A mini-guide to #NOLA
In my Part 1 post I briefly shared about The Historic New Orleans Collection but forgot to mention that New Orleans is currently celebrating its Tricentennial! Here is a link to one of the exhibits at THNOC: African Heritage of New Orleans: 300 Years in the Making. Other institutes around the city are also featuring some amazing exhibits. The New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) has an exhibition on Women Restaurant Entrepreneurs featuring some iconic women from the city including: Ella Brennan, Leah Chase, and Susan Spicer.
I also mentioned that I usually get a Fried Shrimp Po-Boy and my husband loves Muffulettas. Po-Boys and Muffulettas are truly fantastic sandwiches and you can find them all over the city. Nothing beats the crusty French bread and fillings of a Po-Boy. Except of course a Muffuletta (according to my husband). But why choose? Order one of each and split the spoils! I also LOVE soft-shell crab Po-Boys, Fried Oysters, and Roast Beef dripping with gravy. Here’s some fun information about those famous sandwiches.
Here’s a quick tutorial on the Anatomy of a Po-Boy.
Read about the History of the Po-Boy or watch this video:
There’s also this account of the history of the Po-Boy: Parkway Po-Boys.
Even CBS has reported on the Po-Boy!
The Original Muffuletta at Central Grocery
While you’re in town check out these awesome restaurants serving Muffulettas: Places to get Muffulettas.
If you need to recreate a Muffuletta when you get home, GoNola has a fantastic recipe here.
Jazz in the streets
It’s not just something you see in the movies. Musicians really are out in the streets performing for the public. When you’re walking around the French Quarter take a minute to stand around with a crowd and listen. Sip your drink and relax. We always keep some small bill in our pockets to tip the local musicians.
Be on the lookout for these musicians: French Quarter Street Musicians You’ve Got To Hear.
Some tasty (adult) beverages
Perhaps you’d like to enjoy a traditional #NOLA cocktail while walking off your Po-Boy and Muffuletta feast, or listening to some Street Musicians? Wait, WHAT?! Yes, there’s this kinda cool phenomenon called The Go Cup. Don’t believe me? See below:
Here are a few of New Orleans’ most iconic drinks:
The Sazerac (NOLA’s official cocktail).
The Vieux Carré from the Carousel Bar and Lounge.
The Hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s.
The Hand Grenade from Tropical Isle.
The Pimm’s Cup at Napoleon House.
See you in November!
During your visit be sure to use the #OneTimeInNewOrleans hashtag!