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Review: Satsuma Cafe

I’ve always heard good things about Satsuma Cafe, but my first trip came by accident. My party originally tried Elizabeth’s (always great), but the wait was too long. It was the same story at The Country Club so off to Satsuma we went.

I’ll get my pet peeve out of the way first. I hate waiting in lines, and the majority of the time I’ve been to Satsuma (including my initial visit) there’s a line. I’m a control freak and impatient so a line isn’t fun for me. It’s great for Satsuma though.

With that out of the way, I only have good things to say about Satsuma. They have a great breakfast/lunch menu (I hesitate to call it brunch) that’s chock full of interesting dishes and juices made with local and fresh quality ingredients.

Salmon Salad Sandwich

Salmon Salad Sandwich

On my first visit, I indulged in the Roasted Pear and Brie Melt. Sounds rich, right? Well, it is. But in the best way possible. I’m not sure it should even qualify as a meal, but I made it one nonetheless. The pear and brie go brilliantly together and with the complementing walnut spread, balsamic glaze and caramelized onion, it was superb.

My next visit I tried the Salmon Salad Sandwich. Also delicious. Satsuma makes its own salmon salad comprised of (you guessed it) salmon, capers, red onions, tarragon aioli, tomato and sprouts. If you know me, you know I don’t tomatoes. But the sandwich without tomatoes was awesome. Super light, but incredibly delicious. I’ve never been a big fan of capers, but I didn’t even taste them in this.

I also tried the Black Pepper Turkey Melt. It was good, but not nearly as good as the Salmon Salad Sandwich or the Roasted Pear and Brie Melt. It was missing the melty aspect I was hoping for. That said, it tasted incredibly fresh. I can’t remember the last time I had sliced turkey that had such a perfect taste and texture.

Black Pepper Turkey Melt

Black Pepper Turkey Melt

Aside from the food, Satsuma does a great job with its juice bar. And I would give props to the coffee bar, but (shocker!) I don’t drink coffee. The juice is made from very fresh produce. I had the Green Drink (apple, fennel, kale, cucumber and celery) and it was great. Very refreshing and not too heavy. The Beet Juice Lemonade was also delicious. I was a little concerned about the neon purple color, but maybe the brighter the juice, the more nutritious.

All in all, I’m ecstatic that I happened across Satsuma by circumstance. It’s definitely I revisit frequently and encourage others to as well. I also need to go back and try it out for dinner.

Satsuma is located at 3218 Dauphine Street in the Bywater. Breakfast and Lunch are served daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner is available Wed. through Sat. from 6:30 p.m. (their website says 6:30 a.m., but that has to be a typo) to 10 p.m.

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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


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SEC Championship Preview: LSU vs. UGA

American and LSU Flags

LSU if flying high

It’s the match-up that doesn’t matter (just don’t tell these Tigers): LSU vs. UGA. Well, I guess technically, it matters for the record books, but is anyone really under the impression LSU’s ticket to the BCS Championship isn’t already punched?

Other teams get to take a week off (Alabama) before heading into the bowl season, but LSU will look to make it win number 13. And for the record, I think the extra game helps LSU and couch surfing hurts Alabama.

Anyway, I’m getting ahead of things, back to the game at hand. UGA comes in on a 10-game win streak after dropping it’s first two. LSU comes in on a 13-game winning streak dating back to last year’s Cotton Bowl.

On paper, not much separates these two teams. Both UGA and LSU allow less than 100 rushing yards a game and less than 200 passing yards per game. On offense, LSU averages 215 rushing yards per game versus UGA’s 180. UGA has a better passing attack at 255 yards per game to LSU’s 176. But the stats never tell the full story.

LSU’s passing game is built on efficiency rather than big plays. The Tiger rushing game is what pounds opponents into submission. I just don’t see this changing against UGA — no matter how stout the stats say the Bulldog run defense is.

The LSU special teams will also play a factor as they have all season. LSU is allowing a ridiculously low 0.46 yards per punt return — less than a foot and a half! If there’s a record for fewest punt return yards allowed for the season, this has to be it.

Eye of the Tiger

Eye of the Tiger

Another huge factor pointing to an LSU victory is experience. LSU has more big-stage experience at this point and knows how to not only play on the big stage, but to excel on it. Despite the game taking place in Georgia, I know the Tiger faithful will travel well and override the Georgia supporters in the Georgia Dome.

I see LSU running and running and running and coming up with defensive stops play after play to make this is a routine contest. I’ll take the Tigers by a score of 37-13.

LSU has seized it’s BCS destiny this year and it seems the whole team is aware of the stakes of every game. Thirteen and Eaux is about to become a reality in Atlanta. Forget Christmas and New Year’s, Jan. 9 is the most important date circled on Tiger players and Tiger fans calendar. Start the countdown to a Tiger Takeover in New Orleans!

Here’s some pregame entertainment for you: Protectors of the SEC.


Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Livin', Uncategorized


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A Po’ Boy Livin’ Rich

I would put up a disclaimer, but if you’re reading this, you’re obviously smart enough to realize that any opinions I post are mine and no one else’s.

I live in uptown New Orleans. I love this city and this state, but I’m well-traveled enough to have a worldly view of all things around me. My intent with this blog is to chronicle the little joys in my life: food, sports, entertainment (TV, movies, books) and life in general. So you may find recipes, TV reviews, movie reviews, photos, whatever strikes my mood. And as a Gemini, my mood tends to change a lot.

I’m sort of an old soul. I tend to get along with people in their 30s and 40s more than I do with people close to my age or younger. That said, I rarely meet people I don’t like and if I consider you a friend, I’m there for you no matter what.

I tend to speak my mind and always have an opinion. I do possess the ability to see all sides of an issue or argument. I tend to tell people what they NEED to hear versus what they WANT to hear.

I’m sarcastic (although nothing I’ve typed so far is).

Peach Tart

Peach Tart from Chez Castle (My Kitchen)

I love to cook. For me, it’s the easiest way for me to express my creative side. With food there are infinite possibilities based on the ingredients one has in hand. I have the ability to take whatever five to ten ingredients I have and create usually delicious things out of them.

I’m sometimes accused of being too into sports, but I have a very competitive nature and watching sports provides an outlet for that.

I rarely get mad or hold a grudge (life’s too short). I tend to believe that adults are just that, adults. Therefore, I treat everyone with respect and believe that people are going to do what they are going to do and can’t necessarily be controlled. I still, at times, get disappointed in people, but I truly believe that friendships are priceless.

Maybe that all sounds mushy, but I get that way sometimes. It’s not something I regret because I don’t believe in regrets and have none.

This is my first attempt at blogging, so I’m excited about putting my thoughts and opinions down. But as with life, I always enjoy the ride.
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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Uncategorized