I was just in New Orleans in April for a fun seafood event and got to see more of the French Quarter then. But, this latest trip was really strictly a work and family trip and we didn’t venture out far from my niece’s house while there. A couple of trips to Lowes was about the extent of our adventures, except for a quick trip to get beignets one morning. That was definitely worth venturing out for! I can never pass these up while in New Orleans, they are such a treat.
One of my sweet longtime blog friends, Susie, lives not that far from New Orleans and she came over one day and we went out for lunch. It was SO great to catch up with her again. We’ve known each other for at least 5 years now and have met up on numerous occasions.
We went back to Deanie’s, where I visited earlier this year and it was good all over again.
I got some stuffed shrimp that were delish. So enjoyed catching up over lunch.
We peeked inside their little seafood market too, it’s so fun to see the local fare down there.
Lots of products for crab and seafood boils. You can get your fill in New Orleans.
My mom cooked up a big meal one night and invited Philip’s family over, so we pigged out once again. More fried okra and eggplant, mom brought down some fresh veggies from their garden. Lauren loves her Nana’s cooking. This trip was all about working, eating, and getting things done. We also ate at Philip’s parents house one night, with homemade jambalaya and that is always a treat. She’s a great New Orleans cook too.
Country fried steak and black eyed peas.
Mac and cheese, which my mom didn’t make and avocado/tomato salad. One of my sister’s friends makes this mac and cheese and Lauren loves it, so she sent down a dish for Lauren’s birthday. So sweet!
Here are the basics on the tomato avocado salad: it’s just cut up cucumber, avocado, Vidalia onion, and tomatoes. Mixed about 3 TBL olive oil and 2 TBL red wine vinegar together and mixed it all together with salt and pepper. That’s it!
We went out one morning to pick up a dozen beignets at Morning Call, which is in the City Park area, not too far from their new house. These were just as good as Café DuMonde in the French Quarter.
We picked them up to go and headed home for beignets and coffee. So delish! We ate them so fast, I didn’t even get a pic, but man did I enjoy every morsel.
If we had beignets around here, you can be sure I’d be eating them more often, although health wise, they can’t be too good. But, yum are they tasty.
These local places in New Orleans have quite the flavor.
City Park is a pretty place, with this large open gazebo and huge trees with hanging moss. So pretty!
Have you been to New Orleans?
We also ate at a really good local spot called R & O’s, just a couple of blocks from my niece’s new house. We were told that it’s a top spot among the locals and that many make the drive for fried seafood. One of my local readers on Instagram, saw I was there and told us to order the fried crab claws and onions rings. We did and they were SO GOOD!