As most of you know, health and fitness are extremely important to me, but when the opportunity to taste some of the best local food shows up at my doorstep it’s extremly hard to resist the act of indulgence.
Last night I was invited to attend the Taste of EatLafayette event where 60 different local restaurants were represented during the kick off party for the “EatLafayette” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to celebrate local cuisine, and from June 20th – September 18th many restaurants in Lafayette and surrounding areas will offer specials as part of the program.
Last night’s event was delicious and highly filling, and today I’m going to tell you all about my little adventure!
My goal for the evening was to venture off to the booths of those restaurants I’ve never dined at before. And although I’ve been to Bread and Circus Provisions many times, I just couldn’t pass up trying the baked orecchiette at their table. I never leave Bread and Circus disappointed and this yummy pasta dish certainly lived up to my normal expectations. I’ve said it on the blog before, and I’ll say it again – definitely check out Bread and Circus if you ever find yourself in Lafayette!
Next I spotted burgers over at Broaddus Burgers’ booth. Since there are so many burger joints in Lafayette, I somehow never found my way to Broaddus Burgers just yet. Since I’ve read rave reviews about the restaurant, I knew I was in for a treat. The burgers were juicy and seasoned perfectly, and the folks running their booth were super friendly as well.
Then right next door I tried pickled shrimp from Dark Roux. This was hands down my favorite dish of the night. Although the shrimp didn’t taste pickled at all, it was completely refreshing and light. And I especially loved the tiny dash of caviar on top. I can’t wait to dine-in at Dark Roux really, really soon!
As much as I love Lafayette’s seafood scene, it was great seeing local Thai cuisine in the line-up of restaurants last night too. At Pimon Thai’s booth I enjoyed basil fried rice and yellow curry. Both dishes got gold stars in my book.
Halfway through my adventure I ran into a few coworkers of mine as well as a fellow local blogger – Caitlin of Eco Cajun! Caitlin’s blog shares ways on how we can live a greener life. I look forward to her post mostly because they’re educational. Definitely check out her blog if you’re interested in recycling and conserving our beautiful planet.
Caitlin and I have been blogging friends for over a year now and were finally able to meet in person last night. She was as sweet as can be, and I felt like we could have talked for hours. I’m really looking forward to running into her again soon!
The last dish that I tried was the crawfish cake from Emma’s Cafe. It was rich and incredibly divine, but it completely tipped me over the edge.
Since I was completely full, I decided to make my way over to Indulge to polish the night off with a few desserts.
Both of the desserts below were heavenly, but the Lemon Curd Tart stole my heart. It was the perfect way to conclude the night.
I really wished my stomach could have stretched a bit more since I wanted to try other dishes from some of my favorite restaurants (Hook & Boil, Johnson’s Boucaniere, and Nash’s to name a few). Nevertheless, I had a splendid time and left full and happy! It was definitely the highlight of my week! Until next year…