The lunchtime rush was just starting to fade when we wandered towards the cute, neighborhood cafe on the corner of Iberville and S. Telemachus Streets. We stopped to read from the specials chalkboard and saw an older woman just inside the door waiting to greet us. From what I read on their site, I assumed our gracious hostess was Mary a.k.a. the "Hostess with the Mostess" and the mother of owner Scott Craig. She gave us menus, but I think by that time, we had already mentally selected an item from the specials board.
John's order, also from the specials menu, was Tuna on "Ciabiatia" a.k.a Ciabatta with Bleu cheese crumbles and mixed greens. They served the sandwich in a large basket with thin, crispy French fries which I thought was a cute presentation technique. Unfortunately, although John ordered his tuna rare it arrived done and was rather dry. The manager offered John something else, but his dining mood was ruined (this had happened to him several times in the past) and he declined. With no more ado, she removed the cost of his sandwich from the bill.
Anyhow, on my suggestion and with a big hearty sigh from John, we drove across town to visit Bee Sweet Cupcakes on Magazine Street (is it "Bee" or "Be"? Sign and site disagree with each other), a couple of doors down from Whole Foods. As soon as you walk in, tiers of fabulously decorated cupcakes greet your eyes and it is difficult to choose only one...so we got four.
We walked out of the quaint cupcake shop drooling over four fabulous flavors; Gimme S'More, Pralines & Cream, Strawberry Tart and a Chocolate Manic Attack. All four were really wonderful (and incredibly sweet), but my favorite was the Strawberry Tart...both the icing and the moist cake tasted like they were laden with fresh strawberries...absolutely scrumptious and a wonderful finish for my cheat.
I've learned quite a few important lessons on this cheat like the importance of proper spelling, that the shape of a beignet is in the eye of its creator and if I want tuna cooked rare, I have to visit a Japanese restaurant. Most significantly, I've learned that even though they don't always turn out perfectly, each new eatery I visit presents an element of risk and I will never know what culinary surprises await me. All I have to do is summon the bravery to take the next leap...