La Pagua – Lafayette

As I continue my efforts toward subverting the dominant paradigm, I met with a political crony in Lafayette today. The Mexican cuisine of La Pagua was perfect for our plotting.

Unable to decide as it was our first time there, we asked what the server recommended. She pointed us to the combo meals they have for lunch and went through the house specialities. I choose #9 with the steak taco, barbacoas taco and pastor taco. Nice sized bites with a lot of flavor, although larger slices of meat might have been a bit easier to keep corralled in the small, soft tortilla. They came with charro beans that were a little watery but full of pinto beans, onions and pork chorizo to give it that authentic cowboy bean taste.

tacos

The wait staff was fast, friendly and knowledgeable. The chips and salsa were placed on the table as we were sitting down and they were quick to check in for ordering, refills and to clear the table so we could lay out yellow legal pads full of plans. Even though it was lunch time rush, they didn’t seem to be pressuring us to leave once our meal was done and we were talking – always a plus in my book.

Thanks, Amy, for showing me that Lafayette has good, authentic Mexican cuisine and for paying for our meal! I appreciate it!

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Carmo – A Tropical Cafe

I went to meet a political crony to plot to take over the world and he suggested a neighborhood sandwich shop. Carmo Cafe would not have been my first pick for lunch – as it supposed to be one of the best vegan and vegetarian places in the city. However, it was within walking distance of his house and, he was buying (thanks, John!), so what else was I to do but go?

I was pretty impressed with the variety of choices – enough to satisfy me (an unrepentant meat eater) but also vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc. Lots of locally sourced produce and flavor profiles from Asia, South America and the Caribbean.

I had the Tuna salad sandwich – sushi-grade yellowfin tuna marinated in a light vinaigrette, served on sourdough with avocado and cucumber. Very good flavor with a nice crunch from the cucumber.

carmo tuna

To drink I had the Cacau Fruit juice – filled with all sorts of good-for-you things but the most important, to my mind, is being able to drink the juice of the chocolate plant.

Quite the place – quirky art on the walls and eclectic furniture among lots of darn healthy food choices. Definitely worth another visit.

Drago’s Restaurant

We are still looking at hotels for the 2015 Golden Crown Literary Society Annual Conference and today’s visit was to the Hilton Riverside. After the tour, we went down to Drago’s Restaurant to talk over some details and to enjoy a meal.

We, of course, started with a dozen charbroiled oysters. These are some of the best oysters in the city and surrounding parishes. I’m generally not a fan of oysters (especially raw) but I can eat a lot of these with their soaking of garlic butter and coming smoking hot from the grill.

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We followed those with the Fleur de lis Shrimp – tasty little morsels with a spicy and flavorful sauce of red peppers and peanuts.

shrimp

I went with the Seafood pasta with the shrimp and crab in a delectable cream sauce on a bed of angel hair pasta. Yummy!

seafood pasta

The servers were quick with refills (even bringing out a pitcher of Diet Coke for the table) and to check in to make sure everything was going well.

Thanks so much to Katie for the lovely meal and tour!