Louisiana Blur

Just like I thought in my last post, the rest of my time in Louisiana I was in a food coma. I had a mater plan to write about each day I was there, but I ate so much naps were a necessity! I did succeed in taking lots of photos though!

Here are my top two must try food items.

Crawfish!

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Before…50lbs of crawfish.

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After! Defeated by the crawfish!

When the family I was staying with realized I had never had crawfish, they decided that had to change. We gathered the troops and ordered a whopping 50 pounds of crawfish.

I have to say I was nervous… after all they still had heads on them.

I am glad this didn’t stop me because this was one of the tastiest things I have eaten in my life.

In addition to the actual crawfish, really enjoyed the potatoes that come with it. They cook them with the crawfish, so they soak up all the seasonings and were delicious.

I would recommend starting with a mild spice. It is just right so you can actually taste the savoriness of the crawfish. The spice can sneak up on you the more you eat, so be careful.

Gumbo!

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Homemade chicken and sausage gumbo.

The next day we all gathered again to cross yet another food of the list of things to try for the first time.

So the true way of eating this is to add a scoop of potato salad to the gumbo. It thickens the broth and is really good. I opted to keep it on the side with my baked sweet potatoes.

This was delicious! I also really enjoyed the sausage that was used;  spicy cajun sausage. It added just enough spice to the savory gumbo.

Eat more!

If you head to Louisiana, I think these are two of the things you must eat! Other than the beignets, boudin sausage, and cracklins. Google them! It is all amazing.

I can’t wait to go back this September and eat through the state once again. This time I will be packing the yoga pants!

PS: The header image is a panorama photo of the view I had in my hotel room in New Orleans. The main road you see is Canal St with bourbon St. 2 blocks down.

 

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Louisiana Day 1: Food, Food, Food

I think I should be calling this trip “Eating Through Louisiana” with how much food I have eaten just in the past 30 or so hours since I arrived here. There has been beignets, cajun shrimp and rice, and cajun boudin sausage. So much food and so little time!

After flying overnight for the first time, I arrived in New Orleans about 5:00 a.m. It was nice flying overnight because you don’t loose a whole day traveling, but you do loose a couple hours because a nap is inevitable. Also, since we were already up, there was no better way than to start my trip than with coffee and beignets.

 

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An order of Beignets and Coffe au lait from Cafe Du Monde (PC: Monica Dattage)

If you’re diabetic I don’t know if this is the best breakfast choice for you; because it is like eating pure sugar. I definitely got a little bit of a sugar rush after eating this.

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The sign outside of the entrance to Cafe Du Monde in The French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. (PC: Monica Dattage)

I had read a few blogs leading up to this trip about the do’s and don’ts of New Orleans, and I sure am happy I remembered the tip they recommend about Cafe Du Monde. Tip: Don’t wear black and don’t put anything valuable, or that you want to keep clean on the table.

 

I watched a lady at the next table dressed in a black t-shirt and jeans take a bit of a beignet.  As you can imagine seeing the amount of powdered sugar in the photo above, more than half of it ended up on her shirt and pants. Not something that is easy to clean off!

After a good breakfast it was time to hit the road to head up north to Ville Platte where I am staying for a few days with family. While we passed through Baton Rouge and Lafayette, I decided to catch up on some sleep.

Dinner had to have been the best things I have eaten in a long time! (besides the beignets) We had Shrimp étouffée …YUMMY! I wish I had taken a photo because it was beautiful. I am making sure the recipe comes home with me.

The rest of the day was spent in a food coma (just like I’m sure the rest of this trip is going to be). Were already planning when were going to eat what since I have never eaten crawfish or gumbo before. I’ll be sure to share photos!

I can’t wait to see what else we get to do while were here. There are also rumors we might do a swamp tour. Not having a set plan is typically a bit hard for me, but instead of being go, go, go I get to enjoy each bit as we go.

For more of my adventure, check back here soon! If I get recipes I’ll try and share those too!

Adventure Awaits!

For as long as I can remember I have never really been content with where I am. I’m not talking about school or work, I am talking about my physical location right now. I have what most call Wanderlust.

 

Wanderlust is a strong or irresistible impulse to travel. If you really think about it, the odds that you are able to travel to every destination possible is practically impossible. You know what I have to say to that? Try to get as close to everywhere as possible!

So with that, Tonight I am embarking on my farthest trip east to date. I am headed to Louisiana! Land of festivals and beignets! (Yes, I am talking about the ones from Cafe du Monde and yes, I am going to eat as many as I can.)

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One of the things I love about traveling is being shocked. I want to be shocked by the fact that people live differently than I do; that there is more than one definition of “normal” in the world. And above everything else, that it is okay to have differences between people and cultures.

I will be honest, the one thing I am not looking forward to when traveling is the weather. That is one thing that will shock me no matter what. I grew up in San Diego and was spoiled by the sunny and 75 temperatures practically all year round. I don’t even think I knew what the word humidity actually meant till my trip to Central America in 2013.

Here’s what is in store for me when I hop off the plane in the morning… I am not prepared!

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So here’s to everyone’s inner wanderlust desires! Check back here through out the week, as I will be trying to share my adventures with you.