Lake Charles Louisiana Locals’ Amazing Seafood and Boudin Here

When exploring any new place the best advice is to go where the locals go to eat. As we continue our culinary tour of Southwest Louisiana we want to share with you some restaurants and food venues the locals love. In Lake Charles, Louisiana there is some amazing seafood and Boudin here. The Gulf Coast seafood in Louisiana is so prolific that everyone has to up their game if they want any chance of staying in business.  The people of Lake Charles have always known the value of locally sourced ingredients and down-home cooking makes this part of Louisiana so special. In no particular order here they are. Casual, delicious dining at Steamboat Bill's Steamboat Bill’s Seafood Restaurant is a local icon, with three locations  in Louisiana, we visited the Lakeshore drive establishment in Lake Charles. Lunch here can be busy [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:54+00:00 February 1st, 2015|Categories: Destinations, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Restaurants, Savor, United States|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Executive Chef Stephenson of Fairmont Olympic Shares His Candied Salmon

Chef Stephenson's Candied Salmon uses honey from his hives atop the Fairmont Olympic Hotel In Seattle. credit: Kurt Winner Native American Candied Salmon by Chef Gavin Stephenson Fairmont Olympic Hotel Ingredients: •Wild King Salmon 4# (boneless skinless fillet) •Brown Sugar 2 cups •Wils honey 1 cup •Sea Salt ¾ cup Directions: Slice salmon into 1” x 4” pieces without any skin and brown blood line, place in stainless bowl and add salt, honey and sugar. Mix well and place into refrigerator no longer than 4 hours. Drain excess liquid and place on wire smoking racks. Allow fish to form patina or (get tacky) to the touch before starting the smoking process. Smoke with Apple wood chips until salmon if fully cooked. Cool on wire racks and remove gently. Salmon must be placed in a paper bag in the [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:58+00:00 August 24th, 2014|Categories: Appetizer, Chefs, Recipes, Savor|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Cirque Du Soliel’s TOTEM Thai Curry Mussels

Mia Messier's Thai Curry Mussels. Kurt Winner Photo This recipe for Thai Curry Mussels is a colorful favorite of the Cirque Du Soliel artists and staff of the current traveling company of TOTEM. Kitchen Manager Mia Messier serves 200 to 250 meals a day each week to the traveling show’s 120 artists, staff and  families of artists. Her repertoire includes cuisine and favorite dishes from the many cultures  that make up the show.  The day we visited, she served several entrees for lunch, one of which was a  delicious fresh mussel dish, Thai Curry Mussels. Serve by itself or with  rice or over pasta. Thai Curry Mussels Ingredients: 2 tablespoons  peanut oil 1 stalk lemongrass, crushed 3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste 1 tablespoon chicken base 1 can unsweetened coconut milk-do not shake the can 2 tablespoons fish sauce (Squid brand [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:39:00+00:00 July 20th, 2014|Categories: Chefs, Food & Wine Discoveries, Main Course, Recipes, Savor|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach: Is this really Alabama?

Gulf Shores has been much maligned in the press since the BP oil spill. In truth it's a stunning locale with loads of natural beauty in a relaxed beach side town. Yes the beach clean up goes on but the water and sand are clean and stringent measures are taken to assure wildlife preservation and water quality.

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