"Kaz An Nou" means "our house" in the Creole language spoken in Guadeloupe, and the name is apt. This small French-Caribbean restaurant in Prospect Heights feels homey and warm, staffed by one waiter and a husband-and-wife team in the tiny open kitchen. The food is a mix of traditional dishes and the owners? inventions. One night, a special of Guadeloupe-style salt cod fritters were just perfect--resolutely crisp on the outside, light, fluffy, and briny inside. We scrabbled over a tasty pheasant pate swaddled in puff pastry, and slurped down tender snails swimming in curry-garlic butter. Lasagna with tender homemade pasta was brightened by nubs of spiced lamb that tasted like merguez--a confit duck leg benefited from an orange pool of mango jerk sauce.
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"Ital" is a term applied to a number of Rastafarian foods. It means "vital," but with "I" replacing the beginning of the word, as is often done in Rasta lingo, to signify the speaker's unity with the natural world around him or her....