TOTC 2014 – Tastings – Plantation Pineapple Rum, Appleton Rum Brunch and Bulleit New Fashioned!

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Pineapple Rum Stiggin’s Fancy – Picture Laura Godel

Plantation Rum in Shades of Dark, White and Pineapple!

I was waiting with great excitement for the tasting and launch of the Pineapple Rum Stiggin’s Fancy by Plantation Rum – which I need to make it clear right away, is NOT for sale…..because this rum was an experiment by Alexandre Gabriel and David Wondrich….to be launched and tasted at the Tales of the Cocktail….

Well….I was not disappointed, the rum was delicious! with a deep well matured and slightly smoky pineapple flavor in the background of Plantation rums original dark rum. And the bottle is beautiful!! I asked Alexandre what made the flavor so deep and he told me it”s coming from that the pineapple skin has been distilled – together with pineapple fruit, which also has been macerated.

For being just an experiment I think the outcome was really delicious and very interesting!

Plantation Pineapple tasting queue2

The queue….a nightmare for anyone with a hangover….luckily I was not…and don’t mind all the yellow hats….it’s a Tales thing….

Yep the queue to the tasting room was pure madness and the warm air stood still, but eventually we got in there….and deliciousness awaited…

Plantation pineapple tasting 2

Plantation rums, pineapple, white and dark as shots and in daiquiri cocktails…

Plantation Pineapple Rocky

Here served by Rocky – appropriately painted….I don’t know how he does it, but Rocky really is everywhere…

Plantation pineapple collage

Yours truly with pineapple rum in hand, Alexandre Gabriel – Cognac Ferrand proprietor and spirits mastermind – and more delicious pineapple rum!

Plantation pineapple DTO collage

The DTO – Daiquiri Time Out coin, a treasure/token that was handed out, and which a certain man did drop inside a cab and had the entire cab floor torn up to find it…wherewith the cab driver in utter amazement said that this gotta be a very valuable coin…..

But there’s more to the coin than just a token for the fun of it, according to what I’ve heard, navy officers carried a special coin. When drinking, everyone showed their crew coin. If one person did not have their coin, they had to buy a round of drinks. This gave value to the coin and the tradition.

Now I have one wish….that plantation rum makes more of this fine pineapple rum….I could make use of a bottle…launching a delicious rum like this only for the Tales is really a teaser…!

The Appleton Estate Jamaican Bartender’s Brunch – Rum, Reggae, Food, Sun and Fun!

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Oh my….this was a nice event! a yellow school bus fetching us up outside of Monteleone and serving cocktails on the way to the brunch filled with rum, reggae, Jamaican foods like jerked chicken, lots of fresh fruits and fresh cocktails, Jamaican fizzes, fixes & swizzles made with island flavors and fresh cane juice pressed on site.

And of course one of my favorite rums was there – the JWray overproof – paired with Sanpellegrino!! (to sub Ting) plus Aperol…all by the pool at the Country Club. Very very nice on a hot sunny summer day down here in New Orleans.

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Rum, fruits and fun in the sun!

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Of course some of the usual shady rum suspects were there….The first refreshment was freshly pressed sugarcane juice before continuing to the bar for rum punches and JWray….Appleton also treated us with large red Appleton bath towels and flip flops 🙂

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Well….I wouldn’t mind repeating this….that’s for sure. Just look at that pineapple!

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Or how about this….I dunno….can it get any better??

Appleton Brunch Collage

Jerked chicken, Coladas and sugarcane juice!

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And time for a JWray shot from the melon….Appleton Rum baby! Please come back next year….

And now to something totally different…..

Ruth’s Chris & Bulleit New Fashioned 1965-Style Luncheon

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Bulleit Distilling Co needs no presentation….and this year they had a similar brunch as they did last year which then, was mint julep themed and absolutely fabulous! This years theme was the New Fashioned, a riff on the Old Fashioned…with Bulleit rye, Cherry Heering, orange rind, Italian Amarena cherry, Fee Brother’s black walnut and orange bitters.

The brunch was of course delicious…catered by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and if you haven’t tried their fantastic food it’s time you do if you have a chance. And the New Fashioned cocktail which will be served at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse was very tasty and the garnish was so beautiful with a shiny black “filthy Amarena cherry” from Filthy Food Premium Drink Garnish, speared on to a dehydrated orange slice.

The wild Amarena cherries are slow cooked in copper pots to produce a wonderful all natural, dark red cherry with a sweet front and tart finish.

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Hollis Bulleit, Helen Mackey, VP of Menu Strategy & Innovation for Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Tom Bulleit, founder of Bulleit Distilling Company presenting the event and their companies, while the crowd enjoyed an excellent luncheon.

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The Crawfish Monica that was served was fantastic! and everything else too!

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The ingredients to make the New Fashioned….the only thing not in the picture is the jar of “Filthy Amarena Cherries”.

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I get thirsty when I see this drink in the picture….and the cocktail WAS good! for people in the US – you can join Ruth” s Chris Steakhouse for a nationwide 5-course handcrafted cocktail dinner with the same menu across the US, participating restaurants and pricing vary, see more at Chris Ruth’s Steakhouse website.

Pictures Laura Godel

Next up….more tastings, parties, bars and restaurants…the last picture parade from the tales of the Cocktail 2014!

 

Help save Tujague`s

Say it ain´t so….

There`s a restaurant in New Orleans – which is not just “a” restaurant – Tujagues is the city’s second oldest restaurant (after Antoine’s) and may be in jeopardy of closing. Please, please, please don’t close Tujague’s….

Here`s the story and here.

I think it would be a catastrophe and very very sad  if this old New Orleans landmark would be replaced with yet another “I got drunk on Bourbon” type of tacky tourist t-shirt shop..

Ann Tuennerman, founder of the Tales of the Cocktail wrote this open letter to Stanford Latter:

Please see below my letter to Stanford Latter. This is such a potential tragedy that I have written the following letter and would like to ask for your help sharing it with your audience  and helping me appeal to Stanford Latter.

Dear Mr. Latter,

Let me start by saying how sorry I am about the recent loss of your brother, Steve. In the time I got to know him through my work with Tales of the Cocktail and the New Orleans Cocktail Tour two things always stood out– his dry wit and his love for New Orleans. He clearly had a deep respect for the history and culture of our great city with the way he ran Tujague’s for more than 30 years.

Now, I don’t claim to be a real estate expert so I can’t speak to getting the most out of your investment. But as the founder of New Orleans Culinary and Cocktail Preservation Society, I do know about our city’s rich history of dining and drinks. Tujaque’s is the place that continued the legacy of Madame Begue’s legendary brunches and where the Grasshopper cocktail was invented. It’s the home of brisket and horseradish and the beautiful long standup bar that takes you back in time when you order a drink. It breaks my heart to picture the doorway of this landmark littered with Drunk 1 and Drunk 2 t-shirts.

This city is in the midst of a renaissance– one that’s met with both excitement and fear. Every day brings progress that New Orleans hasn’t seen in decades. But the great fear, one that’s generations old, is that with progress comes a cleansing of the culture that makes this place not a just a great place to visit but, more importantly, a great place to live.

Culture doesn’t just disappear in a day. Here one day, gone tomorrow. It erodes slowly as people put the bottom line ahead of everything else. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With what you choose to do with the Tujague’s building, you can stand for the peaceful coexistence between progress and culture.

I know business is business. But sometimes selling to the highest bidder comes with costs that can’t be counted in dollars and cents. Like losing yet another of our beloved restaurants and a piece of the living history that makes New Orleans so special.

If you sell the Tujague’s building to the wrong person, the rest of us will be the ones paying for it. So please, Mr. Latter, respect our history, respect our culture and respect the legacy your brother worked his life to build.

Sincerely,

Ann Tuennerman, Founder of Tales of the Cocktail

Thank you in advance.

And here´s why Tujague’s is important! These are some historical facts about Tujaque’s:

New Orleans original stand-up bar.

Built in 1827 on site of old Spanish Armory.

Beginning around 1856, this locations was Madam Begue’s, famous for her 3-hour meals, later called “brunch” became Tujague’s sometime after WWI.

In the 1800’s, New Orleans started drinking early – bar opened at 5:00 am – did brisk before-work business.

During Prohibition, Tujaque’s waiters carried contraband bottles in their aprons.

During Prohibition, Federal Agent Isadore Einstein came to New Orleans to test how easily liquor was accessible. Einstein stepped off the train in New Orleans and got a drink in 37 seconds!

Famous for the Grasshopper which was invented by a bartender there who entered a competition!

GRASSHOPPER: Equal parts of crème de menthe, crème de cacao and light cream or milk. Shake with ice and strain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zthnyi-LwyQ

And here´s what cocktail historian David Wondrich has to say:

“Tujague’s is one of the most authentic, unspoiled examples of a nineteenth-century bar left in America. To lose it would be to not only lose an important link with the history of New Orleans (a city whose reputation as a place to visit was largely built on the character of its old bars and restaurants) but with America’s history as well. I know that with a little patience this historic place can be saved, and I pray that that patience is found.”

David Wondrich – Cocktail Historian

Also John Besh have expressed interest in buying Tujague´s restaurant:

If I could affect a better outcome coming to Tujague’s than a T-shirt shop, then I will have done something good for my city.” — John Besh

Tujague`s – 823 Decatur St  New Orleans, LA 70116, (504) 525-8676

You can help by sharing the open letter and support Tujague´s!

http://videos.nola.com/times-picayune/2013/03/dinner_at_tujagues_restauraunt.html

Tales 2012 – Food, drinks and other things in New Orleans

Even though the Tales of the Cocktail is the main focus for most Tales visitors it just appropriately happens to be that the event is held in the place where the cocktail was born which is the world´s funniest city – or at least i think so….

There´s no shortage of things to do in New Orleans – in fact there´s so much happening all the time that you can`t do it all – just like it is at the Tales. I have noticed that there´s more people coming to the Tales now who stays a little bit longer – either before or after the Tales and i have got a few inquiries as to where to eat and what more you can do – so with this post i wanna give some tips…

Most people who come to New Orleans knows that you can eat and drink good – the food is among the best on this planet – and the music and culture just the same – as unique as the food. If you have a chance to stay a little bit longer than just one week during the Tales here`s a few places to go and things to do – i have already recommended food and restaurants in this city – but here are a few more:

COOP´S…again…

 

Fried shrimp and fried shrimp and oyster combo poboys.

Crispy fried oysters…

This seafood gumbo was so goood….

Yep, this is my favorite place to eat (at large) the food is GOOD and they serve enourmous portions…and i guarantee you`ll be satisfied. It also helps that it´s in french quarter since that´s where Tales also is.

Favorite dishes from Coop´s for me is among other things the fried shrimp poboy…you get A LOT of shrimps and they are fried to perfection…the crispy oyster poboy is great too. Then we have the Chicken Tchoupitoulas with tasso…it´s smoky…and soooo goood – they are also known for their Jambalaya Supreme which is good too.

Also i love their seafood gumbo…i could go on…but do yourself a favor and go there the next time you go to Tales unless you already love this place…then i know you`ll definetily be back.

Coop`s Place is located on 1109 Decatur street next to Molly’s at the Market – a great place to have a beer or two.

PARKWAY FOR POBOYS

Yep, that´s one of the best spots for poboy´s, especially their roast beef poboy, but i also like the shrimp – as usual. Parkway Bakery and Tavern is located in mid-city – 538 Hagan Avenue – at the corner of Hagan and Toulouse overlooking Bayou St. John in Mid-City New Orleans. It`s one of those local places i just love, it´s just where to go for a poboy..

CLOVER GRILL This is a hole in the wall place on the lower Bourbon st and it´s THE place to go for a late breakfast around 5 am… i especially enjoy their grits, omelette and tator tats (oh my..). The place is very down to earth, easy, simple and enjoyable.

DEANIE`S

Deanie`s in Bucktown.

Fried catfish and oysters.

Abita amber served in a huge goblet…well THAT was something!

Deanie´s Seafood has been serving seafood in New Orleans since 50 years and is a classic. The original restaurant is located in Bucktown but now there´s one also  in the French Quarter. We went to the one in Bucktown and had a LARGE portion of crispy fried seafood and with that they serve the abita beer in HUGE goblets…

You get the amount of two beers in one…and somehow served like that in large goblets – it just tastes better that way…and if you`re an abita beer freak like me you`re in heaven.

Talking about abita beer…i went to the brewery and the restaurant located beside it.

ABITA BREWERY

To get to Abita Springs you need to drive over the causeway – the bridge over the enourmous lake Pontchartrain – it takes about 30 min and it´s like you`re in the middle of the ocean, no land in sight.

The brewery tour is short but it´s interesting still but the best thing is the beer on tap tasting, you can drink as much as you want. When i was there they had a new brew to try – Roggen Weizen – a VERY tasty brew, a bit on the bitter side, just the way i like it.

 

Draft beers to try out as much as you like to drink at the brewery tour.

I`m an abita beer addict – i told ya already before in this post about abita and how it´s made. The restaurant They also have a very fun souvenir shop, the only bad thing there is that they do not take any cash…and since i didn`t carry any card with me i wasn`t able to buy anything, i wish they would change that.

But what we also did was visiting the Brew Pub to eat and have some beer of course…the menu offers all kinds of yummy things, i finally took the “Andygator Crawfish Cake served with fried Tomatoes and topped with Turbodog Remoulade sauce…. and yep it was as good as it sounds! washed down with some abita strawberry beer…

I also had some AMAZING boudin balls!

 

Boudin balls

The Brewery Pub is a very nice place to sit and eat and have a beer or two, it´s very laid back and relaxed and there´s a LOT of things to look at – all from a giant Fleur de Lis Saints wreath to all sorts of Saints and Abita memorabilia plus all funny signs on the walls.

It´s that kinda place you feel right at home at.

FELIX`S

This place is a good alternative if the queue to Acme on the other side is too long and too long it often is…so we went to Felix`s. Last year i had a great  plate of blackened gator washed down with a cold abita but this time they were out of gator and had also lost their alcohol license…for what reason i don`t know.

So we got the charbroiled oysters instead. They were not bad at all even though they won´t reach as high as what you get at Drago`s and Acme. But heck…i was happy – because charbroiled oysters is to me the best thing you can eat on the entire planet.

Felix´s restaurant and Oyster bar you find on 739 Iberville Street.

But don`t forget the street food…for example at the french market there are some things to explore, one of my favorites there is the gator  on a stick which is a very spicy gator sausage on a stick, so yummy and it´s only 5 bucks for one.

Charbroiled oysters.

BROCATO`S

If you love italian ice cream and desserts…look no further – this is where to go. Brocato´s is located in mid-city on Carrollton ave. You can take the red streetcars to get there, either Cemetries or City Park and get off at Wahlgreens at the corner of Canal and Carollton, takes about 15 min from Canal st, then turn right and walk up Carrollton until you see Brocato`s on the right side, it`s a 5-10 min walk or so.

COOTER BROWN`S

Here´s a nice little place in the riverbend – to me it was a convenient place to go since i part of my time lived nearby on Maple street and besides Cooter Brown´s there´s the Camellia Grill just around the corner.

Cooter Brown’s Tavern & Oyster Bar is located on 509 S. Carrollton Ave at the riverbend, you can get there easily with the oh so lovely St Charles streetcar. Here you can get raw oysters from the Oyster Bar, or boiled crawfish (when in season) boiled shrimp,  poboys, and seafood. We had the raw oysters…

STREET FOOD

Gator on a stick – is a very spicy yummy alligator sausage threaded on a stick, the perfect snack!  do have a cold snowball after and you`re set.

Fresh seafood off da boat!  i love the way they write the signs, simple and colorful.

Softshell crab poboy from Katie´s at the Satchmo summerfest….a REAL yummy little appetizer!

Don´t forget to sample some streetfood too – even though there`s so many good restaurants – i`d recommend a tour to the french market for a little something…like for example gator on a stick, The french market – it IS touristic and not what it used to be – but the gator on a stick is GOOD! Also if you can go to the Satchmo fest you can sample some good festival food – this years fried softshell crab poboys from Katie´s were some real little yummy treats – i was already thinking about when to get a next one only half way through the first one….yep it was THAT good….and washed down with some cold abita beers in the almost 104 degree heat was just hands down awesome.

The Satchmo summerfest is something i can really recommend – celebrate Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong with some GOOD music! and the funniest 2nd line i been to so far.

Yep, there´s no shortage things to do and great of restaurants in New Orleans and there´s something for everyone and definetily more than you can eat… But what else to do? wanna do something different? – apart from going to events that´s happening, live music clubs etc or taking in the city´s original and amazing architecture you can also for example – take a gondola ride in the City Park…

NOLA GONDOLA

Here`s for a different experience… Nola Gondola is operated by one of my good friends in the city – Terry Dula, who brought a gondola including the whole kit from the striped pole to the shirt, hat AND the italian music..all the way from Venice, italy…

He´s a certified gondolier as well – the only one in Nola i´m sure. The tour takes you through the beautiful waters in the City Park…it´s breathtaking. During the tour you go under very low bridges and it´s as romantic as can be.

So naturally many of the customers are for wedding proposals – but there´s all kinds of people going and for example one is ex Saints player Steve Gleason – if you are a Saints fan like me you know who he is…

The tour is beautiful, romantic and peaceful and if you wanna experince something different and something to remember – this is it. Also under one of the bridges  people writes their names and of course i wrote mine…not forgetting to represent the Who Dat Nation:-)

You can check out Terry`s website here.

The beautiful city park in the sunset and the bridge under where people writes their names.

Shopping – there´s a lot of fun little shops around in the French quarter and on Magazine st for example. A lot of the tourist shops DOES have some fun things…even though many of the spices and stuff are much more expensive than they are at say Winn Dixie. For food i prefer Rouses because they have a good selection and they are very supportive and helpful to the community and city.

But there´s  fun little shops to explore…like Serendiptious Masks for example – on decatur street – that little shop is full of fun carnival masks and things and from the roof hangs second line parasols for various occasions. These parasols also makes beautiful and fun room decorations when not in use in some parade or party.

Beautiful 2nd line parasols hanging in the roof.

Venetian style carnival mask.

Handmade carnival feather masks.

GREAT BARS

A few of my favorite bars in Nola includes French 75, Cure, Carousel Bar and Bar Tonique – all which serves great crafted and inventive cocktails as well as classics and there are more but we didn´t have the time to get to all we wanted as usual…especially seen to all the events during Tales that we went to which includes many cocktails… It´s just too much of everything in Nola and you just can`t do it all – you need to go back!

Arnaud`s French 75 Bar, one of my favorite bars in New Orleans and a place i always go back to for fabulous well crafted cocktails expertly prepared by Chris Hannah and Hadi Ktiri.

Photography Ken Stock

New Orleans and Tales of the Cocktail 2012

Time to change pace and content on this blog for a while…so i`m taking a break from my normal cocktail posts…

I`m now in New Orleans again and will cover the Tales plus you may expect everything and anything New Orleans during the upcoming month depending on time permitting…so keep an eye for the Tales and other fun things coming up!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Soft Shell Crab with Smoked Creole Tomato Sauce at Muriel’s Jackson Square

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NEW ORLEANS FOOD part 2 – Some serious Gourmet Poboy`s and Oysters

This is a slightly belated post about food during Tales week..or really anytime! this is part two.

Forget about your ordinary Poboy´s for a while..no matter how tasty they are…cuz i`m gonna present some killer one´s that i hope you`ll try when you get a chance, maybe next year at Tales?

I saw two pics taken by Lauren (Fleurtygirl) of these gourmet poboy`s and the first one got me to seriously drool..and the 2nd pic blew me away.  When i saw those pics i was happy that i was in Nola and not a thousand miles away from those sandwiches…i`m talking about the gourmet poboy´s at Ye Olde College Inn.

Ye Olde College Inn” is located on 3000 South Carrollton Avenue. They open at 4pm.

They use fresh produce from the Fig Street Farm, Crescent City Farmers Market, the Hollygrove Market and Clayton Miller Produce. Locally grown seasonal fresh produce ensures fresh crisp and good quality food.

I try to find fresh local produce if i can, wherever i am because nothing beats it and it´s always good to support local businesses.

Fried Green Tomato Shrimp Remoulade  Poboy,

Award-Winning Fried Bread Pudding Po-Boy with Rum Sauce

So how did they taste?

Well, i must say they are BIG – i only ordered a half loaf – and the pictures do not do them justice, not by a long shot. The bread is lightly toasted, it`s a lot that goes into your mouth so to me a half poboy was enough. But i also did order the award winning dessert Poboy – Fried bread pudding Poboy with Rum Sauce and it was droolingly delicious.

The other Poboy was a fried green tomato shrimp remoulade poboy (award winning “Best Of Show”) quite a bit of creole mustard in the remoulade sauce and it was of course also delicious.

My friend ordered a perfectly baked Baked Redfish topped with Louisiana Lump Crabmeat over herb roasted tri-color potatoes, asparagus & cherry tomato vinaigrette and it was of course tasty in a way food can be only in Nola..! Next time you go to Tales or just to Nola, try to stop by College Inn for some real good treats, maybe paired with something fun at the neighbouring Rock`n Bowl.

You can also take the st Charles streetcar to get there, ride all the way to the end station at South  Carrolton (it`s a scenic and enjoyable route) and then you walk a couple blocks until you see College Inn on your left side.

But last but not the least..there´s another place to get real good poboy´s i need to mention and that is Parkway Bakery, want some REAL GOOD poboys? go to Parkway. You won`t be disappointed and you will return, i promise.

Shrimp poboy

And last…but not the least – if you`re on Frenchmen and gets hungry there is of course places to eat and one of the good ones is Adolfo`s on the second floor above the Apple Barrel but also on the street you may see a couple selling wraps.

That`s Sarah and Joe, they sell homemade wraps and the menu changes daily from barbeque to regular wraps and at a very good price, it´s tasty too and very welcome late at night when you come out of  for example Dba.

OYSTERS AND ALLIGATOR

 



Charbroiled oysters and buttery garlicky cheeze sauce at Acme Oysterhouse.

Freshly chucked gulf oysters on the half shell at Felix´s Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Opposite each other on Iberville st near Monteleone are two very good places for oysters, both on the half shell and charbroiled. The first one almost always has a long queue – Acme and the other is Felix`s.

At Acme we had a fantastic meal with charbroiled oysters, fries and hush puppies, a fantastic smoky jambalaya which i will return to eat, fried shrimp and fish platter, french bread to sop up all the buttery garlicky cheesy sauce…

Well..there´s a reason why there´s almost always a queue outside that place.

But the place on the other side, Felix`s – is also worth visiting and less queue. They have great oysters and their blackened gator is yum!

Don`t be afraid of trying alligator, the meat is not dark red and weird as so many seems to believe, it´s more like chicken and it really is tasty in all forms from sausage on a stick or in a poboy to cheesecake a la Jaques-Imos or like this, Felix´s blackened gator.

After all you´re in New Orleans, they know how to cook…so try things!

Blackened Louisiana alligator at Felix´s.

Many thanks to Tony Harion for the pictures of the blackened gator and the charbroiled oysters.

That was all from this year`s food adventure from me which this time was all about seafood and poboys.

NEW ORLEANS FOOD – Do you love Seafood and Poboy`s?

Charbroiled oysters at big Al`s

Prior to Tales of the Cocktail i just wanna post a little about this wonderful city which has such amazing food. Of course the food here isn´t only seafood and poboys, there´s tons of different things, but I´ve mainly been eating fried seafood here since i came back – since that`s what i like the most and also cannot get where i live unless i make it myself.

And as you know, it always tastes better in place and what i make at home may be tasty but it doesn´t even come close to what you get here. One reason is the fresh produce, gulf shrimps for example has more and different flavor than any other shrimps i´ve had anywhere, same with the oysters.

They sure got flavor down here!

Not been here for more than a couple days but lawd what an amount of great food i already have had. OK i won`t be able to post about that many places in this post, so i´ll most likely post more later on. But maybe this post can help to point out a few good places to go for those of you coming in for the Tales in about a week from now. i know you wanna eat! (not only drink..)

The first place i wanna point out is Jaques-Imos. I wrote about Jaques-Imos last year and it was the first place to go when i came back last friday. You find it in uptown on 8324 Oak Street right beside the Maple Leaf bar (which i also recommend and where Rebirth brassband plays on tuesdays)

The menu is as ecclectic as the place itself and reservations are only taken for parties of five or more up to 30 days in advance. All other parties will be first come, first served. That means – since it´s so popular you might have to wait for a table, we waited 2 hours almost, but it´s well worth the wait believe me. And while you wait you go to the Maple Leaf of course and have beer;-)

Lump crab meat stuffed shrimp at Jaques-Imos

Alligator cheesecake

We ordered a big mix of all kinda things and shared the sides which one of them was the unforgettable alligator cheesecake – make sure to get that one. I also had lump crab meat stuffed shrimp, fried oyster salad and BBQ shrimp…

As you can see i`m a seafood lover and have no problem in ordering two different shrimp dishes at the same time paired with crawfish and crab…but there´s more than seafood here of course. When you been to Jaques-Imos you`ll think that you never ever will be able to be hungry again!

Another place i want to recommend is Palace Cafe on 605 Canal Street, between Chartres and Royal Streets. If you wanna get something REAL good, go here! Their BBQ shrimp is “to die for”.  I also had lump crabmeat cheesecake with fried crab claws on top with a New Orleans style barbecue sauce, spiked with Abita beer and served Creole toasted French bread.

BBQ shrimp at Palace Cafe

This lump crabmeat cheesecake is baked in a pecan crust with a wild mushroom sauté and Creole meunière sauce and topped with 3 fried crab claws. Butter sauteed crawfish at left.

Then i had butter sauteed crawfish, turtle soup and finally a bananas foster. To that i drank Abita andygator – but there´s cocktails if you want – why not try Peter’s Planters Punch with New Orleans Amber Rum, fresh lemon & orange juice and housemade cardamom syrup? I´m gonna do that the next time which will be soon.

Bananas Foster at Palace Cafe

If you get a chance to get out of New Orleans and happen to love seafood i recommend big Al`s Seafood in Houma, about an hour drive or so from NO.

Here is seafood heaven! I had fried softshell crab (fried to perfection) fried shrimps, crawfish, hush puppies, charbroiled oysters, sweet potato fries..all served with various dipping sauces and of course washed down with ice cold abita beer. YUM YUMMY and YUM! Ah…those crunchy crab legs…

Fried softshell crab and sweet potato fries at Big Al`s.

Then we have the Poboy´s…anyone who have been here knows what that is and there´s many places to get them and i won´t try to go into where´you get the best sandwiches since i haven´t tried all places yet. But here´s two places, yes only two…i wanna recommend for now – if you wanna find out more about where to go, just google “best poboy” – you´ll get a few hints…i have also saved a real good one to have its own post – soon to come.

So one is Gene’s on St. Claude & Elysian Fields, (1040 Elysian Fields Ave) their hot sausage Poboy is wicked, and then we got Johnnie´s on 511 Saint Louis Street in the french quarter. They are everywhere and they are tasty and they are the best dressed sandwiches on the planet.

And they all share one thing, they got that bread…Leidenheimer…it has has a crunchy crust with a very light center. And they should preferably be dressed. (That is with mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles etc)

So make sure you get yourself  Poboy`s and try many different ones! shrimp, hot sausage, alligator, oyster, catfish, softshell crab, french fries,  roastbeef…you won´t be hungry.

Well, that was a little about some of the food here, more to come…

TALES OF THE COCKTAIL AND NEW ORLEANS 2011

It´s soon time for Tales of the Cocktail again! so let´s see what gonna happen this year. I hope i will be able to keep up with all that´s going on during Tales which is a LOT and at the same time enjoy everything New Orleans has to offer which also is A LOT!

If anyone wanna check out some good Tales survival tips for first-timers – go read here and all the pre-Tales posts presenting the top of the iceberg of what`s going to happen you can read at the Tales blog.

I can really recommend anyone who likes cocktails to visit the Tales of the Cocktail! it´s like a Mardi Gras for booze nerds…but also it´s so much more than that – it´s also New Orleans! a city like no other… with a rich and deep and resilient culture…that celebrates life and the moment. Music, food, colors and textures.

I`m leaving now, i might post something about New Orleans before the Tales, in any case i`m planning to participate in the next week`s MxMo but apart from that – see you at the Tales!

Let´s get dat pawty stawted..