Thursday, October 30, 2008

The House on My Street

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 10:51 PM

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I just finished Julia Reed's The House on First Street and I am not sure who to mention this to, but I am certain she stole my life,  jazzed it up a bit, and released it in book form.   Sure,  I lived in Mid City while she was in the Quarter and I was in Destin while she was in Spain.  But the parallels!   The time in New York, the desire to and fear of settling down, the renovation nightmares, the quest for the right shade of red... the list goes on.    Sadly, though, the differences stand out as well.  While she details her evenings at the city's best restaurants I can only think back pitifully to the number of take-out meals I have had lately from Slice.    It seems like many boxes of Annie's Mac-n-Cheese ago that I got heart palpitations with the thought of dining at so many wonderful New Orleans restaurants, and it is hard to believe it was only a year ago that Nick and I kept lists of new restaurants to try and old ones to visit.  The solution came as I put down The House on First Street.




To recapture a bit of our dining mojo, we got it together and headed out for one of Julia's favorites, Restaurant August, on Tuesday night.  The last time we dined there we were jet-lagged, I had an immobilized knee from a skiing injury and we were dining with New York friends attending the Sugar Bowl.   Suffice it to say our friends had a different goal for the evening than we did and we left the dinner early and exhausted.


This time....well, what a kickoff for our  return into culinary wonderland!  John Besh's food at Restaurant August was sublime.  It was clean and simple with rich flavours that seemlessly melded together (an outstanding example of this was the smoked pork belly with butter poached lobster - who thinks of these things?!?)  The best part of his food is that it is not too busy.  I am way over the two-line menu descriptions and overcomplicated courses at higher end restaurants in New Orleans.  New Orleans food is wonderful and unique, but you do not have to put all of it on a plate at once to showcase it.    August is a great example of a more pure exhibition of what is good about New Orleans cuisine. Every bite was, at the same time, simple, exciting, interesting and unique.  The best part was the warm glow I felt when we left the restaurant, still packed, at 9:30pm.  


With our incredible evening we  splurged on an outstanding Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon.  David Hill.  Pinot Noirs from the Willamette Valley are some of my favorites and I find them

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much more elegant and well balanced than many California Pinot Noirs.  Our well-educated waiter described David Hill as an atypical Pinot Noir, which made it sound a bit more like a gamble than an accoutrement to dinner.  I understood what he meant when I opened the wine and found it smelled like a French Pinot Noir (sort of barnyardy).   It also had aromas of cherry and spice on the nose but a much more fruit subtle wine than many California Pinot Noirs.  It softened up a bit and by the end of the bottle it went perfectly well with my seared redfish and Nick's lobster and pork belly.-


Here's the kicker.  The wine was listed at $120 on the wine list, but you can find it for about $30 retail.  Ask your local wine shop if they can get it in for you - or order it online from the winery. -




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