Posts Tagged 'new orleans'


snapshot of exterior from my streetcar ride

delmonico dining area
one of the dining areas

gulf crabmeat cake (further description of all food following last image)

delmonico duck confit
confit duck leg

pan fried red fish

delmonico_lime cheesecake bites
lime cheesecake bites

delmonico dessert pudding
pudding trio

Took a detour towards the fancier side for my final dinner in New Orleans.  Headed to Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant, Delmonico.  He has so many in New Orleans that I didn’t know what to pick, but I think this is his newest and is really affordable for such a nice place.  I always chuckle a little when I think of Emeril because all I picture is him going, BAM!! BAM!! BAM!! on his show on the food network.  The food is definitely worth going for and the atmosphere is great.  Feels like you are walking into someone’s fancy home when you step through the door as opposed to a “restaurant”.  You get attended to by not just the waiter who takes your order, but also the other 4 or 5 in the room who make sure you are having an excellent time there.  Makes you feel extra special.  Mood lighting of course and elegant decor, but not too over the top.  Still felt like you were in a nice home.

Now onto the food.  I of course wanted to try everything, but since I can’t I did end up trying these dishes that I HIGHLY recommend.  (All pictured above)

Appetizer: Gulf Crabmeat Cake with green tomato chow chow

Main Course: Confit Duck Leg with French Lentils, Fig Marmalade, & Sugar Snap Peas (duck was cooked perfectly, the marmalade was the best I’ve ever tasted, and the snap peas were so sweet);  Ran Fried Red Fish with Fingerling Potato Lyonnaise, Stewed Green Beans, Shrimp Veloute Sauce

Dessert:  Lime Cheesecake Bites dipped in Chocolate Ganache and Graham Cracker Crumbs (I want to learn how to make this!); Pudding Trio – Chocolate, Salted Caramel, & Vanilla

I highly recommend all of the above.  Everything was delectable and savory! 


1300 Saint Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-4937

(images from Delmonico site and some by: vivien chin)


ignatius restaurant

Gumbo and jumbalaya were on my checklist of things I have to eat when in New Orleans.  Had them both at dinner here for the first time and they were delicious!  The jumbalaya was my favorite.  Ignatius is located in the Garden District on Magazine street.  Real New Orleans food at non-tourist prices.  Low priced and tasty…always a good combo.


4200 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 896-2225

(image by: vivien chin)

muffeletta & napoleon house

Napoleon house 1

napoleon house

muffuletta sandwich

One of my favorite spots in New Orleans was Napoleon House in the French Quarter.  It’s a 200 year old building who’s first occupant, Nicholas Girod, offered the building up to Napoleon for refuge during his exile in 1821.  Napoleon never came, but the name stuck. 

It has one of the BEST sandwiches I’ve ever had–the Muffuletta (seen above).  The sandwich is huge and in it has: ham, genoa salami, pastrami, swiss cheese, provolone cheese, and homemade italian olive salad in it.  The combination is delicious–all my favorite things in one sandwich!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  Went great with a cold Abita Amber on that hot day.  I want to learn how to make the muffuletta olive mix because it was so amazing.  This is a must go in New Orleans, seemed like pretty popular place when I was there.


500 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

(images by: vivien chin)

jamie hayes_artist

jamie hayes sign

jamie hayes 01

jamie hayes 02

jamie hayes 3


jamie hayes 04

jamie hayes 05 

Saw these fun dolls and artwork by New Orleans artist, Jamie Hayes.  These were some of the things being displayed in the window of his gallery on 621 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA.

(images by: vivien chin)

high voltage

high voltage

Electricity has a face now and can attack people! (This sign definitely beats the other sign post…haha.)

(images by: vivien chin)

oysters, crawfish, & crab

raw oysers
raw oysters

crawfish and snowcrab
crawfish and snowcrab

seafood shells
the end…

The food tour continues in New Orleans with LOTS of fresh seafood.  Some of my favorites were the raw oysters, crawfish, and snowcrab.  Nothing fancy…just scrumptious fresh seafood.  I was in heaven (but sad when there was no more left except shells).  Very delicious and very fresh!
(images by: vivien chin)

snoballs – new orleans style

nectarine snoball

blackberry cream snoball
blackberry cream snoball

Plum st 01
plum st. snoball stand

Plum Street 02
plum st. snowballs sign

“Snoballs” (or “snowballs”) are the New Orleans version of a snowcone, but soo much better and made differently.  Snoballs are made of shaved ice which results in a fluffy, fine, snow like consistency versus snowcones which are made of lumpier, crushed ice.  Plum St. is supposed to be one of the best in New Orleans so I went there.  Hansen’s is supposed to be good as well.  You can get them in a S,M,L cup or S,M,L pail like the one in the sign above that looks like a takeout box.  I saw some people order the large pail, but I have no idea how you can consume that much snoball!  I tried the nectarine flawor and it was delicious!!  Highly recommend going there if you are in New Orleans.  Here’s an article with more background on snoballs.


Plum St. Snowballs
1300 Burdette St

New Orleans, LA 70118

(images by: vivien chin)

beignets @ cafe du monde

beignet 01
the before: beignets and cafe au lait

beignets 02
the after: piles of powdered suger left

beignets 03
an order of 6 beignets.  i think there’s the same amount of sugar on an order of 3 as there is on 6..haha

cafe du monde
exterior of cafe du monde

cafe du monde floor
pretty sure this is about as clean as the floor gets.  it’s powdered sugar city.

cafe du monde band
nice performers out in front everyday

Started out the mornings in New Orleans with beignets at the famous Cafe Du Monde.  You may have purchased their coffee grinds before that comes in the yellow can with the brown logo.  That’s how I recognized them.  Located in the French Quarter, Cafe Du Monde opened in 1862 and has been serving these puffy clouds of fried dough since. 

Beignets are French, square, doughnuts with powdered surgar on top.  You can get an order of 3 for $1.82.  So cheap! Each order comes witha  glass of water which I end up using to wash my hands.  The sugar  gets pretty much everywhere when the breeze comes throught, but sooo worth it (there’s always far more on the plate than you need).  Try the cafe au lait too.  This place is open 24 hrs 7 days a week so you can feed the craving any time you want.  I miss my morning beignets!  Delicious!! 

Cafe Du Monde
1039 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

(images by: vivien chin)

swamp tour anyone?

swamp 3

swamp 1

swamp 2

No live alligator sightings during my New Orleans trip.  This is about as much of the swamps that I saw.  Views from the plane right before landing.

(images by: vivien chin)

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