Cuisine, New Orleans
Favorite thing: The Epicenter of the French Quarter is Cafe Dumonde. This is a nice little cafe for New Olreans very strong cofffee (chickory) and beignets. (THANK you CATNL for the spelling correction!!!These are powdered sugar donuts that you wish you could eat by the handfull while watching the myriad of people around you. Spend as muc time as you want and enjoy the sights and smells of the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter.
There are so many restaurants down here I would have to say : visit them all!!! or at least make it to the ACME oyster house! or Al Copelands famous Popeyes (cajun Chicken)
Fondest memory: Don't miss the Mardi Gras parades. We have so much fun during the month of February and March! People party like their last night on Earth!
Try a beignet (pronounced ben yeah). A beignet is a rectangle of donut dough, about 3 1/2' x 3, they're made by rolling out the dough, then cutting them into shape with a donut-cutter fashioned like a rolling pin that has the metal frame of the shapes wrapped around it.
These dough rectangles are then deep fried until they puff up. They're scooped out of the oil, drained, then placed on saucers, three per dish. They are then covered with powdered confectioner's sugar and served. They taste very good with a cafe au lait.
You absolutely must try to see and experience everything that New Orleans has to offer. THE FOOD,,THE FOOD,, THE FOOD!!..I couldn't get enough of it!! Everything was so different and delicious!! While on Burbon Street you have to find Pat O'Brian's, where they make the world famous hurricane, at least that's what I remember them calling it, you only need about 2 and your well on your way. The people are amazing, the music is awsome!! Louisiana warmed my soul...i will for sure visit it again!
Fondest memory: The Daiquiri shops!! They are on every street corner like ice cream stands, they are very delicious and you should try to avoid as many of them as possible, if your not careful you'll find yourself in trouble. Like myself in this picutre, i stumbled apon one too many that night!!
There is so much action and sometimes caos going on in this city that there are many must see places. When in New Orleans you must go to Bourbon Street, the French Quarters, take the Riverfront Trolly, visit Riverwalk and plantation homes, but most of all enjoy all the authentic foods.
Fondest memory: My fondest memories were drinking hurricanes at Pat O'Brien's and eating crawfish over newspaper (good old Louisiana style).
While in New Orleans you must have crawfish. If you go to the market yourself be prepared to bring home at least 20 pounds of crawfish (that's how they sell it), cocktail sause, and plenty of COLD beer. It can be messy but so much fun. The newspaper is placed on the table so that when you are finished you just wrap up all the crawfish and throw it easily in the trash.....what a great concept.
The food! You can take the cooking school and learn from Big Kevin Belton. I learned how to make cornbread, red beans and rice, pecan pralines (New Orleans version) and pecan pie. Mmmm!
Fondest memory: Its a toss up - music in French Quarter and the food. First time I was there I went as an artist. The second time it was for the music but took the cooking school. My husband and I stayed in a timeshare so I could try out cooking Louisiana style.
I also took a bus trip to my favourite clothes store in Kenner, and this lady on the bus complained the whole time about some bad food "all rice, no bean" over and over. It was funny but I felt sorry for her.
alright it seems silly that a simple little pastry could dominate a trip, but until you've been to cafe du monde and had an order of Beignets oh lord you don't know what your missing.. they have 2 cafe du monde's that we found the best one is in the french quarter it's the main cafe,the other is located in the river walk.
Fondest memory: BOURBON ST..... RED BEANS & RICE....
this town has a smell that i can't quite explain, or anyone can for that matter but it makes it what it is NEW ORLEANS.. the smell of the streets being cleaned in the morning,the fresh seafood, the alcohol,etc.... this town captured part of my soul, and i will be back many times to experiance the jazz the food everything great about new orleans!!!!
Suck the head. No, this is not some obscene sexual reference. It refers to the practice of eating the mud bugs, otherwise known as crawfish. First you remove the head and then you suck the juices from it before proceeding to eat the crawfish tale. This task is best accomplished with lots of Abita, one of the local beers.
Fondest memory: The Piano Bar at Pat O'Brien's. Pat O'Brien's is well known for it's mighty hurricanes - beware they sneak up on you, but don't let that be a deterrent. Our fondest memory of this place is a blurr (they say if you can remember Mardi Gras you weren't really there.) It all starts at Pat OBrien's.
Go to Lafitte Blacksmith bar, dark and gothic ambiance; if you like that sort of thing. Tour guides complete with costume and in character picks ghoul lovers here for a night tour macabre and spiritual tour of New Orleans; sort of like a walking theatre kinda ma jig.
Fondest memory: Taking a ride down the country along side Mississipi and plantation mansions.
Go to the french quarter, it stinks (really it does! like stale alcohol and mule poop) But despite that, it is a place you have to see, there is no other place that I have been to like it, like they say laissez le bon temps roulez!
(let the good times roll) The Louisiana Pizza Kitchen has the best and most interesting pizza I have ever tasted, try the crawfish pizza it's fantastic...hopefully it's still there.
Fondest memory: Definetely I miss the food the most, the small not so touristy restaurants are really the best. You know...where the locals eat! The people are very laid back and not to concerned about much other than enjoying life.
Favorite thing: Galatoire's Restaurant. One of the most famous and popular restaurants in New Orleans. Great Food and atmosphere.