Above, traditional shrimp po'boy. Below, traditional Louisana Muffuletta.
Notice, the piano man just playin' along in the middle of the street!
Friday Night Dinner in New Orleans: Palace Cafe - So, what do you do in a city that knows food? EAT! The four of us had reservations at the recommended Palace Cafe, where we absolutely endulged ourselves, yet again. Note, there were only 4 of us, and we ate ALL of the below:
2 orders of Crabmeat Cheesecake - Baked in a pecan crust with a wild mushroom sauté and Creole Meuniére
Seafood Gumbo - shrimp, oysters and okra, served with white rice
Gulf Fish Pecan - pecan-crusted with Creole meunière sauce, spiced pecans, popcorn rice and vegetable du jour
Grilled Gulf Fish Panzanella - served with housemade olive bread croutons, local cucumbers, Creole tomatoes, grilled eggplant, capers and spinach tossed in an Italian parsley pistou
Andouille Crusted Fish - pan-roasted and served with Crystal buerre-blanc, chive aïoli,
rissole potatoes and vegetable du jour
Polenta Crusted Diver Scallops - topped with sautéed jumbo lump crabmeat, grilled corn,
tomatoes, peppers and red onions, accompanied by a thyme infused crab broth
New Orleans Amber Rum Cake - topped with fresh peaches sautéed tableside in butter and brown sugar, flambéed with amber rum & peach nectar, served with vanilla bean ice cream
Bananas Foster - Fresh bananas sautéed tableside in brown sugar and cinnamon, then flambéed with banana liqueur and rum, served over housemade vanilla bean ice cream
Mississippi Mud Pie - Layers of chocolate mousse with an Oreo crust topped with whipped cream & chocolate sauce
Housemade Blackberry Sorbet
We all agreed that we ate too much, but it was worth it!
Saturday was a fun day, too! We visited with friends, went swimming, rested and then headed back over to Ryan's parents' for another fun dinner! We had chips with homemade salsa from homegrown tomatoes, veggies & dip, fresh guacamole, Miss Linda's potato salad, baked beans, fresh homegrown cucumbers soaking in vinegar (my favorite!) and all kinds of grilled meats! Of course, we also had desserts!
It was just a perfect vacation weekend! We had lots of fun, tons of interesting & tasty foods and fulfilling fellowship with great people! I missed everyone's company so much that I cried when we got home last night! It was just too quiet, and I missed all the good night wishes and hugs from everyone that I'd that been receiving for the last few nights!
Couldn't resist sharing this picture! Rollins is a stud in his sunglasses, and he was a trooper for our 5 hour drive back to Birmingham. "Way to go, Buddy!"
More pics here!