Thursday, September 16, 2010

So Much Food, So Little Time

If you missed my first recap of our trip to New Orleans, read it here!

Now, onto the best part... the food! Simply put, New Orleans has amazing food. Before leaving, I did a bunch of reading about where to go, what to see, and of course, what to eat. Over and over again I kept reading that whatever you do, make going to Cafe Du Monde a priority!

This place is famous for their cafe au laits and beignets. The coffee is strong and delicious and the beignets are warm and completely covered in icing sugar. OhMyGoshYum. This place is open 24 hours a day!
While in New Orleans you gotta try some type of food from the sea so for dinner one night we went to Acme Oyster House to try, what else, oysters! These were melt in your mouth oh so good. With the whole oil spill in the Gulf some people might feel iffy about eating shellfish or seafood here but we were informed that it's very carefully tested and monitored.
While walking around one day I stopped at La Divina Gelateria for a cool treat. I chose sour cherry amarena and it was perfect. I want some more right now. This is the 4 oz piccolo size although it looks rather huge!
One of the events put on for the girls was a cooking class at The New Orleans School of Cooking. Fun! Our chef was born and raised in New Orleans and it was really interesting hearing her stories about the history of creole food and her love of butter and whole milk.
Can you see me below, taking a picture of the mirror that helps you see what's cooking in the pots?
We made five different dishes, the first being my favourite, shrimp and artichoke soup. It was so flavourful and a tad bit spicy down in the throat, just how I like it.
The main meal was jambalaya which I guess I missed taking a picture of! We also made pralines, pronounced "prah-lines" when you're in N'awlins.
And for second dessert, Bananas Foster.
One of my favourite food experiences was getting a muffaletta sandwich from Central Grocery. Heaven in my mouth. The olive spread that goes in this sandwich is to die for. Skip the po'boys and eat lunch every day here.

I think it's time to go back to New Orleans :)


  1. Oh my gosh.... everything looks so yummy.... can you pack me in your suitcase the next time you go? I would love it. Or.... can you cook up some of the recipes that you learned at the cooking school? That would be great!!! (when we are visiting, of course) I think my favourite of all would be the sour cherry dessert..... heavenly!!

  2. *note to self* Don't read J's blog when hungry!!!