The Bayou: Take Two

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This weekend was such a good one. Not only was it Memorial Day Holiday, but also my dad came up to visit to celebrate his birthday!!! The timing was perfect, the weather was great and it was the best excuse to splurge and eat out often.

Since my dad loved it so much when he moved me up here, we went back to The Bayou for his birthday dinner. We both tried something different. He got the Cajun Chicken Sandwich with a side of Gumbo soup and I ordered the Muffaletta Sandwich with Smashed Shallots.

The Cajun Chicken was a spicy chicken sandwich, but the gumbo – the first time I’ve ever tried it – was delicious! Spicy and slightly smokey. I will definitely order that next time.

My Muffaletta was everything I had hoped it would be. Meaty, but without the greasy quality that I associate with salami sandwiches such as Italian Subs. And I absolutely loved the olive and pickled cauliflower and carrot topping it came with. A beautiful tangy balance to the rich and hearty bread, meat, and cheese. The Smashed Shallots were an amazing side dish. The exact same consistency as mashed potatoes but with a definite but light onion and garlic flavour.

We also enjoyed two of the locally brewed beers with our dinner. Two of the Amber Ales, though I forgot to note the names.

As last time, this was such an enjoyable experience and great food. I can’t wait to go back again, maybe when there is a live band playing!

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar

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Here is a throwback post. I suppose I’ll post this on Thursday to be in proper internet form. #tbt

La Bocca was one of my favorite spots to eat and chill in Tempe. It was on the trendy part of Mill, just North of campus, accesible and fun. It had a wonderful half priced happy hour from around noon to about 4pm.

After class I’d meet up with friends for some wine and apps. The bruschetta choices are to die for. There is both savory and sweet options. My friends and I would often choose three savory and one of the two dessert choices (you pick four per plank). The smoked salmon is our favorite, but is seasonal – if you see it, get it! But I can’t say I’ve ever been disappointed by the options, so feel free to pick as you please!

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The sandwich combos are quite delicious as well. Pictured above is the fig and turkey sandwich. It is absolutely delightful and bursting with flavour. And come with house fried potato chips seasoned with fresh herbs and sea salt. I think I enjoyed them more than the sandwich itself!

 

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Turkey, Havarti and Pomegranate Seed Panini

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Just a little lunch I threw together. It’s on cranberry walnut bread!

Just melted some havarti on either slice, put some sliced turkey from Costco (no added flavourings or meat by-products), and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds (also from Costco!) and popped in a Foreman Grill to make this delicious and warm panini.

Jason’s Deli

Ah, Jason’s Deli. It has been a family favorite for a good decade now. And the reason we like it so much is because it is quick, simple food but with quality flavor and craft. You can order pick-up or pop on in for a sit-down meal and enjoy everything from the salad bar to turkey wraps to salmon sandwiches to baked potatoes to soup!

And don’t forget the complimentary ice cream cone at the end of your meal!

The Jason’s that we always frequent, across from the Tucson Mall, has that fun and quirky cafeteria feel to it – it’s open and the furniture is normal black tables and plastic chairs. There really never was much decoration (till lately when they added some AZ spirit-filled black and white wall posters of various locations across Tucson) except for the red and white color theme.

But it was always pleasant and comfortable and clean. And the food has always been enjoyable. My longtime order is the turkey wrap with swiss (heated) and a side of fruit. The wrap is never dried out and they fill the sandwich with enough meat and cheese to make it worthwhile. Also the fruit dip. I have to rave about this creamy concoction.

From what I can tell from my exacting scientific taste experiments (aka, eating it in insane quantities and with zealous delight) I have deduced that this dip is made out of… magical ingredients! I really haven’t been able to tell. I’m guessing it’s either cream or a thinned out cream cheese with vanilla and some brown sugar. But there is this zing to it that I have only ever been able to describe as alcoholic. Whenever I asked though, I would get a different answer. So it very well may be an alcoholic fruit dip (or the dip may be nearly entirely comprised of vanilla extract – which if you ever look closely enough is 41% alcohol. That is a LOT.)

In either case I always enjoy the dip more than the fruit and use the strawberries, grapes or melons they give me to swipe every last drop of deliciousness off the plastic container it comes in. And then you have to lick clean something THAT good.

I’m sure by now, though, you are wondering what the pictured sandwich is! And that would be the Wild Salmon-wich featuring guacamole and chipotle aioli sauce on focaccia. It was really good. I was even able to not think about the fruit dip waiting for me for a good half a sandwich. The salmon was flaky and not overcooked, it held together nicely. And the sandwich was very flavorful and fresh. Exactly the type of thing I like to order – that which I would not have the patience or ingredients to make.

So next time you drive by a Jason’s Deli. Go ahead. Take a pit stop and refuel with some quality deli(cious) food!