The Social Southern Table and Bar, My Birthday Celebration

A few weeks ago, I celebrated my birthday. My friends decided to take me to Dinner and Desserts. Those who know me, know that The Social is one of my favorite restaurants to dine. 

The Social has a great atmosphere and a Unique Menu. 

I love Fruity Drinks, but I don't drink Alcohol. There was a Non-Alcoholic Drink made with Pomegranate. Unfortunately I don't recall what the name was, but it was delicious. Very tasty and fulfilled my desire for the Fruity drink. Definitely a plus for me.

The girls and I decided to share a few different menu options. Which was a wonderful idea. This gave us a chance to try 6 different dishes. 

We started with the Kimchi Frites which was hand-cut russets, house made Kimchi, onion, cilantro and a farm egg on top.  For those who don't know Kimchi is a spicy pickled cabbage. This dish is one of my favorite speakeateries, which is an appetizer. The fries are fried perfectly topped with the listed ingredients above. Before eating you have to cut the eggs so the yoke can drizzle across the fries. So good. There is also a sauce that is drizzled on top. Delicious. The flavors married so well together. 

The Chicken Fried Green tomatoes came to the table next. The Green Tomatoes was fried to perfection, placed on a rectangle plate that was drizzled with honey and the plate also had cayenne pepper sprinkled on top. The Fried Green tomatoes are placed on top with green onions and Jalapeno Ranch dipping sauce.

This dish gives you a balance of crunch, a variety of textures and spice levels. The dish has elements of heat as well as sweetness that helps to balance the dish. One of my favorite appetizers on their menu. Always a winner in my eyes.

On to a more healthy option. The Social Wedge was absolutely delicious. I am not big on Blue Cheese but this Salad was amazing. This Wedge salad consisted of Grilled Romaine Lettuce with baby tomatoes, Spanish blue crumble, bacon and a creamy smoky garlic dressing. One of the best salads I have ever had. Everyone loved this salad. The smokiness and the creaminess was a great choice for the dressing. The plating could have been a little bit nicer but the salad taste great. An amazing salad. 

The Mac-N-Cheese is not the traditional type of Macaroni. The dish included a Rotini Pasta which is a spiral pasta with aged white cheddar, sake and topped with a blistered pepper. The pasta is very creamy with a strong cheese taste. The Mac has a bit of crunchiness as well. A pretty good side dish to go with the fried chicken.

The Smoke-Fried Chicken is one of The Social's top sellers. The Fried Chicken dish also includes sweet potato biscuits. The chicken is all natural and hormone free.  The crunch on this chicken is incredible, fried perfectly. The plate is drizzled with Ghost Pepper Honey. That combination is a great balance of heat and sweet. Very good. One of my favorites.

The Social also has Vegetarian options. The Social Flatbread called The Farmers Market Vegetable Flat bread. No meat at all. This option varies due to what vegetables are available. Our flat bread had Zucchini, Squash and Fresh Tomatoes. The flatbread was just ok to me. Some of the other ladies loved the pizza. I like Vegetables on my pizza but not without meat. But hey that's just me.  But I think that having this option is great.

The waiter gave outstanding service. He was kind enough to space out the delivery of each dish to our table. Which gave us an opportunity to thoroughly enjoy each dish, without feeling rushed. 

We had a blast that night. So many great laughs and fun. I absolutely loved all my gifts I received that night. Friendships are crucial to the enjoyment of life. These are a few of the closest women in my life. I am eternally grateful to have women that pour into my life and I am honored to be able to do the same. Life is so much better with others. Everybody needs someone. 

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District Donuts, Sliders and Brew

A few weeks ago, we traveled to New Orleans for the OutCry Tour at the Smoothie King Center. The Concert was amazing. We slept in the next morning. But it was so worth it once we arrived at District Donuts.

I heard about the District Donuts via instagram and couldn't wait to try this place. Boy were we in for a treat when we arrived at The District.

When we entered the shop, it reminded me of a combination of two of my favorite places in Lafayette, The Lab and Grub Burger Bar. I loved the look of District Donuts. This location had an old school flare with modern, artistic, creative food.

I loved the small community feel. When I left there, I was thinking to myself, we need one of these in our neighborhood pronto. 

One of the other reasons we wanted to try this place is because our friends have their own coffee called Analine Coffee. We knew they would love to try new coffee. 

District Donuts believes that best coffee comes from small artisan roasting which is the same thing that our friends believe. 

 The menu was listed on a Plexiglas style mount.  District Donuts now has approximately 100 donut options. Each day there are 7 rotating options daily. 

The Donuts are made from scratch and do not include pre-made mixes or artificial flavors. Natural ingredients are used when possible. 

The day we dined there were 10 options 3 being your traditional donuts Chocolate, Glazed and Cinnamon Sugar. In addition, there were 7 non-traditional donuts. The options were Nola Cream, Vietnamese Iced Coffee, Miso Praline and Olive Oil Glaze, Limoncello Poppyseeed, Mango Pink and Peppercorn, Peanut Butter and Walnut Honey and Mexican Hot Chocolate.
Wow. The names alone have me salivating all over again.

Let me just say, I did eat a lot that morning. Oh and how it was so worth it. But we did some walking that day. So with that being said, I deserved it. 

Anyways, back to blogging. I tried the Miso Praline with Olive Oil Glaze. Omg, so good. The donut was similar to a cake texture, moist not dry. The glaze was delicious. The Miso Bacon Praline on top was superb. The glaze complimented the bacon well. This donut was my favorite.

The Nola Cream (pictured above) is one of their best sellers. The donut had a beautiful glaze on top. Similar to the taste of an Eclair. Very good. The inside had a creamy vanilla filling.  

The Mango Pink Peppercorn (pictured above) was very good as well. A little sweeter than the other donuts but the glaze was delicious. The peppercorn added an interesting texture to the donut. 

The traditional Chocolate Glaze Donuts with sprinkles was just ok to me. I took a very small bite. I am not much of a chocolate girl. So I didn't eat much of the donut. The girls did not like the Chocolate one either. I am not sure if the donut had a dark chocolate glaze or not. But it was a bit unusual for the girls not to eat the chocolate donut. 

On to the Coffee, I ordered a Vanilla Latte. Superb. The Coffee was delicious. A nice strong coffee that wasn't overpowered by the cream and vanilla syrup. An absolute perfect cup of coffee. There was no need for any other type of sweetener. Perfect cup.

On to the meat, the Sliders. Blown Away is the best way to put. The first bite had me wishing that we would have ordered more sliders. Yum..

We ordered the Cheeseburger Sliders and the Fried Chicken Sliders. Both were excellent. The CHEESEBURGER included a House Blend Creekstone Black Angus, topped with American Cheese, a Campari Tomato (a tomato that is less acidic, juicy and less filling), the made from scratch B&B Pickles (the pickles are made in house), and the District signature Slider Sauce. Wow, incredible slider. The bread was buttery and toasted, very fresh bread. Superb. 

The Fried Chicken Slider included  a Joyce Farms thigh was all natural fried to crisp topped with a sweet and spicy coleslaw and the District's made from scratch Jalapeños (made from scratch, all natural) the , & Crispy Chicken Skin. The chicken was perfectly prepared and fried. The toppings complimented the chicken so well. These sliders are a must try. 

Sliders are made fresh to order. The buns are made and delivered daily. The meats used in the sliders the highest quality antibiotic and hormone free. So fresh. We loved it.

District Donuts has an incredible brand. As mentioned earlier, their are a few products that are made in house and bottled. The District also has t-shirts for sale on their shop floor as well as coffee and other drinking items.

Before leaving the girls had the opportunity to watch the lady glaze the donuts. I loved the glass window near the glazing station. 

The creativity of the District is endless, I can't wait to try their other locations. I am definitely looking forward to going back to New Orleans to try the District's Pies. I am a Desserts girl, so that's right up my alley. 

In addition, District Donuts has a streetcar which is a food truck that looks like a streatcar pretty cool if I must say myself. In addition, District has a Hand pie and Coffee Bar. What an amazing company that offers something for everyone. 

District Donuts, Sliders, Brew is located at 2209 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130. 

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Open-Face Sandwich with Blackened Catfish

Blackened Catfish on Texas Toast with Homemade Coleslaw

Like most people, we are all looking for ways to spice up our quick and easy meals. During the school year, most parents tend to go the simple ways when preparing dinner. School time is a busy time for us all. Running from practices, after school events, extracurricular activities. After a long day, some times I would rather go eat out and let someone else do the hard work. 

Just recently I decided to come up with quick ways to spice up our meals when we don't have the time to slave over the pot for the delicious meals we are use to. 

Here is a simple way to make a sandwich that will have your family licking their chops.

One school night I decided to do a fish sandwich for my family. I love cooking for my family, but there are some nights that I don't have time to prepare a fancy dish.

This is a simple way to take the normal food ingredients that you use and make it into an appealing meal. Let me start out by saying that I don't measure my ingredients I season by taste and adjust accordingly.

The first step in preparing this Open Face Sandwich is to prepare the blackening seasoning for the catfish or your fish of choice. My basic blackening seasoning included slap yo momma (Season, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, tarragon and dry dill. Mix the seasoning together and then apply the seasoning to a dry fish.

Pat dry your fish with paper towel prior to applying seasoning. This will allow the seasoning to cover the seasoning well.

Once you are done with the fish, move on to your coleslaw. The ingredients for my coleslaw was mayonnaise, white vinegar, sugar, sugar and a little salt. As I stated earlier, I do not measure my ingredients, I taste as I go.

Turn your oven on to pre-heat the oven to place your Texas Toast on a pan and heat. Follow directions on the box. I like to flip my toast half way through to ensure both sides are browned.

Heat a skillet with olive oil on a low-medium fire. When the skillet is hot enough, grill your fish on both sides, about 3-5 minutes on each side. The cooking time will depend on your fire level. So use your judgement.

Once the toast is done, began to build your sandwich. Toast, Blackened Fish, Coleslaw on top and the second piece of Texas toast to the side. Lemons used as garnish as well as Dry Dill sprinkled on the side.

I would have liked to use fresh dill, but I didn't have any at home. But this worked just as well.

This is  not a fancy meal, but it is definitely a way to spice up your normal fish sandwich. Send me photos via email and let me know how your sandwich comes out.

Papa T's, Soul Food With A Cajun Twist

Papa T's Cafe has been opened for a few months now. We decided to try their restaurant out for lunch. Baby girl was heading back to school, so this was going to be our last lunch of the summer break. This means, it had to be a good one. 

Papa T's is a family-friendly restaurant. You are greeted with a smile and a warm hello. It feels like home when you walk in the door. 

The restaurant had a very clean look and was very spacious. The food was served Cafeteria style. All of the entrees and food items were listed on a chalkboard. There was also a menu right as you walked into the door. I was so focused on the menu board, I honestly didn't see it until I was seated. 

The day we dined, the entree options were Shrimp and Grits, Meatloaf, Pork Loin, Chicken and Sausage Pasta and Smothered Beef. There were several sides to choose from including Mustard Green, Candied Yams, Corn, Green Beans and Mac N Cheese. 

Baby girl knew exactly what she wanted she ordered the Chicken and Sausage Alfredo over Bow Tie Pasta with Green Beans and a bread. The Alfredo sauce was creamy with hint of spicy seasoning. The dish was well seasoned. I have to say that the Pasta was by far one of my favorite items of the day. The child's entree plate came with one side dish and a homemade bread. Her side dish was green beans with bacon. The green beans had a smoky bacon taste. Pretty good. The bread is made daily in house. Delicious. The buttery bread was served nice and hot. 

The hubby went with the Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes with Steamed Corn, Mustard Greens and a Roll. He loved his dish. The Mashed Potatoes were chunky potatoes served with the Meatloaf. The meatloaf had a sweetness, which was not what we were used too. In spite of the sweetness, the meatloaf was cooked perfectly and very moist. The dish lacked a little salt and pepper but it was delicious.

The Corn was buttery and well seasoned. The mustard greens were perfectly cooked and seasoned. Very good side dishes. 

I chose the Smothered Beef over white rice with Mac N Cheese and the Sweet Potato Casserole. The Smothered Beef was just ok to me. The meat was cooked well, but the gravy had a weird taste. I ate just the meat and my two side dishes. 

The Mac N Cheese was absolutely delicious. Creamy and cheesy goodness. The Sweet Potato Casserole was so good. Topped with Brown sugar and Pecans. Wow, so good. My grandma has one of the best Sweet Potato Casserole Recipes that I have ever had, but this one was right up there with her recipe. Delicious. 

In addition to Entrees, Papa T's also had Salads like a Chef Salads and Romaine Salads on the menu. Grilled Chicken can be added to the salads.

In addition, for the Vegetarian's, there was a Vegetable Plate which includes 4 sides. Not a bad deal for the Vegan customers or the customer who may want a light lunch.  

Papa T's also served Desserts like Mississippi Pie, Bread Pudding, Strawberry Parfait, Pecan Pie, Apple Pie as well as a few others. I purchased a pecan pie but ate it later at home. The Pecan pie was very good. Packed with pecans and a nice crust. The Pies are made in house as well.

Overall we enjoyed our experience at Papa T's. I would recommend you try this place. Great food, good service and friendly environment. We will definitely go back again.

In addition to lunch, Papa T's serves Breakfast. They are open 10:30 - 2:00 pm, Monday-Friday. 
Papa T's Cafe is located at 2800 W. Pinhook Rd, Suite 12

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California Pizza Kitchen, Perkins Rowe

My Grandma's birthday just passed and we decided to travel to Baton Rouge for a night. My family and I decided to spend some time at Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge. Perkins Rowe is a really cool area that reminded us of River Ranch.  There were places to Shop, Restaurants and even a Movie Theater. 

Before doing anything we decided to find a place to eat. None of us had ever eaten at The California Pizza Kitchen so we decided to have Pizza for lunch. 

California Pizza is in the middle of Perkins Rowe. Great location near the Movie Theater. The restaurant had a nice, casual setting. 

California Pizza Kitchen had a very limited appetizer menu. None of the appetizers appealed to us, so we didn't order any. We decided to share a few pizza's. The White Pizza sounded awesome. When the pizza arrived, it looked scrumptious. The toppings on the pizza was Mozzarella, Ricotta, Parmesan and Pecorino Romano Cheese, Sauteed Spinach and Roasted Garlic. The pizza did not have the traditional red sauce that most pizza's include. In my opinion, it was just ok to me. I wasn't blown away. The Ricotta cheese was too clumpy, I think the pizza should have been baked a little longer.  We added the Nueske's Applewood Smoked Bacon to the pizza. The bacon was not as powerful as most bacon. It didn't make much of a difference. Maybe if the bacon was spread around more it would have been different. 

My mom ordered the Two in a Bowl Soup. Great idea if I say myself. The Sedona Tortilla Soup is on the left and the Dakota Smashed Pea and Barley Soup on the right. The Tortilla soup had vine-ripened tomatoes, tomatillos (Mexican Husk Tomato) and corn with mild green chilles and Southwestern Spices. Mom loved the soup, but unfortunately mid way into her soup, she found a piece of hair in it. The waitress did offer her another bowl of soup or she could order something else. But my mom decided she was good. She wasn't charged for the meal. Hair nets should be worn in the kitchen in order to prevent something like that happening.  

We also ordered The Works Pizza. The toppings included Spicy Italian Sausage, Rustic Pepperoni, Cremini Mushrooms (mature version of a white button mushroom), Red Onions, Olives, Green Peppers, Mozzarella Cheese, Wild Oregano and Tomato Sauce on a hand tossed crust. This pizza was much better. Loved the ingredients and this pizza was fresh. 

My Aunt and Uncle ordered the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza. Let me just say, I love BBQ, but I was unsure about this combination. The pizza sauce was BBQ with smoked gouda cheese, red onions and cilantro. My Uncle said it was really good! The combinations paired perfectly the together between the tanginess of the sauce and the smokiness of the gouda cheese. So I guess it worked. I didn't try it but they really enjoyed the pizza.

California Pizza also has other entree options like Tacos, Pastas and Salads. 

Overall our experience there was good. The service was mediocre. The pizza was average, we have had better pizza but it was a good choice since we wanted a quick meal. We had fun in the restaurant regardless. Lots of good laughs that's for sure. 

California Pizza Kitchen is located at 10001 Perkins Rowe, Ste. 110, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

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