Thursday, May 28, 2015

Green Goddess, New Orleans

Nestled in one of the most picturesque alleyways in the French Quarter is the unassuming Green Goddess, a restaurant serving new American/Southern/Louisiana cuisine. I remember my cousin telling me about their sweet potato biscuits before moving down here to New Orleans, so clearly I had to try them out. 

The first time I ate at Green Goddess was actually with Henok probably back in September. I figured it would be a good place to bring a vegetarian, and it was! They have a lot of vegetarian friendly options (though they also list some pescatarian options as vegetarian...), and he tried  the uttapam, which is kind of a like a crepe topped with coconut curry. I had the crab special, which was lump crab meat served with squash and salad.

Since that warm September evening, I have had brunch at Green Goddess, and I must say that their sweet potato biscuits with pepper jelly are pretty darn delicious. I had yet another crab special last weekend, which was a crispy toasted crab melt with Creole mustard. 

If you're in the French Quarter and the weather is nice, I would recommend stopping by Green Goddess for some creative modern goodness. They have about 95% outdoor/alley seating, which couldn't be a more charming and peaceful location to do so. 

Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place
New Orleans, LA

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Avocado Himbasha Toast

I eat a lot of avocado toast for breakfast. Avocados are always 10/$10 these days, so I always keep my kitchen stocked with a couple for mornings when I just don't want to bother. My typical to-go breakfast is a toasted whole wheat English muffin with half an avocado and a dash of Slap Ya Mama with a side of cherry tomatoes or a handful of arugula. Savory breakfasts for the win. It's a dose of whole grains, fiber, and unsaturated fats, which will keep you satisfied and running until lunch time for sure. 

When I was in Atlanta, Henok made sure that we bought a loaf of himbasha before our drive back to New Orleans. Himbasha is an Ethiopian bread that is slightly sweet and consumed during special occasions. It comes in a large wheel and can be made with raisins. It's light and airy and slightly reminiscent of one of my favorite breads, challah. I had a lot of himbasha, so I made a list of variations ranging from egg in a hole to pb &j. But my favorite of course was himbasha with a fresh sliced creamy avocado. I love mornings. 

Avocado Himbasha Toast
1 slice himbasha (or your choice of whole grain bread)
1/2 avocado*
pinch of Cajun spices
optional: 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, 1 cup arugula/salad 

1. Toast bread. 
2. Spread sliced avocado on toast. Feel free to mash!
3. Sprinkle with a pinch of spices and serve with tomatoes or salad. 

*I wrap the other half of the avocado with the pit and leave in the fridge for another morning. The whole pit helps prevent some of the browning! 

✓ fiber
✓ potassium 
✓ unsaturated fats 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Pelican Bay, New Orleans

Is it socially acceptable to upload yet another fried chicken related post yet? Even if it's not, I have another one for you. On my days off, I like treating myself out to one of the many great restaurants in New Orleans. Today I decided to head to Pelican Bay, a sports bar, daquiri joint, and restaurant (complete with neon lighting) serving American/ New Orleans/ Soul food. You know, only the best combinations of American cuisine.

I just wanted a hot southern meal today. so I headed over to Elysian Fields to check out Pelican Bay. I forgot where I read to eat here, but it was next on my list to check out. Glancing at their menu, it's bar fare with a Southern touch. There are wings, burgers, finger foods, and dips. But now there is also a home cooked meals section as well as specials. Today's specials included chicken and waffles, chicken and grits, and shrimp and grits. I really try to not eat fried chicken too often, but it was meant to be.

I got the fried chicken (dark meat) with their creamy cheesy grits, garlic buttered biscuit, and spinach collards. I don't know how I did it because I really was planning to bring half of it home, but I ate the whole thing. The fried chicken thigh was juicy and fried well done with only a light batter, making it extra crispy. I also ordered their house made Auntie Eddie's iced pound cake. It was served with a generous drizzle of strawberry sauce and that I actually had to bring home to enjoy. But man is that pound cake good. When was the last time you had fresh baked pound cake?? It was dense, buttery, and sweet. MmMmm! I promise you can't just take one bite.

Will definitely come here another meal during a game day! ..did I just find the best sports bar food ever?

Pelican Bay
1701 Elysian Fields Avenue
New Orleans, LA