The Best of “The Crescent City”

Let me preface this post by saying pictures will follow soon!

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to travel to the fabulous city of New Orleans, Louisiana. I was asked several times if the visit was for work or pleasure and truthfully, it was both! I have been looking into the dietetic internship at Tulane University and was interested in visiting. Thankfully, I have the most wonderful mother and godmother who decided to accompany me. We ended up having a ball! The food, shopping, and WEATHER were all amazing.

I arrived on Thursday night, and after an impromptu (and overstayed) stop at the goodyear tire shop to fix a flat, my mom and I met up with my godmother and her daughter for dinner. We headed to a restaurant off the beaten path (exactly my style) called Dick and Jenny’s. Here, we started off with satsuma margaritas — yummy. As I came to find out, satsumas (also deemed the ‘christmas orange’ due to their peak harvesting time) flourish in Louisiana. The rest of our meal consisted of: Appetizers- Coconut gulf shrimp with mango chutney, and fried green tomatoes with lump crab meat; Entrees – New Orleans flounder stuffed with shrimp and crab over chorizo served with the local ‘coyote squash’, and New Orleans style bouillabaisse; and the ever decadent dessert: Pumpkin praline cheesecake!

On Friday, I was lucky enough to experience the famous Cafe Du Monde’s beignets and cafe au lait on the banks of the Mississippi River before the crowd hit. I determined that five is the proper number of napkins needed to thoroughly enjoy this French delicacy; two for your lap, two for the table, and one to wipe your mouth and fingers! My mom and I followed our ‘breakfast’ with shopping in and out of stores, exploring the French market and French quarter, and stopping in every possible ‘souther kitchen’ for a free praline tasting. As I neared a diabetic coma from so much sugar, we headed to a local restaurant, Cochon, for lunch. I have been told by a few people that ‘The Butcher’, Cochon’s lunch restaurant, serves up (direct quote here) “the best sandwiches you will ever taste.” I was not mislead…. My muffaletta sandwich with homemade meats, provolone cheese, olive salad, served with homemade chips AND my all time favorite bread and butter pickles, did not disappoint.

After taking a break from local cuisine for a few hours while I went to my Q+A session with Tulane’s dietetic internship advisor, I strolled back to our hotel enjoying the 84 degrees and got ready for the night.    My mom and I started the night off big by visiting Harrah’s Casino, a first for both of us! It was essentially the blind leading the blind for the two of us — what ever happened to the classic “put in your dollar and pull the lever” slot machines? However, I did win $1.90!!! After our casino adventure, we headed to The Roosevelt hotel to enjoy their cocktail hour. I finally got to try the gin fizz that I have been dying to experiment with. Who knew that this was the favorite of Huey Long!? We then headed to Felix’s for some raw oyster appetizers and to The Gumbo Shop for dinner. I had WONDERFUL gumbo (my first ever!), crawfish etouffee, and the bolder side of me ordered alligator sausage, not bad!

After dinner, we went out to the infamous Bourbon Street. What a party! After experiencing a random Friday night in october, I can’t even imagine what Mardi Gras would be like. We went in and out of the never ending strip of bars and ended up in Fritzell’s jazz club – low key, but enjoyable none the less! Around 1 am we headed to our LAST stop of the night, Bombay martini bar, so much fun!

Overall, I had a great trip! Hard to believe we did all of that in just 24 hours, huh? As I mentioned, pictures to follow! 🙂 

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