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!
Marie Mouradian - Window Designs Etc. says
I visited NOLA for the first time in April for the WF Vision International Window Covering Expo.
That city sure knows how to party!
Cafe Du Monde was heavenly and oh the design and antique shops on Magazine St.
Thanks for the reminder of a great place. Looks like you had a fab time with your niece.
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!
Julia @ cuckoo4design says
Hmmm, yummy! I’d love to go visit New Orleans one day!
Loved seeing your New Orleans pics. I haven’t been there since the worlds fair back in the 80’s. What a wonderful place for food and fun. Thanks for sharing. Kristie from Kansas.
Judy Beeksma says
Good morning…your pictures of the food are just lovely. Makes this Canadian want to try your Mom’s cooking so much. I was just wondering though, how is New Orleans doing? Is is still hurting badly? We don’t hear much news about it anymore. Is the re-building continuing and are there still some areas that are completely dilapidated and needing demolishing? Would love to know.. New Orleans is definitely on my bucket list of places to visit for sure!
Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says
Rhoda, I have never been to New Orleans but I think I would go there for the FOOD!
I am a born & bred New Orleans girl. Just a bit of info…Morning Call used to be in the French Quarter about a block down from where Cafe du Monde is now. Once everything started morving to the suburbs, Morning Call moved too (near Lakeside Mall…not sure if you are familiar with it). I hope my city treated you well! And to the commenter above, Judy Beeksma, there are still some places that need rebuilding but for the most part, all is well here! 🙂
Judy Beeksma says
That is so good to hear….
Glad you enjoyed your trip to New Orleans! It’s hard to resist beignets and our neighborhood restaurants!
Pamela Mason says
I’m a New Orleans girl too! Love Deanie’s and those little red potatoes! And the beignets are yummy — they just don’t taste the same anywhere but N’Awlins!
We were on the north shore just a few weeks ago, and there’s some good eating over there too. Acme’s Seafood has my favorite oyster po’boy, but I love the crabcakes and crawfish at Deanie’s.
Krissy @ Just Take Two Bites says
Glad you had a good time! I live on the northshore of New Orleans. It’s lovely here too. If you ever get back this way, consider making the trip over the causeway bridge. We love Deanies. We eat there almost every time we are in the area. And we’ve made many trips to Morning Call!
Elaine in Laguna says
I’ve never been to NO. But I tried. I was fully booked to go with some neighbors. Hotel, flight, list of places to go to and eat. But Katrina hit. Our trip was canceled and we were fully refunded for all. The folks at the hotel were incredibly nice while under such duress. Some day the timing will be right to get there. In the meantime, your pix and plates are mouth- watering! I think I’ll show them to my neighbors and maybe we’ll start planning again. Thanks for sharing your trip and family!
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Rhoda, we need the recipes for the tomato and avocado salad as well as that great looking mac and cheese! Do you think you could share them. Your mom’s cooking looks delish as always. My mom is a country cook too and I know how everyone loves their favorite comfort food.
Hi, Arlene, I added in the avocado/tomato salad, it’s just a simple salad with oil/vinegar. See the post again, I added it in there.
The mac & cheese is one of my sister’s friends, so I don’t have that one.
R&O’s is my favorite! My sister & her husband discovered the neighborhood restaurants when he was attending seminary in N.O. over 20 years ago. Love their oyster
po-boys and their Italian salad!
Oh what a great trip!. Love the pictures you took. Makes me very hungry! Planning to take a trip with my girlfriends real soon. Happy Blogging Maria
[email protected] Court says
Sounds like a great trip. I would love to visit New Orleans and eat me some yummy beignets.
Thanks for sharing.
Yes, we went to NOLA many times when we lived in BAMA (Roll Tide). In fact, my son wanted a trip to NOLA for his 7th b’day and that’s what he got. He had a blast. No, we didn’t take him to see Bourbon Street at night but there are lots of cool things to see and do without that.
Deanna Piercy says
New Orleans is our favorite city. My husband and I visit at least twice a year for 10 or 11 days each time. Deanie’s is wonderful and so are beignets. Can’t wait for our upcoming trip in October!
I also live on the Northshore and you def need to add it to the list of places to visit your next trip down. We have some wonderful food and a bit of a slower pace than NOLA.