Mad Girl Eats Cochon Butcher in NoLa

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930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA.

Leaving New Orleans, I decided to try Cochon Butcher before exiting the city. The butcher/sandwich shop/wine bar is the sister to the fancier, Cochon restaurant. They make their own meats, sausages, terrines…lush sandwich fixings. Their glass cases are filled with delectable pieces that scream to be tried. Ok, I give….one charcuterie plate please!

An offering from the sandwich menu is also a necessity. The pork belly with mint and cucumber sounded like the perfect mix for a hot day. Easy to eat, lets take them to go!

I could hardly stand to get to the car and start sampling. In car, roll down windows…I still have 15 minutes left on my meter anyway. First up, the sammie. Melty  rich and tender pork belly with mint and cucumber on a heavy-duty farm bread. First bite…first words…”Oh my God”. Nuff said. If a first bite gets me to moan out those words, it’s a winner. The flavors went together so well, I’m planning on using mint and cucumber in many things. I wanted to run back to the Butcher and order another, but I had a Charcuterie plate waiting. A cacophony of beautifully made meats were ready to meet their fate, my tummy.

The plate was very artistic, with sides of pickled okra, slaw, grainy hearty mustard, cracked flatbread, and a generous amount of slices of 6 different meats. Scrumptious!

The only thing I regret is waiting to go there last instead of when I first arrived in New Orleans. I definitely would have eaten there a few more times. Pork Belly sandwich, on my list of The Best in the United States. Boom!

As seen on the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate and Meat and Potatoes and The Travel Channel’s The Layover, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, and Food Paradise. I would say, all shows were correct in taking the time to visit this restaurant…and so should you. Run, don’t walk. Bourbon Street will wait.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-4pm.

Street metered parking. Gets busy, I was there at 9:55 am. No waiting 😉

http://cochonbutcher.com

5 out of 5 mouth-watering points for  tastebud perfection.

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Mad Girl Eats Piroshky Piroshky in Seattle

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Piroshky Piroshky, 1908 Pike Place, Seattle, WA  98101.

Piroshky Piroshky is a sublime Russian bakery directly across the street from Seattle’s famous Public Market. Taken from the Russian word “Pir” meaning feast, this shop offers single serve rustic stuffed pies with amazing fillings.

Meant to be a ‘hand-held meal’, you can get versions of these pies with meat, vegetable, and sweet fills. I ordered the potato, onion and cheese pie. Ooh, so fantastic. Next time I think I’ll go local flavor and order the smoked salmon pate pie, and finish with a fresh rhubarb or cream cheese and berries…or both. The pastry itself is light, flaky, perfection. You can’t miss!

These are definitely a nice hand-held meal. Easy for eating and walking around one of the coolest cities, Seattle. Excellent.

As seen on Anthony Bourdain’s show, No Reservations, on the Travel Channel.

4.5 out of 5 high pies!

Mad Girl Eats Oklahoma Joe’s in KC

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Oklahoma Joe’s, 3002 W 47th Ave, Kansas City, KS.

I know good bbq. I’ve been a lucky girl to be able to try bbq from around the country. Different regions have their own take on bbq and I must say, Kansas City rocks my world hard! I have tried my fair share of bbq restaurants in the Kansas City area and Oklahoma Joe’s is tops…by far!

One of the best bbq joints in all the land is unequivocably, Oklahoma Joe’s. THE BEST RIBS I have found at a restaurant thus far. Really great quality food with everything you want in a bbq meal. Their spicy coleslaw was beyond…such a nice surprise. The pulled pork, aces. But the ribs will make you stand up and U-RAH-RAH! I want to taste the meat and enjoy the smoke. If you’re going to rag on some barbecue sauce, it better be phenomenal or you can easily ruin the meal. Oklahoma Joe’s has incredible bbq sauce. They have it bottled for your home enjoyment so grab some before you leave. I didn’t and I regret it.

Seen on Man vs Food, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, and Food Paradise.

Tip: Located on the corner in a gas station. Gas up, then gas up. The beans are bangin’ good. Ha!

http://oklahomajoesbbq.com

5 out of 5 perfect bites of  extraordinary bbq.

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