Sorry about the delay in updates, loyal followers! I spent New Year’s in New Orleans, Louisiana, where my beloved Michigan Wolverines were playing in the Sugar Bowl for just the second time in history. A few of my Michigan friends flew down to see the game, which we were undeservedly lucky enough to win.
The other highlight of the trip was eating all the delicious food New Orleans has to offer! A few of my friends had alligator poboys (1) from Pierre Maspero’s, while I had the crawfish etouffee (2). Alligator just tastes like rubbery chicken but the seasoning they had on this was so good, my friends said they should have just served it without the bread. As you can see from the crawfish etouffee, Cajun food isn’t really the most photogenic. It looks a lot like slop, which is why I don’t have a picture of chicken and andouille gumbo from the Gumbo Shop, which is pretty good for the price ($8.50 for a bowl).
Our last day, we tried to go to the Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter, but they don’t take reservations. When we got there, there was a line outside the door estimated to be about 45 minutes! We weren’t going to stand in the cold, so next door is Bourbon House, which was able to seat us immediately. The table shared some oysters, and then I had paneed veal and crab with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus (3). Yum! Others had grilled tuna, catfish, rib-eye, or chicken, and everyone was really happy with the meal. I’d definitely recommend going there.
Finally, the best part of the food in New Orleans is Cafe du Monde! Located right across from Jackson Square, Cafe du Monde is known for its beignets (basically funnel cakes) and cafe au lait (coffee with hot milk). We quickly learned that going here when there is any daylight at all is a mistake, since there are huge lines for both eating in and takeout. Out of the four days I was in NOLA, I ate beignets for three of them and had cafe au lait the other day.
I had a great time in New Orleans! Good food, Michigan win, what could be better!? (Answer: LSU national championship. Geaux Tigers!)