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Crazy Cajun Review

Phatphood Eating Twin Cities: Crazy Cajun

Crazy Cajun Dj Phat and Tony Fly

Phatphood Eating Twin Cities: Crazy Cajun – Walking through the front doors of this restaurant I was already impressed.  Not that I had low expectations, just didn’t expect it to be so clean cut and welcoming with open space and vibrance. Yes it is in a strip mall, but this has southern flare written all over it.  There is a family style high rise table cut out into the shape of Texas for frickin sake!  There are picnic tables that have flush mounted buckets in them for your seafood scraps with bench seating, tap beer with great brands such as Surly and Heineken and even two styles of frozen Sangria. Slushies gone wild!

Okay, we’ll get back to the dynamics of the place soon, I’m here to talk about the foooood!!  Hot damn!!  I didn’t have a single item that I disliked.  Everything was “hittin” in the words of Tony Fly whom I met up with to film a segment featuring myself for his show ‘On The Fly‘ which airs nightly on MY29 local cable channel 10 here in Minnesota called #FoodPorn.  Seriously, this Louisiana inspired seafood is unbelievable.  To have this gem here, serving this food, year round…is truly a blessing to us Minnesotans.  Here is what I had on my visit, no need to rate since everything was a 5/5:

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Catfish Filets + Sweet Potato Fries + Hush Puppies ~ Generous portions of fresh catfish with a light, delicate Cajun breading. I haven’t had catfish this good since my stay in Arkansas two years ago. The sweet potato fries were thick and crispy, and the hush puppies were decent little quarter size poppers. I’m a sauce man, so I was happy with the options given. The stand out sauce is there secret house sauce. Good heat that leaves you craving for more. Amazing basket of love right here. $8.49 – $21.49 depending on portion.

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Turkey Neck ~ served in a bag with all of the juices in marinated in as it slow cooked for a a couple of hours. So flavorful, with just the right touch of Cajun heat. Think of a slow cooked roast with all of the flavors packed into this odd shapes poultry. I started picking and jabbing on it before I even snapped a picture. This is comfort food done differently. Love it. $5.99

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Shrimp and a Crawfish Pie ~ Think seafood pot pie, think a savory hot pocket, think bouchée!
 A perfect grab-n-go snack or something to give the kids. The crust was light and crispy which made these little bad boys something I could see at the State Fair. Perfectly deep fried goodness! $3.99 each

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Seafood Gumbo ~ oyster, catfish, shrimp, crab, okra and green onion in a hearty broth over rice. The perfect size and the perfect amount of everything you want in a seafood gumbo. A southern bowl of happiness right here in Minnesota. $5.99 cup $9.99 bowl

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Red Beans and Rice with Bacon, Sausage and Ham Hocks ~ I’ll stick by my words, this was thee best red beans and rice I’ve ever had. This hot sauce is exclusive here at @crazycajun, quit stealing it people!! $4.99 cup $6.99 bowl.  Hot sauce is not for sale, but seriously, they are watching!

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Blue Point Oysters with Caviar, house made sake ponzu sauce and wasabi horseradish ~ huge, fresh, tasty, beautiful. I bet you can’t eat just one. Order these. $ Market Price

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Crazy Cajun Wings ~ Another spiced up, deep fried to perfection, light and crisp must have here at @crazycajunmn. These are going down as 1 of my top 3 sauceless wants. $7.49 (6) $12.99 (12)

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Boudin Egg Roll ~ sausage and rice tightly sealed in an egg roll wrap. Just missing some creole mustard, but still a great appetizer! $3.99 each

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Frog Legs ~ Marinated in the chefs special seasonings, battered with cornmeal and then deep-fried to perfection. As you know or may have heard, yes it tastes like chicken. The seasoning and cooking time is spot on. Dip these in the chefs house special sauce and just enjoy and get over the fact that you ate Kermit. By the way, these croakers were huge! $4.99 (2) $6.99 (6)

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Soft Shell Crab ~ again, marinated in the chefs secret seasoning, battered in cornmeal and deep-fried. New menu item that is sure to be a hit here at @crazycajunmn. It’s the seasoning and perfect temp that make these a crispy joy to eat. Use the house sauce and up the ante. $6.59 each

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Dun’s Special Po’Boy (The Works) ~ this mammoth of a sandwich is stuffed with deep fried oyster, catfish, shrimp, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, mayo, mustard and the chef’s special house sauce. Oh, it is all jammed in local fresh bread that is supplied every other day. For $12 you are literally ripping them off. This is huge and can be easily shared, but it’s so damn good, I’m screaming “get your own!!” This will be a favorite for many and spread like wildfires. $11.99 WOW!

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Clams & Jumbo Shrimp ~ boiled and tossed in Chefs special coco sauce prepared at medium spice level. I could take that bread from the Po’Boy and dip it in this here sauce all day long. Fresh, yummy, fresh, yummy! $ Market Price

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Crawfish ~ with smoked sausage, jumbo shrimp, corn and potatoes. This is why I come to @crazycajunmn (instagram)…well, until I just had everything else. Garlic buttered to a perfect medium spice. You can still taste the smokiness in the sausage and these mud bugs are always fresh and never frozen…making it the number 1 crawfish restaurant year round in Minnesota. Get on that. Feast on these bad boys everyday and tell them Phat sent ya, they might thrown in some extra sauce for ya!  $ Market Price

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Taking off the bib and letting you know a little bit more about this place, that’s if you’re still reading and not already on your way there.  Passionate would be an understatement to call the owner/chef.  You can see it in his eyes, hear it in his voice and DEFINITELY taste it in his food.  Interior wise, he built this place from the ground up.  From the tables to the kitchen to the last pinch of seasoning, this is all him.  Come experience this rarity of fresh southern Cajun seafood in the Northern Midwest, it really is a fabulous place.

Crazy Cajun is located at 8578 Edinburgh Center Drive in Brooklyn Park. (763) 568-7085. They are closed Tuesdays.  We’ve Tried It…now it’s your turn.

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Phatphood Minnesota State Fair Food Review

Phatphood State Fair

Phatphood Minnesota State Fair Food Review: Well, I went and did it again. It is opening day at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair and I am trying most of the new food items offered this year. I type most because some of them I am just not interested in, I did not know about, or, they simply ran out. A few of the new items added this year happen to be breakfast items, which are only served during certain hours, so I had to arrive early to take full advantage. At 7am it is still quiet and hardly any traffic to deal with. I spent twelve hours walking around, eating, drinking and doing a few interviews in between. I purchased sixteen food items with thirteen of them being new this year. I had three classic food items that are always worth getting on return visits. I also had a few alcoholic beverages in the form of bubbly beer, one of which was a MN State Fair first. I spent a total of $150 on all of the items mentioned below, and that price included my beverages, but not the two ghost pepper beef jerky sticks I brought home. So, you do the math. Opening day, what a great day to go, nice and cool and hardly any people…yea right!! It must have been a record breaking opening day, right? It was packed out there by noon. Definitely felt like a weekend. Are they ever going to do a No Wheels Allowed day? I’m down with going on that day. With my second year of doing this, I planned a little better ahead of time with mapping where I need to go with what foods I wanted to get. I ended up getting to each location too fast and had to make a few laps around the fair grounds to let some of the food settle.

The biggest question that I get asked is: Do you eat all of everything you get? I eat 75-100% of each item. If I don’t like it, only about 50% then I toss it. But if I like it, it’s hard to stop and think about room for the next item. I’m not biased when it comes to my reviews, I post with raw emotions as I am eating each item live on Instagram (@phatphood) and forward to my Facebook in most cases. Sorry for flooding! I hope you enjoy reading the short reviews and it helps aid you on what to get along with your favorites this year at the State Fair! Hopefully the pictures help with that decision as well.

Here is what I had in order of me eating them…Enjoy!

State Fair Meatloaf Hash 1

Meatloaf Hash – with peppers, onion, scrambled eggs and Bearnaise. Located at Blue Barn $8.25

Meh, the meatloaf itself was fairly bland, the eggs had the consistency of school breakfast or maybe even McDonald’s. The onion and pepper mix just wasn’t working. Looks alright, but not a good taste for me. Oh, the fried potato medallions were great! Best part of dish. Rating: 1/5

State Fair Dave's Cluck & Moo 2

Cowboy Dave’s Cluck & Moo – with beef, chicken, potatoes and mustard BBQ. Located at Blue Barn $9.50

Now this was a winner! Nice smooth, yet fresh mashed potatoes with texture, ample amount of both meats, gravy with a cheese drizzle and the mustard BBQ sauce was excellent. Not a breakfast item here but they serve full menu all day. Rating: 5/5

State Fair MN Wild Rice Benedict Muffin 4

MN Wild Rice Benedict Muffin – wild rice muffin with a ham, poached egg and cheese/hollandaise sauce. Located at LuLu’s Public House $6

The muffin is dense and hard to manage with a fork alone so grab a knife. Pretty bland as well. A thin slice of deli ham is hidden under the egg, with the egg being the only star of the dish, I’d pass. Rating: 1/5

State Fair Breakfast Juicy Lucy 6

Breakfast Juicy Lucy (Breakfast LuLu) – Sausage patty stuffed with American cheese between toast. Located at LuLu’s Public house $6

I didn’t get the opportunity to try this last year so I’m making up for lost time. This is big and delicious! Add an egg and you have a perfect dish. Toast was a little crunchy making it hard to bite with how big the sausage patty is, but still worth getting. The description reads “English Muffin” and I would disagree that it is. Sausage was great, the cheese doesn’t ooze like local favorite Matt’s Bar, but still, a decent ooze. Rating 4/5

State Fair Caramel Apple π

Caramel Apple π (Pie) – a Crispin style Cider rimmed with graham cracker and cinnamon, a caramel drizzle in the cup before the apple beer on tap is flowed in. Located at Blue Barn $4.75

It’s 9am and that means beer is now flowing!! Woo!! Mmmmmmm damn tasty, but sweet with just the beer alone, so beware. Rating: 4/5

State Fair Scotch Egg

Scotch Egg – hard-boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, rolled in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried, and then speared on a stick. Located West side of Liggett street between Carnes & Judson Aves. $7

Nothing new to see here, just your every year Scotch Egg on a stick fix. Rating: 5/5

State Fair Maple Bacon Funnel Cake

Maple Bacon Funnel Cake – bacon infused funnel cake, topped with maple glaze drizzle, bacon, whipped cream, a cherry and then more maple glaze. Located inside the Food Building $7

What can I type? It is pretty much what it is and tastes just that! Amazing! Great anytime of the day. Can’t go wrong here. Get this. Now. Rating: 5/5

State Fair Butter Chicken Samosas 2

Butter Chicken Samosas – pastry filled with butter chicken minced with a tomato curry sauce. Served with a side of green chutney. Located in International Bazaar at Hot Indian $6

Packed full of meat, no skimping here! Good with or without the chutney. Pastry was light and crispy. Worth it! Rating: 4.5/5

State Fair Mac & Cheese Cupcake

Mac & Cheese Cupcake – Mac & Cheese nestled in a breadcrumb crust, sprinkled with breadcrumb and frosted with a dollop of cheese whiz. Located at LuLu’s Public House $6

Welcome to the MN State Fair! Thank you and please stay for the next decade. Great portion, I love the cheese whiz. I only wish for a little more breadcrumb because it is awesome and tames the richness. Rating: 5/5

State Fair BBQ Pickle Ice Cream made by a John Deere

BBQ Pickle Ice Cream made by a John Deere – Located at R&R located on the southeast corner of Randall Ave and Underwood Street $5

The ice cream without the flavors alone is a beautiful thing. So creamy and smooth. Must really like pickles to enjoy this as it has small chunks. I don’t get much of the BBQ flavor, was a slight swirl of it in there, but I was expecting more. Pickles and ice cream churned by a John Deere is pretty impressive. Plus I can smell the gas while I enjoy each scoop. Rating: 3/5

State Fair Caramel Chocolate dipped bacon ice cream

Caramel Chocolate Dipped Bacon Ice Cream Bar on-a-Stick – Located in the Midway near the laundry center $7

Come to the midway and play with this instead of games. This seriously was bacon overload. I think the kids call it bacon on fleek. There is also bacon and caramel on the inside. Surprise! Eat it fast, because even though it’s a cool day, the weight of everything on the chocolate shell helps it shed fast. Watch your shoes for drippage. A bit steep on the pricing for this treat, bacon is spendy these days. Rating: 4.2/5

State Fair Stuffed Italian Meatloaf

Stuffed Italian Meatloaf (on-a-stick) – Italian meatloaf stuffed with mozzarella and pepperoni, topped with marinara sauce, a parmesan herb blend and served on-a-stick. Located at Green Mill, on the east side of Cooper Street between Randall and Wright Ave $5

I was reluctant about getting this today, but now very pleased I did. Gooey, stringy mozzarella cheese inside, pepperoni and parmesan on the outside. Very salty, but I’d definitely get this again! Marinara was not topped on it like the description, just a cold side of it. Make sure you have water on deck. Rating: 3.9/5

State Fair Alton's Sriracha Balls

Alton’s Sriracha Balls – two choices of filling, breaded in panko, deep-fried and drizzled with Sriracha sauce: blend of shredded chicken, corn, tomatoes, egg and Sriracha; or Sriracha cream cheese with corn, tomatoes and egg. Located in the Warner Coliseum, Northeast corner $4

They come in pairs and luckily you can split them up. The cream cheese Sriracha ball dominates. By a landslide. The chicken was cold and has a lot of corn in it. So go straight for the cream cheese. Would get that version again. Great heat as expected. I paired them with a Grainbelt Nordeast, duh! Rating: 3.5/5

State Fair Prime Rib To Go Cone

Prime Rib To Go Cone – thinly sliced choice prime rib, sautéed peppers, onions and mushrooms (optional) in a soft bread cone with a side of au jus, horseradish or Parmesan garlic sauce. Located on the Southeast corner of Carnes Ave and Liggett Street $9

I think this may be my last item…maybe. Okay, the bread is soft, but not pliable. Too hard to tear with hands, fork or mouth. It’s a challenge cone. The prime rib was good, but with everything else it involved it tasted like a Philly Cheesesteak minus the cheese. It wasn’t filled to the depth of the cone, kind of like those bags of chips with 80% air. It says on their site description at Coasters that it comes with horseradish, au jus or parmesan garlic sauce. But what they don’t tell you is that they “can give you them” if you ask. Neat. Don’t get this, thank me later. Rating: 0.5/5

State Fair Deep fried ribs

Deep Fried Ribs – smoked baby back ribs, breaded, fried and served with BBQ sauce. Located at Ball Park Café. In The Garden $9

Another item I wasn’t going to try but sure damn glad I did! They fall right of the bone with each bite. The breading is light and crispy. The BBQ sauce isn’t anything special, a little spice, store bought I’m guessing. Anyhow, these ribs are way better than I imagined being cooked this way. I’m a fan. Rating: 4.4/5

State Fair Garlic Fries

Garlic Fries – Located at Ball Park Café $8

Just another MN State Fair classic to pair with the deep fried ribs. You already know these are good! Only issue is you have to go to two different windows to purchase both, lame. Rating: 5/5

State fair Deep Fried Cookie Dough

Deep Fried Cookie Dough – Located in the Food Building. $6.50

Last but not least, my all-time favorite deep fried on-a-stick item here at the Minnesota State Fair. The first time I tried these on the debut a few years back, it was destiny, true love. Glad to be reunited with my boo boo. Rating: 5/5

I’m outta here! *drops napkin*

As far as a couple of the items I did not get but really wanted to. Berry and Pop Rocks! French Toast at Blue Barn. Why? I DIDN’T KNOW!!! I am pretty upset I wasn’t aware of this item. Bummer. Another was the Cowboy Bites at Frontier Saloon. Why? They ran out when I went there about 6pm. Rabbit Hole is not there until September 1st, since Hot Indian shares its space, so I didn’t get to try a few of their items that I wanted to like the hot tail. So if you happen to try these items, get a good picture and let me know your thoughts, just as well as any other items that I tried or did not, love to look/read about them!


Tuna Salad Recipe

Tuna Salad Recipe

Tuna Salad

Tuna Salad Recipe: Yesterday I posted a picture on We’ve Tried It Facebook page of my tuna salad and a follower asked for the recipe. If I would have know I was going to post this recipe I would have taken more photos of the process.

Tuna salad is pretty simple to make, the recipe really depends on what you like. After you check out our recipe let us know if you add something different that you think we should try.


2 boxes Creamette Rings (dry pasta)

2 cans tuna fish (drained)

1 medium onion (diced)

6 stalks of celery (diced)

1 can peas (drained)

Hellmann’s Mayonnaise

Seasonal Salt


Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions: Boil pasta rings until cooked to your liking, drain and place in large bowl. Chop celery, onions and add to the pasta. Drain tuna, peas and add. Season the mixture, add Hellmann’s and stir. Continue add in Mayo until it gets to the creaminess that you like. I add just a small amount of mustard to the salad. Taste and add more seasonings until perfect.

Place in refrigerator until ready to serve. During the chilling process the pasta can soak up the mayo. Add more mayo before serving if needed.

You can use any kind of noodle that you want, we think the rings make for the best tuna salad around.

Do you have a recipe you think we should try? Leave a comment below.

Lay's Do Us a Flavor

Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Finalists Review


Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Finalists Review: Hey Lay’s, I’m about to do you a flavor! On behalf of We’ve Tried It, I’m trying the four finalist for Do Us A Flavor.

Pictured from left to right in order from best to worst.

1) Wavy West Coast Truffle Fries submitted by Angie Fu – a no brainer, these are addictingly delicious. The truffle oil doesn’t over power the parsley and having them wavy was the right way to go for the size and the crunch.

2) New York Reuben submitted by Jeff Solensky – not much to these, simply faint cheddar and pickles mixed together, closer to a cheeseburger with a hint of ketchup, just slightly beating out the next flavor, yet still a good combo for road trips.

3) Southern Biscuits and Gravy submitted by Hailey Green – yes there is a slight taste of the peppery gravy, but that’s about it. The lightest flavor out of the four. Could easily be mistaken for just a pepper chip. Not good enough to crave for more.

4) Kettle Cooked Greektown Gyro submitted by James Wagner – what I thought would be my favorite ended up being a disaster in my mouth. The sniff upon opening isn’t even appealing. At first bite you get the impact of a gyro, but that goes away fast with every chip there after. What’s left is the taste of a baby puking garlic and onions into your mouth. After 5-minutes past of eating these, the film on my tongue began to linger and hard to get rid of with just water. These will haunt you.

Which is your favorite? Don’t forget to cast your vote on their website to have your favorite year round.

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Giordano’s Part 2: Frozen Deep Dish Pizza Review

Giordano's Frozen Pizza

Giordano’s Part 2: Frozen Deep Dish Pizza Review – Now after feasting on a five course meal, I am not one to turn down gifts to be sent home with, especially in the form of food. Giordano’s has always been readily available online to ship frozen deep-dish pizzas to your door to get that authentic taste of Chicago without having to make the trip.

Giordano's Togo

During these busy first few months of opening at the Minneapolis location, and a 45-minute minimum call ahead time to get a fresh one out of the oven to go (as I’m hearing), you always have the option to walk-in and grab one from their freezer that is located right next to the main entrance. However, it still takes a good 45-minutes to cook it. So, you take the frozen pie home, throw it in the microwave for 6-minutes for ultimate cheese gooeyness, spread warmed extra sauce pouch across pie, then place it on the center rack of your oven at 325 degrees for 40-minutes. Viola!

Giordano's Pizza Frozen

Does it uphold to the fresh ones hot out-of-the-oven from their restaurant? Not quite. The cheese and sauce are still terrific tasting as in-store, but the double crust tends to break away from each other and the taste just is not as satisfying. Would I still purchase a frozen one with the restaurant readily available? Of course, and a why not? I still have late night cravings combined with laziness. So having a few in my freezer for emergency situations is a must. Plus you can always let them thaw in your refrigerator and reduce the cooking time by 10-minutes. The dining experience will always be my first choice, but stuffing my face as I sit on the couch with a true Chicago deep-dish comes in at a close second. By the way, I love my new coffee mug.

Ship a Giordano’s Pizza to your home today.

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Giordano’s Minneapolis: The Phatphood Experience

Giordano's Pizza Minneapolis

Giordano’s Minneapolis: The Phatphood Experience – The wait is over! Authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza with gooey awesome cheese pulls and double crust has finally arrived in Minneapolis. 2700 Hennepin Avenue in Uptown to be exact.

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Giordano’s hosts a beautiful corner structure with windows galore, framed to perfection. It shares a parking lot with a bank, so be prepared for residential parking during normal banking hours. With late night deals after 10pm like a six-inch-deep-dish and a beer for $10, the parking lot may never be empty. Handwritten neon and pizza marquees light the interior in true Uptown fashion.

My City My Pie

Giordano's Uptown

Giordano's Happy Hour

Walking-in, you are greeted by a hostess desk that is forefront to an aquarium style window to where all the magic happens in the back. To the right is a full service bar with high-top stools and premium Uptown viewing. To the left, a wide-open dining room with an entire wall mural of the downtown Minneapolis skyline that includes a propeller plane toting a banner that reads “MY CITY MY PIE.” Just before the back door that leads to the parking lot/patio you will also find two unisex single use restrooms in this 6000-square-foot, 110-seat sleek design by B3 Construction out of Naperville, Illinois.

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“We are not a big corporation like Best Buy, but we did create sixty jobs” CEO, Yorgo Koutsogiorgas mentioned after the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Not big, but still operating over 40 restaurants in Chicago, three in Florida and a recently added location in Indiana. Yorgo also mentioned Arizona and Ohio as future locations. But at last, Minnesota gets it’s very own taste of Chicago. With no longer having to drive for six hours to enjoy a deep slice of pie, I can now put my gas money towards more pizza in my belly and more often, well, once the hype wears off. I predict long lines for months to come along with frustrated new comers not aware of the craze we have been yearning for years.

Giordano's Pizza Pie

That craze comes in a perfect circular dough matter with the highest quality of cheese (and lots of it), stuffed with classic flavors and topped with rich, yet delicate sauce.

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During this tasting we were offered a thin crust as well, good, but not as good as what they are known for. Get it big, and get it stuffed! The salad was above average. The bruschetta was excellent with a mound of diced ripe tomatoes and a sweet balsamic drizzle.

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The tiramisu and chocolate cake were excellent and I highly recommend either, if you save room. I would pass on the cannolis however, just bland and not much to them. I have yet to try the spaghetti and meatballs, which I’ve heard only great things about. I figure, I have plenty of time. This is a good thing for Minneapolis and my cravings, give it time to fit-in and accept it!

Giordano's Togo

Stay tuned for part 2: The Take n Bake Experience…

Coup d’ état Review

Phatphood Coup d’ état Restaurant Review

Coup d’ état

Phatphood Coup d’ état Restaurant Review: I was suppose to come on Wednesday for Chef Tommy Begnaud’s new menu launch here at Coup d’ état. He is back ladies and gentlemen, and his presence is duly noted with his new French/Louisiana inspired menu, and it has some excellent choices on it! I wanted to try every new item on the menu (as they kept a few favorites from the previous menu) but it would require another visit.

Hush Puppies

Starting off with some of the Happy Hour items. Hush Puppies made with crawfish, creole remoulade and fennel. Salty balls of joy! 4/5 and only $6 for HH.

Cheese Curds

Another Happy Hour item, although carried over from previous menu: Cheese Curds…Sriracha battered with herbed buttermilk. What?! As good as it reads and looks. Fair food! 5/5 all day!


When Happy Hour ends at 6pm, do the right thing, order a bottle of the finest Malbec on their list. You can never go wrong.

Po Boy

This here is the crawfish Po’boy. Had the choice of andouille, shrimp or this, so of course I went this route to compare it to my other hometown favorite at Sea Salt, this one takes first place, simply for the taste. Quality over Quantity in this case. 5/5 that buttered bread though! $12


For an entree I got the Scallops with grits, étouffée, lardon and scallion. A very well balanced dish. Amazing pork belly aka bacon aka lardon. 5/5 The second most expensive item on the menu next to the steak. $22 but worth every bite.

Tommy, thank you for coming back and doing this menu for the remainder of the summer season. Well overdue! Someone just turn down the AC a bit inside. Cheers to the amazing bar tending staff, sit there and enjoy!

phatphood TC donut crawl

Second Annual Twin Cities Donut Crawl Review

phatphood donut crawl

Second Annual Twin Cities Donut Crawl Review: As I write my review this morning on behalf of We’ve Tried It for the Second Annual Twin Cities Donut Crawl 2015, I decided to do so while enjoying a double chocolate and a red velvet donut, both from Cafe Donuts.

TC Donut Crawl 2015

They were one of the eight participants for this years festivities held at a new location, Mears Park in St. Paul. The other seven local bakeries of pastry goodness were Glam Doll Donuts, Mojo Monkey Donuts, Bogarts DoughnutsYoyo Donuts, Angel Food, Denny’s 5th Ave and Mel-o-Glaze. Chef Shack was suppose to be a ninth addition, but rumor has it their truck broke down along the way. Biting into these sweet goodies as my thumb jabs away forming the next word on my iPhone keyboard, it’s hard to be mad at the events that took place yesterday.  When I woke up Saturday morning I had no clue it was going to rain, but grabbed the umbrella and headed to Mears Park for an 8:45am arrival time for this 9am to noon crawl.

Upon arrival, there wasn’t as much parking as stated due to a Farmers Market going on at the same time just blocks away. Although, I was lucky enough to score a meter a block away and it was free, again, due to the Farmers Market. There were check-in tents at all four corners of the park, so I walked up to the first one in sight and waited under five minutes to get my press pass (not sure what the benefits or significance of wearing this was), hoodie, shirt, coffee mug and donut box for the total VIP experience. I heard this check-in went poorly for some, like no shirts available in the size preregistered for, confusion on if you were in a VIP line or not, etc. seemed to go pretty smoothly for me, although I can see the issues. For instance, I switched up one of the shirt sizes I got, which they shouldn’t have allowed, and there was no communication between all check-ins as to whom has checked it off the handwritten list. 

Treat Yo'Self Donut Crawl

Staggered around the park were tents with each of the seven donut shops involved, a tent with a Dj centrally located and also a couple of small tents with gallons of hot coffee provided by Five Watt Coffee for free. Decided to head on over to the caffeine boost before the sugar rush. Now, I don’t know if it was because I got the very last pour out of the dispenser or not, but for me, this was the worst cup of coffee I’ve had. I can’t even describe the taste. Mehyuk! I did not have any more throughout the day to compare, but if I were to compare it to last years donut crawl and the same vendor, it was night and day.

As I waited for my “Get Donuts Crew” to arrive (seven of us total) I found it very challenging to hold a cup of hot coffee, a donut box and an umbrella. I blame Mother Nature for this struggle, along with not having a personal umbrella holder to follow me around during these tough times. Once my crew was fully assembled we decided to brave the intertwined and confused lines that were created by chance. Most likely no matter where you were standing in this park, you were in a line whether you wanted to be or not. You didn’t know which line you were in, where it started, where it ended, but hey…you were in a line to get a donut. Parents with strollers had the toughest time dealing with this situation as some of the lines lead through mud, rocks and even across man made creeks.

TC donut Crawl mug

The lines had merging lanes just like our wonderful traffic system here in the metro, and bumping umbrellas created gaps to allow others to cut in. You could hear the complaints and confusion from all directions of the crowd, most were “I still have yet to get a donut!” Some did the best they could to cover their donut box, most with the shirt they got with their $35 entrance fee. If you weren’t quick to cover your box, which looking around appeared to be the case, you were dealing with a wet piece of paper to enclose your donuts, if you were lucky enough to get some. Notable mention, VIP was $75 a person, got you some TCDC gear (love the jersey style light weight hoodie) but didn’t get you much of anything as far as line perks. 

Phatphood TC Donut Crawl Review

Once the chaos of 3800 attendees arrived, basically all at once (compared to 500 last year), the what was expected to be an organized donut crawl turned into exactly what it was, a wet mess. Announcements were made that each donut tent would open up the back sides to allow attendees to come from different directions and faster delivery as donuts were literally tossed into boxes. They also threw out the idea of stamping each box upon receiving a donut from each participant, mainly due to the rain, but also just to speed up the process. Once these two things happened, my crew agreed that lines were no longer valid. Just walk up to each tent and get your donut in a free-for-all frenzy, or as my crew member David decided was the “boop-boop” method. With that approach, we all got donuts from each location (more than one donut at some) in less than an hour. 

Twin Cities Donut Crawl

Despite the crappy weather, location and few flaws, Twin Cities Donut Crawl was still a success with raising “over 30,000 meals for Second Harvest Heartland” and everyone learns from their mistakes. You could complain all day long or do what we did and just deal with it and laugh at the situation. We were still all smiles as shown in the picture, and that credit goes to the fabulous participants that baked up all of the deliciousness and dealt with the situation like the pros that they are. Not a bad donut in the bunch and still enjoying mine! See you next year! 

Bacon Beer Can Burgers

Beer Can Bacon Burgers Recipe

Beer Can Burger Recipe

Beer Can Bacon Burgers Recipe: I’m sure you have seen posts all over the web for the latest grilling fad, beer can burgers. My sister gave them a try and said they were delicious!

The recipe can be anything you like. They used hamburger, morels, peppers, onions, bacon and shredded cheese.

Get your charcoal grill ready. Moving hot coals to the outside of grill. You want to cook these burgers on indirect heat. To keep the bacon from pulling off when you turn your burgers you can secure it with a toothpick.

Beer Can Hamburger

You will want your hamburger to be cold when forming. Using 2lb of hamburger (makes 4 burgers) split into 4 balls. Center a beer can with your burger ball and press down forming a bowl. Make sure that you have equal thickness all the way around the hamburger bowl. Using 2 pieces of bacon wrap all the way around the outside of bowl.

Grilling Beer Can Burgers

Take the burger bowl off of the beer can and start stuffing. On the bottom of bowl add shredded cheese, morel mushrooms, green peppers and onions. Top off the burger with more shredded cheese.

Beer Can Bacon Burgers

Place burgers in the center of the grill and cover. Cook for about 1 hour, rotating the burger at the halfway mark. Check at the 45 minute mark if you like them a little less done.

If you have made beer can burgers and did it differently please leave a comment below.

Punch Recipe

Ocean Water Punch Recipe

Party Punch Recipe

Ocean Water Punch Recipe: This is a fun punch recipe for celebrating your child’s birthday with friends or to just add a “punch” of color to your party table.

I just made this for a combination birthday/last day of school swimming party for my daughter’s class and they all loved it.


Blue Hawaiian Punch


Mix half Blue Hawaiian Punch and half lemonade in dispenser and add ice. Done! It doesn’t get much easier than 2 ingredients.

We decided it would be fun to decorate the dispenser and cups with sea life stickers to really create an undersea world and the kids loved it. For added effect we had a container of the “Fresh Catch Of The Day” (Swedish Fish) next to the punch. Everyone enjoyed snacking on these with their punch.

If we do this again we would add a game to it. Fill a fish bowl with Swedish Fish and have everyone guess how many fish were in the bowl. The winner gets a prize.

This would also be a great punch to make for a boy themed baby shower! Do you have any fun kids party recipes you have tried? Comment below we would love to hear from you.