restaurant: NOLA


One of the best meals we had in New Orleans (and trust me, there were many, many meals) was at Nola, one of Emeril’s restaurants in New Orleans. The service was IMPECCABLE, the drinks and food were outstanding and it was my Mom’s Birthday so it made it extra special! I don’t have any pictures of the drinks, but the Cosmo was the best I’ve ever tried, the vodka is infused with Pineapple…pretty sure you will see this upcoming on the blog, I just have to re-create it! I would go back here in a heart-beat and if you are ever in New Orleans you should definitely try it out! On to the good part:

gulf oysters and crabmeat baked in the wood oven with garlic butter and herb bread crumbs

duck confit and fried egg pizza with parmesan cheese, truffle oil and baby arugula (this was one of my favorites of the evening)

miss hay’s stuffed chicken wings with homemade hoisin dipping sauce

arugula and radicchio tossed in lemon vinaigrette with parmesan, shaved bresaola and roasted sweet peppers

smoked cheddar cheese grits (i love grits, everyone thought i was crazy until they tried these… good grits will convert anyone, i promise)

side of grilled shrimp

the taster’s garlic crusted texas redfish cooked in the wood burning oven with brabant potatoes, crimini mushrooms, bacon and sauce beuree rouge

my other taster’s (dad) hickory-roasted duck with whiskey-caramel glaze, buttermilk cornbread pudding, haricot verts-fire roasted corn salad, natural jus and candied pecans

in my cupboard: stocked fruit bowl

On a good day, this is what my fruit bowl looks like. And I love it when it looks like this – the possibilities are endless and I know I will not run short of fresh fruit and veggies anytime soon. What will I do with all of this? The grape tomatoes will be made

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My good friend Nikki is moving to California this month  (one of those situations where I’m sad she’s leaving but so happy for her at the same time!) Since she has a special place in her heart for Spain I wanted to have her over for some Spanish Tapas – or my attempt at Spanish

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restaurant: the wicked hop

On a recent trip to Milwaukee, my Mom and I stopped by the Wicked Hop for a bloody mary and some eats. The Wicked Hop is located in the Historic 3rd ward of Milwaukee, a great little neighborhood for shopping and eating! bloody mary: this really was a meal in a glass: pickle, mushroom, olive,

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in my cupboard: agua de coco

Nature’s wonder drink! I was not always a fan of the coconut water, but like all things in life I’ll keep trying them if I think I should or it would be beneficial (it took me about 23 years to finally find my appreciation for olives and now I loooove them!) Now why is Coconut

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brian’s juice bar – chicago

I have really been wishing there was a juice bar somewhat close to where I work. (sigh).  Since I started with the green monsters I have been dying to try a green juice. Yes, there are places to get juice in Minneapolis, but so far I haven’t found anything that is exactly convenient so I had had

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eating my way through saturday

Saturday was a good day for me. As you will see below I really did eat my way through the day. We started off with a trip to the Mill City Farmer’s market to do some wandering and get a bite to eat with friends (miss you guys already!). The chef shack is probably some of

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