From Sue Hardesty:
Our cookbook goes to the movies. Appearing in The Perfect Family motion picture, the Butch Cook book has a cameo scene when the mother (Kathleen Turner) picks up the Butch Cook book and looks at her pregnant lesbian daughter (Emily Deschanel) for an explanation. The movie is due out this winter. Don’t miss it!
Please remind all your friends who wish to purchase the Butch Cook book, the website is www.thebutchcookbook.com Also the butch cook book is on Bella Books in Paperback-here.
On the corner of Jackson Square is Stanley Restaurant where La Madeleine used to be. It is a good place to people watch and to eat one of the best breakfasts in the Quarter. We got there closer to lunchtime but that didn’t stop me from ordering breakfast.
I had the Bananas Foster French Toast and, other than the bananas just being sliced over the dish and not flambe’d in brown sugar, it was delicious. The French Toast was both crispy and soft and the added scoop of ice cream was a nice counterpoint.
My lunch companion had the lump crab po-boy and ended up eating the second half without the bread. She really enjoyed the slaw and the flavor of the crab.
Definitely a nice place to stop in after a night of partying and when you want something more than beignets to start the day.
So the first thing I learned when checking this place out is to not order the barbeque at Bywater BBQ. I read that on two blogs and heard it from a good friend and could tell by my nose when there was no smell of smoke outside or inside the place. I can also say, from personal experience, not to order the catfish special either. The fries that came with it were limp and virtually tasteless. The sauce and breading on the catfish were equally bland. The only good thing I had was the praline ice cream from New Orleans Ice Cream company.
I went out with a group of friends today for Dining Out for Life. This year had 67 restaurants in the Greater New Orleans area that donated 25% of the day’s proceeds to the NO/AIDS Taskforce.
We went to Meauxbar Bistro and it was a very good choice. A small place with an incredibly diverse menu. I had the gazpacho to start and it was one of the best I’ve ever had–perfectly seasoned and a lovely consistency. I followed that up with their version of Mac and Cheese–Gruyere cheese, truffle oil and a major yum. I exchanged bites of mine with my friends to enjoy the Drum cooked in parchment with curry and coconut milk and the rabbit fricassee. Both were very good with well balanced flavors. I ended the meal with their lemon tart and it was refreshing and delicious.
I definitely would recommend a trip to this bistro. The waitstaff was well informed and attentive, the cocktails were generous, the menu was diverse and the food marvelous.