The Very Close to Perfect Day

There are very few perfect days in life, and although today was not one of them, it was pretty darn close.  Things around here have been pretty crazy lately with the family and even though I’ve been trying really hard to keep a positive mental attitude, it’s been a challenge lately.  Especially the last two weeks because, once again, I’ve been getting little to no sleep.  Between the baby having some pretty restless nights and Bean being sick, sleep has been a rare commodity around here.  Then once Bean started feeling better and we thought the rest of us were in the clear, Bubba, Hubby and I all came down with it.  We’re still sick, but on the mend.  If I were able to get a couple of solid nights of sleep, I think I could kick this thing.  But as it is, I’m a snotty, nasty mess and so is my sweet baby.

After that description, you may be wondering how today could possibly be a Very Close to Perfect Day, and if you were to have told me this morning that it was going to be, I probably would have laughed in your face.  But, we decided to buck up and get out of the house because a cold front went through yesterday and it was absolutely gorgeous out today.  In the 70s, breezy with low humidity.  You just don’t waste those days in Southeast Louisiana!  So, after Bubba had a bit of a nap, we packed up the kids and headed out, stopping along the way to pick up some Chic-fil-A (we have a deep and abiding love of CFA in this house).  Then we headed off to the park for a picnic.  We even had a “friend” join us.  We actually had to chase this guy off so we could eat in peace.  He definitely had some personal space issues and at one point was so close to Hubby that he got elbowed in the head!


After lunch, Hubby and Bean headed over to the playground and Bubba and I found a place in the shade to hang out on our blanket.  I got some knitting in (I’ll have some finished pictures for you soon, just need to block some stuff).  I’m working on the Meisi gloves (rav link) by Julia Mueller and they are gorgeous!  We had a great time at the park, but after a while the kids were getting really tired so we headed home.  All of us got a bit of rest and after that Hubby and Bean went back outside to wash cars and I made some gumbo.  I gotta tell you, I was really proud of this batch.  Sometimes the roux just comes together so well and the seasonings blend just right.  Today was one of those days.


After the gumbo was done and simmering happily on the stove, I called Bean back inside to help me with some baking.  I’ve joined a new sock club this year and along with the patterns and yarn, we get two cookie recipes every other month.  I’ve decided that Bean and I will start making these together.  She just loves helping in the kitchen and although I tend to get impatient with her about making a mess, I need to relax and let her help out.  We had a great time making these cookies and they turned out Delicious.  They are Molten Chocolate Chunk Cookies and unfortunately, I cannot share the recipe with you guys because it’s a condition of the club.  Sorry.  But I will tell you that mine have Ghirardelli dark chocolate morsels and whole Louisiana pecans.  Yumm-E!


Now we are sitting on the couch watching the “blue cat movie” (Avatar) for the umpteenth time.  The baby is in bed asleep.  Hubby and Bean are cuddling and looking adorable and I’m just happy.  I’m congested and exhausted, but happy nonetheless!  So have a great night, I’m going to sign off and enjoy the rest of mine!

Gumbo Recipe


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Combine these ingredients in a cake pan and toast in the oven heated to 350 degrees.  Stir it about every five minutes until it starts to turn to a golden brown.

While that is cooking, you can get started on the gumbo itself

  • 1 pound cajun sausage
  • 2 cups trinity mix (onion, bell pepper and celery, you can just buy it in the store in Lousiana)
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pound chicken thigh fillets (cut into small pieces, I also cut off the extra fat)
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 bag of frozen cut up okra

Start off by browning the sausage in your big pot in a little bit of olive oil.  After that’s cooked, put the sausage to the side and sautee the trinity mix in the oil and fat until it’s tender. While that’s cooking, slice the sausage into bite sized pieces. Add the chicken stock and heat until it’s at a boil.  At this point, you will take your roux and add about a cup of water to it and stir it into a paste.  Add this paste to the stock and stir well until it’s all mixed in.  Then add the sausage, chicken, shrimp and okra.  Let it boil for about 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to a simmer.  I usually let it simmer for an hour or more to get the spices to meld well and for the okra to thicken it a bit.  Then serve it over rice.


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A Mardi Gras Warning

Okay, so I have a couple of things that I believed in rather strongly.  The first is that I would never share my private blog on Facebook.  What if I wanted to b*tch anonymously about you guys after all?  The other is that people who have had the phrase “cautionary tale” applied to them or their children should refrain from doling out parenting advice.  But here I am, sharing my blog on Facebook and I am about to apply that descriptor to myself and then proceed to give y’all some advice.  Hypocrisy, thy name is Sarah today. Oh, for those of you joining us from FB, please do not use my kids’ real names in the comments.  Thanks!

Anyhow, today started out as a very good day.  Bean had her pre-school Mardi Gras parade this morning and it was a beautiful day.  While we were waiting for her to come by in her wagon pulled by an obliging 8th grade “tractor” I snapped this shot of Bubba with his first Mardi Gras teddy bear.  We all love when our kids catch the stuffed animals from the parades.  We beg the riders for them and hold up our babies to show how cute they are and how deserving they are of these Made in China stuffed goodies.  I loved this picture and thought it was SO cute.

A few minutes later, after Bean had gone by in her “float”, I looked down at Bubba and noticed that his bear had no eyes.  Hmmm, that’s strange.  Then I thought about it and realized that Bean’s teacher had been standing next to us, she probably thought they were a choking hazard and pulled them out for him.  So, I didn’t worry about it too much.  The kid was fine, after all.  Anyhow, a little while later, Bubba was fussing and I went to pull him out of his stroller for a little bit of arm-time.  That’s when I saw it.  The little plastic eye.  Just one of them.  Oh. Sh*t!  I searched his seat and couldn’t find the other one.  There was only one place it could be.  So, I immediately called his pediatrician’s office and waited for the doctor to call me back to see how we should proceed.  Yes, I know what you’re thinking, I should just wait for nature to take its course.  But look at the ends of the eye pieces in the picture below.  They are pointy.  They could easily puncture his bowels.  Fotunately, we were past the choking risk, the thing was gone, but there was so much more to worry about.  Plus, how would they do an x-ray to find the thing.  It’s plastic, probably wouldn’t show up.  Oh Lord!  I was freaking out.


Fortunately, while I was waiting for the doctor to call me back, I walked back over to where we had been watching the parade and looked on the ground.  There was the second eye.  We got lucky and he didn’t eat it.  But things could have gone so much worse.  I wasn’t watching for just a few minutes, but I was less than two feet from the kid.  I never even saw him put it in his mouth.  He could have choked.  He could have swallowed it and punctured his esophogus, stomach or intestines.  He could have died.  And it would have been my fault.

So, basically, the reason I am breaking some of my rules today is to let you know the major mistake that I made today in the hopes that it will help one of you make a better decision than I did today and keep the highly-prized Mardi Gras Stuffies away from your little babies and smaller kids.  I hope you all have a safe and happy Mardi Gras!

(Oh PS, please don’t feel the need to berate my stupidity in your comments, I already feel bad enough.  Thank you)

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Did you know this was supposed to be a knitting blog?

Hmm, apparently in all the craziness that has been going on around Casa Sarah, I have forgotten all about that aspect of this blog as well.  There really hasn’t been as much knitting going on as there usually is, but I have gotten a couple of projects done.  The first project of 2011 was a Lotus Leaf Scarf that I made to donate to a raffle for the Pussyfooters, a women’s dancing/marching group in New Orleans.  The raffle was part of the Pussyfooter’s Blush Ball which was raising money to support Metro, a local organization that supports battered women and their families.  My dear friend, Kate S, is a P’footer and within minutes of her asking me for a donation, I had cast on this project!  It’s a quick and easy knit and suits the P’footer mentality of being “pink and fabulous”!  I used Karabella Piuma Gold yarn.  I love the silver sparkles!  This is the third one of these that I have made and I still enjoy it every bit as much.

Pussyfooter’s Lotus Scarf

Cast on: January 15

Cast off: January 16

Yarn: Karabella Piuma Gold

My next project was part of a knit-along sponsored by Miss Babs.  I absolutely love her yarn and have quite a bit of it that I’ve stockpiled after my trips to the Market at Stitches South.  Plus, I really enjoy Miss Babs herself.  I got to have dinner with her and her assistant, Jennifer, at SS last year and they are a hoot.  Babs has a very dry wit that I really enjoy and if I’m going to buy premium yarn, I would rather it from someone I like!


Vent d’est vent d’ouest Cowl

Cast on: January 29

Cast off:  January 31

Yarn:  Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply in Woodland Viola

Notes:  I loved this pattern so much that I immediately cast on another one!  An added bonus? I was the first-to-finish in this KAL and won myself a skein of Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply in Cleopatra!

While I was working on my second cowl, I was also participating in another knit-along.  This one was sponsored by Knitter’s Brewing Company and was a mystery sock pattern.  It was pretty interesting working on a sock pattern that I had no idea what the end result would be and that I only got a small part of the pattern each week.  I really love the resulting socks, but realized after a short time working on this project that I should’ve used this yarn for a project for Kate S, since both of them are pink and fabulous! 


Knitter’s Brewing Company Mystery Sock #3 – Family Jewels

Cast on:  January 16

Cast off:  February 17

Yarn:  Zen Yarn Garden Bling

And the last project that I have completed so far this year is another Vent d’est, Vent d’ouest cowl.


VEVO Revisited

Cast on:  February 2

Cast off:  February 19

Yarn:  Lisa Souza BFL in South Pacific

Notes:  While I still really enjoyed working the lace pattern of the VEVO scarf, I didn’t enjoy this yarn as much.  It’s thinner than the Miss Babs Yummy that I originally used and I don’t feel like it shows off the pattern as well.  The color is beautiful, though!

So, there are my projects thusfar this year.  I have a new project on my needles, well actually it’s on my hook!  I’m crocheting a baby blanket for a dear friend, so I’ll try and get some pictures up soon!

And, since you’ve bourne with my terrible pictures throughout this post, here’s a picture of one of my finest “finished projects” just to make you smile. 


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I have a cold…

And I also have a Mardi Gras parade coming up this weekend.  This is my first year as a member of the Krewe of Tucks and I’m really excited about riding in the parade this Saturday.  So, of course, I’m catching a cold.  I’m still in the “fighting it” stage, though, so I’m trying to eradicate the nasty little virus from my body.  To accomplish this, I’m ganging up on it with three different home remedies.

The first was at the suggestion of a friend of mine from high school, Laura S, who decided that I needed to swab my ears out with hydrogen peroxide.  Okay, I’m game.  If nothing else, my ears feel all nice and clean right now.  I went ahead and swabbed out my nostrils as well.  Might as well try and kill all the germs in one fell swoop.  I’m planning on doing this one every morning.

The second remedy involved honey and cinnamon.  I got one of those silly, email forwards from my mother earlier this week that claims honey and cinnamon can cure anything from the common cold, to arthritis, to acne.  Again, I’m willing to try anything right now.  I don’t have time to be sick, and with two small children, rest is pretty much a foreign concept around here.  So, I took two tablespoons of honey, two teaspoons of cinnamon and mixed them in a coffee mug of hot water.  It tasted pretty good, but I didn’t really think about the fact that cinnamon doesn’t disolve in hot water and the drink was pretty sludgy toward the bottom.  I drank it down anyway though and if nothing else, my breath is nice and cinnamon-y right now!


Remedy number three.  Zicam!  Okay, so it’s not really a “home” remedy, but it does have a lot of vitamins and it seemed to work this summer when we went to Sweden and I was fighting the symptoms of a cold.

Between these three things I am confident that I will DEFEAT these tiny, nasty germ invaders in my body!  Power of positive thinking, right?

So, Internetz, what tried and true remedies do you have for fighting the common cold?  I’m a pretty willing guinea pig at the moment, so fire away!

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I need to work on my PMA.  What is that, you might ask?  Well, it’s my Positive Mental Attitude.  I know it sounds like some sort of corporate catch-phrase, but the first time I heard it was actually when I was at camp in something like the 4th or 5th grade.  Anyhow, lately mine has sucked and I need to get a handle on it.  Sleep lately has been hard to achieve, Bubba hasn’t been sleeping well and Bean has been sick, so as a result, Mommy has been like a creature out of Night of the Living Dead.  I have good days, but somehow I tend to screw them up with my bad attitude and end up angry with Bean, frustrated with Bubba and just pretty much ignore Hubby.  Not good.  For the longest time I have been blaming everyone but myself.  Bean has been a brat, so of course I’m getting angry with her.  Bubba hasn’t been sleeping, so of course I’m tired and cranky.  And really, I only have so much “nurture” in me, so by the time Hubby gets home, there’s really nothing left for him.  Besides, he’s a grown man and can fend for himself.  These things are all valid, but I think I can do better.

Maybe Bean is being more of a brat because I have been more of a bitch.  Yes, I said it, I’ve been a big ol’ bitch lately!  My temper is short and I’m quick to snap at my daughter.  Why should she have a PMA if it’s not being modelled for her?  So, I’m going to try and be more pleasant to her and see where that gets me.  She’s been really whiney and cries for stupid reasons and I think maybe it’s just because she wants attention and at this point, she’ll take whatever kind of attention she can get.  Poor kid!  This one will take some work because she’s certainly learned how to push my buttons lately, but I think we can get back to our good relationship.

As far as Bubba and my lack of sleep, well, there’s not a whole lot I can do there, but last night was a great night (10 hours of sleep for him!) so I’m hoping we’re turning a corner.  But, if not, I just have to suck it up and use a little Mind Over Matter.  If I don’t mind, it won’t matter.  Right?  I know, easier said than done, but I can’t walk around cranky all the time!

So, today I am working on my PMA, which is beginning with getting my house a bit more in order.  Over the past month or so I’ve really let things go.  It’s not dirty, I have a housekeeper that takes care of that, but it is untidy, which is my job.  So, today I’m going to work on getting things together.  When my house is cluttered and disorganized, it reflects in my general sense of well-being and can make me feel like things are spiralling out of control, even if they aren’t really.  Today is a good day to start since I am more rested and feeling better, so if I can get a lot done, it will make the next time that I’m not so rested easier to deal with.  That’s the plan at least!

Today I am going to go room by room in my house and get things tidy.  Each room that I finish will be treated like a little victory in my head.  Instead of saying to myself, “damn, I have X number of rooms left to go!”, I will take joy in the fact that a new room is done!  So far today, I have gotten the kitchen cleaned and tidy.  It looks wonderful and makes me happy.  I also took down the tent that has been up in our soon-to-be  piano room (formerly the pool table room) and put away the multitudes of toys that Bean had stockpiled in there.  Then I moved on to the playroom.  Three rooms in my house are clean and organized!  How cool is that!  Plus, Bubba is down for a nap!  Maybe I’ll take a minute or two to knit….after I clean one more room!

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Play-doh Yarn

Although I know I still owe you four restaurant reviews, things have been a little crazy around here lately and I will have to beg your indulgence for a little while before I actually get to them.  I can always tell when I start getting a little stressed or feel like my world is spinning a little out of control because it starts to reflect in my dreams.  Last night it was play-doh yarn.  Apparently I was in a speed knitting competition with three other people on my team (yeah, team speed knitting, my dreams are a little kooky).  The last round was a charted lace pattern with cables and my team member who was supposed to to that round declared that she couldn’t do it, and that I would have to take over.  “No problem,” says I, I love knitting from charts, lace and cables.  She hands me her ball of yarn, which is already cast on for another project and that really annoys me since now I have to take time, rip it out, rewind the ball and cast on, but okay, I do that and get ready to cast on for the round, knowing I’m already far behind the other competitors.  Next thing I know, I look down at my hand and have a bunch of play-doh, which I’m supposed to “spin” into yarn.  Now normally, I know (in my dream) one would need to wait for the play-doh yarn to dry before trying to knit with it, but I’m in a hurry so I start knitting with it while it’s still wet and my stitches blur together as of course stitches made out of wet play-doh are wont to do.  At this point, completely frustrated, I woke up because the baby was crying and it was time to feed him.

As I was sitting in the nursery feeding Bubba (yes, we finally have a nickname, and isn’t it oh-so-Southern!), I was reflecting on this very strange dream and realized that it really reflected how I’ve been feeling in my life lately.  I’ve been spinning my wheels and working just as hard as I can, and still feel like there is so much left to do.  The play-doh is holding me back.  In additon to having a new little baby, who is a joy, but not allowing me much sleep, I have a four-year-old who requires a great deal of attention as well.  More than normal because we need to make sure she still feels valued even with the new little man in the house.  Plus, we have finally completed an addition to our home that we began back in July which has been the main contributor to my workload increasing so much.  Who knew that such a good thing could cause me such stress?  Daily I’m working on projects to set up the addition, which includes two bathrooms, a guest room, storage closet, an office for my husband, and a recreation space with a bar.   Plus, I’m trying to keep the rest of the house in order.  Each evening I put together a to-do list of the things I can think of that need to be done and work as hard as I can getting them done during the day.  That evening, I go back over the list and am usually pretty proud of what I’ve accomplished.  And then I add the new things that I’ve thought of during the day….and the list grows…

Over the past two weeks I’ve put together a ridiculous amount of furniture.  Outfitted bathrooms with all the things they need.  Set up a guest room (okay, not totally set up, I still haven’t picked the furniture I want).  I’ve been going through closets sorting out the things that can go out to the storage area.  Setting up a play room and a knitting room that I’m starting to wonder if I will ever be able to use.  Oh, and kept myself, my husband and my two kids alive, clothed and fed!  All of these are good things, all of them are blessings, so why do I feel so crazed and why am I having anxiety dreams?  I’m hoping it’s just because I am very, very tired right now.  My poor husband came upstairs last night to find me face-planted in our bed after my shower.  I really didn’t mean to go to sleep, I was still putting my pj’s on, but two hours later he found me diagonal across the bed drooling.  Maybe soon, when all the projects are done and the baby is sleeping better, I can sit back, reflect on all that’s gotten done and smile because really, my life is goodl, but for now, I’m going to sign off and start another list!  Wish me luck, I promise I won’t always be complaining like a little whiner.

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Round Six

My husband’s business is very male-oriented, so it’s rare that I have the opportunity to meet other women through his work.  Fortunately, we’ve recently developed a new working relationship with a research group that includes ladies on their staff.  Most of them are scientists and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know a few of them.  So, when presented with the opportunity to go to lunch with these ladies and an excuse to treat it like a business lunch, I jumped on it!


For this lunch, on December 15, C and I decided that we should bring Jodi, Darcy, and Heidi to Commander’s Palace, a New Orleans institution.  Yeah, us and half the rest of the city were there!  It was insane as we pulled up and dropped our cars off at the valet!  Once we finally managed to do that, we headed into the restaurant and I was very happy to see that we had one of the best tables, right in the middle of the main dining room.  C was at his most charming, cooing and smiling at all the girls.  It was so funny watching them react to his sweet ways and whip out their cell phones to take pictures of him over and over again!

The restaurant was bustling even though our reservation was one of the last ones of the day at 2:00.  They even had carolers roaming the dining rooms.  I was a little worried about that since C was showing signs of getting tired and I was hoping that he would be able to go to sleep, but it turned out that I needn’t have worried, because by the time the appetizers were done, he was out like a light! 

For my appetizer, I had a Duck Pot Pie which was incredible.  Unfortunately, I dove right into it and totally forgot about taking a picture.  By the time I remembered, it was long gone! I followed that up with Shrimp and Grits with a balsamic reduction.  Oh. My. Goodness.  So delicious!  It is a classic southern recipe and Commander’s Palace does it right! 


For my dessert, I got the warm pecan pie with ice cream and one of the other girls got the bread pudding soufflé.  The pie was wonderful and just perfect for the Christmas lunch celebration that we were having!  I was very surprised by the bread pudding soufflé.  As I’ve mentioned before, bread pudding is usually very heavy, but this dessert, well, as Jodi put it, “you can just taste the fluffy!”  I could have bathed in the warm whiskey cream sauce that came with it, but I resisted the urge.


Our server for this wonderful meal was excellent.  She was perfectly cheerful when Heidi and I got there and had to wait a little while for the rest of our party (not long, they were just having trouble getting a cab), and after we were done, when I decided to give C a bottle that I had brought for him, she didn’t seem like she was worried about us leaving at all, even though we were the last party in the dining room.  Really enjoyed having her as our server!

The only downturn of the experience came at the very end, after I said goodbye to the other ladies.  I kept waiting and waiting for the valet to bring my car around, only to find out that they had, in fact, lost my car!  Remember when I said it was crazy out there when we arrived?  Well, apparently they forgot to note where they had parked my car (parking is all around the neighborhood on the street).  It took nearly 40 minutes of them running around the neighborhood like mad men before they got it back to me!  Oh well, I wasn’t going to let it get to me.  I had too good of an afternoon to spoil it by getting mad!

Six bells down, four to go!


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Round Five

My original plan in attacking ten restaurants in three weeks (I wanted to be done before we left for Christmas) was to eat out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday while Bean was in school, but I was a bit under the weather on Friday the 10th, so I skipped it and instead waited until the following Monday (December 13) to resume the eating.  We went to Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, which has been a long-time favorite of mine and my good friend, and birthday twin, Kim, joined us.

Unfortunately, although I brought my camera with us to the restaurant, I neglected to bring the SD card for it, so I have no pictures of our food, but let me assure you, it was divine.  Yummy, yummy bovine goodness!  We both started with the Turtle Soup, which was every bit as delicious as the other restaurants’ soups and followed it up with the broiled twin filets.  I decided not to get the asparagus that came with the entrée because I didn’t know how it would affect C, but they happily substituted sautéed mushrooms for me, which were incredible.  No run of the mill button mushrooms here, it was predominantly oyster mushrooms and baby portobellos!  Again, my meat was cooked to perfect temperature and super tender; I think I could have cut it with my fork if I’d wanted to.

Dessert here is not one to be passed up, so we didn’t!  We opted to get the Coconut Cake and the Praline (pronounced prah-leen, not pray-leen) Chocolate Mousse with the plan of switching off at the halfway point.  Such a good decision!  I started with the cake, which I love and get almost every time I go there, then finished up with the chocolate mousse.  I was so stuffed by the end of the meal.  I have no idea how Kim kept up with me since she was eight months pregnant at the time with the baby squishing her stomach, but she did!

C was really tired at this restaurant too but had a lot of trouble settling down.  Fortunately, we were in a booth so I felt comfortable breastfeeding him for a little while to calm him down.  I followed that with some bouncing in the lobby and he was out like a light for the rest of the meal.  Our server was awesome, though, and even when C was at his fussiest (or was having a bit of a nosh), he never made me feel uncomfortable or unwelcome.

Half way to our goal!

My only picture from the meal, taken on my iPhone.

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Round Four

Another day, another incredible restaurant!  Man, my life is tough!  December 8 found us, joined by my good friend, Kristina, at Bourbon House.  The dining room is beautiful at this restaurant and one of my favorite features is the open oyster bar.  So very New Orleans! 


I also LOVE these lanterns!


Lunch was incredible, if a bit challenging because C was very tired and bit overstimulated.  So, basically, unless he was being held, he was going to annoy the rest of the restaurant.  So, hold him I did!  Fortunately, I’m getting pretty good at eating one-handed and I didn’t order anything that needed cutting.

For my appetizer, I began with the Duck Confit Salad.  I’m not used to eating duck cold, but this was a very tasty salad.  The spiced pecans were only okay, but the rest of it was very good.  Kris began her meal with the Caesar Salad.  (I think this is the only restaurant that I managed to remember to photograph not only my food, but my dining partner’s as well)


Entrees followed and I enjoyed the Pasta Bordelaise.  It was a fairly simple dish, but loaded with seafood and quite enjoyable.  Kris had two appetizers as her entrees and I think I enjoyed her choices even more than my own.  She had half a dozen oysters topped with caviar and I really loved that extra saltiness that the caviar added.  She also opted for the Escargot Casino, which was one of the best escargot dishes I have tried.  The sauce had an almost country rusticity to it with the bacon and creaminess and was absolutely delicious!  I will have to go back for that one once my dieting days are behind me!  By the way, writing up these posts while also attempting to curb my eating is not easy, I hope you appreciate them!


Surprisingly, I skipped dessert at this restaurant as well.  The menu looked great and thinking back, I’m even more shocked that I didn’t try one, but I think I was a bit flustered with my unhappy boy and wanted to get out of there before he got even crankier.

Overall, I was pretty happy with my experience at Bourbon House.  The food was really good, but our server wasn’t the greatest.  She would disappear for extended periods of time and was a bit slow when we did ask for things.  It wasn’t bad enough to never go back, but it was a bit disappointing that she wasn’t more on the ball.

Four bells down, six to go!

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Round Three

December 6th – C and I selected Palace Café as our next destination for Brennan’s Bash 2010.  This restaurant is located on Canal Street and definitely has the “old-school” New Orleans feel to it.    It is housed in the old Werlein’s Building, which has been a New Orleans landmark since the turn of the century. 


C and I were seated near the kitchen and it was a lot of fun watching the bustle back there.  One of the chef’s saw me taking photos and I let him know that I was planning on writing about my dining experiences at the Brennan’s restaurants.  Boy, was that the right thing to do!  My already excellent service kicked up a notch and I got treated like a full-fledged food writer, instead of just an aspiring food blogger.

For my appetizer Blue Cheese Salad, which was excellent.  I decided to forgo the shaved red onions, however, because I just didn’t know how they would affect C later on in the day (we are exclusively breastfeeding).  As I was finishing up my salad, the chef that I had spoken to earlier brought me out a little sampler of the three soups they had that day: Turtle Soup, Gumbo and the Soup du Jour, which for the life of me, I can’t remember what exactly it was, but it had root vegetables.  My favorite of the soups was by far the gumbo, which was loaded with seafood including some really fat oysters! 


By the time my entrée came along, the Creole Seasoned Petite Filet Mignon, I was already starting to feel a little bit full so I wasn’t anticipating finishing it.   Yeah, that didn’t happen!  No way was I going to waste any of the wonderful steak that was presented.  The temperature, medium rare, was perfect and the beef was so tender that it practically melted in my mouth.  The potatoes, mushrooms and blue cheese (a theme for this meal) complemented each other so beautifully.  I devoured every bite except for some of the onions, although I did sneak a couple of those in!

Okay, since clearly at this point we know that I’m completely stuffed, you may assume that once again I skipped dessert, like I did at Ralph’s.  Nope, you would be wrong!  I plunged ahead in my gluttony and ordered the Blueberry Crumble Cheesecake.  So rich and creamy!  And again, my friend, the chef, had a special little treat for me, a serving of their signature dessert, White Chocolate Bread pudding.  Both desserts were amazing, and I’m not usually a fan of bread pudding since it is so heavy.  But Palace Café’s spin on it is something to experience.  I did manage to control myself and not finish both desserts, but I did have them boxed and took them home with me! 


My experience at Palace was wonderful,  not just because of the food, but because of the staff.  Very often restaurant employees dread seeing infants coming into the dining room, and I can understand that, but Palace’s staff was very accomodating and welcoming of my little boy.  My waiter was super-personable and visited with me for a while entertaining me with some of the Brennan’s family history.  One of the managers and I chatted for a good while about food and our families, and another one of the servers just kept popping over my shoulder to sit and stare at my peacefully sleeping baby!  So, even though I was technically alone for my meal, I certainly didn’t feel that way.  Thumbs up, Palace Café! 

Goodness!  Reading back on this post, I cannot believe how much I ate!  I am so grateful that Hubby had dinner plans with a client that night because there is no way I wanted to cook that night!

So, three bells down!  Oh, and please note the bonus bell given to me by the very friendly manager.  It represents the entire Dickie Brennan’s Restaurant Group and their commitment to the Salvation Army.

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