Did you know New Orleans has over 1,000 restaurants?
A Few Seasonal Specialties
As Mardi Gras is approaching let’s start with King Cake, honoring the three biblical kings’ journey. Cakes are iced with purple, green, and gold (Mardi Gras official colors) and usually have either cream cheese of fruit filling. There will be one small plastic figurine symbolizing baby Jesus placed in the cake. The person that gets the figurine is named King or Queen for the day and must supply the next cake.
Seafood Boils are an outdoors spring time ritual which consist of either crawfish, shrimp, or crabs boiled with corn-on-the-cob, potatoes, sausage, and Cajun spices.
Crawfish Corn Maque Choux is made with freshly shucked corn, crawfish, veggies, herbs, and spices. It’s a great side dish and is served all over town.
More Great Seafood
Oysters are a staple everywhere. Served raw on the half shell, chargrilled, fried, or blackened. Antoine’s has been around since 1840 serving Oysters Rockefeller, baked oysters topped with herbs, butter, and breadcrumbs
Muffaletas are a sandwich comprised of salami, ham, provolone, and piquant olive spread served on Italian bread. Go to the home of the invention, Central Grocery for the original, serving the sandwich since 1903.
The sandwich most closely associated with New Orleans is the Po’ boy. This versatile sandwich was created in 1929 by two brothers serving streetcar workers that were on strike. The brother’s would say, “here comes another poor boy man” when they entered the shop to eat. Po’ boys are served in French bread and stuffed with either fried oysters, shrimp, roast beef, or spicy sausage. If “dressed”, you are adding lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise.
Shrimp Po’ boy
Stews and One Pot Cooking
Gumbo mixes Western European, African, Caribbean, and Native American flavors in one pot. It begins with a dark roux, a stock made from either butter or oil and flour with the “trinity” of onion, bell peppers, and celery, simmering for hours. Many recipes call for chicken and sausage or seafood.
Another New Orleans dish is jambalaya. It’s a close cousin to paella. It’s all in one pot and consists of sausage, vegetables, and a variety of meats or seafood. Lastly, adding long grain rice to absorb the flavors.
Coffee and Dessert
New Orleans style coffee is blended with chicory and served with steamed milk. No place is more famous than Cafe du Monde serving up coffee with beignets (sugar coated donuts) since 1862. You might know the name from Japan. At it’s peak, there were 20 franchises of the famous coffee stand across Japan.
Snowballs – similar to shaved ice in Japan, snowballs are a mound of shaved fluffy shaved ice flavored with sweet syrups with options of toppings. It’s the right sweet snack for hot summer days, priced between $2 and $6.
Bananas Foster is a dessert made from bananas and vanilla ice cream, with a sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur. Go to Brennan’s who has been serving the flaming dessert since 1951.
Bananas Foster at Brennan’s
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