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Dawnald’s Big New Orleans Adventure, Part 2

Gird your loins, my friends!  Dawnald is back to regale you with the second post about her adventures in Southern eating, and this is a good one!

Check out yesterday’s post about her unique eats in N’Awlins if you missed it!

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For my New Orleans Post I thought I would create a central theme around the ‘Best of the Best’ because really, they did have some of the best food I have ever tasted in certain categories.

We hopped on the trolley and while we waited, we spotted this interesting individual ‘shoe shopping’ atop the garbage can.

"Do These Match my Outfit?"

We went to the Camellia Grill, which is a restaurant straight out of the 50’s where they serve you at counter top booths and will do anything to make you happy.

Including wearing the glasses of course……..

 

Anyway, their hamburgers, onion rings AND chocolate milk shake were the BEST I have ever had. They were eaten so fast, no picture was taken. We also found no need to indulge in dinner.

Next up on the best of list, is the beignets served at Café Du Monde. This eatery has been open since the origination of the French Market and they serve one thing and one thing only, beignets. Pronounced Ben-yays. They are these incredible, deep fried, pastries, covered in powdered sugar.

Of course, we also needed to purchase the hats that all of the servers wear. They were a steal at 15 cents each!

Now, the next thing I would like to rave about is not something I have ever had, so I suppose it does not fit in the ‘best of’ category but it did get ingested in N’Awlins and it was DELICIOUS, so here goes.

For those of you have never heard of a Po’Boy, hold on to your knickers. If you are a fan of subs, a Po’Boy is an incredibly fantastic alternative to this and they are HUGE. So if you buy one, you know you have lunch and dinner lined up. They are served on fresh, French bread, with mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, and then whatever else you decide to order; fried shrimp, meatballs, fried or grilled chicken, etc. We went to Johnny’s Po’Boys TWICE because we were told it was the best around. Not only did we find the food scrumptious….

But the service was certainly done with a big ol’ smile……

Finally, we can not talk about New Orleans without discussing Bourbon Street. However, food is not really the highlight of this little treasure. So let’s talk about the best of the bubbly because Bourbon Street has it.

The Hurricane…

The Hurricane is three shots of rum and some crazy, smooth mix, that was made popular by the Jimmy Buffet song, ‘5 O’clock Somewhere’. It is so easy to drink, that before you know it, you have had two…or three. It can make you look like this…….

 

Or do things like this……


We also have another little beauty that is a Bourbon street fave, called the ‘Hand Grenade.’ I have absolutely no idea what is in that, as it was ordered later in the evening but it tasted almost like Mountain Dew mixed with something. Anyway, they come in these hilarious containers and after polishing off one of these babies, we were ready to call it a night.

In the morning, we had one of those sneaky little guys staring up at us from near the overturned coffee table….

Just look at that sneaky smile, mocking our hangovers.

Anywho, I could write a novel about the food on my trip and get even further into the Cajun, Creole and down home Southern food but I think I’ve given you enough motivation to get your self down to New Orleans and eat, drink and be merry!

And in the spirit of the blog, don’t worry, the fitness room was well used on the trip. Although I must admit, I came home with my pants just a tad more snug 😉 But isn’t that what vacations are for?

Dawnald’s Questions:

  • Do you keep up with your usual eats on a vacation?
  • If not, how do you balance out the fantastic food with keeping fit?

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Guest Post (from my friend Dawn!) Unique Eating in N’Awlins

Hey guys!

Since I am still busy off my face with work stuff and I don’t have time myself to put up an interesting, funny, or thought-provoking post, I have a special treat for you which is just that!

My good friend Dawn McGuckin from high school has decided to grace you all with her presence with a deliciously entertaining guest post about her recent trip to New Orleans.

Dawn & Lindsey Way Back Playback - Grade 12 Formal

Lindsey & Dawn Now

I’m excited for one of my real friends to do a guest post (not that you guys are not, but you know ;)).  If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have seen her pop up from time to time.  So without further adieu, here is Dawnald!

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Allo,

If you are an avid reader of this blog, you have seen and heard about some of my antics with Miss Lindsey Evanoff, so I’m sure you can get a feel for the kind of gal that I am. I also think that you may find that our writing styles and sense of humour tend to be a little Mary Kate and Ashley, but that’s OK. You can’t have too much of a good thing 😉

We Like to Clap

I wanted to guest blog for a couple of reasons. I really believe in the message of Lindz’s blog. A healthy lifestyle is key and is something I didn’t understand during my formative university years. As a result, I packed on a sultry 40 pounds. I slowly worked away at getting rid of this poundage and it has fortunately hit the road over the last couple of years, as I have hit the elliptical (I’m not quite the running fan that Lindz is). However, in keeping with the spirit of HOH, I LOVE food and so my main reason for wanting to share is because I just had the most incredible culinary experience in New Orleans and felt the world needed to know about the little American treasure that is ‘N’Awlins’.

Glasses Gals

My fam and I on our way to the Big Easy. I think it’s safe to say our genetics are undeniable.

The first three nights of our trip, we stayed in Jackson, Mississippi with a friend of ours, Katty and her husband Larry, who were kind enough to room and board our crazy selves. On our second night, we went to Cock of the Walk. I could really have a field day with that name, but since this must remain family friendly, I’ll leave it alone. However, along with a unique name, came unique cuisine. It was certainly a night of firsts for all of us.

First out came our corn bread. The waitress comes out with a hot pan and the corn bread still in it and a big part of the meal is her flipping it in front of you. I’m not really sure what this did but it was darn entertaining!

Jusssst Flippin' the Cornbread

We were then treated to some grits and fried onions. These went unpictured but I fell in love with them when they were cooked with something like onion, or some kind of other seasoning. They often came plain on the side of a lot of dishes and they could be gooey. So the low down on grits is that they can range from bland to downright delicious. If you ever come across them on a Southern menu, go for it! Just make sure they are seasoned with something.

Following the cornbread and grits, the least appealing part of the meal was turnip greens. If you have ever heard of collared greens, these are probably their less appealing sibling. I think this picture speaks for itself.

Turnip Greens Love

At least my sister enjoyed them…..hehe.

Next up was a ridiculously large plate of fries and fried cat fish. Here in good old Canada, I must admit, I’ve thrown quite the temper tantrum when I pull one of these dirty bad boys out of the water when fishing. However, they are a ‘specialty’ in the good ol’ South. I must admit, it was appealing and something I would absolutely try here in Canada….if there weren’t other superior options like salmon, sole, haddock, halibut, you get my drift.

We couldn’t even finish the plate between the five of us!

A little side dish that deserves an honourable mention is fried pickles. Every time my girl Snookie dug into these on the Shore, I always felt a little sick inside but they are FANTASTIC.  I highly recommend them and I know they are increasing in their popularity around these parts thanks to everyone’s favourite reality TV pumpkin.

Overall the meal had it’s ups and downs, but what definitely tipped the scale to the positive were the beautiful prison standard plates and cups that they were served on.

Clearly my mom is drunk with love for them.

I would give Mississippi food a 7/10. We had some amazing pizza, the aforementioned dinner and I even got to go to the Olive Garden! This was my favourite restaurant in the world before they tore out a bit of my soul and removed the franchise from Ontario about ten years ago. Anytime I’m around one, I always make sure to go, and Jackson’s version did not disappoint.

However, the food lovin’ is about to go from good to chart topping as we leave Jackson and head to one of the oldest cities in North America…

Dawn’s Questions:

  • What are some of your food travel stories?
  • Have you ever tried something exotic that turned out to be a pleasant surprise (like the grits)? Or was it the nightmare you expected (much like the turnip greens)?

Dawn will be back tomorrow with installment numero deux, so keep an eye out!

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