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My Coolinary Adventure: The Country Club

20170808_012028Its August in New Orleans and that means good eats at the best restaurants in the city at discounted prices!Snapchat-861938893

20170807_203909.jpgI have been reading about The Country Club, the fabulous Drag Saturday Brunch and Chef Chris Barbato. The brunch  is so popular that it’s now booked out til November, so I jumped at the chance the savor the chefs deliciousness which featured a prefixed 3 couse menu priced at $40 for two ppl, yes $40! Which is why I didnt mind begging my niece to babysit while my sister and I went out to dinner. After much begging, poked out lip and a lil bribe we where on our way.

I was pleasantly surprised; this place feels like the southern chic charm, tropical, elegant, classy boheminen yet plantation styled house renovated into a restaurant with just the right touch of Right Now, located 10 minutes from Canal St!  The walls are beautifully hand painted with big tropical flowers and leaves, unique chandeliers, hardwood floors, a huge bar, private dining rooms, the bathroom was just as beautiful. There was a 6ft water bubble picture featuring a woman swimming.  I thought it was real at 1st glance.20170807_214538

I thought I was impressed of all that I had taken in just walking thru the doors of this paradise, but no that was just the half, the Back Private Club… An outside patio that feels like you stepped in a tropical paradise.20170807_205435

There was this tall muscular handsome informative security guard who gave us a private tour of the Back Private Pool area. He shared the history of The Country Club, which was New Orleans 1st one and only Gay Men’s Club over 40yrs ago. Who wld hv thought a Man’s Only Gay Social Club in the South? They eventually extended memberships to Gay Women, then LGBT. Now we all are able to enjoy The Country Club no matter our sexuality. In addition to the tour he gave us inside tips for our next visit! He told us to get there at 10am to get a bar stool for the Drag Brunch instead of waiting for  months long reservation openings.20170807_205811

The Country Club is described as a New Orleans oasis, the ultimate place for locals and tourists a tropical retreat from the fun of New Orleans.? Really?? I guess some may need a chill day after Bourbon St and this is the place to go. I may do some frequent retreating myself.

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There’s a yearly membership to this oasis which includes an invite to private parties, unlimited pool access and much more. Its $300 annual, but listened to this if you work in the service/food industry it $200 for the year! I get hotels in town just to get in the Jacuzzi, now for the price of a one night stay I can go whenever I want, like once a week lol.. You can forgo the membership amd pay $15 for the day 10am to 1am, another Wow factor. You can leave, go shopping, ride the street car, get your kids from school, cool dinner, put them to bed and jump right back into this secret gem, I mean oasis getaway from your vacation lol. Here’s a list of the amenities:

  • Heated/ Chilled Saltwater Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna House
  • Poolside Bar
  • Completely renovated lush landscaping
  • Big Screen TV
  • 25ft Projector Screen
  • Free Wifi Available
  • Pool chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved.

Now back to the $40 dinner for two which was not only delicious, but creative, artistic with a fusion of flavors that shocked my palette!

Appetizers:

FOIE GRAS

Grade A torchon, Blackberry Foie Gras ice cream , smoky grated Foie Gras, pulverized peanut brittle & ginger peach coulis20170807_210046

SHRIMP ALA PLANCHA

Louisiana white shrimp, falafel, pickled vegetables & mint chutney20170807_231635

Entree:

PANEED VEAL

Parmesan & brown butter roasted veal scaloppini with asparagus, jumbo lump crabmeat & hollandaise20170807_211225

Native of New Orleans, who endured 20yrs cruel Minnesota Cold, I decided at 42yrs old it was time to pack up my then 6yr old and come back to my roots. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a preterm 2lb baby girl born with a disability. With the help of my mother who had her own struggles. We survived the obstacles laid before us. I'm the proud mother of three children with two failed adoptions, as well as a grandmother of three, two grandsons and a granddaughter. I survived two abusive marriages. I successfully ran a soulfood restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I started creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul.  He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute.  I put my all into my cake business over the years as House of Cakes was started right out of my house in honor of him. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, foster/adoptive mother at that, being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me in a sense; but most of it poisoned my heart and soul. I had a broken heart and I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home,  myself, my New Orleans. I'm here and I'm loving it. Even being in the so called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up! I'm down in the boot, but I know I have a nice floppy hat awaiting my destiny...

3 Comments

  • imready

    Thanks for sharing!! We will be headed to Nola next weekend. Country Club is on our list of things to do. We wanted to go for the drag brunch but it looks like they are booked until November! What are the chances of getting a table if we just showed up? We will be there from Oct 6-9th any suggestions of places we should go?

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