Brunch at Meauxbar in New Orleans was truly an experience. Upon stepping into this cozy restaurant, located on the corner of North Rampart and St. Philip, you don’t necessarily expect to leave having experienced one of the best brunches of your eggs and bacon-fueled existence.
I consider myself a classic bruncher. I’m used to shrimp and grits, french toast, breakfast hash, etc. So, I knew I was in for a brunch a little outside of the norm when we were first treated to Meauxbar’s drool-inducing buttermilk donuts. Krispy Kreme-lovers beware: these buttermilk donuts aren’t your standard grab-and-go doughnut. They’re delivered to your table close to piping hot, and boast a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth flavor.
A hands down favorite for me was the French Onion Grilled Cheese. Made using braised beef and onions, and accompanied by a petit salad, their French Onion Grilled Cheese is a must for sandwich aficionados. I usually like my sandwiches paired with fries or chips, but the petit salad was ideal in balancing out the meaty/cheesy savoriness of the grilled cheese.
It’s not often that you come across a bottle of wine that’s sexier than Idris Elba in his Sunday best, but Adorada Wines have managed to do just that. The bottles for their Rose and Pinot Gris wines both boast a heavy swath of black wax that looks oh so sleek paired with the champagne-hue of their Pinot Gris and light pink-hue of their Rosé. Seriously, I had to take a dozen photos on sight.
Adding to Adorada’s allure is the fact that it’s inspired by luxury fragrance.
“We crafted these wines to exhibit the evocative floral aromas usually associated with fragrant perfume,” said Adorada winemaker Margaret Leonardi. “We wanted to change things up a bit—to balance the kiss-stained hue of our Rosé with an unexpected nose of spice and botanicals, to bring the aromatics front and center in a typically understated varietal like Pinot Gris.”
I enjoyed both the Rosé and the Pinot Gris, but I was most impressed by the Pinot Gris. It was subtly sweet and refreshing. Perfect sipping for when you want to enjoy these last few days of summer. Although I enjoyed both wines, what I didn’t enjoy was the arduous task of chipping away at the black wax on each bottle to get to the cork. Sheesh.
Adorada’s Rosé and Pinot Gris wines are both available for purchase for only $19.99.
If you can’t already tell from my last recipe, I’m really having a great time mixing up drink recipes with Chambord. A raspberry liqueur straight out of France, Chambord is super versatile and tasty all on its own. It can be mixed with just about any spirit to create a Lushworthy concoction of your choosing.
For my latest recipe, I wanted to create a cocktail that was heavy on the spirits, instead of one heavy on a variety of mixers. I opted for Van Gogh Acai Blueberry Vodka and Chambord, and gave my drink a tart edge with the addition of fresh lemon juice. And since I wanted an extra ingredient that would provide a little pizzazz, I opted for chamomile bitters.
You can find the full recipe to my “Pretty In Purple” cocktail, below. Cheers!
1 oz. Chambord
1 oz. Van Gogh Acai Blueberry Vodka
Splash Of Lemon Juice
3 Drops Chamomile Bitters
Combine Chambord, Van Gogh Acai Blueberry Vodka, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a coupe cocktail glass. Top with three drops of chamomile bitters. Garnish with lemon peel.
I absolutely love discovering new places to get my drink on in Atlanta. After walking past a spot on Euclid Ave. called El Bandido countless times, I finally gave it a shot after spotting an outdoor banner promoting $2.99 margaritas on Tuesdays. Smart move. Not only is their house margarita one of the cheapest in the city, it’s also hella strong. I’m no lightweight, and I was tipsy off of one. Two margs, and I was set. Thank you, El Bandido.
I also had the pleasure of dining on their tortilla soup, which was another pleasant surprise. Not gonna lie to you guys, but I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve ever had chicken tortilla soup. It was delicious though. I was really impressed by the presentation. The tortilla crisps and the placement of the avocados made for a five-star dish, visually.
In addition to their margs and chicken tortilla soup, El Bandido offers a hearty variety of your usual Tex-Mex options. You can find El Bandido at 1083 Euclid Ave.
Can you believe how fast summer has gone? It’s hard to believe we’re already in the final weeks of barbecuing, pool hopping, and sipping on tropics-inspired cocktails. Since my love for summery cocktails runs deep, I created a special drink to help us bid adieu to the season. I call it the End Of Summer Fling. Cute, right? The spirits I’ve used for this particular cocktail are Grey Goose and Chambord.
I wanted to keep my creation relatively light, and I also wanted the flavor from the Chambord to really shine through, so I opted for Lemon La Croix and fresh lime juice to top off my cocktail.
Check out the full recipe to the “End Of Summer Fling,” below. And cheers to an awesome remainder of summer!
1 oz. Chambord
1 oz. Grey Goose
6 oz. Lemon La Croix
Lime Wheel Or Black Raspberries (For Garnish)
Add Chambord and Grey Goose to a glass with ice, and stir. Top with La Croix. Add more ice, if desired. Add a hearty squeeze of fresh lime. Garnish with lime wedge or black raspberries.
Whether you’re a tequila aficionado or a boozy novice, we should all bask in the Lushworthy glory that is National Tequila Day (July 24). And just in time for National Tequila Day, I was able to snag a handful of tequila-fueled recipes from Tiffanie Barriere, Tequila Avion brand ambassador and mixologist extraordinaire.
From a tequila Old Fashioned to an Avion cocktail topped with Prosecco, there’s something for everyone, no matter your level of tequila fandom. Take a look below for Tiffanie’s recipes. Cheers!
2 oz Avion Reposado
Bar spoon of agave
2 dashes angostura bitters
2 dashes orange bitters
In a tall mixing glass, first combine agave and bitters, and create an aroma with bar spoon. Add Avion and ice. Stir cold. Pour over large ice cube in a rocks glass. Garnish with orange zest.
Maria Takes On
2 oz Avion
.50 oz lime juice
.50 oz Orange liquor
1 oz cranberry
Combine all ingredients and shake cold. Double strain over clean ice into rocks glass. Top with Prosecco.
2 oz Avion Silver
.50 oz Campari
1 oz oz agave
.50 oz fresh lime juice
4 sprigs of thyme
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake cold. Double strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with fresh thyme.