The Brew Chef Travels - New Orleans
It is getting close the first anniversary of our first foodie vacation. (Most of our vacations are foodie vacations - just to be clear.) This was a little different. We had talked about this for a long time. Because Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday it makes for the perfect weekend to getaway for a long weekend and try something new. We did plan a Thanksgiving with the family after we returned. So for the first foodie Thanksgiving we picked New Orleans. I had never been and David had only visited for work. We wanted to dig in and experience it but not during the craziness of something like Mardi Gras. Turns out it was great timing to get a good sample of everything. I'll share a few of our favorite things from our visit.
Bourbon Street (of course). The sites, the sounds, the drinks! The nice thing about being on Bourbon Street on Thanksgiving Eve is that it wasn't that crowded.We got to stand on the balconies without worrying about them falling down. Great music and even better people watching! It is a must when visiting New Orleans.
Horse races at Fair Grounds Race Course - Thanksgiving Day is apparently always an event. We knew it was a locals thing to do but we had no idea. We were drastically underdressed compared to the locals. If you go, at the very least - take a hat. It was so much fun. The energy and the people watching were perfect. The horse races were amazing and we even won a little! We highly recommend making this part of your Thanksgiving trip.
We had to try one of the New Orleans legends for Thanksgiving dinner. We picked Tujague's Restaurant and we weren't disappointed.
The Thanksgiving menu was fixed but everything we had was amazing, especially the cauliflower and brie soup. I could have had just that for dinner. We also tried Cane and Table on a recommendation from a friend. Not as historic but so yummy.
The cocktails and ambiance were so great and the service was outstanding. We cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.
We wanted a little more history and what better way to get history and vacation appropriately than a cocktail tour. This was a great walking tour that taught us about the history of the city and some of the locations around Jackson Square. Not only did we stop at all the historic places around the square but we got to learn and taste the cocktail each location was famous for, like the Pimm's Fizz at the Napoleon House. Check this tour out when you visit.
Last but not least we had to learn how to make some of the amazing food we had been tasting. We booked a class at the New Orleans School of Cooking.
This was the highlight of the trip! We got to make Shrimp and Grits, Gumbo and Bananas Foster. The instructor was great and provided great background on the New Orleans style of cooking. The food was delicious. Another thing we highly recommend.
Overall we love New Orleans and can't wait to go back. Let me know something we need to try next time.