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Good and Bad Gumbo
The pride that individual cooks take in developing their own distinctive styles also accounts for many differences within Louisiana. The incredible variation of gumbo illustrate the individuality of south Louisiana cooks. And while everyone makes gumbo, few cooks agree on what makes good gumbo. Frequently cooks disagree on the ingredients or on how dark and thick the roux should be. Gumbo is a soup-like dish, decended from the French bouillabaisse and renamed from the West African word for okra, guingombo. They usually features two or more meats or seafood and is served with rice. In this picture is a bad gumbo I had in that corner lunch restaurant. See how much difference in outlook when compared to the yummy gumbo from Oliver's?
Every Gathering a Food Event
Whatever their origin, the people of south Louisiana enjoy talking about food, exchanging receipts and collecting cookbooks. They argue about the best way to cook rice, how dark a roux should be, and whether tomatoes belong in a gumbo. And everyone enjoys experimenting with, preparing and, of course, eating food. Therefore, it is not suprising that the average cook possesses highly skilled culinary standards.
What is Creole? What is Cajun?
At one time, it may have been possible to say that Creole cooking was the fancier cooking of New Orleans with more European incluences and Cajun cooking was the simpler foods of the country folk, but this is no longer true. Today it is difficult to distinguish between Cajun and Creole cooking as they are preacticed in the home. In fact, the terms Cajun and Creole are frequently used interchangeably or together.
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Cajun or Creole? It's All Great
Cajun food is robust, country-style food, found along the bayous of Louisiana, a combination of French and Southern cuisines. Think of heavy, one-pot dishes, like Jambalaya or Crawfish Etouffee, served over steaming rice.
Creole food is a distinctive cuisine, created in New Orleans with European and African roots. It is Cajun food's more refined city relative. The French influence is strongest, but the essence of Creole is found in rich sauces, local herbs, red, ripe tomatoes, and the prominent use of seafood, caught in local waters. Think of rich, roux-based Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Grits and Grillades, Redfish Courtbouillion and more.
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i can't narrow it down to one restaurant: jambalaya oh my
we went to MANY different places to eat during our week in new orleans...every place had alot of the same food. it's mostly creole food which is heaven to me! my fiance HATES seafood, but she loved new orleans seafood..and please try the alligator, it's amazing !!!!!!
Favorite Dish: my favorite overall food while in new orleans had to be red beans & rice, being from the west (las vegas) we have nothing that compares...so needless to say i had red beans & rice with evey meal...
I don´t have a favorite restaurant in New Orleans. There are just too many. Just walk through the French Quarter and take a look at the menus of the restaurants on Royal, Decatur or Bourbon Streets. If you find one with original Cajun Cuisine, enter. Cajun Cuisine is one of my most favorite local cuisines.
Favorite Dish: Try some spicy chicken dishes. Or some Cajun-style scampis.
There are so many wonderful...
There are so many wonderful restaurants throughout New Orleans. We sampled everything from the turtle soup at Commander's Palace to the fried pecan pie at this local 'dive' diner near the Garden District. The cook at the diner was the best part of the meal as he dressed like someone straight out of the 1950s but cited hip hop poetry to us! 'Get your Pe-can, get your Pe-can....' The Cafe du Monde is a must see while in New Orleans. You can grab a cup of their coffee w/ chicory and a 'beignet' (fried dough with powdered sugar) any time of day. It's most delicious at 3am after partying all night!
Favorite Dish: Gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish are definitely signature dishes of New Orleans. You must experience these while in the city! Turtle soup and frogs legs are also worth trying if you dare! You should also sample the pecan pralines that are sold at any of the Creole candy stores along Decatur St.
As if I could choose!: As if I could choose!
The food is one of the best things about NO. Try anything once (ok, maybe not raw oysters). Jumbalaya, po'boys, crawfish etoufee. It's all fattening, deep fried, and bad for you but it tastes sooo good. Just relax and enjoy your vacation.
Favorite Dish: Just eat all the local food you can find.
You are in the right place....
You are in the right place. New Orleans is one of the world's great gastronomic cities..Famous for Creole, Cajun and seafood in particular. As always , check with a good guide book for latest recommendations and prices.
There any many excellent restaruants in N.O. Choose your food and your theme !
Favorite Dish: Sea food is excellent as you might expect. Try some spicy Cajun food , gumbo soup is a must if you haven't
had it before. Try a Dixie beer too !
I honestly don't have one --...
I honestly don't have one -- everywhere that we went was great! Many of the restaurants on Bourbon St. have little terraces with tables on the second floor, which makes for a great view... (Here are some photos of Bourbon St., by the way...)
Favorite Dish: JAMBALAYA -- and I have a great recipe for it, if anyone is interested. CATFISH dishes are also typical, although personally that's not my favorite. Also, try the infamous drink known as a HURRICANE. I'm not sure what's in them, but after drinking a couple of them, you are indeed going to feel as though a hurricane just hit you!
The great thing about New...
The great thing about New Orleans is that there are so many restaurants all over the place that rang from inexpensive to sometimes expensive, but they all have one thing in common...Cajun spices. You can't leave New Orleans without experiencing gumbo and Pralines along the Riverwalk or Po Boy outside the French Market. The French Market is a great place where you can take home various cajun spices and cooking items.
Favorite Dish: Gumbo, Pralines (with powdered sugar), gumbolaya, and red beans and rice. I'm not really a big spicy food kinda person but in New Orleans the spicier the better. I'm also not a big beer person, but in New Orleans you have to love a cold beer with everything you eat to cool your mouth off. Oh I almost forgot everything is blackened. You will love it.
French Market Restaurant: I love the sea food
They have facinating gourments and the steak you get is bigger with cheaper prices and is so delicious and i love it. The sea food such shrimp, oster, crawl fish and ect.
they are so good and u will come back for more, the prices of the food is not bad at all compare to the other restaurant.
Favorite Dish: I love the Steakmeat, crawfish and shrimp.
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It's impossible for me to pick...
It's impossible for me to pick a favorite. I loved them all.
Unless you visit one of the very, nice eating establishments, the prices are very reasonable. Dress codes almost don't exist. New Orleans is a party city. They want you to 'come as you are'.
Favorite Dish: Morning: To start your day you need a plate full of biscuits and gravy with eggs, bacon, toast with fig preserves and grits. Then, wash it all down with beignets (little sugar frosted pastries) and a hot cup of Chicory coffee. You will be ready to go by then.
Noon: Most restaurants offer 'po-boy' sandwiches. These are made of long french bread loafs. You can get a lot of choices of fillings. My favorites...shrimp, oyster, roast beef (with extra gravy) and meatball. What a treat.
Evening: Seafood Gumbo, Jambalaya, dirty rice, Crawfish Etouffe', and red beans w/rice.
Neat snack while out in the French Quarter partying: Visit the corner hot dog vendor with his cart that is in the shape of a hotdog. Hot hotdogs on a soft bun with lots of condiments. Bet you can't eat just one.
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Favorite Dish: If you're in New Orleans make sure to try the unique cuisine. For those who can handle spice go for the Gumbo or the red beans and rice. If you prefer seafood and a little less spice try some crawfish. Check to see how they fix it, many times you can ask for a mild spice if they normally fire it up.
didn't know how to eat these,...
didn't know how to eat these, I ate like a 'yankee'. I am told the proper way is to suck crack in half suck the meat out and then suck the head.
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