Saturday, June 20, 2015

Top 5 Foodie Review Of The French Quarter

I am a misplaced southern girl. When I visit the south I truely feel at home. I love the people, and blend of different cultures.   New Orleans was no exception the people are full of colorful personalities. My adventurer and I always have tons of energy so we continued walking around the French Quarter when others needed a rest.  It was hot, and sticky even for me. But I still loved walking the uneven sidewalks in and out of eye catching shops.
Of course we were eating our way through the French quarter as well. Our top restaurants tied. The carnivore and I loved Domenica and picky eater and the adventurer loved Chef Duke's Cafe Giovanni. 

1. Domenica (carnivore and pescatarian choice)
Ordered up!!! Cablabrese Pizza, Fried Tuscan Kale, Rigatoni with shrimp, Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken (special order) and shrimp and Garganelli.   

Fresh warm bread is brought to the table with spicy olive oil for dipping. Check my Instagram video of the dough being rolled out. 
The kale was amazing even picky eater ate some. 
The pizza was perfect and for smaller appetites can be shared.  The pasta can be odered specific to what you want, picky eater was right on that.  We ordered the smaller portions of pasta. When it first came out we were a bit nervous it was not going to be enough food. The fresh made pasta was very filling. They bring out those beautiful expresso cookies when you are finished. They have dessert if you have room. This is a wonderful place for lunch. The fresh food is so good and smaller portions are perfect to keep you filled during a day of sight seeing. 

2. Chef Duke's Cafe Giovanni

Ordered up!!! Seafood Avocado salad, cheesy garlic bread, fettuccine Alfredo, two of the specials that night, crawfish and shrimp Monica and soft shell crab pasta.  Lastly southern style Louisiana voodoo shrimp as seen and won on iron chef.  We fished by sharing tiramisu. 

All of these dishes were very good. I really loved the fresh crab on the salad, large portion perfect for sharing. The voodoo shrimp has a bit of an Asian flare. However this misplaced southern girl can't pass up shrimp and grits.  It sat atop a portobello mushroom and a fried green tomato that melded together perfectly.  The fettuccine got "this is second best next to mom's." Everyone enjoyed their food. The other pasta specials were very good a nice fusion of Louisiana and Italy.  The tiramisu was average. We are spoiled on the tiramisu. Americans love to cheat and use lady fingers (actually I have found this in other countries too) Ugh only way to do it right is with a homemade sponge cake. Maybe I will post the recipe. Sometimes I even make the mascarpone cheese my self. (Mostly that was pre children though). 
Back to the restaurant, we lucked out  and went on a night with live entertainment. This was so much fun. Three rotating singers with huge smiles and a piano player. If your in the French quarter this is a don't miss. 

3. Cafe du monde
Ordered up!!! Frozen cafe au lait, cafe au lait, beignets, water and soda. We sat at a table in the open air cafe. Everything was served in five minutes. It was a wonderful break. The frozen cafe au lait was perfect. And the beignets were served hot, we had to wait and let them cool a bit. I could go hang out there everyday.
This was actually the adventures favorite place. But it's only a snack place.  It has to be at the top of your French quarter places to go. 

4. Acme Oyster House 
Ordered up!!! Crawfish étouffée, peace maker sandwich, oysters on the half shell, shirmp and fish platter and an oyster shooter.
Everyday this place has a line of people waiting to get some oysters. We ordered three dozen. They were loved. I thought I would be adventurous and try an oyster shooter. I had never had one. It was really good. The adventurer loved the étouffée it was the best we had while in New Orleans. The peace make was a good sandwich. It is an award winning bite so I had to give it a try.  Half of the sandwich is shrimp the other half oyster.  Fried food is a bit much for me. So next time I will order the étouffée. It's one of my favorite meals. The fish and shrimp platter was liked. Shrimp being the favorite part. 

5. Sucre 
This is a wonderful macaroon shop. We had a bunch of different flavors they were all good. This is adventurers favorite cookie. So much so that we make them at home. Now the window displaywill entice you to try these delectable cookies, once inside there is so much more. We only wish we had gone back to try the many other treats and gelato.

Wondering all over the French quarter we tried food at many places, grabbing a snack. We did a couple of walking tours so we needed to keep up our energy. The French market has lots of places to grab something quick. We tried some shrimp tacos. 
We also had some fresh shucked oysters. 
A local person told me the dive looking places are really good. He recommended coop's but we never made it. 

We tried the étouffée at this little place by Jackson square.  It was pretty good. The calamari there was a bit overcooked. 

We had a great time and had fresh seafood everywhere we went. Now I begin my seafood withdrawal!!! 
 Comment below and let me know your favorite places in the French Quarter. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Foodie Review of Galveston Tx

This is such a cute island. Wish we would have stayed longer but we are making lemon pie and heading for the big easy and some more sunshine. I like rainy days but not on vacation.
Tropical Storm Bill
Galveston is definitely a island I want to visit again. Lots to do for a little place. 
We are really here for the food. So on to eating. 
First place we went was the Saltgrass, a chain run by landry's. So you can find it in some other states. They have gluten free listed items.
Let me start with the portions are Texas size. So I know I would split a meal with one of my kids next time.  Ordered at my table was an avocado crab stack, t-bone with baked potato, BBQ shrimp stuffed  Enbrochette, salmon oscar, and chicken tenders and shrimp platter. 

 Avacado  crab stackcrab stack was delicious. Order this it's fresh and healthy tasting.  The t-bone was rated a 7 out of 10 by my favorite carnivore.   Our picky eater liked the chicken tenders and shrimp. The BBQ shrimp was not a hit with my adventurous eater. The adventurer loved the baked sweet potato. I was very excited to order wild caught salmon. The only kind to eat. This was very good. It sat on top fried asparagus and I had a baked sweet potato. The adventurer and I should have spit this meal.   

On to my favorite place we ate at in Galveston.  The Sunflower Bakery and Cafe. 
This place was more than eye candy. The bakery items looked amazing. But food made you want to come back. We went here for breakfast. A classic breakfast was order( bacon, eggs, toast, potatoes, sorry forgot the name they called it) Crab cakes and eggs, and pancakes. We left our plates clean. The crab tasted fresh eggs were perfect and the holidaise sauce was light and creamy. The pancakes were large and fluffy. Their breakfast potatoes were cooked in bacon grease. They are really good.   Go here for breakfast!!! 

We went to the Black Pearl for oysters on the half shell happy hour. 
Ok this was a great deal on oysters. They were loved!  The fried okra was good. The Cajun sauce on the po boy was buffalo sauce tasting. Still good. We ordered two donzen oysters on half shell, fried oyster po boy, salad with grilled shrimp, calamari and gumbo. The gumbo was really good. I felt that some of the food was a bit bland, it did serve Texas size portions. This is worth going to for oyster happy hour. 

Don't forget to go to the strand while you are there and get something sweet from La King Confectionary. Check out my video on Instagram. The place is huge. It smells divine. They have certain times you can watch candy being made. 
We had ice cream made in house and served up by a guy who flipped each ball of ice cream into our cups. Worth the indulgence.  Happy travels. 

P.S. Comment below on your favorite places in Galveston. 

These are just my opinions and no compensation was offered for them.  

Sunday, June 14, 2015

KD'S Southern Cuisine

Oklahoma City, Bricktown

I know I have not been online much. I am so sorry to my readers. However, I have decided to make the best use of my time on these roads trips my family loves so much.  Me not so much, but I love my family more. So I am happy they are happy.  
So on the road. We stopped in Oklahoma City. The manager at the hotel recommended we go to Kd's for dinner. He told us about the chicken and waffles and the Brussel sprouts. He was not kidding. My son devoured the chicken and waffles. My husband ordered the T-bone steak. It was a thin cut, topped with fried onions. He really liked it but I know he likes a bit thicker steak. My daughter had ribs and the Brussel sprouts. The Brussel sprouts were amazing.  The ribs were ok. I was going to order the shrimp and grits, but it's cooked in bacon.  I know most people love bacon. Sorry I am not one.  So I opted for soup and salad. I had the French onion soup. Very thick layer of cheese. They put croutons under the cheese in stead of a crusty bread. I thought the soup was good. I think next time I will get a side salad and some of those amazing Brussel sprouts.  This is good southern food, so for the vegitarians the options are thin. I recommend you try it. 

Bricktown has it's own appeal. Great pedestrian walking area. Parking is a bit tough, keep driving around and you will find something. We saw a minor league ( I am assuming) baseball field with a game going on.  Lots of restaurants, a few shops and a movie theater. I heard there is a bowling ally in the area however I did not see it. They have a mini river walk and it looked like a boat taxi. One end had a bass pro and a few hotels within walking distance.  This is worth a stop if you are driving through the area. Just head to downtown. Happy travels. 

These are just my opinions and no compensation was offered.


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