Dinner at Elizabeth's
A reminder: Elizabeth's (601 Gallier St., 944-9272) won't be at Jazz Fest this year, but Heidi Trull is opening her Bywater restaurant for dinner Thursday through Saturday during both festival weekends. Elizabeth's also added a day for its breakfast and lunch operations for Jazz Fest, and will be open Monday through Saturday.
Morton's of Chicago (365 Canal St., 566-8326) recently added four uncharacteristically "saucy" steaks to its menu: steak au poivre, filet Oskar with crabmeat, asparagus and bearnaise; sliced sirloin with peppers, onions and garlic sauce; and filet Diane with mushrooms and mustard demi-glace.
At one point or another, most of us will end up wasting an afternoon at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Kenner. The next time it happens to you, treat yourself to a trip to the Asian Gourmet Market (3239 Williams Blvd., 466-0077) and a little frozen wonder I found there: mochi ice cream. It's ice cream finger food -- the size and shape of your average profiterole. Mochi is a chewy dough made with rice flour that the Japanese make into glutinous confections. A Japanese bakery in Los Angeles flavors the dough and wraps it around balls of ice cream. Imagine an ice cream-stuffed marshmallow, only weirder. The Kenner market carries green tea and red bean mochi ice cream balls. They come in packages of six, which are easily devoured before the traffic jam around the Causeway Boulevard exit dissolves.