Bam!

December 23, 2011

in dessert, dinner, restaurant, soup/stew, travel

One second I’m in Los Angeles…

…munching on a boring fat-free blueberry muffin from Starbucks…

…then BAM!!! I’m in New Orleans, with Abe’s entire family, feasting at Emeril’s flagship restaurant.

Couldn’t believe we scored a last-minute table for seven!

The famous chef wasn’t there, but I did spot him in the Ladies Room :)

This place was FANCY – the kind where there’s a different server for everything, and they fold your napkins if you get up. They even offer you BLACK NAPKINS to match your black jeans so the white ones don’t leave lint!!!

We showed up with a baby, in our jeans (not all of them black), and they didn’t bat an eyelash.

Each of us began with a potato roll and corn muffin…

…Lobster Poutine to share for the table…

…I grew up in Jersey, where cheese fries and gravy were an everyday snack. Needless to say, this upscale version was far from ordinary.

For my main entree, the Gumbo of the Day – a chicken and andouille sausage

They pour it into the bowl – very rich, very flavorful

Traded bites with my father-in-law’s Angel Hair Pasta in Creole Cream Sauce

But mostly I stole a buncha bites from Abe’s vegetarian entree…

…not even on the menu – they just make it up on the fly!

Last night’s compilation was haricots verts with eggplant/squash, roasted sweet potato, and an onion ring stuffed with black eyed peas. Incredible!

After we were brought fresh glasses of ice water (I’ve never heard of such a thing?!?) the last course was served.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with Oreo Crust and Caramel Sauce…

…Warm Sticky Toffee Pecan Pudding Cake with Satsuma Toffee Sauce…

…Banana Cream Pie with Graham Cracker Crust, Caramel Sauce, and Chocolate Shavings (here’s the recipe)

No words. A lot of “Mmmm’s.”

Sipped on a pot of hand-blended Organic Peppermint and Spearmint Tea too.

We brought some sweets back to the hotel, but each polished off an additional bite of Sticky Toffee Pudding, since there was melting vanilla ice cream on top.

Bam! And just like that, we’re back in The Big Easy, baby!

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{ 15 comments }

1 brokencookiesdontcount December 23, 2011 at 6:01 am

Forgot you were going to NO~ As a vegetarian, I love it when a restaurant will meet my food needs without a bat of an eye. Abe’s plate looks and sounds delicious! Have a wonderful time and Merry Christmas!

2 Jacky December 23, 2011 at 6:10 am

Shut the front door, Lobster Poutine!! Holy yum.

3 Gail December 23, 2011 at 7:19 am

I a m so impressed that you started your vacation at the top of the line!! Wow, I wanted to eat the pictures.

4 stephsnacks December 23, 2011 at 7:38 am

Holy crap that place looks incredible!! I could finish everything on that table (at least that’s what my eyes are telling me).

5 Cait's Plate December 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

Haha. LOVE the title of this post. Too appropriate :)

6 Nichole December 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

That looks like an amazing meal. Have a great visit, and happy holidays!

7 Cindy December 23, 2011 at 8:13 am

Yum! Especially Abe’s. Have a great trip.

8 Yinnie December 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

Omnomnomnom

9 emily (a nutritionist eats) December 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

Ohhhh New Orleans. We went to NOLA (one of Emerils other restaurants) and it was such a memorable, amazing meal! Enjoy your time in New Orleans, can’t wait to see other eats!

10 Jan Schifter December 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

Are you in heaven or what?

11 actorsdiet December 25, 2011 at 6:37 am

The answer is: YEA!!

12 Amber December 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

My husband and I were lucky enough to eat at Emeril’s 7 years ago and it was amazing. I will never forget the black napkins either! Have a great trip!

13 Ellie@Fit for the Soul December 23, 2011 at 11:24 am

Oh..my…goodness. I’m [almost] drooling!! Something about deep flavored foods like the gumbo make me go hubba hubba!! lol. The food is one of the biggest things I look forward to if I were to go to New Orleans! Well, actually anywhere I go. :D Have fun and take care <3

14 The 99 Cent Chef December 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm

The photos make me miss Louisiana…have a great time!

15 Molly December 24, 2011 at 8:53 am

I’m dying to try Emeril’s place!! You’re NOLA posts are making me want to go back to the Big Easy ASAP!!!

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