Cirque Du Soleil has made their triumphant return to Houston with their new show, KURIOS- Cabinet of Curiosities!  It sounds mysterious enough to pique my interest.  As always though there is a food plug here!  Local paleo restaurant, Ruggles Black decided to join the fun and create a menu based on KURIOS! I along with a group of my favorite bloggers previewed the special menu last weekend.  Keep reading for my review and more information about Cirque Du Soleil’s stay in Houston.

THE FOOD

So let me start out with this note.  I am familiar with Ruggles Black, but avoided it because “paleo” equals “healthy”  and that’s just not my thing!  For those of you unfamiliar with the paleo diet it is also referred to as the caveman diet.  It omits fun things like sugar, dairy, grains and processed foods.  The diet does allow meat, fish, chicken, sweet potatoes, fruits, nuts, eggs, some oils and veggies.  I guess that includes some fun things, but I digress.

There was a huge crate of veggies outside just waiting to be harvested into some fab dish.

There was a huge crate of veggies outside just waiting to be harvested into some fab dish.

The folks at Ruggles Black took the paleo limitations and made an amazing menu that went WELL beyond what I could have ever imagined. So not only were the dishes paleo complaint, but they were also delicious.  Let’s start with the first entree shall we??

Entrees

FullSizeRender 10First we were presented with the Cirque Paleo Buffalo Chili.  Look, I don’t like the regular chili my mother makes and I certainly did not expect to like this one! But guess what? I DID. The chili included an onion trio (green, white and purple), goat cheese, sweet potato crisps and a green mix.  The ground buffalo provided a hearty base for the dish while the onion brought the flavor.  The crisp played a mind trick on me because they looked like cheese.  I gobbled them up quickly and appreciated the flavor.  As a cheese lover I also went for that goat cheese.  There are debates online as to whether it is paleo complaint or not.  Regardless, I appreciated it!

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Next up were the Contortionist Tacos.  A lobster taco served on a Cuban spices.  The recipe and chef bloggers who ate with me debated how these dishes were comprised in a paleo complainant manner. Here, they determined that the “tortilla” must be made with egg or almond flour.  I just ate it forgetting that this was not a typical tortilla.  Coulda fooled me!  Again, a great dish with truly fresh ingredients and great flavors.

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First view of this amazing steak.

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It was so good, I had to hit you with two views!

Moving along to the NY Strip Steak!  So if I ever had to be paleo, I would be a true cavewoman and eat steak daily.  Preferably THIS steak because it was SO good.  The chef topped the dish with an orange lime garlic mustard compound butter.  Again, I do not know how a chef compiles these things in a paleo manner, but the end result is a flavorful steak packed with so much flavor. I am going back just for that!

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Fish & Chips

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This may be the prettiest coleslaw I have ever seen. I think the red veggies really set it off!

A close up on the fish.

A close up on the fish.

If that was not enough, then we tried the Klara’s Caribbean Paleo Fish & Chips! This dish included a mini mojo dipping sauce and peach papaya Asian slaw.  The breading on the fish was flavorful and had a great texture.

Beautiful DISH

Beautiful DISH

Another angle!

Another angle!

Our final entree was Nico’s Rice Con Pollo which included chicken with cauliflower rice and Easter indian spices with a Caribbean flare.   Not only was it plated beautifully, but it stayed true to the great flavors described in the menu.

Dessert

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For dessert we tried Yo Yo’s tequila Lime Cake.  With the tequila, one blogger noted that it reminded of a cocktail and I had to agree!  To stay complaint, the cake was essentially an Angel Food cake made with almond flour.  It was light and fluffy, but an adequate cake despite the removal of usual ingredients.

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I was quite pleased with the dessert, but SOMETHING caught my eye that I just had to get a closer look at.  The Ruggles Black dessert tray! If you thought Pappadeaux’s dessert tray was amazing, take a gander at this one!  Next I need a dessert tasting and I want to try each and every one!

Cirque Du Soleil

So here is the tea on the circus!  Cirque Du Soleil’s big top is set up at Sam Houston Race track with shows beginning on April 6th through May 21st.  The press release describes KURIOS as:

“… a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible.  In this realm set in the later half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed”

This will be my first Cirque Du Soleil show and I for one am excited! I will be there for opening night and will of course fill you all in on the fun on my social media.  You can pick up your very own tickets here.  To see more about KURIOS check out this video.  If you are unable to visit the circus while it’s in town, then stop over to Ruggles Black to enjoy this new menu!

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