Bam!

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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  • http://brokencookiesdontcount.wordpress.com brokencookiesdontcount

    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!

  • http://www.jaxhouse.com Jacky

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

  • Gail

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

  • http://stephsnacks.wordpress.com stephsnacks

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

  • http://caitsplate.me Cait’s Plate

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

  • http://www.butterscotchsundae.com Nichole

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

  • http://www.cksmetalart.blogspot.com Cindy

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

  • Yinnie

    Omnomnomnom

  • http://www.anutritionisteats.com emily (a nutritionist eats)

    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!

  • Jan Schifter

    Are you in heaven or what?

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com actorsdiet

      The answer is: YEA!!

  • Amber

    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!

  • http://www.fitforthesoul.com Ellie@Fit for the Soul

    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

  • http://the99centchef.blogspot.com/ The 99 Cent Chef

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

  • http://newyorkatheart.blogspot.com Molly

    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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