Nola in NOLA

It was shortly before we booked our transatlantic cruise departing from New Orleans, Louisiana, that I discovered it was affectionately known by the acronym NOLA – my namesake (from the abbreviation N.O., LA) so it seemed appropriate that I was lucky enough to be able to pay a visit to what has been billed as “the most unique city in the US”.

From the beautiful St Louis Cathedral…

…to the nightly party in Bourbon Street (beware of Mardi Gras beads being thrown from the balconies!)…

From streetcars (trams) that rattle down palm-lined Canal Street (the main shopping strip)…

To the last authentic steamboat (paddle steamer) proudly cruising the mighty Mississippi…

New Orleans is a place where food and music are celebrated hand in hand – and we made sure we tried many of the local specialities.

From the home-style buffet lunch of traditional southern fare on the Natchez, accompanied by live jazz…

… to Dragos at our hotel where I sampled Gumbo – a spicy seafood soup served topped with a little rice…

At Café Beignet, in the lovely courtyard setting of Musical Legends Park on Bourbon St, I chose Jambalaya – another local spicy dish which I can only describe as Cassoulet meets Paella: sausage and chicken in rice. Another winner. The live music added to the atmosphere.

At popular Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant I had to have the BBQ Shrimp (as seen on “Man Vs Food”) – the large shrimps were juicy and tasty, with just the right spiciness, and the bread was wonderfully light and crispy and perfect to mop up any sauce left behind.

Of course we had to try the local French donuts “Beignets” at both the main competitors, and it was difficult to pick the “winner” between Café Beignet on Royal Street and the original Café du Monde in the French Market…

Light and fluffy and served fresh and warm, the beignets are generously dusted with powdered sugar that seems to float everywhere.

In the battle for the best beignets, I think the queue at Café du Monde speaks for itself…

New Orleans is bursting with life and character and staying at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside was a perfect position for us to explore the city on foot and by streetcar – from Canal Street and into the delightful French Quarter, and all along the waterfront.

We could even see our cruise ship from our room and simply walked to the Julia St Cruise Terminal to board (it pays to pack light), ready for the next chapter of our travel adventures.


About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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6 Responses to Nola in NOLA

  1. DenisedHall says:

    Ahhh, Nola. This takes me back. We loved N.O. LA. Wonderful pics, with a lovely narrative makes this post Grrreat ! I keep getting Jazz Fest notifications, which is starting this weekend. The line up looks fantastic this year, as it was when we ventured there. Onwards to your next chapter… Been enjoying your posts immensely.

  2. Now I’m hungry! Hungry for New Orleans, and hungry for all those delightful dishes. This city has been on my Bucket List for a long time. Lovely post.

  3. latonewyork says:

    It all sounds and looks amazing. We do smile though at all the photos of food. Somehow we found ourselves doing exactly the same thing, so much so, that people at home thought we’d come home the size of elephants. It is so amazing trying all the different culinary delights in different cities and countries. Hope you’re enjoying your cruise and also that Tony’s leg has healed well. Looking forward to the next post.

    • frenchfry36 says:

      The food was fabulous and so unique that I just had to show some of them! Sometimes I feel like we are eating our way across the world, but the great thing about sightseeing is that you walk a lot of it off (we are hampered at the moment with Tony’s leg though, still taking its time to heal).

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