My trip to one of the most iconic places on Earth — New Orleans — was pretty darn great. I was attending Plenty Retreat, a conference geared to writers and food industry professionals focused on sustainability, and decided to make it a long weekend with my hubby. In my past life, I visited NOLA while supporting offices in that region, but haven’t been back in 20+ years. Some things have changed, especially after Katrina, but the spirit and history have remained.
Planning my 3.5 day trip was fun – I dug into local food writers’ blogs and read national articles about ‘the best’ places to eat and visit. Needless to say, my list was long, about 4 pages to be exact, so I had to pare it down since my available time amounted to only about 14 hours. . .
What a fabulous trip! I’m so happy you went. NOLA food is to die for. I must know more about those grits! Did they taste like they were cooked in cream? Was the texture super soft or did it have some chew? Any cheese?
Herbsaint is high on my list next trip, too. Can’t wait to see what recipes that trip inspires…
I’m pretty sure the grits were cooked in cream – they still had some tooth to them, which made them even more delicious. They were a mix of white/yellow, stone-ground at a local grist mill (I even ordered some online from McEwen & Sons). We definitely want to go back, but not just yet. . .we’re still reeling from all the good food and have to get back on our diets 🙂
Thanks for the tips! I’ve been ordering grits from Anson Mills for a while, but I’ll try those next. Probably best to consume that city in small doses. Way too much temptation for any of us who have little resolve when it comes to divine food and drink.
You are so right. . .small doses are best 🙂
Wow!! Great writing. Felt like I was there. Super blog.
Thank you! Maybe some day you guys will go — it’s such an amazing city.
What a fantastic trip. It sounds like you hit all the best places including our favorite The Spotted Cat on Frenchman Street. Always good so enjoy the music of NOLA after savoring their brilliant cuisine.
You love The Spotted Cat, too?!? We’ll have to catch up about that 🙂