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New Orleans foodie report

NJ yes loved it and def return but we also like to try many different places and i don't expect a couples trip for a few more years.

Apr 28, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

New Orleans foodie report

Thanks everyone!
Kids loved the voodoo flavour zapps lol also had the cheezes one too.
Ziggy yes maybe more butter needed.
We bought so many spices from NOLA where to begin :)

Apr 23, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

New Orleans foodie report

No problem. Its great to share with other foodie lovers :)

Apr 23, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

New Orleans foodie report

Thank you everyone for all your help and tips making this a memorable 10 year wedding anniversary. We will def be back

Tuesday we arrived mid morning after travelling since 2 am. We stayed at the Drury Inn hotel. We were quite happy with the location and the hospitality we received here. We were able to check in early and got upgraded to a 2 room suite which we loved the extra room. We then headed to Rousse's for water, wine, beer, spices.

We cracked open some wine,cheese & crackers and ate light as I was surprising my spouse with a NOSOC 2-4pm demo.

We had Michael as our chef and the whole experience was fun, informative and good eats. Chicken etouffee, crab & corn bisque and pralines with plenty of beer filled everyone at our table and then some. We purchased joe stuff, Kevin's and a cook book. My husband was so thrilled with the surprise.

We then ventured to Napoleon house for a Pimm's cup. Quite Devine and both thought this will be our summer drink to introduce others to.

Off we went to the Carasoul Bar . Very pretty and good for people watching but i get motion sickness easily and I sensed this was going to happen so been there saw it left.

Next Mr B's and we sat at the bar and shared BBQ shrimp. I had a grapefruit margarita and hubby a Sazarec. We enjoyed chatting with the bartender who was full of knowledge. He insisted we wear bibs for these shrimp. They were good but thought the sauce was missing something and didn't get wow'd like we thought we would. We walked and walked and went back to our hotel early night as travelled since 2am.
Wednesday
Set out around 9:30 and took the St Charles street car to the very end of the line. Loved seeing the gorgeous homes and architecture, trees. We got off at Washington street and headed to the Lafette Cemetery, So much history and interesting tombs many which were run down others well kept.

Next lunch at Commander's Palace. WOW sums it up we have never experienced anything like it and a highlight of our trip. The service was beyond impeccable from the moment we walked in the front door to leaving out the kitchen talking to the chef and him autographing our menu. ( we collect menus from all our vacations and they hang in our kitchen) we got a garden room that we had requested a CH suggestion. It was gorgeous,

I had chicken tuscan,white beans, truffle oil with gumbo soup. My husband the grilled oyster, blue cheese salad with turtle soup. We tried each others and loved it all. Even the garlic bread was so crispy and tasty.I enjoyed several martinis :)

We were pretty full but our waiter sold us on a desert with caramel and pralines. WOW again and we are not desert people. They also wrote on the plate in chocolate happy anniversary which was a special touch.

After rolling out of here we walked by Sandra Bullock and John Goodman's home and hooked up with some other CP patrons that were quite happy from their 25cent martinis. We all had good laughs and we end up at a new Wine tasting room that just opened on valentines day. Got to meet the owner from California and their dog that greets you.had a sparkling wine.
We walked back to St Charles and took the street car back to our hotel. We freshened up and head out to jazz in Washington Square Wednesdays. Great music, people all out enjoying themselves and the nice fresh air. We had a few grilled oysters and Ambita Strawberry beer . Mingled with a few people as everyone was so friendly and we are back at our hotel for another early night.
Thursday
We set out and walked everywhere our feet would take us. Frencharket, FQ, bourbon. We had a bloody Mary at Molly's. We stopped at General Grocery and picked up a Muffalata sandwich to share. These are huge and easily shared by 2 people. They were soooo good. We paired it with a beer each we bought next door at the variety store and took our lunch El Fresco dining to the Mississippi River where many were doing the same. We stopped for Beignot's in take out line from Cafe du Monde. They were very hot at first and tasty but we didn't eat all three. We had met 2 ladies from Canada near us in line and we gave them good food drink recommendations and NOSC suggestion.
We went to El Gato Negro for a Margarita (my spouse had the carrot lime he loved and i had Cilantro lime) these have to be the best we have ever had) bought a few souvenirs at the market. My spouse had a alligator sausage on a stick. We went to FQF walked the grounds listened to music (Irma Thomas playing she was great) left the FQ walked into more stores and had an Ambita beer in Lafittes oldest bar. We had a Hurricane on the patio by the water fountain with the sun shining at Pat obrien's.
We hit Luke's at HH and we have to say they were about the best raw oysters we have ever had and 50cents. We had 6 of the fried oysters as well , c 1/2 price wine. They were very slow getting the oysters out so the manager came over and gave us a samplers platter of all types of pate, chutneys, mustards complimentary for our wait. We then headed back to our hotel grabbed few veggies and drinks at kickback, little Yahtzee in our room and called it a night.

Friday
Headed out to watch the FQF kick off parade at 10am. enjoyed the parade walked and walked picking up more souvenirs stopped at Market Place Cafe enjoyed a Bloody. Mary & hubby and I shared a Crawfish boil while listening to a band play. This was our appetizer as we went an hour or so later to Verti Merte for All That Jazz Po boy. There was only a few customers ahead of us waiting for their food but it does take awhile as one man show prepping. We took it to go and found a place few blocks over by French. Market.. Sat down and looked beside us and another couple in line in front of us at VM looked at us and started laughing as we picked the same spot to indulge in this out of this world experience. Oh my!!! Shrimp , mushrooms. Tomatoes, bacon and not sure what other meats covered in a sloppy goop that drips everywhere whats not to like? It was def out of this world . We shared one and both of us left a bite or two as so filling.

Off we went to see Dr John and what a zoo that was . We didn't stay too long as the crowds were too much for this show. We headed to NOSOC and picked up a box of pralines for the kids and then went to see Amanda Shaw. She was great and such talent in a young lady. Really enjoyed her. Had a blah tasting Jambalaya at the festival and my spouse a beef brisket. Neither dishes worth talking about,

My feet had blisters on the bottom from walking and walking so we went to Drago's to finish our bucket list of food and have the char grilled oysters. Ordered a dozen they were very good, too rich for me so hubby enjoyed a few of mine, I had a blue cheese bacon wedge salad, on the watery side and hubby ordered a shrimp pine nut dish . 1 wine 2 beers and $85 was not WOW'd but been there done it. The best was chatting with a nice couple from norther louisanna next to us that loved food too so we hit it off well.
I also have to mention The 2 ladies we met the day before at Cafe Du Monde were waiting for a table at Drago's we hugged and she said thanks so much for all your suggestions we did them all and were top notch thanks to Chowhound,

From here we headed back to our hotel with aching everything to start packing
Our foodie bucket list was all ticked off not bad for our first visit to NOLA and it will not be our last.
étouffée
Jambalaya
Gumbo
Mr B BBQ. Shrimp
Crawfish boil
Chargrilled oysters
Raw oysters
Bisque
Turtle soup
Alligator sausage
Assorted pralines and Zapp's chips

Apr 22, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Best crayfish boil?

We had great tasting boiled crawfish from marketplace cafe. rousse's smelt Devine too when we walked by,
This was our first trying crawfish and was on our bucket list,

Apr 22, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

FQF food list

I wasnt all that impressed with the food concessions

Apr 19, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Back from NOLA had an amazing time.
I will do a chow review but will start a new thread since this one is at record 300 replies lol

Apr 15, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans
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FQF food list

Good points. It was at the food concessions when you first walk in by the stage closest to casino and hilton/drago's
Then keep walking next stage was the abita with food concessions.
It was last item to try in nola from my list. $5 or $6 and dumped most tasted like mushy rice .oh well

Apr 15, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

FQF food list

I had jambalaya at the festival and was so blah.

Apr 14, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Thanks your a doll!
W ll gve a report when we rtn.

Thanks everyone for your input and help

Apr 07, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

FQF food list

FQF list of Foods. Which are the must try restaurants and their small plates should not be missed?

Apr 07, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

crack the Galatoire's code

the clam pizza's at Domenica at HH seemed devine. I too am thinking reconsidering our dining reservation there as so much NO food. Then again we will be eating so much NOLA foods at the FQF and maybe a pizza may be craved

Apr 07, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

I did not see Cochon Butcher on the food lineup for the FQF. to be serving their Cochon De Lait

Apr 07, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Yipeeeeeeee . I am so excited we start our journey early morning tomorrow for NOLA

First stop Verti marte's All That Jazz (share) then off to NOSC for a surprise for my spouse. Evening hit Acme's for oysters. Carriage ride, glimpse of Bourbon street at Sunset, hurricane at Pat O's and head back to our hotel as we will be exhausted as been up since 2am

Apr 07, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

french quarter fest

I didnt know they had a app for it. Im canadian so dont want A lot of roaming fees going on apps.
Unless use a wifi area

Apr 02, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Thanks sweatpea.
I also didn't want a nice leather purse getting yucked up with sticky drinks and other things on our food pub crawls.

Great will bring the crossbody bag

Apr 02, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

I too like the weight distribution as well having a bag can hold more then just hotel key, lipstick, and small camera .
Our hotel is outside the FQ so we wont want to walk back and forth to drop off small items in hotel as one could do with hotel in the FQ.
Yes i read the oyster thread on varities and gritty sandy ones being cleaned etc,

Apr 02, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

NJ I will.. have a great time on your upcoming trip too..
packing began on the weekend and out buying few things needed for trip.

I think I will bring a cross body bag as i can throw in water bottle or two. few purchases. camera. STUFF. MY small over shoulder purse wont hold water . I noticed the straps on these bags are almost like seatbelt material so for a pick pocketer be hard to cut the strap.

Apr 01, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

I wanted to bring a purse cross body but they are too small to put in a few items (camera, bottled water etc and dressier shoes to thrown on for restaurants. I have plantar fascitis so for our longer walking I got a pair of walking shoes but prefer to wear something more feminine once we get to a bar etc,
Is a cross body bag bring too much attention?
The straps are thicker harder for someone to cut strap

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Apr 01, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

We are going to attend the 2-4 cooking class at NOSC as a surprise for my spouse the first afternoon we arrive. Give us some introduction to cuisine and history.

Apr 01, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Thanks gizmo.
Someone had mentioned they have a HH as a good time to go as Sazarec drinks are $$$

One week will be there. Very excited for our first trip to NOLA

Apr 01, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Just to clarify the rosevolt hotel has Domenica restaurant in it as well as the Sazerac bar in it (known for their Ramon Fizz drinks)?? Both places happy hour is 3-6pm?

I believe this hotel is between FQ and route back to our hotel Drury Inn we are staying at?

Mar 31, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

french quarter fest

Great suggestions and i will highlight some of these food must try's too. I find the map of stages overwhelming when its our first time going and dont know our way around.

Dr john,Irma Thomas and amanda Shaw are on our list to see.

Mar 31, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

True but i have to say with younger kids we never eat later then 6:30pm so 9pm way to late for us.

Mar 28, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Getting very excited 2 weeks for our first trip to NOLA!

If we have breakfast at our hotel and head out for the french Quarterfest afternoon and early evening there seems to be enough food selections (small plates ) i have seen on the festival website to try so many things from good restaurants. I'm wondering if skipping dinner reservations those days might be a good idea??? Can only eat so much and may save a few $$ going to a nice restaurant to really not appreciate it as grazing all day

Mar 26, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Where to find "clean" oysters in NOLA?

What are the raw oysters like at the french market? Raw oysters and a bloody Mary from molly's seems like a devine pair.

Mar 26, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Any thoughts on the cooking school demo class?

Mar 23, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Wow one stop shopping at Rousess's lol

Mar 22, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

rouses variety store serves crawfish boil or is this restaurant?

Mar 22, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans

Best crayfish boil?

Ok great.where is THE place to go for it?

Mar 22, 2014
palmtree38 in New Orleans