Last month, I celebrated my birthday in high style (thanks Ryan!) I also went Latin and then finished off the month with an American classic, all in New Orleans.
1. Le Foret – Veal Chop
Isn’t that one of the loveliest things you’ve ever seen? I thought I died and went to heaven when the server placed this in front of me. (Clearly, I am not a vegetarian, in case you were wondering.) This meal was one for the books. Not only was the veal chop divine, but the potatoes were out-of-this-world. Truly, I told Ryan to try one, and he was all ho hum potatoes, but when he tried them he agreed that these are the best potatoes in the world. Probably because they are cooked in bacon. Bacon just makes everything better. And the green beans (ahem, haricot verts) were good, too. What can I say, vegetables can only be so exciting, at least to me, carnivore extraordinaire.
2. Le Foret – Chocolate Ganache Cake
Le Foret gets a well-deserved two nods on my food list this month. My sweet tooth is virtually unmatched and this cake was right up my alley. As far as chocolate goes, I say the darker, the better. I was using a cell phone, so I’m not sure if you can adequately see the glisten of the ganache, but it was divine. Instead of the traditional raspberry sauce, Le Foret used blackberry, which coincidentally happens to be our favorite. In sum, I have to say, an edible birthday wish is the best kind.
3. Mais Arepas – Mechada Arepas
Holy guacamole, this place is good! We headed down to Central City during the Paws for Dinner to benefit the LASCPA. Bonus points for helping animals! The food needed no bonus points, though, as my mouth is watering just thinking about that mechada arepas. Filled with slow cooked beef, sofrito, mozzarella, and, my favorite, ripe plaintains, the mechada was my first introduction to Colombian cooking, and I must say, I am quite a fan. I was also a big fan of the simple, yet polished decor and open space, and the helpful server who recommended an excellent Malbec. Perfect ten.
4. Salu – Stuffed Chicken
Salu and I have had our moments back and forth, but some things are so good I can’t stay away. One thing that draws me back is the stuffed chicken. Here’s the description: Boursin, Mascarpone, Basil, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Sherry Cream, Crispy Spinach. Need I say more?
5. Company Burger – The Single + Tater Tots
Burger and tots, ’nuff said. Plus, Anthony Bourdain likes it.