A Taste of N’awlins

Last week I had the absolute pleasure and honor of being a bridesmaid in my good friend La Divina’s wedding in New Orleans! I haven’t been to the south much, and I’d certainly never been to N’awlins – the most European city in the United States, according to many of my friends. I was beyond excited to try lots of fresh seafood, which I know has been sustainably caught, explore the French Quarter, hopefully hear some Creole French, and of course, catch up with my best lady while getting to dress up. (The above is a picture of myself and another bridesmaid during the Second Line – a huge parade with a big brass band after the wedding – we danced through the streets to the reception venue with a police escort!)

I just wanted to give you guys a glimpse into the amazing food we experienced while there!

First, Johnny’s Po-Boy in the French Quarter for a Shrimp Po Boy

A classic New Orleans drink (yes, it’s alcoholic), the Hurricane – it’s like alcoholic fruit punch from Pat O’Briens (or Pat O’s as the locals call it). Great for the summer, and especially great for a bachelorette party.

For the Bridesmaids’ Luncheon we went to Ralph’s on the Park right next to City Park for a relaxing meal. I started out with Disgruntled Shrimp (I ordered it for its name, but ended up really enjoying this shrimp in a sweet teriyaki sauce over a spicy creme fraiche)…

then Seered Puppy Drum (a kind of fish) with andouille sausage, mushrooms, crawfish tails, potatoes, and a jalapeno sauce…

and finished it all off with a Peanut Butter Semifreddo with chocolate sauce, caramel, and candied peanuts

It can’t be a wedding weekend without the most beautiful (red velvet with cream cheese frosting) wedding cake!

An absolute MUST HAVE in N’awlins is an order of Cafe du Monde beignets (french puffy doughnuts with powdered sugar – think upscale funnel cakes) and a cafe au lait (whether hot or frozen).

And to finish it all off, Shrimp ‘N Grits which had always confused me before last weekend as the grits I’d had were always ..pretty bad. But these grits were creamy and flavorful and the shrimp were fresh and the sauce was spicy. Best way to end an amazing culinary weekend.

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