|Cajun sausages pizza|
|crawfish etoufee and Natchitoches beef and pork pie|
As I have no medical or religious restrictions for the foods that I try, I found New Orleans an interesting place to experiment with foods. I had had gumbo, alligator, and po'boys before, but I wanted to see how people in New Orleans did them. Etoufees, crawfish,and beignettes were new to me-something to be anticipated. Besides that, I'd never experienced either Creole or Cajun cooking in their place of origin, so I was eager to give both a try.
The photos you see in this post are foods of New Orleans that I sampled and savored. I found each of the dishes delicious in its own way. The most difficult part of the experiment for me was, once I had found a dish I really enjoyed, to force myself to vary my explorations and try something new. I ended up cheating a bit in the process by ordering the same dish in another location "for the sake of comparison". That was the other fun part of the food exploration-changes in venue. None of the places I sampled from were four star restaurants. They ranged from neighborhood outdoor cafes to a blues music-themed restaurant whose entrance was hidden in a long alley surrounded by vibrant murals. I was not disappointed by any of my eating experiences and came across many pleasant surprises. As a visitor, I was one to step off of the beaten path and savored New Orleans. Food chains were not my goal, I could experience them at home. Local and authentic were the two criteria, especially in a city with access to fresh sea food. Excellent!
Thanks for visiting, feel free to drop by the Tavern again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.