New Orleans
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New OrleansThe Big Easy! A city filled with delicious eats, great music and loving people. Photo by Photo by William Recinos via Unplash.

The vibrant city of New Orleans is rich with culture, music, and good eats! The cuisine is a fusion of soul food, Cajun and Creole flavors. The city’s vivacious energy attracts millions of tourists each year, two of New Orleans’ most popular times to visit are during the annual Mardi Gras Carnival in February and The Essence Festival in July. However, anytime is a good time to visit The Big Easy!

Breakfast/Brunch

Brennan’s Restaurant, 417 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Price: $$$
Brennan’s is a NOLA original that has been serving the city since 1946. Its menu blends the taste of the city’s French and Spanish ancestry to create mouth watering dishes. Coupled with the great eats is the ambiance of the restaurant which creates an old charm elegance that is specific only to New Orleans.

Brennan's NOLA
The traditional French decor will make you feel extra fancy when dining at Brennan’s. Photo by Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group.

The Ruby Slipper Café, 200 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Price: $
The Ruby Slipper Café has been providing its patrons with fresh authentic New Orleans cuisine for almost a decade. All of their dishes have that New Orleans flair! If you’re not in the area, but still want to give The Ruby Slipper a taste, you still can! They’ve expanded to five locations in Louisiana and a forthcoming location in Mobile, Alabama.

Lunch

Compère Lapin, 553 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130
Price: $$$

Compère Lapin is French for “brother rabbit” and the name of a popular character in traditional Caribbean and Creole folktales. The adorably quirky name suits the restaurant helmed by St. Lucian Chef Nina Compton as its dishes are a perfectly cultivated blend of Caribbean and Creole flavors. The traditional Caribbean dish of curried goat seems to be a hit amongst patrons.

Peche Seafood Grille, 800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Price: $$$
Peche specializes in NOLA’s most popular export, seafood! The seafood dishes combine the cooking of South America, Spain, and the Gulf Coast. The fresh oysters are a menu delight!

Peche Seafood Grille
Ordering seafood is must at Peche, especially the oysters! Photo by Peche Seafood Grille.

Dinner

Coquette, 2800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
Price: $$$

Coquette offers contemporary southern cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced products but with an international inspiration. The establishment is a neighborhood spot for locals and a great choice for celebrating your special occasion.

Shaya, 4213 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
Price: $$
Shaya restaurant marries Israeli cuisine with the deep-rooted Southern cuisine of New Orleans to create a unique blend of flavors for each plate. Their contemporary menu also draws influence from North America, the Middle East, eastern Europe, Turkey, and Greece. Shaya serves New Orleans famous King Cake year round, although it is largely associated with Mardi Gras.

Shaya NOLA
Whether you’re feeling traditional humus and toasted pita bread or matzo ball soup, there’s plenty of international cuisine to indulge in at Shaya. Photo by Shaya.

Those are my must eat restaurants when visiting NOLA, but I know there are many more. If you’ve enjoyed a meal at any of the restaurants above, or somewhere else, let me know what you deem as must have menu item!

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New Orleans School of Cooking
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It wasn’t my first time at the Rodeo, considering I had been to New Orleans before. On my last trip, I stayed for 5 days and literally only ate and slept. It was a dream come true.

Being that I love living out of my suitcase, I was really inspired to start the #travelingwhilehungry series. It felt important to provide a space for other travels who love food as much as I do, and were looking for partners in crime. It was also created for those who do enjoy traveling but just aren’t sure where or how to seek the best food experience that city or country of interest, might have to offer. That 5 day hoorah to New Orleans made it impossible for me to choose anywhere else to be our first stop.Travel contents

This time around, instead of staying at a hotel, we all stayed in a shot gun style house via AirBnb. This is a traditional New Orlean’s style home which had two sides to it, and we rented the entire place for our guest. We had key code access all weekend so everyone visiting could come and go as they please, very important. After everyone was settled, I handed over the goodie bags that I had prepared. Each bag was packed with mardi-gra beads, a shot of bourbon, tylenol, hand sanitizer, some tums for the stomach and a thank you note. These incredible mason jar tags were the perfect touch to each bag and I was able to locate some New Orlean’s themed stickers to suit the occasion.

Goodie Bags

 

As a host, it’s always nice to add a special touch to your event or destination and goodie bag survival kits are a great, easy + fun idea. This is also common for destination weddings or as your typical party favors. Our first day was all about team building so we attended a cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking to follow. About 10 of us got together to make Gumbo, Fish with Salsa Meuniere and Pralines.

New Orleans School of Cooking

 

We already had a chef in the group (aside from the instructor) who was basically cooking with his eye closed but his pralines couldn’t stand a chance against mine. Throughout each course, we would sit to chat and get to know one another. We also had a ton of time to talk about food and where we would be eating next. The Chef/Instructor himself, recommended Atchafalaya which was perfect because brunch was already booked there for the following day. The Chef was also extremely nice, knowledgeable and easy to get along with.

Guest - cooking class

After the class was over, you’re welcome to shop for the seasonings you cooked with and more. You also get to take home your apron, recipes and my personal favorite, the pralines! It didn’t hurt that it was all you can drink beer and wine which was the perfect segue for our night out on Bourbon.

New Orleans School of Cooking chef

Stay tuned for more details on our Traveling While Hungry stop in New Orleans and don’t forget to sign up for the next trip.

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You can now grab the Must Eat Cheat Sheet for this Traveling While Hungry stop.

 

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