!
Other than that, we've been working pretty hard at eating at home, buying our produce boxes at Hollygrove Farm and finding recipes to fit what we've got in the fridge. It's tomato season down here, and we've been doing some great raw tomato pasta dishes, specifically one with goat cheese, mint, and lemon.
Oh, speaking of tomato season, this past weekend was the Creole Tomato Festival at the French Market. We were down there to sell beer to benefit the Lyons Burke Booster Club (I used my acting experience to holler at people passing by to buy ICE COLD BEER SOLD HERE! Tom was very impressed.) I didn't eat much- it was so hot and sunny, and we'd biked over from the CBD (not from the Channel, thank god, I'd have keeled over from heatstroke) but I did have some of Tom's creole tomato with Louisiana crab and remoulade sauce and waited in line for a crepe with tomato, cheese, and bacon. And a blueberry lemonade. And a Corona (after our shift).
I will note that the weather this summer so far is a little weird- and I know I've only gone through one, but natives have confirmed - because it's hot (like mid- to high- 90s) and sunny and not actually humid at all. We're in a drought and plants and grass are all shriveling up and the sun is relentless. It's like freaking Texas or Death Valley weather! I miss my swampy summer with near 100% humidity and practically guaranteed thunderstorm in the afternoon! Ah well. Gimme another beer.