We just had the most amazing wedding back home, and to celebrate, we traveled 9 hours to New Orleans. Being the food lover that I am, I was in heaven. Every day I made my hunny try something new, and surprisingly, we didn’t find anything he didn’t like. We agree that I’ve never led him astray when it comes to good food.
Day one was simple. We had been driving all day, so we ate in the hotel restaurant. My hunny had a fried shrimp po-boy, which we found to be much better when not fried (more on that later). Day two, once we were well rested was much better. It started with room service – surprisingly decently priced. Check out the cute little bottle of ketchup. I get a kick out of things like that. Later, we had muffalettas from Central Grocery. I’ve heard that it’s definitely a tourist place, but it doesn’t matter, they were still super good. For those of you that don’t know, muffalettas are sandwiches that are made on a round bun with layers of yummy meat and cheese. These also had a really tasty onion and pickled carrot mixture on them. We bought a jar of that. My hunny thought they were so good that we went back on day three for lunch.
Day four meant breakfast at Cafe Du Monde. Beignets and Cafe au Lait. Beignets are french doughnuts that are covered in powdered sugar. Cafe au Lait is french for latte. Yummy! I may or may not have bought a can of the coffee with chickory and a box of beignet mix. Did you know that Cafe du Monde has a gift shop? And the cafe is open 24 hours. Weird for a place that serves coffee and doughnuts.
Our last day there, we spent a lot of time wandering, and we took a cemetery tour. Our guide was funny and delightful, as well as being in New Orleans most of his life. I asked him for the best place in the French Quarter to get gumbo. He said the Gumbo Shop. Boy was he right. We got a small order of seafood gumbo, a boudin sausage, and then a shrimp po-boy. This po-boy was not fried. Instead the shrimp was tossed in a delightful and slightly spicy tomato sauce. And instead of the spectacular french bread being cut in half, this was actually bored out before it was filled. It made the outside crunchy, the inside soft and chewy, and allowed the shrimp to stay in the sandwich. De-lish!
Did I mention we got all this delicious-ness without leaving the French Quarter? Call us tourist-y, but it was totally worth it.