Down to New Orleans!

Let me start by saying that an evening in NOLA (how my sister refers to the city) isn’t enough time to appreciate it!  But I had a hell of a night.  I did a weekend trip to help my little sister move and the first night she blessed me with a bit of food and drink in the old French Quarter.   We started off by going to K Paul’s Kitchen at her boss’ request, and let me tell you, that was some darn good advice.

A sort of chicken parmigiana with all sorts of delectable sides such as Cajun rice and ratatouille

A sort of chicken parmigiana with all sorts of delectable sides such as Cajun rice and ratatouille

This slice of heaven was duck and shrimp and I nearly cried of joy when I had it.

This slice of heaven was duck and shrimp and I nearly cried of joy it was so flavorful

I had such exquisite Cajun food I simply didn’t want to leave.  The climate, the food, the people and their warm friendly nature; it all reminded me of my Puerto Rico.  This combination of nostalgia and new exploded as we dove further into the evening.  A great example of this kindness can be found in my experience at K Paul’s Kitchen.  After trying my first fried green tomato with a Remoulade sauce, I was so moved and overjoyed I grabbed my waitress by the arm (in a non-threatening manner I might add).  I ask her to go to the kitchen and find the cook or chef responsible for the delicious thing and  I then instructed her to give said cook or chef a hug  To my wonderful surprise she came back with the recipe for the Remoulade sauce!  Because I am such a nice guy I shall share with you folk on here!

REMOULADE SAUCE:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup of chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup of finely grated fresh horseradish (or fresh prepared, pinch of salt, 1 tsp of Garlic, 2 tsp of paprika, 1 tsp of Tabasco)
  • 1/4 Lemon, seeded
  • 1 bay leaf, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoon creole mustard
  • 2 tsp cutsup (I am assuming this is Louisiana’s version of Ketchup… and believe me when I say it’s not the worst spelling I have seen of this ingredient).
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp of Mustard (as opposed to creole mustard… confusing, I know)
  • 1 tsp of white vinegar

And that was it, heat this concoction up to a boil and serve up on anything breaded and deep-fried.

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My little sister dives into a fantastic fried green tomato on a very savory Remoulade sauce.

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Here we pose before a painting of the famous chef who founded this great establishment, the very famous K Paul.

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Here I have my first alcoholic drink with my little sister. As a big brother I felt this had to be one of those go big or go home, so we double fisted Hurricane Drinks, which are like fruit punch but with the alcoholic power of rubbing alcohol.

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After the First round of Hurricanes you could say I was feeling those effects and the Hand Grenade I had earlier (a lemon slushy drink with more alcohol content than I care to admit), lets just say I was fortunate to end the night standing.

Like I said before an evening in New Orleans isn’t nearly enough time to explore the city, but it definitively left a great and tasty impression in my memory and I hope you make time to visit that Jewel in the South.

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