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New Orleans: The First Day

Near Jackson Square.

Near Jackson Square.

New Orleans’ French Quarter in the summer is like NYC in the summer circa 1987.  Lots of panhandlers accosting you in friendly or not so friendly ways, the smell of warm garbage wafting through the air or a combination of garbage and cigarette smoke, and tourists dressed minimally and looking more like they are going to a baseball game or bar-b-que when entering an elegant restaurant.  Throw in Southern hospitality and the constant blast of hot air from the Mississippi River and you’ve got the Quarter.

My bride and I just completed a lovely week in Louisiana’s charming city.  On the first day alone we went on a food tour visiting old restaurants and eating po’ boys, seafood gumbo, jambalaya, beignets and muffulettas!

Muffuletta

Muffuletta

Jambalaya

Jambalaya

Our first night we ate at Arnaud’s, a family owned and operated restaurant since 1918.  We had the Shrimp Arnaud, cold, fresh shrimp served with horseradish remoulade (available for purchase at restaurant and local stores).  I had the asparagus brie soup du jour. The asparagus served fingernail tiny.  Delicious start.

Shrimp Arnaud

Shrimp Arnaud

Asparagus and Brie Soup

Asparagus Brie Soup

Our pre-dinner drinks were Pisco Punch; brandy with citrus flavors and the Ruby Daiquiri; Cruzan rum mixed with ruby, agave and lemon juice.  A refreshing start to the vacation and evening.

Ruby Daiquiri

Ruby Daiquiri

Pisco Punch

Pisco Punch

The bread arrived warm.  We looked at each other when no bread plates were proffered.  One of our waiters came by and said, yes, you have no plates because in true Creole fashion you make a mess.  The wait staff was playful, friendly and attentive though not intrusive.

Arnaud Bread

Arnaud Bread

For the main course we had the crab cakes and Louisiana quail with seafood boudin (crab cakes with chopped sausage).  My bride has had many versions of crab cakes and declared this one the best, noting how fresh and crabby they were, tasting no filler.  Every bite was a crunchy and chewy delight.  My quail was spicy and tender the boudin a pleasant side dish.

Arnaud Crab Cakes

Arnaud Crab Cakes

Arnaud Louisiana Quail

Arnaud Louisiana Quail

Then for dessert we had the crème brûlée.  Crack crack the browned coating went revealing the creamiest brûlée we’ve ever tasted.

Arnaud Crème Brûlée

Arnaud Crème Brûlée

Pricey but you know quality when you taste it.  A leisurely dinner and tough to equal for the rest of the week.

What a first day!

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12 comments on “New Orleans: The First Day

  1. Lawrence Davis
    June 1, 2015

    Can’t wait to have you and your bride fix us some good food!

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    • Andrew Davis
      June 1, 2015

      we can tell you about it. that’s a compromise. thanks for dropping by!

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  2. Venus❥Lotus
    June 2, 2015

    Ohhh boy! What an amazing day! Looks like you guys did some gooood eatin’..whew! I’d sure love to try that Jambalaya..and those crab cakes..aaand those cocktails! *grabby hands*
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    • Andrew Davis
      June 2, 2015

      Thank you for the response! I write the copy but it is my lovely bride who makes the pictures look good. Like your pictures, words do not do justice to the taste! I am developing a taste for cocktails. They are too refreshing to pass up!

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      • Venus❥Lotus
        June 3, 2015

        Well great collaborative work!
        So tell me..those beignets, how good were they?! I’ve always wanted a beignet & cafe au lait from Cafe du Monde!

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      • Andrew Davis
        June 3, 2015

        The beignets were alright. A little bready. Still good, like a super soft funnel cake. Maybe a little too sweet for my taste. I don’t drink coffee but she enjoyed the coffee, especially the coffee with chicory.

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      • Venus❥Lotus
        June 3, 2015

        That’s usually my complaint with most desserts as well, way too sweet..or unnecessarily drowned in powdered sugar.

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  3. The Lost Daisy
    June 2, 2015

    Reblogged this on The Lost Daisy and commented:
    “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” – Tennessee Williams

    I am beginning to believe Williams! New Orleans…..love, love, love it! What a city!

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    • Andrew Davis
      June 2, 2015

      Of course… I’ve never been to Cleveland. Watching Major League probably doesn’t count.

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      • The Lost Daisy
        June 4, 2015

        True..true…been only to Cincinnati and Dayton–never going back there again. But perhaps Cleveland is just alright.

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  4. Travelosio
    July 30, 2015

    I will go to Georgia next week for 3 months, my partner and I are thinking of going to New Orleans for a few days. Would love to see the French Quarter and the Mississippi River. I am reading through all your travel posts 🙂

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  5. Andrew Davis
    July 30, 2015

    You will love it! So photogenic and bursting with diverse culture! (New Orleans… not my blog… grin)

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