Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Black Saddle Bourbon: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Lock & Key

Black Saddle Bourbon
Sometimes a 90 proof bourbon is just want the doctor ordered. Fortunately, Lock & Key has quite a few of them. We recently tasted Black Saddle Bourbon ($12/pour at Lock & Key) out of California, though it almost certainly sourced from Kentucky, Indiana, or somewhere like that. In a rather interesting development, the bourbon actually scored a 77 from all four judges. It is the first time we we've seen that consistent of scoring and may very well be our last. The nose is light with sweet floral hints and faint whiffs of grass and hay. I caught a little bit of honey and yellow cake on the aroma as well. On the tongue the bourbon is puckering with herbal and oak flavors coming through under a light char. The whiskey is oily in a mouth-coating kind of way. It finishes boozy but not biting, lingering in a pleasant way on the back of the tongue with a hit of rye spice at the end. Overall the whiskey has its ups and downs and feels slightly confused as to where it wants to go. The balance could be better, but it is definitely drinkable.

Black Saddle Bourbon Whiskey
Average Score: 77.0


Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by the Lock & Key Whiskey Bar. Lock & Key has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys available for on premise consumption. This WW feature was scored by Jay Ducote from Bite and Booze, Arthur Lauck from Lock & Key, Jeremy Spikes from Old Maul, and Natalie Parbhoo from International Wine and Spirits. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y (though not undrinkable) while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 80 is rather extraordinary and anything above 90 is world class.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Barbecue Bites: Jay D's Louisiana Barbecue Meatloaf

Jay D's Louisiana Barbecue Meatloaf
Jay D's Louisiana Barbecue Meatloaf

I know it's hard to get excited about something as simple as meatloaf, but get ready! We sourced our grass-fed beef from Indie Plate who stocks their online shelves with food from local farmers and local food companies to serve up this flavorful dish. The Louisiana beef combined with a lovely spice blend from Red Stick Spice Co. make for a flavorful Louisiana barbecue meatloaf! Try it out and let me know what you think.



Jay D's Barbecue Meatloaf
Makes 6 servings

1 ½ lb. lean ground beef
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1 Tbsp. Baton Rouge Burger Spice Blend (Red Stick Spice Co.)
1 onion, minced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup Jay D’s Louisiana Barbecue Sauce

Preheat oven to 350F.
Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until soft. Set aside to cool. Mix together remaining ingredients and form into loaf pan. Pour 1 cup barbecue sauce over top of loaf and baste every 15 min. Bake for 45 min. or when meatloaf reaches 160 degrees F.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Double Down on College GameDay: A Tailgating Post presented by The Home Depot

Whole Hog inside of a roasting box, rotisserie chicken, and more delicious eats.
Whole Hog inside of a roasting box, rotisserie chicken, and more delicious eats.






This past Saturday began as a crisp, fall morning in Baton Rouge. Slightly dark at 6:30am, my Chief Confusion Coordinator, Blair Loup, and I loaded up the truck with all of our finds from The Home Depot the day before and various cooking apparatuses, we made our way to LSU's stately oaks. The streets of Baton Rouge were empty until arriving on campus. Tiger fans arrived early, gearing up for a beautiful day of tailgating.










Mike getting the crowd fired up bright and early  on the Home Depot College GameDay set.
Mike getting the crowd fired up bright and early
on the Home Depot College GameDay set.








Instead of the usual petri dish teeming with clusters of tailgates, the LSU Parade Ground seemed to concentrate its congregation to the bright orange ESPN College GameDay set sponsored by Home Depot. Blair hopped out to enjoy a whirlwind of a day consisting of Mike the Tiger encounters, special VIP treatment from The Home Depot team, and hanging out backstage with the likes of Lee Corso.








A beautiful day for The Home Depot and College GameDay to come to LSU!
A beautiful day for The Home Depot and College GameDay to come to LSU!



While she spent a day in Blair Instagram heaven, I set up camp at Ford Family Tailgating. With a Rougaroux Full Moon Rum Punch in hand, I got my Iverstine Family Farms hog roasting in the La Caja China. At the same time Blair toured the College GameDay production truck, I pulled a new pair of tongs from my Home Depot bucket to turn over some links of smoked sausage. Plenty of Ole Miss fans stopped by to take a look at a tailgating setup different than those in The Grove. Stunned by the whole hog roasting at the same time a chicken was turning over a fire and ribs were grilling on the coals, they had a couple of bites and moved on to the next tailgate party. After an eventful morning at College GameDay, Blair made her way over to our tailgate in time to stir the chili, baste some chicken wings, and yell at Ole Miss fans passing by before heading into what turned out to be a phenomenal night of football in Tiger Stadium. LSU pulled off the upset, and Team Bite and Booze pulled off another great day of tailgating.


Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning goes into a large cast iron pot of Jay D's Louisiana Barbecue Sauce Pulled Pork Chili


I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this coverage of College GameDay. As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bite and Booze does College GameDay: A post sponsored by The Home Depot

#LetsDoGameDay
#LetsDoGameDay




I'm gearing up for another stellar LSU matchup tomorrow! Ole Miss and ESPN's College GameDay are coming to town and I'm pulling out all the stops for a beautiful day in Baton Rouge. In partnership with The Home Depot, I took to the orange aisles to stock up on tailgate supplies. Bag chairs, charcoal, batteries, water, you name it: they've got what you need for a pre-kickoff shindig. I snagged a few sets of tongs and plenty of other barbecuing essentials like a kid in a candy store.









Jay Ducote: a serious shopper.
Jay Ducote: a serious shopper.











In addition to throwing a happening tailgate party with all of my new gear, I'll be bringing you guys an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at College GameDay! Make sure you're following Bite and Booze on Twitter and Instagram (@biteandbooze) and like us on Facebook so you won't miss a thing. See you out there, Tigers!














Team Bite and Booze is ready to roll for College GameDay! Thanks, Home Depot!
Team Bite and Booze is ready to roll for College GameDay! Thanks, Home Depot!


I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this coverage of College GameDay. As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Celebrity Waiters to Light Up the Night for Red Stick Revelry!



In less than a week, on Wednesday, October 29th, I'll be taking my turn as a "Celebrity Waiter" at Stroubes as Red Stick Revelry works to raise some funds for this year's New Year's Ever Fireworks Show! I'll be partnered up with one of their waiters to serve the guests that are dining that evening. Call Stroubes (225-448-2830) now to make your reservations and request to be in my section. Mayor Kip Holden will serve as the Maitre D' of the night and Paul Arrigo from Visit Baton Rouge will emcee the festivities. There will be two seatings at 6:30 and 8 PM. I hope to see you there!