Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Best Donuts of Our Lives with District Donuts in NOLA

Let the Good Times Roll!!!   Edible Skinny was lucky enough to be in New Orleans for the last two weeks!  We had a fabulous time there and the extra pounds to prove it, much of which is the result of District Donuts.   Now, I openly proclaim that normally I don’t even like donuts.  I think they’re a ridiculous breakfast food that murders your blood sugar before the day even starts… but I’m now eating crow as all that changed with a Big Easy intro to District Donuts.
District Donuts located in the heart of the Garden District, far from the winding lines of the French Quarter, hands down make the best donuts I have ever had in my life.  Yay, that’s right I said that CafĂ© Du Monde (which I made sure to cross off my list of NOLA food activities… look for a post on that to come).  It’s an even bolder statement coming someone who has sampled sugar concoctions from the donut greats such as Voodoo Donuts in Portland and Kettleglazed Donuts in Los Angeles.
At District every calorie has been placed in their food with dedicated intention.  They do everything from scratch, down to their sprinkles!  Seven options are available daily, each more creative than the next, from Vietnamese Coffee (with Boba inside of it), Maple Sriracha, and Brown Butter Pistachio. 
District is also committed to micro-batch roasted coffee.  Their coffee partner is the Atlanta based 1000 Faces who only ever roasts less than 20 lbs at time.  Through a technique called profile roasting, individual coffee beans are roasted to find their sweet spot, a special profile of time and temperature variables are created and adhered to that offer their interpretation of perfection.  This means that they don’t use traditional terms like light, medium, and dark roasts.  (How cool is that?  They’re so cool they’re above classic coffee systemization…)
District opened in October 2013 focusing on creative donuts and sliders, the latter includes Fried Chicken with Sweet and Spicy Slaw and Candied Jalapeno, a Pork Belly sandwich on a Waffle Bun with Garlic and Anise-flavored Creole Mustard, and a Lemongrass Chile, Tofu, Cucumber, Campari Tomato with Sweet Soy Glaze (which BTWs is fantastic!).  A year later, the team opened District: Hand Pie & Coffee Bar on upper Magazine Street selling sweet and savory versions of the portable filled pastry. The team are set to open a new location in Lakeview this summer.  That will be the third brick-and-mortar for the company in three years.
District also has taken the ubiquitous concept of a food truck flipped it Crescent City style.  Their mobile wheels look like a New Orleans streetcar, but it’s really aStrEATcar.  Along with offering District’s donuts and sliders, there’s milk on tap.  In addition to serving great food, the strEATcar serves another strategic purpose, to help connect New Orleans children and teens in foster care with families.  100% of the profits from the StrEATcar go to support Crossroads NOLA, a local non-profit serving children in foster care.  This really is a streetcar you’ll desire.
So here’s to life being delicious and encountering the best donuts of your life! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Authentic Mexican Cuisine in Amarillo, TX at El Manantial

Edible Skinny was lucky enough to be traveling cross country last week and while burning rubber down the 40 we encountered the fabulous Amarillo, TX Mexican restaurant of El Manantial.
Located in the semi-sleepy town of Amarillo, El Manantial is an authentic Jalisco style restaurant (the hometown of the owners).  This dirt cheap delicious food was discovered through Yelp and regardless on my personal opinions of the company when it comes to their treatment of small businesses I was delighted with the result.
With an adventurous spirit we decided to follow the branded red Y and drive past the chain restaurants to the ever-so-slightly Mexican hood (over the bridge and through the junkyard) to this somewhat-hole-in-the-wall bodega where better authentic Mexican food cannot be found. 

As soon as we sat down we were greeted with two different types of salsa, you classic tomato frescy-y, along with a bean based salsa that was absolutely delicious.  And El Manantial’s homemade chips were so thin you could see illumination through them.
My traveling companion Miss Shariece Odell decided on the Tostadas de Ceviche, a stuffed avocado with shrimp and lime sauce.  She noted the taste to be fantastically fresh.  This is an authentic Mexican restaurant so their menu includes the more exotic meat choices including tongue, goat, and tripe.  

But because I’m a Veg I chose to partake in their Veggie friendly Huevos Ranchero.  And absolute delight, the eggs were amazingly runny, the potatoes seasoned to perfection, and the beans the consistency to bridge the difference between the two.  I also decided to get one Enchilada which was comprised of a thicker homemade corn tortilla that was lightly sauced (it’s a pet peeve of mine when enchilda’s are drenched in sauce). 

It should be noted that we were initially looking into this Amarillo based restaurant when we realized they offered a Yelp deal (similar to Groupon).  We spent $10 through Yelp to get $20 at the restaurant.  Truthfully this was added bonus, and given our options we would return again next time we’re in Amarillo paying full price.   

So here’s to life being delicious and all your trips off the beaten path of Amarillo being as tasty as El Manantial.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Edible Skinny Does Tales of the Cocktail

Edible Skinny is delighted to announce that we’ll be in NOLA to enjoy Tales of the Cocktail next week!!!

Tales of the Cocktail is the world’s premier series of cocktail festivals – highlighting what’s now, new, and next in the spirits industry.

Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail has grown from a small gathering of cocktail lovers into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. With 200+ annual events developed specifically for bartenders, distillers and other spirits professionals, Tales of the Cocktail is the industry’s annual meeting place for the exchange of new ideas, products and techniques.

Tales of the Cocktail is produced by the New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS), a non-profit organization committed to supporting, promoting and growing the cocktail industry in New Orleans and around the world.

While at Tales we’re excited to be checking out Nicolas Feuilatte Dynamic Duo Happy Hour, a lively happy hour featuring a friendly Champagne cocktail competition between Mixologist Lynette Marrero and Tableau Beverage Director Barry Himel, as they compete to create the official 40th Anniversary Champagne Cocktail for Nicolas Feuilatte. 

So here’s to life being delicious and seeing you at Tales!!!