It’s no surprise that my favorite part about travel is food. Scoping out the authentic eats and local markets in a city brings me purpose and delight, and I enjoy learning about a culture through its cooking and the tastes, aromas, eating and drinking that goes with it. I first realized this when studying abroad on Semester At Sea and friends started pointing out how I took photos of every meal and how I got angry with them for not wanting to try every local dish.. :D
I have no problem embracing the local cuisine with full force, even if it means abandoning my healthy eating habits for the time being… as was the case with po’boys and beignets and never-ending daiquiris on the streets of New Orleans.
Two fridays ago my sisters and I met up for a somewhat-spontaneous weekend trip to New Orleans, as none of us had ever been and they both have friends who live there. Basically I just decided to tag along as annoying little sisters tend to do. It was both a chaotic—due to the start of Mardi Gras—and relaxing weekend filled with eating, drinking, walking, loud and colorful festivities, cooking, nibbling on free praline samples, and lots of indecisive moments the three of us have together.
So I’ll refrain from typing the tedious details (which I tend to over-do when writing about my travels), and let your eyes feast on the colors and tastes of our weekend in Nola.
Above, you’ll see what consisted of our (myself and the two sisters) first hour in the city. We abandoned our search for a healthy brunch spot and dove into the Cajun-Creole lifestyle (eh, maybe more like “New Orleans Tourist”) and ordered a shrimp po’boy, jambalaya, daiquiris, and a few ‘prawlins’ to finish it all off.
Happy, full, and time to wander about and digest meal #1…..
Luckily we were staying with a chef and a chef-to-be, who took us to the farmer’s market and prepared for us delicious and healthy homemade meals, including some of the best shrimp tacos I’ve ever had :)
(thanks Suzanne & Brian!!)
Time for a healthy brunch at a favorite local spot, Satsuma Cafe..
And here’s the chaos that is Mardi Gras….. above are the streets before the Krewe du Vieux parade
Finishing off the night at Cafe du Monde with a few beignets and a lot of powdered sugar.
au revoir New Orleans!