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Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
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Three Drink Minimum

Another great day in N.O. It's been ten years so I am really out of the Louisiana lifestyle. Specifically the bar hopping. I don't mean the whole college thing where you go from place to place looking for action. This is where you go from place to place depending on the particular drink it is famous for or the atmosphere. We went to happy hour last night but couldn't get a table on the porch which was the whole point of going to this place. So instead we went to a neighborhood bar decorated with all kinds of religious relics from crucifixes to Thai goddesses. I sipped a blueberry mojito on the patio under the Chinese lanterns. We decided to change our dinner reservations and lucked out into a eight o'clock seating.

After freshening up at Angie's friends' house and having a mango margarita we headed for dinner. The restaurant is in what was the slave quarters of an old plantation. We had this amazing table for two on the balcony overlooking the courtyard. It was all gaslights, slow ceiling fans, stars, moonrise and live pianist. Too perfect. I almost felt all romantic towards Angie. ;) We shared the shrimp etouffee spread appetizer, I had the broiled encrusted gulf fish with crab and crawfish on top and Angie had the blue cheese steak. All wonderful.
We stopped at a bar in the neighborhood and Angie got a drink but I decided that I should slow down in order to be able to keep up the rest of the night. Post-dinner we planned on going to this bar that was doing face painting, body painting, body piercings. It turned out it was much more of a freakshow (literally) than an open to the public thing. The people in line we scary looking and we decided that we could go our whole lives without seeing someone get their nu-nu pierced!
The evening ended with a cosmo at this hotel bar that looks like a carousel. We got seats at the bar and rotated slowly with our drinks listening to the lounge singer belt them out.
The conference ended this morning so I am getting ready to checkout. The rest of the day is filled with shopping, lunch, drinks of course and dinner at a place with classic Cajun cuisine.

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