Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Fat Girl's New Orleans Foodie Adventure, Day 3.... and 1/4

Although I am the designated meal planner for our trips, I sometimes let my husband pick a place. He picked a little place around the corner from the hotel which I had coincidentally bookmarked on Yelp as a potentatial breakfast spot - score! The Ruby Slipper Cafe had awesome Yelp reviews, so my expectations were obviously pretty high. This little breakfast spot hidden behind the madness that is Canal Street. We went in on a Wednesday around 10 so we were seated right away. Our server was super sweet and knew the menu well. 

My husband ordered the Breakfast Sandwich with easy over eggs, cheddar and sausage on a biscuit with a fruit salad on the side.

I ordered the Ruby’s Basic Breakfast easy over eggs, cheddar, bacon, grits and a biscuit. Hmmm... grits! Perfect creamy cheesy grits just as one would expect in Louisiana.

Everything was on point. The biscuits were awesome - probably the best we've had. We're still talking about them a week later. Super fluffy. Drool!

We debated on their pancakes but our server sold us on the Bananas Foster Pain Perdu- ”Pain Perdu”, or lost bread, is a french bread-based French toast served with applewood smoked bacon and topped with our Bananas Foster topping. Delicious! We also offer Pain Perdu without the topping. Seriously, if you are dying and have one wish, let this dish be it. WOW. Perfect bread, perfect sauce, perfect sweet caramelly bananas - perfect everything. It was incredible. Oh, wait, forgot to mention, it comes with bacon... of course it does. Dip that bacon in the caramel sauce and it's heaven.

Day 3 was ruined by a horrible storm with tornado warning and all. Our plan was to drive to Covington, about an hour north, to visit the Abita Brewery for a tour and tasting. You know when you go on a trip and have that one thing that you're looking forward to the most? Yeah, this was it. I had dreams of drowning myself in Abita's seasonal brews and my all time favorite beer, Purple Haze. But no, no sir - as we jumped on I-10 we were greeted by lighting and hail and said hell to the no and reluctantly turned around. Did I mention Abita is my favorite beer in the whole wide world? FML. FML x 10!!!

We ended up the Audobon Aquarium, which was meh. Nice if you have kiddos but not nice for an angry inner fat girl who's boozy dreams were squashed by Mother Nature's wrath. We couldn't go very far so decided on another highly recommended spot for lunch, ACME Oyster House in the French Quarter. We got lucky and didn't have to wait, it seems wating is the norm in this place and I don't really see why. This is a local chain and it felt as such. Or maybe it was my mood. I'm not sure, I just didnt have a good time here.

We ordered crab chowder, chicken & andoullie gumbo, red beans and rice, chargrilled oysters, hush puppies, and the Fried Peace Maker Po Boy. Everything was average - except the oysters. Those were awesome. They were humongous and covered in crusty melty cheese. We put them inside the bread and it was really good. Greasy, but good.

My husband loved the Po Boy - fried oysters and shrimo with Tabasco infused mayo. They messed up my half and added lettuce and tomato so all I did was pick the fried stuff out and eat it. It wasnt greasy but it was way too breaded for my taste.

Everything else was just average and not worth going into detail about. I didn't care for this place. But here's some pics...

I had my heart set on Abita, but my husband had his heart set on one thing: bread pudding! I had bookmarked Mother's since seeing Sunny Anderson feature it on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. The place is nothing fancy, just a little diner with an old school vibe. The staff is friendly and welcoming, the place is clean and smells like home cooking. The place was pretty empty so we didn't have to brave the long line Sunny warned about on the episode. We ordered the bread pudding and oh-em-gee - it did not disappoint. Perfectly sweet, gooey, crispy at the top, with chunks of fruit cocktail here and there - delicious. We also had some coffee, which was yummy and complimented the indulgence quite well. A definite must-do while in NOLA.

 For dinner we took a walk to Frenchmen Street on the other side of the French Quarter in search of a little place called Cafe Negril which came highly recommended by a ex-Miamian now living in the area. She spoke highly of the bars, music and of tacos at a little stand in the back of this place. I grabbed an Abita Strawberry Harvest to go (my new favorite beer! Amazing stuff, beer that has a strawberry shortcake after taste is just too much goodness for my soul!) and made the long walk to the other side of town.

Frenchmen Street is interesting. We got there before the fun started in the bars but the party was bumpin' on the streets - pick your poison and someone on that street was either smoking it, popping it, or snorting it right then and there.

Anyways, we got there while the band was setting up so we really didnt have a chance to enjoy the scene. There is a randon little kitchen in the back with a lady making all sorts of Mexican goodies. We ordered the pineapple pork tacos and chicken tacos. Both were yummy - very authentic - but overly salty which didn't fall well on sober tongues. I imagine they would probably taste like a million bucks after a few beers.

We made one last stop at Cafe Du Monde - it was the perfect end to a crappy day.

Day 4 - aka Day 3 1/4

We woke up to another hideous rainy day and as we drove to the airport we made one last stop at another place I found courtesy of Yelp. Ever since our trip to San Francisco last year and visiting the incredible Dynamo Donuts, we've developed a serious obsession with donuts. Not just Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme, but gourmet donuts. Check out my review. So I did some digging and found Blue Dot Donuts. This place was serious - there's was so much to choose from it was almost overwhelming. We decided to behave ourselves and just order 6, even though the Maple Bacon Log counts for 3 on it's own. This is the place of places to get some gourmet donuts. We had the Maple Glazed, Blueberry Glazed, Apple Crumble, Cinnamon Sugar, Strawberry Cake, Chocolate Sprinkles and of course, the Maple Bacon Log. Each one was special in it's own way. The cake itself is cakey and delicious. The Maple Bacon Log took the cake - how can you ever go wrong with thick chunks of bacon and sweet, rich maple frosting? Sadly, they didn't have the red velvet cake donut which I really wanted to try, but I'm planning to call them and see if they can ship me some.

From L to R: Maple Glazed, Blueberry Glazed, Apple Crumble, Cinnamon Sugar, Strawberry Cake, Chocolate Sprinkles

The magnificient Maple Bacon Log in all it's glory

Maple Glazed

Blueberry Glazed

Apple Crumble - filled with real spiced apples

So that's the story - The Fat Girl's NOLA foodie adventure concludes with a BANG! Can't wait to start planning my next foodie trip! Seattle? Chicago? Stay tuned!

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