WIP: I hope to finish this during this week.. I took way too many pictures and am trouble finding time to get them edited and posted on Flickr.
This is a sortof summary of the high spots of our adventure during Tales of the Cocktail 2012. Besides doing our shows on Wednesday and Thursday we did not participate much in the fun filled chaos that is "Tales". We certainly did get a few bloody Mary's and other free drinks that they were handing out various places but we stuck to our plan and didn't do any spirited dinners or attend any seminars.
GG>- We settled in, had a few of the free cocktails in The Hotel Monteleone and then waited for a phone call for late brunch and dinner.
We got a call that our Krewe was meeting at Acme, so we went there for a plate or two of the "raws" and to joke with the shuckers that we know there. Though it was not officially oyster season these N. Florida oysters were good, semi-briny and filled the bill..
The new restaurant Criollo in The Hotel Monteleone is very nice, they have only been open a short time but our dinner together there on Tuesday night (7/24) was memorable with all of our dishes meeting muster.http://criollonola.com/
SOFT SHELL CRAB
Shoepeg Corn, Gold Chanterelles, Tomato Concasse,
Brown Butter Sauce
PAN ROASTED SWORDFISH (line caught)
Saffron & Asparagus Risotto,
Coconut Crustacean Sauce
PERDIDO PASS SNAPPER
Jumbo Lump Crab, Orange & Fennel Slaw,
Roasted Sweet Pepper, Ancho-Lime Butter
LOUISIANA CRAWFISH RAVIOLI
Collard Greens, Baby Heirloom Tomatoes,
Shaved Goat Cheese
CANE MARINATED PORK TENDERLOIN
Sweet Potato & Chorizo Hash, Rainbow Chard,
Chipotle Tamarind Apricot Sauce
We walked around the French Quarter for a bit but hit the bed early, no gambling, no staying at the French 75 bar until 3, we were just vacationing.
Mena's Palace for breakfast minus Deanne. As I have said before they do a good breakfast and have that wonderful spicy alligator sausage.
Brunch for Deanne and light brunch for me at Green Goddess
Acadian Country Breakfast
Two sweet potato biscuits stuffed with pan fried boudin patties
served with a side of truffle grits, house made pepper jelly, and
Boudin Patty with creole mustard and Steens syrup.
2PM Show: in the Criollo Restaurant.
Deanies on Wednesday night. If you are going to go eat a big plate of fried seafood it might be one of the best places, and it is walking distance from The Hotel Monteleone where we stayed. The half seafood platter will feed two normal people. The soft shelled crabs were in right then and were delicious.http://www.deanies.com/
Breakfast at Stanley on Jackson Square, give me the "Eggs Stanley" any day.
Eggs Stanley - Poached eggs & oysters with Creole hollandaise
Breaux Bridge Benedict
Show #2 in the Criollo Restaurant, we had a FULL guest line up with two chefs and 4 guests in 2 hours.
La Boca for dinner
An amazing (but pricey) Argentinian restaurant that is worth the cab fare and the tab. Delicious spinalis dorsi steak for me cooked perfectlyhttp://www.labocasteaks.com/
Breakfast at Elizabeth, we heard they had praline bacon and that was enough for me.http://www.elizabethsrestaurantnola.com/
Then on to a tour of La Place where we bought and tasted much tasso and andouille
GG>- One of the best is Bailey's but it turned out not to be my favorite. I like Jacobs andouille and tasso (and other things) better than Baily's but it is a tight race.
SoBou for dinner 7/27
Fantastic dinner at SoBou, sortof as a partner to Commanders Palace and with Juan Carlos Gonzalez driving the kitchen and with Ti Brennen-Martin as owner and Tory McPhail as exec. Chef not much could go wrong and it didn't. It was honestly one of he best dinners I have ever had at that price point. It was so good we went back the next morning for breakfast.http://www.bestofneworleans.com/blogofneworleans/archives/2012/07/05/sobou-due-next-week
SoBou for breakfast 7/28
Terrific breakfast, all were very pleased and the cost was way reasonable. We also got a tour of the place with the sous chef Jonathan Schmidt.
Breakfast at Mena's Palace- solid, inexpensive breakfast with killer alligator sausage. We always hit three or four places if we are in the French Quarter... Acme Oyster house, Mena's Palace, Green Goddess and Stanley.
Dinner at Avenue Pub down near magazine street. Great burger good beer.
Mena's for breakfast then fly home