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Is Olio Carli Extra Virgin Olive Oil any good?

I know this is a really old post but I had to reply to throw my love for this brand EVOO to the list. I order it from the company a case at a time. I have tried many other brands that I can buy local but always end up going back to Olio Carli. Has to be my favorite EVOO out there. Excellent price to compared to most premium brands on the shelf at the local grocer.

Mar 07, 2011
Scuba Steve in General Topics

Turducken -- Good or just a novelty.

I live in Cajun Country I am fortunate to be able to drive down the street and buy one prepared correctly and have to say I love them. I buy mine at Bellue's in Baton Rouge. Theirs are fantastic and you can get your choice of stuffing. A couple years ago I had to work part of Thanksgiving day and bought our entire meal from this place. I was skeptical but everything was fantastic. I love their plate lunches and their prepared foods are just as good if not better.

Dec 10, 2010
Scuba Steve in General Topics

Stein's Market and Deli

This thread is a couple years old. Just wanted to add that Stein's is still that good. Absolutely the best Reuben I have yet to enjoy. The Shaggy Joe and Tuna Salad are great as well. I live about 40 miles outside New Orleans. I have drove to N.O. more than once just to go to Stein's.

Mar 07, 2009
Scuba Steve in New Orleans

Dealing with food snobbery?

I usually just ask them if they aren't going to finish it, can I have the rest '-) Seriously though, I normally just say it tastes fine to me and move the conversation elsewhere unless it is an obviously bad meal. They get the hint and let it drop because they know I don't want to hear it.

Jul 08, 2007
Scuba Steve in Not About Food

Local Favorites in New Orleans

Middendorf's is great but I have to disagree on the only place for fried seafood. I live about 45 miles outside NO toward BR. We have 3-4 restaurants here (Sno's Seafood, Mike Anderson's, Kevin's, Berthalot's) that are equal or better than Middendorf's with fried Seafood.

Also, if you want good Cajun food, drive out of NO. I usually only drive to NO to eat when I want a more up class experience such as the Commander's Palace or Emril's. Other than that I find much better food outside NO that isn't tourist driven.

One place that was fairly cheap and very good and actually a fairly romantic atmosphere was Petunia's on St. Louis street. I don't know if they are still open after Katrina.

I guess if you want to try some Cajun food. The closest to authentic in NO that I know of would be Mulate's. I have never ate ate the one in NO but the one in Beaux Bridge is great. The one that used to be in BR was good but not as good as Beaux Bridge.

One last note, if you are a Top Chef fan, Tiffany from Season One is or was Executive Chef at Riche at the Harrah's Hotel. I haven't made it there yet to try it out. I don't know the price ranges as well. Just thought I would throw it out there for you.

Jul 08, 2007
Scuba Steve in New Orleans

Where to buy fresh crawfish?

I live in between BR and NO but closer to BR (Gonzales) and always buy local so can't help you there. I do know Tony's Seafood quite well (I have ate lunch there for years and we get our crawfish for boils at work there) and they are probably the only place in the BR metro that would hook you up like they did.

I just wanted to add that I am still getting nice sized crawfish as of yesterday so if you do find a place in NO that can help you, you might still get some good ones. This has been a great year for big crawfish in our corner of the swamp.

Have to add. If you didn't try them when you was at Tony's, try their Boudin Ball the next time you go there if you are in BR again. A taste sensation.

Jul 08, 2007
Scuba Steve in New Orleans

Perfect Margarita

Didn't say "I" was a Margarita snob. Just said they work for me. And Cuervo and Triple Sec are just fine for me. Don't use any mix either.

Jul 08, 2007
Scuba Steve in Recipes

Perfect Margarita

Jimmy Buffett's Perfect Margarita is just fine by me and millions of other Parrotheads.

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Restaurant Perfect Margarita recipe
Source: Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Restaurants

Crushed ice
3 wedges lime
2 ounces gold tequila (Cuervo 1800)
1/2 ounce tequila (Cuervo white)
1 1/4 ounces Rose's Lime Juice
1/2 ounce triple sec (Bols)
1 splash orange CuraƧao (Bols)

Put all ingredients except the 3 lime wedges into a shaker. Squeeze 2 of the lime wedges into the shaker. SHAKE WELL! Rim outside of glass only with lime. Salt only the outside of the glass. Add fresh crushed ice to glass. Strain mixture over ice. Squeeze remaining lime wedge in glass.

Jul 07, 2007
Scuba Steve in Recipes