Hey friends. How are y’all this morning? I’m great. Just gearing up for a crazy long day at work, followed by a meeting. I love being busy though, probably because I feel so accomplished at the end of the day. What about you?
Lately, I’ve been on a mission to try as many local restaurants as possible. Although I was born and raised in New Orleans, new places are coming and going all the time.
Saturday, Elizabeth and I were going to grab lunch before heading out the shop, which, p.s. probably wasn’t the best idea .. bloated = don’t want to try on. Or maybe its a great idea so it kept me from buying too much? haha.
Speaking of shopping, I’m addicted to asos.com. And they are having a sale right now, so check it out!!
At first we were going to eat at O’Henry’s. As we were parking, I saw La Macarena and asked Elizabeth if she wanted to check it out. She said yes, and we did. Let’s just say it was one of our favorite discoveries ever!!
La Macarena serves home-style Central American cuisine. It was authentic and just amazing! Heads up though, it’s cash only (they have an atm there) and BYOB.
We started with the Fresh Guacamole & Chips. Elizabeth loves salsa, so she asked if they served any. They said they didn’t, but that they would make it for us, if we ordered the guacamole.
Um yea, as you can see both look fresh and amazing … and they were!! The guacamole had a perfect balance of flavors, smooth, fresh and no one flavor over powered. They chef added cucumber and tomato chunks. It was perfect. And the salsa the chef made just for us? Wow. It was fresh and wonderful. He added some peppers to it, which gave it a pretty yummy kick.
Elizabeth’s meal was the Cosmopolitan which consisted of a burrito with eggs, Argentinian chorizo, hash browns & cheese. Black beans and fried plantains were served as a side.
For my meal, I went with the vegetarian Rellenitos de Yuca Especiales. I still have no idea what this was. They described it as dumplings. Maybe this is how Central America does dumplings?
Finding new restaurants is my favorite thing to do, especially when I’m totally impressed with the place. I can’t wait to go back! Like I said, it is BYOB, so I’m thinking some kind of sangria next time I go. Ahhh. Love!!
If you’re in the New Orleans area and have not been to La Macarena yet, get your little butt over there, NOW! I’m telling you, you will be impressed!
Do you like to check out new restaurants in your town or city? Do you try to research the restaurant first, or just go in with an open mind?