Last weekend I spontaneously went to New Orleans, LA to celebrate a friends birthday and went to the OTRII tour ( I had nose bleed seats but great concert). The food was amazing, I probably gained like 20lbs but it was worth it!!!!! Last year my friends and I went to New Orleans to celebrate my 30th and we were in more of the tourist area. This time around we were out of the tourist area and gained more of an authentic experience and cuisine. Here are some of the foods I had the pleasure of eating!!!!!
CAFE PORCHE & SNOWBAR: Smothered Shrimp and Grits
Now I have eaten a lot of shrimp and grits in my day ( live in Atlanta sooo..) but this has got to be the best Shrimp and Grits I ever had!!! The Shrimp is so fresh, delicate and cooked just right. You can actually taste the body of water it came from ( that is a good thing). My favorite part is that they did not skimp on the shrimp ( some places only give like 4 shrimps). The broth is a fish broth has great flavor that is complimented the fish. The grits is creamy, soft and well seasoned. What I like is that the shrimp, broth and grits are individually seasoned and but doesn’t not over power one or the other. The service was great, very attentive. The food came out pretty quickly.There is a little bit of heat in the dish but it is not overpowering at all. If your wondering about the snowbar my far had a snow cone and she loved it. Best of all it is a B.O.B ( black own business). So if your in New Orleans check this place out, I know I will definitely be back!!!!
ORLEANS MARKET PLACE CAJUN SEAFOOD
Now this place is the shit!!!!!!!! You get a lot of seafood with affordable prices. So on my first stop ( yes I went there twice) I got a half a pound of shrimp and 1 potato and I corn. The shrimp does have the head and the outer shell, so you do have to work to get to the shrimp but it is worth it!! The shrimp has an old bay seasoning flavor ( but is 10 times better) and has some heat. The head of the shrimp has a lot of flavor so suck in those juices and you will be in heaven. The potatoes and corn also have the old bay type seasoning and packs some heat. On my second stop I got a half a pound of shrimp and a pound of crawfish. The crawfish has the same seasoning as the shrimp but is twice as spicy. My mouth was on fire, my eyes were watering but I could not and would not stop eating. All the seafood is fresh. This place is not fancy by any means. They give you the food in a bag and I don’t think they had any eating utensils. There is usually a long going out the door!!! But great seafood!!!!
CAFE DU MONDE: Beignets
Last year was the first time I tried Café Du Monde beignets and they were light, airy sweet ( the powdered sugar definitely added to the flavor) and taste but not overly sweet. This year the beignets are completely different. The beignets were very doughy and dense( it was sort of like biting in a doughnut) but still had sweet flavor. I am not sure if they changed the recipe of not but it was definitely different. I think it would of been really good if it came with maple syrup. The beignets were served in orders of threes for under $3.00.