Dark Roux, Previously Brick N Spoon

Sunday Morning after Church, we decided that we wanted Brunch. Dark Roux has been opened for a few weeks now and our schedule just didn't permit for us to make it. My hubby, baby girl and I were all excited to try it out. 

On Sunday there was Live Music at Dark Roux. Which was a pleasure to walk up and hear the sounds of good music. The down side was that the Musician was only on the back patio. The patio is not very large, so there is enough room for more than maybe 10 tables. 

We had a little wait so we enjoyed it while we waited for a table. Being that this was a Sunday Morning, there was a big crowd. Our wait was about 15 minutes, which wasn't too bad. The Hostess was very polite and she made us feel at home. 

For those who didn't know, Dark Roux was formerly the restaurant Brick N Spoon. Well Brick N Spoon acquired a new building off of Kaliste Saloom. The new restaurant is scheduled to open later this month. 

The Decor of Dark Roux was very Retro. I liked it, Retro is not my style, but they did a really good job giving the restaurant an upgrade. The interior was lighter and not as dark as the previous owners. 

The inside is a bit small but it gives it that neighborhood feel. The restaurant has an outdoor space, a bar area and regular dining room seating. The bar area is not very big, but I think that it is cute and perfect for the space. For the avid sports people, yes there are Televisions at the Bar and Outdoors. 

On Sundays, I never have coffee before church, so I started with their freshly brewed Artisan coffee. Dark Roux doesn't offer Lattes or Espressos. I was a bit surprised about that. But there coffee was ok. I loved the coffee mug and the matching dispenser that the milk was in.

My husband had the Beef Short-Rib Hash. This is a short rib that is cooked for 48 hours. Served with a potato hash, apples in a red wine demi-glaze sauce topped with a sunny side farm egg. This dish was presented beautifully. You eat with your eyes first, so this dish looked amazing. The short rib was so tender. The flavors were spot on. Very good dish. 

One disappointment was that there was no kid's menu, so we randomly chose a few items for Baby Girl. She went simple, Home-Smoked Bacon and Fresh Farm Eggs. The eggs were delicious and very fresh. The bacon was just ok. Nothing special. I do think for Brunch, there should be a children's menu with a few items.

My dish of choice was the Country Quail & Waffles. Now I will be honest, I didn't know how much I would like the dish, but they knocked it out of the park. The presentation was gorgeous and the dish was amazing. The dish is a chicken fried quail served on a butter pecan waffle topped with candied collard greens and pepper jelly. In one word, I would describe this dish as Savory; Also comforting. So good. Whomever developed or created this dish knew what they were doing merging these flavors together to create an amazing dish. Absolutely superb.

Overall our experience at Dark Roux was very good. I am looking forward to dining there again and again. If they continue what they are doing, I believe they will be around for a long time.

The waitress was incredible. She did an amazing job serving us. Her professionalism is to be commended. In addition, she was very knowledgeable of the dishes and made great suggestions.

Dark Roux strives to serve the freshest ingredients purchased locally. I love the inventive and creative menu options that are available. Their menu changes as the seasons change. So get ready to blown away by the menu options. This will keep people coming because its not the same old boring menu every day.

Dark Roux is located at 3524 Kaliste Saloom Rd, Suite 101, Lafayette, LA. The Restaurant number is 504-2346. Dark Roux is opened Mondays 8 am - 2pm. Closed on Tuesdays. Opened Wednesday-Sunday from 8 am -2 pm and opened for Dinner Wednesday-Saturday 5 pm-9pm. With Live Music Friday & Saturday night and Sunday Brunch.

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Oxtail Stew with Egg Noodles (Original Recipe)

Oxtail stew with Egg Noodles

If you are looking for something that is hearty and packed with flavor, look no further. This is the dish for you. Oxtail Stew over Egg Noodles. Original Recipe by ANGIE DUMAS

Here are the simple steps to this amazing dish. 


Oxtails- 2 packs - 2-3 lbs 
Onions - 1 diced or chopped
Bell Pepper - Red or Green
Celery - 2 stalks diced or chopped
Carrots - 2-3 diced or chopped 
Mushrooms - 2 hands full, clean and cut
Tomato Sauce - 3 Cans - 15 oz
Beef Broth 2 - 32 oz
Red Cooking Wine 
Slap Yo Momma - varies depending on your spice level
Bay Leaves -2 
Parsley _ varies depending on your preference
Garlic Powder - varies depending on your preference
Onion Powder - varies depending on your preference
Petite Diced Tomatoes - 1 Can 
Water - 1 Cup
Egg Noodles - 1 pack boiled according to directions on the package
Chives - diced or chopped for garnishment

Other options- Can be served over rice, garnish with parmesan when served over noodles. 

Step 1:  Brown all veggies except mushrooms

Step 2: Brown Meat - 2 packs 

 Step 3: Add seasoning Slap Yo Momma, Garlic powder, Onion Powder. Amount may vary depending on you. 

Step 4:  Add 2 beef broth, 1 cup of water, 1/4 cup cooking wine. Cook down for about 10-15 minutes low/medium. 

Step 5:  Add 2 bay leaves, 3 cans of tomato sauce 15 oz, 1 can diced tomatoes.

Step 6:  Cook on low about 1.5 hours. Meat should be almost falling off the bone and tender.  

Step 7:  Boil noodles in a separate pot. Follow directions on the package.

Step 8:  Serve Oxtail Stew Over Egg Noodles. Other options may be Rice. 

Step 9: Garnish with green onions and chives. Optional: Parmesan cheese. Add your choice of Garnishes.

Step 10: Write me and let me know how your dish comes out. Send me suggestions and comments as well. Tasteeplaces@gmail.com

Pancetta & Chipotle Cheddar Pasta - Easy Recipes

Pancetta & Chipotle Cheddar - Simple Recipe

  • Diced Pancetta
  • Chipotle cheddar cheese Shredded
  • Egg noodles boiled in unsalted water. Follow instructions on the bag
  • Olive oil (very little)
  • Diced Onions 
  • Diced Bell pepper

Sauté pancetta until golden brown
Add onion and bell pepper
Boil egg noodles follow directions on the package. Drain
Add noodles to the pot. Toss the ingredients in the pot until well mixed. 
Remove from the fire.

Top with Chipotle Cheddar cheese.
Add Salt after cheese, because pancetta has a lot of salt. 

Other suggestions for toppings/garnishment:
  • Fried egg on top
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Cheese Blend
  • Chives
  • Green Onions

BLU BASIL Restaurant

Saigon Noodles is one of our favorite restaurants. When we heard that they were opening a new restaurant, we were so excited. The new restaurant, BLU BASIL opened this week. This restaurant was highly anticipated by many. This was clear within a few minutes of the doors opening. We arrived right when the restaurant opened. 

BLU BASIL took over the old Chung King building. Upon entrance into the building, we were blown away by the transformation. The restaurant had been gutted and redesigned with a modern/contemporary feel. The inside was beautiful. 

There is a wall waterfall on the right side. The bar area was on the left side. One of the things I like is that the bar is sort of separated from the restaurant. 

In addition, there are Flat Screen Televisions near the bar. Which will be a great hit. Especially during those major sporting events. This is also great for those who may be dining alone. 

All of the wood and brick accents in the restaurant gave it more of an upscale feel. The restaurant is similar to there other location, yet very different. This restaurant was much larger in size. Very spacious. A lot of thought went into the new design and decor of this restaurant. 

We dined with our daughter and the restaurant is both for Date nights and Family dining. The restaurant had a very warm and friendly environment.  

The restaurant gives every table Shrimp Chips. The shrimp chips are crispy with a texture similar to that of Pork Rinds. The Chips weren't bad at all. Nice treat for the table. 

We ordered two teasers/small plates. The Banh Mi Bites. This is a bite size toasted french bread sandwich. You can choose from grilled chicken, pork or beef. The bread was not hard like your typical french bread. The bread is topped with a spicy mayo, cream butter sauce, shredded carrots, cucumber and cilantro. The sandwich was light. I liked the veggie selection for the topping on the sandwich. The spicy mayo/cream butter sauce was delicious on the sandwich. The only down side is they called it bite size, so I envisioned something a little smaller. But overall it was a delicious small plate. 

The other small plate was called Rock "N" Roll. The small plate was similar to that of an egg roll. It was stuffed with pork and deep fried served with a homemade duck sauce. This was pretty good, but I will say, I wasn't blown away. The bib lettuce and sliced cucumber and shredded carrots really enhanced the presentation of the dish.

The only complaint concerning the small plates was that we were not given small plates until we were almost done eating. The server recognized this on his own.

BLU BASIL has a kids menu. Which is always a plus in our eyes. The kids menu is reasonably priced as well. My daughter ordered the Steak PHO which consisted of a delicious broth with sliced steak and clear noodles. My daughter absolutely loved it. The PHO kid options were chicken or pork as well. The other options for kids was the rice bowl or vermicelli noodles bowl with egg roll and the choice of beef, chicken or pork. 

I ordered the BLU LAMB. The dish included grilled lamb chops, steamed white rice, side soup, two sides. I choose the fried egg and pickled carrots and cauliflower and bib lettuce topped with shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes and purple cabbage and a in-house made BLU BASIL sauce. 

My husband ordered the Hu Tieu, which is a clear noodle soup. The soup consisted of quail eggs, shrimp, pork in a pork broth and clear rice noodles. The dish was packed with flavor. Also green onions, cilantro, bean sprouts, lettuce and jalapeño peppers. 

Overall our experience at BLU BASIL was awesome. The service was incredible. The restaurant was very pretty and classy and clean. I would suggest they work on their homemade lemonade because our drinks were watered down and very sour. One other suggestion would be a sign as to where the restaurant bathroom is located for moms with children. 

Vietnamese cuisine is very different and not for everyone. But we are a family that loves many different cuisines. Vietnamese cuisine has become one of our favorite food to dine on. I definitely recommend that you would try this restaurant. 

The menu also offered Vegetarian Menu Options. 

The restaurant had a consistent flow of people from the time we arrived till we left. When we left the restaurant was packed and there was a line of people waiting for a table. So I would definitely suggest you arrive early for dining or call for reservations. 

BLU BASIL is located at 5451 Johnston Street. 

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Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar

Most of us know Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Guy travels all over the country searching for the best dishes. He also as a show call Grocery Store Games, Celebrity Cook Off and Kid Cookoff with Guy and Rachel. He's a foodie on steroids. 

When we found out that he had a restaurant in Las Vegas, we knew we wanted to try his restaurant. This restaurant is located in the Linq Hotel & Casino. The Restaurant is known for their Casual Food. Dishes like Wings, Burgers, Tacos and many other shareable dishes. 

As I read over the menu one of the things that most people were ordering was the Burgers. But that day, I didn't feel like eating a Burger so I passed. But there was one Burger that I kept seeing which is the Macaroni and Cheese burger. It looked amazing, but I wasn't in the mood for a Burger.  

We took a little while to decide what we wanted to eat. But while waiting we enjoyed the restaurant and the layout. The restaurant had a really nice casual atmosphere to it. There was Televisions everywhere, both inside and outside. The inside offered a nice Bar area with Rawhide like chairs. They appeared very comfortable.

The outdoor seating area was to die for. I loved it, because I could people watch while talking to my husband and daughter. The air was cool and refreshing outside. The outside area also had Flat Screen Televisions. A very nice, wide open area.

The kitchen area was very open as well. I could see the food being prepared as I passed through the dining area. Personally, I thought it was very nice to be able to see the food being prepared and ready to be delivered to each table. The workers didn't seem bothered by me taking pictures. They were both comfortable and polite.

One visual item that I loved was Guy's UNLV Culinary Coat was displayed. He is a UNLV graduate. Guy's decision to open up this location to pay tribute to his Alma Mater. The restaurant opened up earlier this year. So it is a new restaurant.

After a few minutes of studying the menu, we decided to order shareable appetizers. Below is the Double Barrel BBQ Wings coated in a blend of Guy’s signature bourbon brown sugar BBQ sauce and chipotles, served with crispy fried onion straws, tangy ranch + raw veggie medley. These BBQ wings were shaped like lollipops. They shaved down the wings and shape the wings like lollipops. The sauce was absolutely delicious. The presentation was beautiful. I was blown away by the presentation. I love the choice of veggies and how the veggies were cut and placed in a small wooden display. The dish was served with a side of homemade ranch dressing.

We also ordered the Guy-talian Fondue Dippers. The pepperoni-wrapped pretzels were served with smoky provolone and Italian pork sausage cheese dip, topped with fresh diced tomato and basil. This dish was just ok for me. But our little girl loved it. But she is a cheese and pepperoni lover. The presentation on this dish was gorgeous. The cheese dip was a little too thick for me. If it was a little thinner I think it would have been better. The pepperoni wrapped pretzels were ok as well. The banana peppers were a nice touch. 

Below is the Dragon’s Breath Chili Cheese FriesThe fries consist of a mountain of waffle fries covered in Guy’s “low and slow” cooked chili topped with melted cheddar, pico de gallo, sour cream and scallions.  Beautifully presented dish. The waffle fries were overcooked and too crispy. The chili topping was delicious. The homemade cheese sauce was very good. The toppings on this dish were also good. The flavors balanced out well together. 

Overall the items we chose were pretty good. My least favorite menu item was the Pepperoni sticks. One of the things I disliked about the restaurant was that there was not a kids menu. But the waitress did offer to do a kids hamburger. I would suggest that they build a kids menu. 

The other thing was that after we were seated the waitress took too long to come and take our drink order. We had to ask for a waitress after 10 minutes of waiting.  She did apologize and was an amazing waitress and pretty funny.

Our dining experience was good and the food was delicious. I would definitely dine there again. The burgers will be on the agenda next time.

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Serendipity 3, LAS VEGAS

Serendipity 3 is located near Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. This nice, cute, cool hot spot definitely delivers. Serendipity 3 reminds me of an old fashioned ice cream shop. Known for its delicious desserts, specifically Frozen Hot Chocolate. We decided to dine at Serendipity 3 on Valentine's Day. Surprisingly this spot was consistently busy and had back to back reservations. Thankfully we thought ahead and made reservations. When we arrived at 5:30 there was a 30 minute wait. It appeared that as the night progressed the wait became longer and longer. But that did not deter the people from coming. Being that it was Valentine's Day, I never expected that the business would be so busy on Valentine's Day.

The atmosphere is very casual. Perfect for the entire Family. It was the perfect way to enjoy a night with my Husband and our baby girl on Valentine's Day.

We started with an appetizer. The All In Nachos. The Nachos start with there House Made Tortilla Chips, topped with Mexican Cheese, Beef, Black Beans, Sour Cream, Pico De Gallo & Avocado Cream. The Nachos are absolutely delicious.  One thing I loved is that the chips weren't greasy. Great appetizer and the presentation was on point.

Our Daughter loves Grilled Cheese. She's a connoseuir when it comes to grilled cheese. In her opinion, the Grilled cheese was yummy and she loved the gooey cheese. I love that they took put in just as much effort  to plate the kids food as they do the adult plates.

I choose the Crab Cake Salad Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Cake, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Avocado, Corn & Red Onions. Topped with Mache & Frisee Salad tossed with Herb Vinaigrette. The salad presentation to me was just ok. I think that they could have plated it a bit differently. I would have place the Mache & Frisee Salad first and topped with the grapefruit, avocado, corn and red onions with the herb vinaigrette. The colors would have popped beautifully.

The salad overall was very good. The salad was a little under dressed with dressing. But the waiter happily brought me out a little more for my salad. I have never eaten grapefruit in a salad before, but I must say that all the ingredients balanced well together. The crab cake was delicious. The crab cake was made of real crab. Delicious salad. This light salad allowed me to be able to eat light, in order to enjoy a dessert.

My husband chose The One and Only Las Vegas Strip Steak Sandwich. The sandwich consist of a  10oz. New York Strip Steak, with Sunny Side Up Eggs, Smoked Bacon, Cheddar & Jack Cheeses on Garlic French Bread. The sandwich looked delicious. Unfortunately the dish lacked seasoning. A little salt and pepper would go a long way. But my husband enjoyed it. Though it was called a sandwich, he said that the bread was too hard to eat. He was pleased with the dish other than that. The coleslaw was tasty. The dish comes with fries, sweet potatoes or coleslaw.

For dessert we went with the Frozen Hot Chocolate. The item is big enough to share. We ordered the 2 serving size which was enough for all three of us to share. We didn't finish it all.

It was very rich, but so so good. Only for chocolate lovers. If you are not a big chocolate drinker, I wouldn't recommend it. But I will say that everyone should try it at least once. A genius creation.  The dessert menu is not limited to only Frozen Hot Chocolate. Serendipity also has Cakes, Pies, Milk Shakes and Tea. So many options to choose from. You can even create your own dessert.

Overall the restaurant was nice. The service was A -Plus. Our waiter definitely did an incredible job. We were completely satisfied. Price points for this restaurant is more on the moderate side. Be prepared to spend at least a $100 or more for a family of 3.

In addition, the restaurant carries the traditional items an ice cream parlor would. For example, hot dogs, hamburgers, but more elevated toppings and dressings.

My daughter also loved the fact that there is a Gift Section, where there are all sorts of Gifts available for purchase. Definitely a hit for the kids, but also a good way to shop for Souvenirs.

Every time we come to Las Vegas we will be sure to visit Serendipity 3.

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