Rambling: March Madness

A couple of highlights on the calendar for March.

March 7: Gambit Food Revue. Cristina and I will be attending this event which highlights the food that Ian McNulty has reviewed in the last year for the paper.  Over 30 restaurants will be serving samples from their kitchens.

March 9: A Streetcar Named Desire will be screened outdoors in NOMA’s Sculpture Garden. Cristina and I both attended a screening at the Saenger Theater before Katrina. We didn’t know each other then.

March 10: Oyster Jubilee. While we can’t make it, you can head down to the Quarter and see the construction of the “Longest Oyster Po-boy”. Not sure if you get to help deconstruct it.

March 16 and 30: Starlight Racing. I’ve never actually been to the fairgrounds outside of Jazz Fest.  Any betting tips?

March 24: Hogs for the Cause. Let me get this straight: I can help children with brain cancer by eating pork? I’m in.

And of course, there is the real March Madness which will end in New Orleans this year.

Rambling: Lactose Intolerance, Coffeenerdness, and Super Bowl Hangovers

Even though Cristina’s first 29th birthday was actually Tuesday, we waited till Saturday to celebrate with friends by going to Superior Grill. Again, I’m not the biggest fan of Mexican food due to being lactose intolerant. I’m even a lesser fan when I order a steak sandwich with no cheese and get it with cheese even though I mention I’m lactose intolerant. It’s just a small hiccup that I’m used to. However, I’m not sure most people go there for the food. I really think they go for the margarita’s. I know my party, which was a party of 14, talked more about the drinks than they did the food. People didn’t complain about the food at all, but it wasn’t the focus.  One thing I really do like about Superior Grill is that it not only seems like it can handle large groups of people, but it seems to specialize in it.

My attempts to get the crowd to go to Sucre were futile. Our friend Eric promised wine and fresh coffee at his house. Eric is a coffee fanatic. He is the kind of coffee drinker that can tell the amount of humidity outside by the way his coffee beans grind.  In fact, I’m sure he is offended that I haven’t called him a barista in this paragraph yet.  I love hearing him talk about coffee because the coffeenerd in him sometimes transforms to coffee snob. It’s a fine line, my friends.

Sunday was Super Bowl Sunday. A friend of mine ruined it before the game. As a Saints fan, he said the Super Bowl used to be a mythical event that would always be out of reach much like the Holy Grail. Then, the Saints won it. Now, the only thing that will make the Super Bowl truly magical again is another trip to the Super Bowl. This is not a complaint. It just made the day different.  So it was a quiet day at home. I pan roasted some tuna steaks and made some homemade hummus (both recipes from How To Cook Everything).

Last week, I cooked every evening but Saturday. I loved it. In fact, when I made the hummus I had a terrible headache that went away once I got in the kitchen. I may not be good as I want to be at it yet, but I sure do enjoy it.

Celebrating: Birthday Party

Tonight we are going to superior grill to celebrate Cristina’s birthday. Being lactose intolerant, Mexican food is not my favorite. I have to stick with hamburgers, fajitas, or steak. In fact, I judge Mexican food places by their hamburger. While not a gourmet burger, it’s not horrible. I’m definitely going to suggest going to Sucre after so we can dilute some of the alcohol they everyone else will have. I’m the designated driver so I just want to go to Sucre.

In other food news, I wowed Cristina last night with garlic mashed potatoes.