I Found My Thrill
Following a tip from the daily newspaper, a friend and I drove to Blueberry Ridge (20 Marcus Mitchell Road, 601-798-0447) in Picayune, Miss., last weekend and collectively picked four gallons of the sweestest blueberries ever in just under two hours. Total cost: $20. The farm is basically operated on the honor system, and if you arrive at 9 a.m. on the dot, before the haze lifts, you'll have the run of the place. The picking should be good for the next couple of weeks. Call for directions.
For Pete's Sake
A recent dinner at Marisol (437 Esplanade Ave., 943-1912) reminded me of the peaceful patio dining area just steps from the French Quarter. It fills up on a first-come-first-serve basis, and owners Pete and Janis Vazquez seemed happy to accommodate diners who drop by for just a bottle of wine and a few plates from the enormous cheese selection. I don't think I could eat there again without ordering a bowl of Chef Pete's outrageously rich Thai-style coconut and crab soup.
Take Your Best Shot
June brings Tequilapalooza back to Vaqueros (4938 Prytania St., 891-6441). This Thursday, June 20, from 7 to 9 p.m., taste Mexico's finest for $1 per shot. Next Thursday, June 27, is a $55 dinner, which includes five courses and six tequila beverages. Log on at www.vaqueros-restaurant.com for more information.
Victor's (Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, 921 Canal St., 524-1331) is back with an unbeatable summer special: Three-course prix fixe business lunches for $28, and seven-course degustation dinners for only $60.
This week's column powered by the chai milkshake at Rue de la Course. -- Roahen