Sun’s up!and I’m actually still in my pajamas. But yesterday I was out there! With my main squeeze.We covered a bit more than six miles, which included some country back roads:as well as big-arse houses. I hope this person has a professional window washer because that is a lot of windows.Overall, a good run! I was properly fueled because I ate 10 lbs. of Cajun food the night before.
With the Nashville Food Bloggers at Patrick’s Bistreaux!Patrick’s hosted us for an evening of maximum eating and drinking. My experiences with Creole/Cajun food are pretty limited, so I was excited to see (well, taste) what was dished out.
Up first: a crawfish cake. Super crispy on the outside, spicy and soft on the inside. A sweet pepper jelly to balance it all out (and some white wine to wash it down with.) Loved the textures here!Second: New Orleans BBQ shrimp — served atop the softest, soggiest (in a good way) Leindenheimer bread and topped with lemon, green onions, and cilantro. This was a favorite among a lot of us — just the right amount of spice, with a touch of creaminess!
We cleared our mini-sized plates and enjoyed our next mini-sized course out of (mini-sized!) brown paper bags. House-made chips and a muffaletta. This little sammie was intense. A sweet, crispy bun filled with rich salami, ham, and swiss. Plus an olive spread that gave it muffaletta-like magic.Some bloggers even stuffed their unfinished muffaletta bags into their purses to take home and share with their husbands! (Sorry Anthony, I ate all of mine.)
We took things to the lighter side with a hearts of palm salad after that…The hearts of palm were creamy and delicious, of course, but I wouldn’t rave about anything else in this dish. The lettuce was a bit warm, and the tomato a little soggy — but I’ll admit I’m a bit of a salad snob so that’s okay.
Then we made way for a trio of spicy, rice-y goodness. Red jambalaya, beans + rice, and crawfish etoufee.I’d never tried etoufee before! It was spicy and creamy, but not in a heavy cream-based or overly buttered way. My neighbor — Aly, blogger and personal chef at Backyard to Ballroom — explained to me that the trick is in the roux.
Are you full yet? I was too, but had to keep going. This blogging stuff is tough work.
Artichoke ravioli — with an interesting touch of pistachio and ginger.And lastly (but not really lastly, because there’s still dessert….) another favorite of the night: chicken breaux bridge with dirty rice.We started losing the lovely sunlight at this point, so this dish didn’t photograph as well — but trust me, it was one of the best ones on the menu! The meat was lightly battered, super tender, and topped with a smoky, slightly spicy sauce. I could taste thyme and cayenne pepper, but not sure what other special ingredients were in this one… I wish I had the recipe to re-create it, though!
And finally. Dessert. Ever tried a swamp pop praline float? It’s like a root beer float taken to the next level.The event organizer — Beth of eat.drink.smile — and restaurant owner Patrick did a great job of hosting us! They gave a few final words (with quickly moving arms!)and gave one last toast to a delicious evening.SO fun eating eight plates of Cajun food and meeting other local bloggers! Patrick’s, I’ll be back for more
- Favorite Cajun/Creole dish?
- Are you a “snob” about a certain food?
- Do you run on the sidewalks or on the road?