2011 Reflection: Readers vs BMH, Recipes and Restaurants

It is always intriguing to compare what BMH readers view and discover which restaurants and recipes are the most clicked versus our favorites.

In 2011, readers gravitated towards the No Bake Mascarpone CheesecakeShiritaki Fettucine Alfredo and proteins Chinese Bourbon ChickenBeef Lasagna with Cottage Cheese and Crispy Pan-Fried Pork Chop. The impetus for the No Bake Mascarpone Cheesecake was out of sheer laziness. The protein dishes were in search for comfort food and the Shiritaki Fettucine Alfredo was a recipe to slow down on the carbohydrate in take.

Crispy Pan-Fried Pork Chop

The recipes BMH enjoyed last year were Crab Cakes and Remoulade Sauce, Spicy Mayo BLT and Banana Foster Bread. Both the crab cakes and bread were influenced by food travels in New Orleans and we  enjoyed almost once every other month a Weeknight Roast Chicken. After perpetually ordering kheer for dessert, it was only time before we tried to attempt it ourselves.

Weeknight Roast Chicken

Kheer Rice Pudding

Our reader’s most clicked restaurants reviews included Winsor Dim Sum Cafe (for the crispy spring roll), Lithuanian Kitchen (for the cepelinai) and the following:

41 Degrees (for the the Iberian ham air baguette)

Flour Bakery (for the sticky buns)

Momofuku Milk Bar (for the salted pistachio soft serve)

Some of our personal restaurant favorites include American tapas, The Brahmin (for the truffled mac and cheese), The Gallows (for the poutine and burgers) and the following:

Tapacs 24 (for the huevos estrellados)

Island Creek Oyster Bar (for the lobster roll)

Angelo Brocato (for the peach gelato)

Xoco (for the churros and empanadas)

Cheers to 2011, the New Year and may it bring good health, happiness and many pleasant food memories. -The BMH sisters

Croissant D’Or, French Quarter, New Orleans

Croissant D’Or is located in the former location of Angelo Brocato gelato  and has a beautiful courtyard to sit and sip coffee.

Located in the French Quarter on Ursuline, it is a few blocks from a convent and a “haunted” hotel. I love flakey, buttery croissants and D’or evokes gold and royalty to me.

The remnants of the Angelo Brocato legacy and former location.

What is most intriguing and causes pause for reflection is the alternative entrance for women. It makes me pontificate about women and gender issues. I recall when I visited the Canterbury Shaker Museum in New Hampshire, woman and men are separated, have different entrances and sit on different sides of the room.

Croissant D’Or serves hot croissant sandwiches, quiche, soup specials, coffees and pastries such as tarts, cakes.

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Angelo Brocato Ice Cream, City Park, New Orleans

In the torrential downpour, we got of the cable Car past the Walgreen’s drug store and wandered to Angelo Brocato Ice Cream, the famous gelato eatery near City Park. Angelo Brocato was on my NOLA hit list for a while now not only for gelato, but for their Italian pastries.

There were so many flavors to choose from including amaretto, praline, pistachio almond,  baci, coconut, and apricot.Angelo Brocato pastries including cream puffs, Baba Rhum and napoleans.

The cucidati and fig cookies were absolutely amazing. They were either plain, covered in sugar glaze, rainbow sprinkles or almonds.

Cucidati is an Italian fig cookie and the better version of the Nabisco Fig Newton. Boy have I been missing out. The soft, lightly sweet fig filling with a crumbly lightly sweetened exterior.

Gelato

Roman candy is like a harder taffy candy rolled in wax paper, which comes in ice cream flavors vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. 

Spumoni is a layered ice cream, with multiple flavors including chocolate and pistachio flavors.

Peach gelato was THE BEST gelato I have ever eaten. The peach flavor was so fresh and a genuine bite of summer.  I felt like was eating a perfectly ripened, sweet peach.

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