When trying to decide where to eat for my 35th birthday in New Orleans, there was only one restaurant on my mind…
…Green Goddess was my favorite from last year’s trip – and our family basically took up the entire place!
Southern Pecan (one of the best he’s ever drank) was on the house! My Diet Creme was delicious, as well – sipped on between many many many bites of food shared amongst the table.
Oysters Delacroix – poached in a creamy horseradish sauce, on griddled ciabatta with butter-braised Romaine and applewood bacon
Shrimp “Wearing a Grass Skirt” – wrapped in shredded phyllo with BBQ sauce, roasted pineapple, and young coconut slaw
“Freaky” Tabouli with Smoked Wheat – with roasted acorn squash, currants, pistachios, olives, olive oil, and homemade ajvar
Andouille-Crusted Gulf Fish – with blended smoked andouille sausage over creamy potato gratin, rapini greens, and foie gras vinaigrette
Father Pat’s Grilled Cheese – Cahill’s Irish Porter cheddar (made with Guiness) and pear butter on wholegrain 3-seed bread
1/2 Green Goddess Wedge Salad – boiled shrimp, radishes, cukes, hearts of palm, romaine, eggs, crumbled bacon, romano cheese, and green goddess dressing
Cochon de Lait – Smoky pulled pork seasoned with Hawaiian black lava salt, wrapped in banana leaves, with sweet potato, adobo greens. I couldn’t stop eating this…
…or the Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding – with shallots, carrots, brandied apples, blue cheese, and braised shallots
Somehow, I wound up noshing on several forkfuls of everyone else’s dishes, but nobody really wanted to share mine – the Jamaican Pumpkin Curry Soup
I don’t know why – it was fantastic! Butternut squash and root veggie puree with crispy bits (shallots?!?) on top
At this point, I was ready to explode, but we had to have dessert – in fact, we ordered nearly all of them
The famous bacon sundae…
…seriously, heaven on a spoon…
…even the baby (who’s never had bacon) loved it!
Also mind-blowing – the Chocolate Norwegian French Toast
….and “Saturn Calling” – my father-in-law David said this was one of the best rice puddings he’s ever had, and ordered another one for the table!
Just a little bite of each for me…
…mostly I worked on that sundae – probably ate about 1/2 of this?!?
My 35th birthday couldn’t have been more perfect and memorable. Thank you to my family, and Chef Chris for making it a delicious and ultra special one…
…and thanks to all of YOU for the well-wishes! Between Facebook, Twitter, and the blog, I was wrapped in a cozy blanket of warm fuzzies all day long. Who says X-mas babies don’t get love???
Speaking of which…