Monday, February 3, 2014

Restaurant Ventures

New Orleans is known for their gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and the occasional fried chicken. But, did you know they have a wide range of other wonderful options?? Barbecue, American, Vietnamese, French, Greek, Creole, Italian, and so many more.  My poor waist line cries at the thought of all these new things to try (and occasionally my bank account)!

There are around 1400 restaurants in New Orleans (Foodies Paradise). After two years of living in the Big Easy, we have discovered a number of mouthwatering restaurants as well as some we probably won't venture into again. We have been committed upscale diners and regulars in the "neighborhood joints." Let me tell you, it doesn't get better than the food in New Orleans.  Gluttony is always rearing its head around the corner. I'm still just trying to figure out if it’s a pretty head or an ugly one I should run from.

Take a stroll with me as I go through some of our hits. (I'm not really into slamming places…could have been a bad night for the chef, a crummy attitude for me, or a lot of other things…so you only get our hits…sorry!) Your stomach won't be sorry you did. 

 Restaurant Venture: La Provence-A John Besh Restaurant

I don't know if it was the small town homesickness getting to us,  craving of French food, or desire for a little adventure that had my hubs picking this place for a date night. About 35-40 minutes away from New Orleans in Lacombe, LA is this enchanting old house made to look like It was plucked right out of France. It is nestled on the right hand side of a densely wooded road with nothing really standing out as you approach that would lead you to believe it's a restaurant.  If you aren't paying too close attention, it could pass you right up. Especially if you are taking the adventure at night. And trust, me you do NOT want to pass this gem up.  You enter though and old carved door into a warm and inviting atmosphere. Low lightening, fire place burning (if you go in the cooler months), and lots of wood chairs and tables that give it a French country feel. The menu selection is absolutely fabulous with a wonderful selection of fresh home-grown ingredients.

 That night we had:
-Road Heirloom Beet and Smoked Shrimp Salad (one of the best things we've ever tried)
-Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Chestnuts and Apples
-Pasta with oysters and shrimp in a butter olive oil sauce
-Grilled Rack of Lamb with ricotta cavatelli, black Tuscan kale, and roast lam jus
-Sweet potato beignets with coffee ice-cream
-Meyer  Lemon Souffle Tart

 Put it on your place to try. If anything, it's a nice change of pace from the busyness the big city typically has.

Guilty of Gluttony,

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