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Galley Notes: Cooking for $15 a day...on a sailboat!

A Food Vacation...Part One, New Orleans 
 
Mar. 18, 2010 7:04 am 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2010 7:38 am
When you live on a Caribbean island like we do, the first question we invariably get when meeting people on vacation is "Why would you need a vacation from there?" Well, as great as it is here, everyone gets a little Island Fever! And of course, we love to try the food in other places. Yes, I'll admit it, our vacations mostly revolve around food!
 
We just returned from a week in New Orleans and a week on a cruise to Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. New Orleans was split into two parts, four days before the cruise and 3 days after. Our flight arrived after midnight, but it's no problem finding food and drink 24 hours a day. Our hotel on this leg was on the corner of Canal and Bourbon, so we wandered the French Quarter for a few hours checking out some of my favorite bars (I lived here about 10 years ago but haven't been back since. Husband had never been.) Our very late dinner was lots of Krystal burgers (kind of like White Castle) then back to the hotel about 3 am. This is riduculously late for us, but we were up and ready to go again in the morning!
 
First stop, Pat O'Brien's! I had a Bloody Mary that was the best I've ever had (with pickled green beans!) and was breakfast in itself. T's breakfast was three  Hurricanes and he was feeling fine!
 
We both love oysters, and there are some restaurants on the island that serve them, but since they are shipped in, they are NOT GOOD.  I don't think you can go wrong finding good oysters in New Orleans. I have heard that there is really only one company that sells to all the restaurants, so it's not worth wasting hours in line at Acme Oyster House with all the other tourists. We decided on Crescent City Brewhouse, where they brew their own beer (and claim you'll never get a hangover from it since there are no preservatives), and sat at the oyster bar. The shucker asked if we would like small, medium, or large (we chose medium) then proceeded to open and choose the best oysters for us.
I like mine on a saltine cracker with cocktail sauce, and I like to chew them. T likes his with hot sauce and gulps them. Either way, they were fantastic!!
On to Muffulattas! The spelling can vary (muffaletta, muffelatta, etc etc), but this is a huge sandwich on a round italian bread with meats and cheeses, and topped with a marinated olive salad. Lots of places sell them but we got ours from Central Grocery, which claims to have invented them. We took it to go and ate in the park. For $13 we shared one sandwich and even had some left over!
We really loved our cooking class when we were in Paris and wanted to find one in New Orleans, but didn't want to take up the whole day, so we decided on a cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking. It was about 3 hours long and cost only $25 per person, and included free beer and lunch! Our chef was great- he talked a lot about the history of cooking and food in New Orleans as he walked us through making gumbo, jambalaya, and bread pudding. Unfortunately, I am allergic to green peppers, so I couldn't eat either the gumbo or the jambalya, but they smelled fantastic and T had 2 helpings of each! I did have the bread pudding and it was delicious.After lunch, we left the French Quarter, and I showed T around my old neighborhood in the Lower Garden District. We ended up at my favorite neighborhood bar, the Half Moon. The bartender turned out to be a guy I worked with at a different place 10 years ago, and we shared memories over many, many shots of Southern Comfort. This was at 1:00 in the afternoon and I will spare you the sloppy details of the rest of our day!
Stay tuned for Part Two,  on the ship and ports of call!
 
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Mar. 18, 2010 7:07 am
I was wondering if your were having a blast and it sounds like you are! Thanks so much for that postcard, that was so great! I can't wait for your next blog!! Have fun!
 
Mar. 18, 2010 7:14 am
Glad you got the postcard! Sent you another from Belize...it was gorgeous!
 
Mar. 18, 2010 7:23 am
OMG! Thank you so much...I'll be looking for that one!! I collect postcards, so getting these just makes my day for me!
 
Mar. 18, 2010 7:30 am
Glad you two had fun, the oysters look fantastic! Welcome back
 
Mar. 18, 2010 7:33 am
The food look wonderful, glad to hear you had a great time!
 
Mar. 18, 2010 7:34 am
Love it! Looks like you're having an awesome time. (And all my vacations revolve around food too. lol!)
 
Mar. 18, 2010 7:41 am
Awesome!! I want to go to Belize sometime :) Glad you are having FUN!! Woohoo!
 
Mar. 18, 2010 9:44 am
Great post! Glad you're having fun! I haven't been to New Orleans in nearly 20 years...and my souvenir Pat O'Brien's glass just broke last month! Guess it's a hint for me to plan a revisit, huh? :)
 
Mar. 18, 2010 10:28 am
Even for a small weekend getaway, the first thing I do is start researching where we are going to eat!! Looks like a wonderful trip...anxiously awaiting part 2!
 
Mar. 18, 2010 4:29 pm
What a great blog, can't wait to read the next one.. hurry hurry!!
 
trishc 
Mar. 18, 2010 5:31 pm
Barb, you look great, your blog too, lol
 
Mar. 19, 2010 4:03 am
Glad to hear you had a great time!! Can't wait to read part 2!
 
MattH 
Mar. 19, 2010 11:17 am
Nice blog, Have you tried oysters shooters? Line up some shot galleses. Put a super fresh raw oyster in each shot glass fill with a well chilled bloody mary mix of tomato juice, tabasco sauce to taste, celery salt and vodka. Drink as you would a shot of spirits; very tasty!
 
Mar. 19, 2010 3:18 pm
wonderful blog,Barbara! I can understand how even thou its a nice place,we all get tired well not tired but wanting a little change of place,right! I envy your living and traveling! tHose meals look delicious,i'm glad you had a blast! keep the fun going there!
 
Mar. 27, 2010 7:38 am
Yum, I haven't had a muffaletta in YEARS!! First time was in Seattle at Pike's Market, extraordinary day in many ways, but I'll always remember that muffaletta!
 
 
 
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Barbara K

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South Bend, Indiana, USA

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Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

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I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
My favorite things to cook
I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
My cooking triumphs
My very first turkey for my husband! It's called a Black Turkey, and the best I've ever had!
My cooking tragedies
There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
 
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