New Orleans not only has a wide variety of food to choose from, it has the best food to choose from. I suppose we all have the French to thank for this. They have such a love affair with food and do it better than anyone else. (Just ask Julia Child).
My love for food started when I was a teenager.
The Food Network had a show called Emeril Live and I tuned in every time it was on. As you probably know Emeril (we are on a first name basis) has a “larger-than-life” personality and his famous “BAM” made it easy to watch him cook. As I observed him in his element I began to see that his love for food was his secret ingredient. His passion was contagious and it moved me out of the living room and into the kitchen.
I loved experimenting in the kitchen. Taking recipes and modifying them as I went. And just like that I found my creative outlet. I found cooking to be like anything, the more I practiced, the better I got and the more I enjoyed it.
New Orleans is a foodies playground!
Derek and I ate at some famously fabulous places like Antoine’s Restaurant, Cafe Du Monde and ACME Oyster House. We were blown away by their history, service and flavors!
For example, Antoine’s has been in business since 1840 and seats up to 1,000 guests. This gem has been owned by the same family and needless to say they value tradition. I had Bisque d’ecrevisses which is Louisiana crawfish reduced to a thick, rich, and well-seasoned soup and Huitres Thermidor, fresh Louisiana oysters baked on the half shell with a bacon and tomato sauce. I’m now ruined and cannot eat oysters anywhere else as long as I live! I must not leave out they offer .25 cent Martinis. No that’s not a typo. They offer Martinis for a quarter and I of course declined this at the beginning of our lunch. (It was only 11 a.m. and I dont’ even drink!) After a little bisque and those oysters from heaven, white table clothes and chandeliers I called over our waiter Paul and ordered one. It just didn’t seem right to leave that out of this experience. And I finished with Meringue glacee sauce chocolat, vanilla ice cream on a light toasted meringue draped with chocolate fudge sauce.
Oh and I must add Paul and his assistant were the absolute best servers ever. I didn’t sneeze without them appearing at the table with a tissue. It was real service and they loved giving it. Paul gave us his business card before we left and let us know that we should ask for him next time and they would let us in for free. :0)
We worked in four miles of walking each day in order to work in this kind of eating.
Being a big fan of Emeril, Derek did his research and made reservations at Delmonico Steakhouse on our second night in the city. Actually I’m a bigger fan than ever after hearing what he did after Hurricane Katrina. He reached out to all his contacts in the business and coordinated a website that helped his loyal staff find work wherever they had been displaced. He’s got a great heart and I loved the simplicity of Delmonico. I felt like I was having dinner at a friend’s house. Jazz music was in the background and the food was front and center. The Moroccan Spiced Lamb was accompanied by lamb sausage and a tomato chickpea sauce cooked to perfection. Dessert was a mini Lemon Meringue Pie.
If that doesn’t make you hungry I don’t know what will.
Now that I’m back home I always remember the secret ingredient that makes everything better…love.
Hungry for More, A. Monika
p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!