Travels: The Crescent City of Nawlin’s Part Deux

On our third day in The Crescent City, we took the St. Charles street car to the Po’ Boy Festival. The po’ boy is New Orleans version of a hoagie, grinder, or submarine. Dave and I agreed we would each pick a po’ boy of our choosing and share. Not surprisingly, Dave chose an oyster po’boy that was panko-crusted and had an asian-style aioli.

I chose a bbq shrimp po’ boy and fries.

Both were very good. Having to choose which one we thought tasted better, our loyalties lied with our own pick, so it was a draw.

That afternoon we had a remarkable private tour of the French Quarter from Leah, a friend and old colleague’s sister, followed by a cocktail at Arnaud’s bar, French 75. Soon, it was time for dinner at August, one of John Besh’s restaurants. While waiting for our table, we ordered dirty martinis at the bar, where we had another celebrity sighting – Jason Sedeckis from SNL.

Throughout the meal, we forgot to take pictures because we were so enamored with and absorbed in everything we ate. My conclusion of this restaurant is you MUST go if you are in The Big Easy! Dave thought it may have been one of the best meals he has EVER had.

Day 3 – our taste buds were singing…..

Our last morning in NOLA, we hit the famous Café Du Monde for beignets and café au lait. And literally that is all they serve. This place takes donuts and coffee to the next level. There are 3 beignets per serving, with a mountain of confectioner’s sugar.

And after

Seeing how much sugar was left after we scarfed down those deep fried squares of deliciousness, I couldn’t help but wonder how many pounds of sugar they go through in a day. And they are open 24 hrs/7 days a week! Leah took us behind Café Du Monde to peak in the window so we could see how the beignets are made. Here is what Dave captured:

We really enjoyed watching this.

Throughout the weekend, we were trying to figure out what’s the big deal about the Praline (pronounced praw-lean). It’s basically cream, butter and sugar melted with pecans. That’s exactly what it tastes like. It’s a cavity waiting to happen.

On our way to the airport, we stopped by Southern Candymakers to grab some praline souvenirs. Here is how they make them:

We were sad to say good bye to The Crescent City, since we thoroughly enjoyed eating our way through and learning about its rich history. We highly recommend going for a visit if you’ve never been, and definitely take a tour of the French Quarter with Leah. (here is her blog, she is fantastic!) Needless to say, we will be detoxing this week.

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