A couple weeks back we had a great reason to celebrate.
Our tiny business that we started a year ago with so many uncertainties has made it a full year.
So nerve-wracking at first. Still at times, truthfully!
Will Buenos Aires be open to Creole food? Does Argentina even know what Creole food is or why New Orleans is so special? Will Buenos Aires respond well to the amount of spice we use? Communal seating vs. private tables? Sunday night service? Will the reservations come in?
We went from 8 guests a night once a week, to 16 guests 3 nights a week.
We’ve washed thousands of dishes, dried and polished countless wine glasses and have served an embarrassingly amount of pork. Sorry, lil piggies.
We’ve had an air conditioner spew black liquid during service in the middle of the summer. We’ve even found a pair of mens underwear under the table! That one remains a mystery… Any takers?
And with all the blood, sweat and tears that have been involved since the beginning, I couldn’t be more grateful for what we have made.
Who would of thought that an Argentine animator/wine student with a fly mustache and a spastic Southern girl could drive such a force?!
And by no means could we have done it without the support of our friends and family. We are eternally indebted to you.
And to the amazing clients that have given us their time and brought us gifts from all over the world, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have no idea how much it means to us.
So we decided to throw an asado to celebrate NOLA with some close friends.
We toasted with bubbles and started with choripan dressed with Chili Ancho sauce, salsa verde & crispy lettuce. A new makeover for the classic choripan.
Francisco aka Ticol manned the grill and made my favorite, matambre de cerdo (pictured on the right of the grill) with loads of lemon & black pepper.
Chinchulines and BROEDERS Artesanal made their way around the table along with plenty of grilled vegetables and homemade condiments.
Smiles and laughter were contagious and two pregnant bellies were rubbed non-stop.
To all of you out there wherever in the world you may be, thank you!
We will continue to work hard connecting people through food and bringing the magic of New Orleans to Argentina.
Happy birthday, NOLA.