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

A Food Vacation, Part Three: Back in New Orleans 
Mar. 30, 2010 12:00 pm 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2010 5:45 pm
Welcome to Part Three of my food vacation, back in New Orleans! So far, we flew to New Orleans from St Thomas and spent 4 days there. We then got on a cruise ship and went to stops in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, and I've been relating all the fun food and drink we had along the way! After 7 days on the cruise we are back in New Orleans for 3 more days before heading home. Can we squeeze everything else we want to eat into 3 days? We sure tried!

Part One in New Orleans we stayed in a high rise hotel on one corner of the French Quarter, and now we are staying at the opposite corner in a bed and breakfast, The Banana Court. It was built in the 1870's and happens to be a haunted former brothel. Our particular room was one half of the sitting room where the ladies would wait for their customers. We didn't see any ghosts, but we both saw some strange shadows moving where there shouldn't have been shadows.
We ate lots of fun food on part one, such as oysters, muffalettas, gumbo, and jambalaya, but we couldn't leave without trying a few more things:

T really wanted to try crawfish (I think they taste like dirty lobsters...yuck), so we went to the Crazy Lobster at the riverfront. He got a HUGE boiled seafood bucket...crawfish, shrimp, mussels, lobsters, clams, corn, potatoes. I think it took him an hour to eat it.

I had a fried oyster Po Boy which was DEEElicious!

Throughout oour stay we enjoyed lots of Abita beer, which is locally made. Purple Haze is a raspberry wheat beer.

We had hurricanes on a balcony
More Bloody Mary's a Pat O'Brien's
Absinthe at Good Friend's bar (no, we didn't see the green fairy!)
Lots of drinks at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, which is supposed to be one of the oldest continuous running bars in the states and a former hangout of pirate Jean Lafitte. Their only lighting is candlelight...this photo s during the day but we also went at night.
Some very excellent late night burgers at Buffa's
Some excellent late night pizza at...oops forgot!
Big fat oysters at Desire
And don't forget the beignets at Cafe du Monde!Whew!!
The last thing on the list was roast beef po boys...T ran 10 blocks the morning before the flight to pick some up from Johnny's Po Boys and we took them to eat at the airport.
Overall, it was an excellent food vacation!!
I don't know where we are going next, but you can be sure there will be lots of good food involved (and maybe a cooking class or two!)
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
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Mar. 30, 2010 12:06 pm
I've never been to New Orleans and now I know I have to get there someday! Sounds like you guys had a blast. I just have to ask - did you put any pounds on during this food extravaganza?? Yikes!
Mar. 30, 2010 12:12 pm
I put on 10 lbs just looking at the awesome pictures!! WOW!! Looks like you had a blast!
Mar. 30, 2010 12:41 pm
Husband insists that he put on 12 pounds, but we literally walked an average of 6 miles a day (I have a pedometer on my phone). We don't own a scale so I don't know for sure, but everything was so delicious it would be worth a few pounds!
Mar. 30, 2010 12:46 pm
What a great vacation!! I've enjoyed reading every step of the way :o)
Mar. 30, 2010 4:22 pm
Sounds like a fabulous time, I love you as a brunette!
Mar. 30, 2010 7:16 pm
Love your photos. Your life soooo does NOT Suck!! WOW:) Love it and you gave me an idea for dinner with the Po Boys! Yumm Take care Sweety. Happy sailing!
Mar. 30, 2010 8:08 pm
What a great vacation!! And I like the brunette look, too!! I'm glad you had a good time, and I'm going to make that recipe that you sent me on that postcard sometime in the next couple of months!
Mar. 30, 2010 10:08 pm
I am so hungry right now! Thank you for the blog and your hair looks awesome!
Mar. 31, 2010 12:00 am
You did NOLA great! We lived there for three years, and I'm not sure we hit all of these. I've never had bread anywhere that compares to what is used there for the sausage sandwiches, etc. Yum. Yum, and Yum.
Mar. 31, 2010 2:37 am
What a great vacation!!! Now I want to go and visit all these places!!!
Mar. 31, 2010 12:53 pm
Love your vacation blogs (and the new brunette 'do!)
Mar. 31, 2010 4:07 pm
fascinating! ....... i cant show my mom those lobster photos(she absolutly LOVES those) hhahaha....... and once again,i enjoy your blogs,B! cant wait till next one-
Apr. 12, 2010 7:21 am
Wow, just checking in and I saw this gorgeous brunette on your profile......you look fabulous darling. Sounds like a great trip. Def, need to get to New Orleans for the food. Our favorite food trip ever was Napa Valley. I think I asked several chefs to marry me, much to my beloveds chagrine. Thanks again for the update.
Apr. 15, 2010 5:45 pm
Yay! Your life is so awesome and YUMMY!! Thanks for sharing! ..... I subscribed to your blog because I used to live in St. Croix! Look forward to hearing more!
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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.
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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.
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Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
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There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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