Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?

OK, admittedly I’ve only visited the Big Easy a handful of times but there’s just something about this town that gets under your skin. (I’m convinced I was a Southerner in another life…or maybe it’s just wishful thinking.)

This past weekend, Serena and I had the honor of participating in the Food & Culinary Professionals (FCP) executive committee meeting – FCP is a subgroup of the American Dietetic Association with a special interest in the link between nutrition, cooking and the enjoyment of food. (Note: if you are an RD that loves to eat and have fun, you MUST join this group – Chair Bonnie Johnson has some amazing member benefits planned for the next year.)

Speaking of food – a few highlights from the weekend:

* The garden ambiance at The Court of Two Sisters.

The Court of Two Sisters

With one of my most favorite Southern gals, Regan Jones of The Professional Palate blog.)

With Regan Jones of The Professional Palate

* Crawfish & Green Tomato Casserole at Cochon (Chef/Owner Stephen Stryjewski recently won the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the South)

* Gouda Beignets at The Bouligny Tavern

* “Foraging” fresh figs in the French Quarter

Fig tree two blocks from Bourbon Street

* Vintage cookooks at Kitchen Witch

Kitchen Witch cookbooks

*The ultimate of tourist traditions, Jazz Brunch at the landmark Commanders Palace. Chef Tory McPhail gave us the royal treatment with many surprises throughout the divine courses.

* Prettiest dish of the day: Shrimp & Tasso Henican on a gorgeous bed of five pepper jelly.

Shrimp & Tasso Henican at Commanders Palace

* 3 piece jazz band serenades us to a fab rendition of “Last Night on the Back Porch” as Grillade & Cheese Grits are served.

Jazz trio at Commanders Palace brunch

\”Last Night on the Back Porch\” at Commanders

* Creole Bread Pudding Souffle (with whiskey sauce added tableside.) Alas, there is no picture because I couldn’t be bothered to set down my spoon for even a minute to take the shot.

Have you been to New Orleans? What are your favorite places to eat, drink & visit? And do I need to start watching Treme?

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