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“Real Food Done Real Good”.  Elizabeth’s first owner Heidi Trull was REAL right when she said this.  Ever since the first time I visited Elizabeth’s for Sunday breakfast, with a group of my closest friends, I make it a point to go on every visit now.  Brunch or breakfast.  Doesn’t matter, cause I know I’m going to eat REAL GOOD!

I don’t know how my friends found Elizabeth’s, but then again I DO, because word travels fast when it comes to delicious food.  Tucked away in the Upper Ninth Ward at the corner of Gallier St. and Chartres St., you’ll see a two story, older house, decorated with artwork and bright colors, looks very “lived in” and old school.  Like somebody’s grandmother is in the kitchen doing major damage.  You really can’t miss it.

Before we were even seated at our table, I knew exactly what I wanted to treat the table to.  It’s something you can’t resist, one of their menu items that is just too good to miss out on.  They found a way to make bacon, better.  Who knew?!  Praline Bacon.  That’s all you need to hear.  A pretty white plate with four candied pieces of pork.  One of the best teaser appetizers I’ve ever had.  Bacon Candy.  Two words that go so well together.

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Do you SEE this?! *sigh*

Now let me take you back for a second.  On one of my visits to New Orleans, for the Dallas Cowboys vs. Saints game, we visited this little bar, next to a restaurant called Stanley, AMAZING brunch might I add.  Not sure what the bar was called, but it’s right next door.  We waited here while our table was prepared.  It’s located in the heart of the French Quarter, right by Jackson Square.  There was a drink they served called Brandy Milk Punch.  Simple concoction of Brandy, whole milk, powdered sugar and nutmeg to garnish the drink with.  I liked it so much there, that I saw fit to go ahead and order one at Elizabeth’s.  Just as good as I remember from the first time.  Reminds me of the holidays.

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***Just a disclaimer, when I’m on vacation, I EAT! I tend to go all the way in, I mean I liked to taste the local flavors of the city.  I like to share food, I will order A LOT, so y’all don’t judge me and my greedy a** LOL***

Along with the pig candy, I ordered the Fried Boudin Balls in Creole Mustard Sauce.  These balls, oh I just wish they gave us six instead of three.  The worst is when you take that last bite, because it’s gone, there’s no more.  So, savor every bite.  What really hits it off is the mustard sauce that they sit so pretty in.  It’s the perfect addition to really make the flavors in the boudin balls shine.  It’s smoky, it’s thick, it’s got a sweet hint to it and y’all know sweet and savory is my thing!

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Sadly, but not surprisingly, I was on the full side after indulging in these delicious delicacies, but what do they say? The show must go on!  An entrée was ordered, the French Toast Burrito.  So big, I couldn’t even finish it.  STUFFED with bacon, egg AND crumbled sausage.  Drizzled with maple syrup, sprinkled with powdered sugar.

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I definitely over did it, BUT I had no complaints.  How could I complain when all that goodness cooked with love was in my belly?! The service was great, everything I ate, with no surprise, was delightful!  Don’t forget, when you go, start off with that Praline Bacon and your day will definitely be A-OK.

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I have a new love for Macaroons.  French Macaroons to be exact.  What are they you ask?  They’re pretty much the best French dessert ever.  In my opinion.  Aside from almond croissants, madeleines and beignets.  I have a sweet tooth, JEEZ! Don’t judge me!  Macaroons are these oh-so-pretty, light, sweet, airy meringue cookies that sandwich sweet, flavorful buttercream mousseline.  The best thing is the flavors that are created.  I would like to thank my girl Ms. Meagan Ball for introducing me to them at one of the best dessert shops I’ve ever been to…Sucré.  It’s like if Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory & Candyland had a baby.  Sounds awesome right?!  Well it is!

You walk in and immediately you smell all kinds of sweetness.  Chocolate, ice cream, sherbet, cake, fondant, buttercream, marshmallows, cookies, candied pecans…it’s almost like they made a Bath & Body Works Wallflower called Sucré, which is all the scents above, and plugged them in all over the place.  Sugar overload.  Nothing wrong with that.

(L-R Salted Caramel, Hazelnut, Blackberry Lemon, Apple Pie)

I would like to give honorable mention to one flavor that absolutely blew my mind.  The Apple Pie Macaroon.  The first bite, right away, it’s like taking a forkful of a fresh piece of hot-out-of-the-oven, apple pie.  The notes of cinnamon and apple are unbelievably strong in the most pleasant way ever.  I was taken back.  I literally closed my eyes as I chewed.  Nostalgic flavor for sure.

Sucré is located on Magazine St., so not only can you take your cup of ice cream (try Key Lime Pie) out on the street while strolling during a beautiful day, but there are tons of little boutique shops and restaurants to window shop and get a quick bite to eat.  It’s very hippy-ish on Magazine St., like a little town of it’s own.  Unfortunately, the last time I went, it was on 4th of July, so I didn’t get to do a lot of shopping, well any at that.

Anyways, when in The Big Easy, go to Sucré.  Treat yourself. To A lot. Try all of it.  I think on my last visit, I spent a good $30…but it was well worth it.  I mean, there’s so many options, you don’t want to leave without trying…well ALL of it!

When you see powdered sugar in the air, you know you’re close.  You know you’re close to the “promise land” that is Cafe Du Monde.  Right in the middle of Jackson Square, in the French Market on Decatur St., you can’t miss it.  First you’ll see the green & white striped covering and 9 times out of 10, you’ll see a line wrapped around the building or up and down the sidewalk.  On a good, busy day, every table is taken and anxious people with wide eyes are waiting and looking to get the next seat that comes available.

So, what are they waiting to dig their teeth into?  This…

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BEIGNETS.  Soft, hot, fried dough fritters, covered with lots of powdered sugar and served in orders of three.  You can definitely share or eat them all by yourself, but let’s be real, I prefer to eat all three all by myself.  Yup.  I’m greedy.  Cafe Du Monde stays open 24 hours, seven days a week, closed only on Christmas Day and occasionally if a hurricane passes a little too close to New Orleans, which is very understanding.  What I love about it staying open all day and all night is, you can satisfy that sweet tooth late at night after the club with a cold glass of chocolate milk OR treat yourself early in the morning to an order with Coffee Au Lait (mixed half and half with hot milk).  Both ways are good.  You can’t go wrong with either.  I wish we had one here in Dallas, but because we don’t, I must stop by, no matter how long the line, no matter how hot, and it gets HOT, to get my fresh order of three. Once you try them, you’ll nod your head in exact agreement and understand what I’m talking about.  Just watch!

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