I’m recovering from a lot of travel last week. In the midst of relocating to San Francisco, I went on my first work trip: to North Carolina for a meeting and to New Orleans for two-day photo shoot for one of our clients! Pretty exciting, and how fortunate I am for the opportunity to meet my new clients in person. First stop was North Carolina for a meeting. Before the meeting, I ate at the Paula Deen Kitchen and enjoyed a Shrimp Po’Boy and Gumbo. By the looks below, you can see it was delicious. And devoured. 🙂
From North Carolina we went to New Orleans. I had been to the city once before but that was about 10 years ago for the Essence Music Festival. A few things are different now, including me being an aspiring foodie! If I was gonna do some good eatin’, I guess Nawlins was the best place to do it. From fresh made pork rinds to beignets to foie gras, I had a wide range of delicious food and it was the best way to ring in my 25th year.
To celebrate our first night we ate at Herbsaint, which came as a recommendation, but after I checked the reviews on this place, I knew it was going to be a winner. The Housemade Spaghetti was recommended by locals and on review sites like Yelp so it had to be tried. And it was FABULOUS! Pork Belly, Curried Shrimp, Slow Cooked Lamb Neck were among the chosen entrees. All were delicious but the one entree that won most praise was the lamb neck, which is what I ordered. It was flash fried, so a little crunch on the outside but tender, moist and flavorful as you enjoyed it. Mm mm mm… Oh, and dessert! It was divine. Malted Milk Chocolate Mousse! Mmm!
The next day, in between scenes, I decided to break away and treat myself to some fried dough deliciousness in the form of a beignet! The woman who doesn’t drink coffee also decided to have a Cafe au Lait. Well, when in New Orleans, you have to visit Cafe du Monde!
So I’m not going to get to into the shoots, but I was able to meet Archie Manning during my stint in New Orleans. He has a restaurant – Manning’s – that is in conjunction with Harrah’s New Orleans. It’s the classiest sports bar I’ve ever been to, and think it’s the perfect place to watch the game. I mean, come on, look at the seating here!
For our last dinner in New Orleans we went to ROOT. ROOT was phenomenal. It is probably the most interesting place I have ever eaten. Things that you wouldn’t think would be on the menu together, were. KFC (Korean Fried Chicken), Foie Gras in the form of Dippin’ Dots and a lollipop, aloo gobi, pickled shrimp with deviled eggs, roasted peaches and goat cheese, rice noodle salad with tofu, cohiba smoked scallops (those came out in a cigar box) with the amuse bouche being rabbit with fig and wild mushrooms with an au jus. EVERYTHING was delicious! AND I was super impressed with how knowledgable the servers were. Nothing like people who have pride in their product!
Side note: I didn’t know what amuse bouche was, so if you don’t either:
Amuse-bouche: a single served hor d’ourve that cannot be ordered from a menu by patrons, but, when served, are done so for free and according to the chef’s selection alone. The French term translates to “mouth amuser.”
After dinner, there was a bit of dancing fun afterward. How could there not be? It’s such a soulful place! The music pours out of establishments on Bourbon and Frenchmen Streets. It’s impossible not to move your body a bit. You also must visit the oldest open bar in the United States when you’re there. Yes, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop opened in 1762. Enjoy a purple voodoo and listen to some tunes by the pianist!
The best part of the trip was the people! Everyone was so nice, ultra accommodating and full of life. It’s infectious. I can hardly wait to go to New Orleans in December with my friend and her family. So many places still left to uncover, and some new favorites to revisit! Any suggestions for my next trip? I’m all ears!
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!! You have until August 31st at 11:59pm PST. Good luck!