2 weeks ago Kevin and I took a trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I had been to New Orleans during college, so I knew that it was crazy even when Mardi Gras wasn't going on. I was not too excited about going during Mardi Gras, but we decided to attend for a couple of reasons:
1. Kevin's 125 Places to Drink a Beer Before you Die List states "French Quarter During Mardi Gras" as #26. God forbid we don't check something off of a list- ;)
2. Check it off the old bucket list, before we become too old to walk down Bourbon Street (more on that later)
So my awesome parents came up to watch CJ and we flew down to New Orleans on Saturday. We checked into our really nice hotel and ate our first meal at the Acme Oyster House. The Travel Channel runs a "Chowdown Countdown" all of the time, and this is one of the two places in New Orleans on the list. We both had oyster poboys and I also had gumbo. The rest of the day was spent exploring the French Quarter and having some drinks. That night we ate at Mother's Restaurant, but due to well, maybe one too many hand grenade drinks, I didn't eat much. Kevin said it was good though.
Sunday we had brunch reservations at Brennan's but once again those hand grenades from the night before kind of ruined the meal... very sad. It will be the first on the list the next time we go to New Orleans. I accompanied Kevin to #101 on his beer list- Cooter Brown's. After watching a Syracuse basketball game at this sports bar, we decided to not try to meander around the Mardi Gras parades in a taxi and walk the 5 miles down St. Charles Ave back to the French Quarter. The fresh air did us both good, and we got to experience how the locals celebrate Mardi Gras. Since many of the parades travel down St. Charles Ave people just set up tents and tailgate the whole day. They also have these ladder contraptions where kids can sit on top to be able to see and catch beads and other trinkets thrown off the floats. By the last parade of the day, which we were able to see, you can imagine the party! It seemed like the whole city came out! It also is kind of crazy how nuts people (myself included) go just to catch beads and trinkets (don't worry, the parades are very family-friendly).
|A cool alligator float|
|All of the people in the streets (to the left is the parade)|
|St. Louis #1 Cemetary|
|My favorite meal|
|Drum dish at Emeril's|
|Bourbon Street on Mardi Gras|
My recipe(s) for this week- it's kind of late, but I am providing the links to all of the recipes that I made for our Valentine's Day Dinner. Every year I try to cook something a little fancy or out of my comfort zone for Valentine's Day- it seems like for the past few years it's been something that Gordon Ramsey is always yelling at someone about on Hell's Kitchen. Last year I made Beef Wellington (probably won't make it again). This year, I made scallops, risotto, asparagus, and a chocolate tart.
Sea Scallops with Mushrooms and Sherry - These came out even better than I hoped. I need to make scallops more often!
Risotto with Asparagus and Morel Ragout- I actually did not make the ragout part, just mixed in the peas and morels at the end. I roasted the asparagus separately.
Chocolate Truffle Tart- Actually pretty easy to make, and VERY yummy.
Hopefully next week I will be showing pictures of our new kitchen!