The conference continued...
Friday (In Which I Buy Chef Link a New Vacation Home):
Breakfast -- Cochon Butcher. Went to ask a question about taking their product on a plane, left w/ an open face sandwich of toasted bread and pate, and a little container of pickles.
Lunch – Cochon again. We shared the crab crab, hush puppies, fried alligator, and fried rabbit livers. The also kindly brought me pickles from Cochon Butcher. My entrée was the Louisiana cochon with turnips and cracklins. So many wonderful textures and porky goodness. We had the peanut brittle brownie ice cream sandwich and peach ice cream for dessert. That brownie sandwich delight was worth the calories.
Cocktails – Cochon Butcher. These folks know me by name at this point. Had drinks, charcuterie plate and cheese plate. Just perfect. Superb cocktails, great food, good vibe, wonderful afternoon.
Dinner – Meson 923. This was the only meal I didn’t plan, and I’m so glad I tried this place. The food was light, creative, and a nice change. Still full from the previous three meals, I had only an app of ricotta gnudi. With crab, bacon and strawberries, this meal was refreshing and well-balanced. My friend’s duck tortellini in duck consommé soup was intensely flavorful. She raved about it so much that our waiter brought the table another bowl to share. No charge!
Breakfast – Café du Monde. Early morning business meeting with two colleagues. Lovely when we first arrived, claustrophobic by the time we left.
Lunch – Cochon Butcher. By now, friends know that they are likely to find me here and I’m starting to smell like smoked meat. Went with 2 friends who hadn’t been here yet so we shared 3 sandwiches (bacon melt, roasted turkey, and the Gambino) and sides (brussels sprouts, corn and bean salad, mac and cheese). Such a damn fine sandwich place. All were perfect.
Dinner – Clancy’s. Small group of old friends, wonderful space, great food. Wonderful night. Started with the oysters with brie. Good, but perhaps too rich. The angel hair pasta with tomatoes and crabmeat was great, a nice change. My dessert was my favorite of the trip – a butterscotch pudding topped w/ caramel sauce. Perfect texture, intense yet balanced flavors.
2 am – Lucky Dog!!!!!!
To go – Cochon Butcher. Picked up sausages and pates for my husband. Picked up several bottles of the sweet potato habanero hot sauce as gifts, t-shirt for my husband, and the Abita mustard. The guys there comped me a hot sauce and bacon praline, and then we did a shot together.
For the airplane – Mother’s. Jambalaya and debris soaked biscuit. Everyone around me was jealous.
I'm going on a detox now, but it was all worth it! Thanks, New Orleans, for such a wonderful time. Looking forward to returning in a few weeks.
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130