19 April 2013

A Decadent Diversion

"Conduct yourself in life as at a feast"
- Epictetus

Warning: Don't read this post if you are hungry or prone to outbursts of prandial jealousy.

Yesterday, I was gifted the most excellent of opportunities - the chance to indulge in the blissful company of my best friend and a lot of gourmet food and drink!

Since my partner-in-crime "Banacek" started a job serving downtown at the lovely Grand Isle restaurant, our schedules have been tragically diverse. Neither of us have felt very crafty or adventure-y so far this year, and now we know why - we NEVER SEE EACH OTHER!

Well, we remedied that in an epic way at our star dinner at Grand Isle! The pictures tell the story:

I-10: A Hemingway-style daiquiri with a New Orleans twist

Starter 1: Boiled Shrimps! 

Starter 2: Charcuterie Plate! (2 types of Italian salami, duck pate,
pepper jelly, pickles, and the most delicious head cheese)

I don't remember what this cocktail was called, but it was delicious!

Crabmeat Salad with Green Goddess dressing


Can I possibly eat anything else?
This brisket requires a pony tail, apparently

Fresh Gulf Tuna with Horseradish Cream,
Sauteed Spinach and Sweet Potatoes: Ordered Super Rare, of course!
We hadn't even finished our champagne when our Port arrived.
Smoked and Braised Beef Brisket with Lyonnaise Potatoes and Smothered Green Beans

Rum Cheesecake makes for a happy girl!

Here comes Max to save the day!....
or offer us yet another gourmet cocktail sampler - Fresh Lemon Drops

Hmmm, we aren't driving home, are we...

Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake?

Well, if you insist...

Everything was delicious. The service was superb (Thanks, Max!). It was one of the most excellent days ever. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go run about 5,000 miles to justify my own gluttony...

Even my cutlery is happily food-coma-ed.

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