Taste of New Orleans

Dat Dog

Really what drove me to this place was the appearance. The restaurant was painted with beautiful colors and filled with vibrant lights.

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When I approached the menu I was so amazed by the different meats you can make into a sausage. They had an Alligator dog (which is the one I chose) or even a crawfish dog! After you pick the meat type you want, you then choose the toppings which is far from just ketchup and mustard. Due to the fact we where in New Orleans it was not surprise when I saw crawfish and a Cajun sauce as a topping.

I honestly can not remember what all I put on my dog but believe me it was to die for.

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Dat Dog is located on Magazine Street which is basically the artsy district of NOLA

I absolutely  can not wait to go back!

We Dat Food Truck

Ok so I came across this place when I was looking for a good ole “hood plate”. If you do not know what a hood plate is I would love to explain. A hood plate is basically a BIG meal that you get from the hood for cheap. I mean the plate has to be loaded with food and poorly presented. As I searched across Instagram I found We Dat Food Truck. The Instagram pictures looked just right for me, so I headed there.

  1. The location is definitely not in the hood, lol (not a problem)
  2. The menu was pretty basic which is sometime good .
  3. The PRICE was definitely not CHEAP. (but hey we all tryna make money)
  4. Taste was honestly just OK ! I’ve had better!

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I got the Wazzam Wings w/ cheese, bacon, and jalapeño fries.

I’m not pressed to go back but it’ll be cool for you to try.

Asparagus Soup

I have never really been a big fan of soup especially soup I have never heard of. Hell my first time trying soup was this Christmas break of 2016! It was tortilla soup to be exact! When the teacher said we was making soup I wasn’t too excited. Even after we made the soup I still wasn’t impressed but I figured this would be good for people that like soup!

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Ingredients

Butter – 2 oz

Onion- 4 oz

Leeks- 1/2 each

Asparagus – 8 oz

Flour- 1 1/2 oz

Milk- 2 c

Chicken Stock- 2 c

Cayenne, ground – TT

Parsley- 1 Tbsp

Granted Swiss Cheese- 4 oz

Directions

  • Melt butter in stainless steel sauce pot. Add onion and leeks. Sweat until translucent, Add the asparagus and sauté till brighten in color.
  • Stir in flour to coat vegetables. Gradually add chicken stock and milk . Add cayenne and parsley. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower to a simmer and cook until tender.
  • Add to soup.
  • Puree in blender. Stir cheese into hot soup.
  • Add at additional seasoning you may need.

Grand Lux Café

If you are from Dallas you know that Grand Lux Café is a nice place to eat at. It is not the most upscale place but it is pretty decent it is connected to one of our best and known malls named the Galleria.

(before we start let me remind you I have been a waitress for 3 years and currently working on my minor degree in hospitality management so I do have an idea how the restaurant business works)

ok so BOOM!…..

Lets start with the waitress I can not call her by her name cause I do not know it and I’m guessing she did not feel the need to share it!  MISTAKE #1

She was not personable at all and hardly said anything HELL I don’t even think she said, “are you guys ready to order”. I believe we had to tell her what we wanted to order. We can make that apart of mistake #1 just to cut her some slack.

I ordered the Shrimp Scampi Linguine ….


Doesn’t it look so good? Don’t be fooled like I was cause it wasn’t! Not only was it not good my food came out 5-10 min after the rest of the table. As a server or chef you know that it is most important for food to come out at the same time. While waiting for my food I did not receive a notice or an apology about the wait! MISTAKE #2

At this point I was over it all and informed the waitress that I did not like the food and she can inform the manager that it took too long for it not to be good. She did not ask me if I would like something else nor did the manager come to the table for a follow up. MISTAKE #3

Finally..

I ask another waitress to bring the manager over when he came I informed him about the service and he simply apologize in the simplest manner as he could which slightly irritated me. He also informed me that the pasta will be taking off, as if  I was going to pay for it anyways.

if you have not guess by now… I WILL NOT BE ATTENDING GRAND LUX AGAIN !!

Pasta Primavera

2 Servings

Cooking Time: 8-10 min

 

Ingredients/ Quantity

Vonion, small dice/ 1 cup

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olive oil/ 1-2 T

garlic, chopped/ 2 cloves

celery, small dice/ 1

zucchini, small dice/ 1

tomato concasse/2

pasta

peas/ 1 oz

parsley, finely chopped

lemon zest

basil/ 2T

parmesan cheese/ 3T

Directions

  • Heat a medium saute pan and add the olive oil. dd onions and carrots and lower heat. Sweat until tender.
  • Add garlic, cook for 1 minute. Add celery, zucchini and tomatoes. Cook over low heat until  tender.
  • Fill a medium pot with cold water and add 1 Tablespoon of salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Cook pasta and when almost done add peas till they turn bright green.
  • Drain the pasta and peas
  • Add the basil, lemon, parsley and salt and pepper
  • Tossed cooked pasta with sauce and garnish with cheese.

I personally would have this dish as a side. If I was to prepare it as a entrée I would add chicken or shrimp. You can add your own Fiesta Flair

Enjoy!

Zenna’s

Happy hour not so Happy

You can ask anybody I have been dying to go to Zenna’s  for their happy hour! The deals are to good to be true and to my dismay it was exactly to good to be true! My guest felt the exact same which was a little embarrassing because when I invite people out I like to make a good impression but I came to conclusion it was Zenna’s fault, not mine.

The amazing prices!

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Not so Amazing food and drinks!

The sushi was mediocre and believe me I have had really good sushi. The drinks were watered down and taste like medicine may I add my guest and I all got different drinks. I can usually take the pain and drink or eat something I don’t like but this was unbearable I had to return it !

Oh but the dessert !

The last thing I put my faith in was the dessert. Surprisingly it was the best thing, we had fried banana and fried ice cream. I want to say it was breaded with coconut which is perfect because I love coconut!

(I would really like to add I did not go to the original Zenna’s which is located downtown. I went to the location in North Dallas)

In a nut a shell GO THERE AT YOUR OWN RISK! I plan to try the Downtown one.

 

Chef Fiesta

Although my blog is not just about food: we all know its mainly about food! This past semester I changed my minor from Marketing to Hospitality Management. I made this move because I found myself getting more involved in the restaurant business.

In this class we will be learning the business aspect of managing a restaurant, hotel, or casino. Most excitingly we will be learning how to cook! However I have never been much of a cook even through I make a mean RED VELVET DEEP FRIED OREO ! I am excited to learn and get more familiar with different taste and focus on preparation !

I will be posting recipes and pictures of the things I make in class so stay tuned. Most of the recipes should be affordable and simple to make so DONT WORRY! If I can do it so can you.

Say HELLO to Chef Fiesta!


Pink Magnolia

Please let me start with how amazing Blythe Beck is. She is a true example of a Boss Lady ! Blythe is not only the owner but also the chef she is literally on the line giving it her all. I was nervous to meet her but her personality drifted all of my fears away. She is sweet and spontaneous lady and may I mention she is an UNT alumni which is the school that I attend now.

The menu is full of creative names and recipes. I was intrigued by the “Hoestacks” until the waitress informed us about the chicken biscuits made with homemade cheese biscuits ! This chicken biscuit was everything I could’ve dreamed of.

I loved my experience at Pink Magnolia and thank you Chef Blythe !