Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Exploring New Orleans: Trying out NOLA's Comfort Food

When you visit a place you must try the local cuisine to experience the culture and what defines the people.

New Orleans is the largest city in Louisina State and is known or Cajun/Creole cuisine. Heavily influenced by French cuisine with Spanish, African and Indian influences, the food here can be described as spicy for my taste. The Creole and Cajun Food used spices like Cayenne pepper, bay leaf, and black pepper. Vegetables like Bell Pepper, Okra, Parsley also dominate their cooking,

This mid November 2016, I have sampled some of the city's famous comfort food and here it goes:

Willie Mae's Fried Chicken
Located at the Treme neighborhood area in New Orleans, Willie Mae's is best known for its fried chicken. People flock to this restaurant in St. Ann street right across the Phillis Wheatley community school. I have tried their chicken. As with any comfort food, there are critics and defenders alike. Personally, I find the chicken a little to salty for my taste, I have a high salt tolerance but this chicken is on the high side of my salt scale.

Jaeger's Seafood

The first thing we did upon arriving in New Orleans is to get to try its seafood offering. We were told by the hotel staff to head out and try the seafood at Jaeger's.  We tried their fried catfish, stuffed crab, Maine lobster, fried shrimp, Cajun fries. The servings are good for two people. My personal pick: Fried catfish and stuffed crab served with Cajun fries, jambalaya rice and salad with your choice of dressing. At $18.95 it was great value for your money. 

French Market Experience

A few blocks away from famous Bourbon Street and Jackson Square lies the French Market. Here you can find local food that defines New Orleans. Head on over there an sample what it offers, 

Johnny's Po-boy sandwich

Some famous cultures have their own sandwich version, the Italians have Pani ca Meusa, We tagalogs have Pandesal con giniling. New Orleans have the Poboy. Johnny's is one of New Orleans' top five Poboy shop.
The Poboy has its origins way back in the Great Depression when sandwiches were given away for free to striking railroad workers. Check out the rich history of the poboy here.

So there you are, my own little food trip adventure in the Big Easy!

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