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Po-Boy Fest in NOLA Today
The time: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The date: today. The event: the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival in New Orleans. There’ll be music on five stages and lots of po-boys from over 30 restaurants, plus food trucks, plus po-boys from the restaurants normally found on Oak Street. Here is a small sampling of what you’ll find. Boucherie will have a corned pork belly Reuben po-boy with sesame sauerkraut, duck liver mousse, and roasted red pepper dressing. Jacques-Imo’s is serving a slow-roasted duck po-boy in a Cajun jalapeño duck gravy, dressed with a green apple cole slaw. Mahony’s is featuring a po-boy consisting of Abita-braised short ribs with garlic mayo, arugula, tomato, and fried onion rings. Oh, how we wish we could be there! See the full list of vendors with their offerings here.
Review of Arthur Bryant’s Sauce
We always have multiple bottles of Arthur Bryant’s Original Barbeque Sauce in the pantry and fridge. Not because we think it’s the world’s best barbecue sauce, though we do think it’s awfully good, but because it’s the most unique barbecue sauce. It is orange, tart, and gritty with spice, to our tongues tasting something like vindaloo. No other barbecue sauce we’ve tried even vaguely resembles it. The Meatwave recently posted a review of the sauce and, while he pretty much captures the essence of the sauce, objectively, his subjective impressions are the opposite of ours: he doesn’t like it, he wants more sweetness. Taste is personal, so there you go.
We will note that there are plenty of times when Bryant’s sauce just seems all wrong to us – depends on the meat and the mood. On the other hand, we find the sauce to be very useful for non-barbecue purposes (we think it’s wonderful with fried chicken). If we had to depend on one sauce, which we don’t, we wouldn’t make Arthur Bryant’s our choice. But if you, like us, keep multiple barbecue sauces around, we think Bryant’s Original is indispensable.
Looking Back at Hope Lancarte, Matriarch of Joe T. Garcia’s
Esperanza “Hope” Lancarte, matriarch of the family which owns longtime Fort Worth restaurant Joe T. Garcia’s, passed away Thursday at the age of 86. Joe T. Garcia’s was founded in 1935 by Hope Lancarte’s parents. When Joe T. Garcia died in 1953, Hope and her husband took over the restaurant. Read more about Hope Lancarte here.
Two Limited Edition Holiday Flavors at Garrett
Garrett Popcorn Shops has introduced two new flavors for the holidays. Gingerbread CaramelCrisp is CaramelCrisp spiked with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Holiday Mix starts with that Gingerbread CaramelCrisp and mixes in white chocolate coated CaramelCrisp. Can a lily be over-gilded? We’re willing to find out!