Love is patient, love is kind. Unless, that is, you screw up Valentine’s day.
Ladies, a little secret: for us, it’s just another day. But you probably already knew that, didn’t you? And you pretty much don’t care either, right? One of the prices of admission to congress with the fairer sex is making this day important. And part of that is Valentine’s Day dinner.
We’ll be dining in this Valentine’s Day, working on an ambitious attempt at Duck Confit. You’ve probably heard all the stories about Valentine’s Day, along with Mother’s Day and New Year’s Eve, being among the worst times to dine out. Much of that is true: Valentine’s dinner means restaurants packed to the rafters. More importantly, they are packed to the rafters with people who almost never dine out. Otherwise lovely venues are overwhelmed with complaints about portion size, demands that the tuna be cooked medium well, rants about the fact that the sweetbreads aren’t sweet, and sure ain’t bread, and requests that they serve the steak tartar with the tartar on the side.
Posted in Dinner, He Said, Lists, Restaurant, Reviews
Tagged Bistro at Maison de Ville, Coquette, Dominique's, Galatoire's, Gautreau's, Lilette, Meson 923, Stella!, Valentine's Day
Missing Paris is a favorite pastime of He Said and me. We often ponder our fabulous journey this past January, talking about our adventures around this most hopelessly romantic of cities. I find He Said comparing experiences here to those we had in Paris and frequently seeking out French food and wine. We have been on a kick post-trip to familiarize or re-familiarize ourselves with the various bistros in town, and French food always calls for French vino!
One of these “research trips” was just steps from our pied à-terre (see how French we are?) to the Bistro at Maison deVille, located on Toulouse about ½ block off of Bourbon Street. Or, to put it another way, you can’t get past the stink before you are at the door to this place. It was at one time affiliated with the Hotel at Maison deVille, became independent, and now appears reaffiliated once again (I think).
I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to partake in a whole slew of adventures over the past 9 months and it would be impossible to include them all in this blog based upon my recent slacking tendencies. Instead, I’ve decided that maybe it would suffice to highlight those experiences/things that stood out.
In true rant fashion, there is no rhyme or reason to the order of my list. If I offend anyone with the below opinions, well, I do have a very finite take- just ask my husband. By the way, this does not necessarily reflect his perspective either. I’m just sayin’.
Posted in Lists, Rants, She said
Tagged Bar-Tonique, Bistro at Maison de Ville, BMC, Cafe Amelie, Cake Cafe, Coquette, Croissant d'Or, El Gato Negro, Envie, French Quarter, Gal Holiday, Hansen's, Hermes Bar, Iris, Irvin Mayfield, La Divina Gelateria, lists, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, Mona Lisa, music, Parkway Bakery, Refuel, Rio Mar, Sangria, Sukho Thai, tapas, The Bean Gallery, The Sazerac, Three Legged Dog, Three Muses, Treme, Wasabi, Yo Mama's