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QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby Chef Mongo » Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:53 am

What do you think of when you think of New Orleans? If you've been, what is your favorite memory? If you haven't, why do (or don't) you want to go?
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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby Catherine » Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:10 am

I've considered going... I love books set there, and I'd love to try Cajun food. Its just the travelling solo thing that gets to me...
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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby nolafoodie » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:03 am

Aw, shucks. :oops: :D

Now, I'm biased, but I think my favorite New-Orleans-related New Orleans memory was the insane, amazing parade we had after the Saints won the Super Bowl. (Come to think of it, that memory is kind of comforting after Sunday's crushing defeat.) :)

Catherine, in New Orleans, you never have to feel like you're traveling solo. :)
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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby DitsyD » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:21 am

What do you think of when you think of New Orleans?
The French Quarter. Streetcars. Zydeco music. Mardi Gras. Storyland Park.

If you've been, what is your favorite memory?
We were walking along St. Charles Avenue noticing all of the strings of Mardi Gras beads stuck in the branches of the trees. My daughter aptly dubs them the "bead trees" and a sudden gust of wind dislodges a string of those beads, which land at her feet. A very magical moment.
A 'bead tree":
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What my kiddos thought of Cafe Du Monde:
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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby Kamidanshir » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:14 am

^ That had to have been taken before the beignets arrived.
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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby DitsyD » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:24 am

Kamidanshir wrote:^ That had to have been taken before the beignets arrived.

It was. :lol:
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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby Kamidanshir » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:29 am

I spent a week with a girlfriend in New Orleans about 20 years ago. My most vivid memory of the place was a constant sense of danger, as everyone from the cab driver to the innkeeper kept emphasizing all the places that we really shouldn't go - basically, everywhere outside the French Quarter and surrounding touristy areas. No idea how realistic those warnings were, but small-town college-age me took them seriously. I probably missed out on some cool stuff. I remember how very difficult it was to find vegetarian food, since those people put pork and/or seafood in almost everything - there was a restaurant called Old Dog New Trick in the FQ that we hit almost every day for lack of other options. The streetcars were cool. Lots of homeless kids outside Cafe du Monde. Sadly, I don't remember too much else from that trip.
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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby LucyLu » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:43 am

I went to New Orleans with my mom on a business trip when I was 19 or so. I loved it! It was during June and I loved that at 9pm I could walk around outside without a sweater in shorts and a tank. You can not do that where I live, it too cold by 8pm. The food was great, the people were warm and friendly and the neighborhoods were fun to explore. I will definitely return one day and party it up now that I am drinking age. And on that note, I thought it was so weird that you can walk around outside in the streets with alcohol. Once again, something you can not do where I live!
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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby nolafoodie » Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:53 am

Ditsy, as someone who has often taken St. Charles to get to work on Ash Wednesday, I can't say I find those bead trees magical. My usual thought is, "ugh, what a mess." However, it is sometimes amusing to see many of those beads still hanging the following Carnival season. :)

As for Cafe Du Monde, when did you visit? Lately, the French Market location has been the pits, and I wholeheartedly agree with your children's assessment. Morning Call is a superior destination for beignets. :)

Kam, the impression you got is not far from the truth when it comes to the French Quarter and Uptown. For the most part, on the east bank (which, thanks to the twists and turns in the river, is due north in some parts and due west in certain others, rendering direction useless), in the immediate vicinity of the Mississippi River, you have nice, touristy areas. Further "inland," and directly adjacent to these touristy areas, with no transition or buffer zones, are the projects. So, if you're strolling through the city, deviating from the tourist spots can put you in a place you really shouldn't be.
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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby chefshawn » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:47 pm

God, I took six trips there in six years, starting when I was 18. I cannot count the bits of awesomeness I encountered...but I'll try, in no particular order:

Drinking a 3ft tall boozed slurpee on the streets.
Getting my first Tabasco tie from the riverfront mall.
The Verdi Mart, GOD BLESS THE VERDI MART!
The day when I wanted real breakfast, but was introduced to cafe du monde instead, and left very hungry.
The day I found real breakfast sandwiches just around the corner.
The day, years later, when cafe du monde is what i woke up wanting.
My first boudin sausage...and my next two.
My first and only trip to a strip club.
Breakfast at brennan's, with tableside bananas foster and (i think)hollandaise
Dinner at emeril's place (was it delmonico's or commanders palace?), i think I had 6 courses to everyone else's 3, and I vaguely recall a crawfish app and turtle soup.
A day trip to a friend's "momma's house' in nearby MS, where the Sunday menu involved koolaid, watermelon, crawfish, greens, fried chicken, and all the awesome things that black stereotypes are made of. We sat all afternoon in plastic chairs outside, and moved as needed to keep up with the shade. Best day for the soul EVER.
One of my first casino experiences on that same day in MS
Several St Patty's parades. We went then for all the same fun, but a third of the crowds and stink of Mardi Gras.

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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby okbye » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:54 pm

I've never been but in the early 90's I had a friend who was just here going to school from New Orleans. His parents owned a bar on the street famous for bars, can't think of what it's called now. The ones that have no front wall because they never close anyway. He had a lot of stories about growing up in a NO bar so that's mainly what I think of. The very first image that comes to mind though is it being half underwater and dead people floating by. I've read too many vivid descriptions of the flood to ever get it out of my head. I just listened to a radio play about it the other day.
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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby DitsyD » Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:27 pm

nolafoodie wrote:Ditsy, as someone who has often taken St. Charles to get to work on Ash Wednesday, I can't say I find those bead trees magical. My usual thought is, "ugh, what a mess." However, it is sometimes amusing to see many of those beads still hanging the following Carnival season. :)

As for Cafe Du Monde, when did you visit? Lately, the French Market location has been the pits, and I wholeheartedly agree with your children's assessment. Morning Call is a superior destination for beignets. :)


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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby tj » Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:02 pm

The food! I was there for about ten days for a convention and I have never eaten so much in my life. We went eveywhere from the Quarter to Cajun Country and ate like royalty. It is the one time that I can honestly say I was not ready for more food.
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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby new cook » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:26 am

New Orleans is great! I was there the Easter weekend before Katrina hit, and my most memorable time there was having a meal at Dooky Chase's and meeting its proprietress, Leah Chase. That place is filled with history. And Leah amazed me, working at her age in such a hot kitchen with no air conditioning. :shock: I asked her how she could stand the heat and she just smiled and said, "You get used to it." I was so relieved to find out she and the restaurant survived Katrina.

That and, like Lucy, it was weird to me to see people walking around with open containers of alcohol on the streets.
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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby honeycomb » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:28 pm

Never been, love to go, happy birthday Nola!

I think of beignets and a friend who raved about chicory coffee after her visit there.
I am a big shrimp fan and love spice, so gumbo, Cajun, Creole all sound fun and adventurous to this lady who's used to Everything in Cream Of Mushroom Soup. :)
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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby Marz Epan » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:27 am

To visit New Orleans is on my bucket list. It is simply a must do for me. What comes to mind first is jazz, followed by food. My voice teacher grew up there and actually had a Mardi Gras party earlier this year. There are some cities on this planet you can breeze through and they would never make an impression on you. I can't imagine New Orleans is like that. I would love to go during Jazz Fest.
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Re: QOTD 9/11: In honor of Nolafoodie!

Postby okbye » Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:57 am

Bourbon Street! That's what the famous row of bars is called.
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