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Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016

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26 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:19 am

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Brian and I had some errands to run yesterday -- mainly getting our drivers licenses renewed, as his expires tomorrow and mine in September -- so we combined a few more to make it more of a fun run.

We went Uptown to get our licenses so I asked him to take me to a huge wine store, Martin Wine Cellar, to get some rosé wines.  I've been in the mood lately to try a couple of rosés but know nothing about them.  I wanted to make sure I got a couple of dry ones as opposed to more fruity and everyone at Martin is highly wine educated so I wanted to go there.  Their selection is huge as well.  A guy named Alex helped me select a couple of bottles to try.  Alex was smart, too, as he said he'd leave the bottles at the front register so we could look around.  The place is gorgeous and we hadn't been there since they rebuilt after Katrina, which took them years and years, but it paid off for sure (I think they must've been buying up more of the property around the older pretty big store, as this place was huge and it had a big raised front porch with tables and chairs and tons of tastefully landscaped parking, too).  I picked up a few hunks of some really nice cheeses, some walnut oil, a jar of blood orange preserves and a couple bags of some nicely flavored bagged bruschetta-type bread bases. 

They have a big catering/deli section and serve divine sandwiches, the descriptions alone will make your mouth water, sumptuous salads and all types of yummies so I asked Brian if he wanted to get some lunch.  He smiled and said, "Why don't we go somewhere where they wait on us?" (you place your order at the counter at Martin and pick it up, or you used to anyway).  I smiled back and said, "I checked the computer before we left and Atchafalaya is open for brunch on Mondays," so we headed off to a great small restaurant Uptown by that name.  We always enjoy it, we were close to it and I just knew that's where he was thinking of!

We used to rent an apartment two blocks away from there many years ago; it was good then (was Café Atchafalaya back then) but is even better now.  We didn't have reservations but they have a very small bar where we got seated after a short wait.  And just like I was recently speaking of, they have a super cocktail menu.  I had a Grandpa's Sour, which was like an upscale whiskey sour and not only very good but very pretty as well.  Grandpa's Sour consisted of knob creek rye, lemon, fee brother's peach bitters, and egg white. We had to wait about 30 minutes so I also had a Stars & Garters, which consisted of chinaco tequila blanco, marca negra mezcal, giffard pamplemousse liqueur, campari, lime and some smoked salt "schmeared" down one side.  I'm not a big campari fan but the bartender told me it was only about a tablespoon of it in the drink so I could handle that much Campari flavor.  The pamplemousse liqueur is grapefruit flavored.  This, too, was exceptionally good and the bartender's favorite as well.  

For brunch I ordered a "special" starter of three small crabcakes, most of which I had her wrap up to take home.  My entrée was Duck Hash, which I'd had before and it's delish, too:  poached eggs, duck confit, blackberries, mangos, hollandaise, and bacon vinaigrette.  Brian had Chicken 'N Biscuits, fried chicken, housemade biscuits, and sausage gravy.  I tasted that and it was also to die for good.  We went home stuffed like sausages; tired but feeling pretty good.  

We were both too stuffed for dinner later on so he made brownies and served me a warm brownie with Creole Cream Cheese Ice Cream on top before we went upstairs to bed.  Yummy!  It didn't take me long to conk out for a couple of hours once in bed.  A good food day and a very fun day for both of us!

27 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:27 am

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28 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:29 am

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29 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:53 am

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It is what it is....I've taken to naming my meals names like, 'Irene' or 'George'.

That way no one knows if it's what it's suppose to be or not! LOL

30 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:06 pm

Barbara101

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Huh ???

31 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:10 pm

bethk

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I must have pressed, 'Send' at the split second after Michelle posted....

My previous comments were in response to your 'failed omelette' ~ scrambled eggs. I said you should just make up a new name and then no one would know you didn't mean for the dish to turn out that way......

32 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:29 pm

Barbara101

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Lol funny how a mess up works to be great . The last I posted were the English muffins I made .

33 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:52 pm

bethk

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and the English muffins look great! I've never made those....we're not huge fans so, for the occasional ones I want, store bought suit me fine.

34 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:12 pm

Barbara101

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I like homemade lol they are super easy and they go in the freezer .

35 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:35 am

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Leftover grilled flank steak.

36 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:37 am

Barbara101

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steak,fried potato and onions. eggs and stone ground grits..

37 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Thu Jun 23, 2016 4:32 pm

bethk

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That certainly looks like an 'old Southern' breakfast, to be sure!

38 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:49 pm

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I have made English muffins several times but I found mine didn't taste as good as store bought. I wasn't able to get the holes in mine. They were a PITA too, so no more for me.

I usually can't eat breakfast but this morning I tried a new recipe for French toast that uses melted vanilla ice cream in place of milk. The rest of the mix was eggs and cinnamon. They were good but sweeter than I am used to.

39 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:07 pm

Barbara101

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Mine are much better than store bought.your recipe must not have been good.

40 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:13 pm

Bugster2

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I tried some recipes, including the sourdough ones from King Arthur Flour. Just not impressed.

41 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:03 am

Barbara101

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I do not mess with sourdough..

42 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:04 am

Barbara101

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NJ blueberry's.. breakfast..my homemade yogurt..

43 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Fri Jun 24, 2016 3:03 pm

bethk

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Blueberries?

When I looked at your pic I thought it was those big old black seedless grapes that are available now.

Boy, those berries are HUGE!

(I still cannot make yogurt.....I've given up trying.  Stoneyfield will just have to do.)



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44 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Fri Jun 24, 2016 3:16 pm

Barbara101

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They are so good. They won't be in the store for long. I am going to stock up. I am sick of those tasteless ones in the store.

45 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:11 am

Barbara101

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cool enough for cooking outside.Then back in the house bug free and cool..

46 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Sat Jun 25, 2016 11:24 am

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I made my first lemon meringue pie yesterday from a combination of Barb's filling, my cooked meringue and a graham cracker crust. I did a 6" pie because that is all we need. Would you believe that it didn't last the night? The three of us hit that pie and it was gone in 15 minutes. YUM! DOUBLE YUM!

47 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Sat Jun 25, 2016 11:36 am

Barbara101

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So glad for you. I hope you wrote it down lol

48 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:24 pm

bethk

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Congratulations on the success, Bugs!

49 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:57 am

Barbara101

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Blueberry cornbread.

50 Re: Breakfasts & Lunches during June, 2016 on Sun Jun 26, 2016 1:22 pm

bethk

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Looks good to me! Love the idea of chopped pecans to go with the nuttiness of the corn meal.

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