Let The Good Times Roll

Laissez les bon temps rouler!
When I started working on the social media accounts promoting AARP’s 2012 Life@50+ National Event & Expo I couldn’t wait to get to New Orleans. I spent hours each week looking for content – pictures, recipes, music. Described as the most fun and authentic city in America by the New Orleans CVB, I was as excited about the event as the followers on the Facebook page. Even though I was going to be working long hours and spending most of my time at the Convention Center I was still looking forward to experiencing the energy and excitement of the city and, of course, the food.
I have a mild shellfish allergy, and for the most part I’m pretty good about staying away, but no way was I going to be in New Orleans for a week and eat chicken. I ate more shrimp, crab and oysters than I had done all year. The random adventure gods must have been in my favour again because I didn’t end up with pouty lips a la Angelina Jolie.
My goal was to try as many of the New Orleans favourites as I could during my short visit. I had shrimp and catfish po-boys and raw and barbecue blue cheese oysters; Crab cakes at Ruth’s Chris and alligator sausage gumbo at Red Fish Grill. The gumbo was good, but the best part was definitely the alligator sausage. I was a little hesitant at first, but it came highly recommended so I said why not! I didn’t have time to go to Cafe Du Monde to have beignets and cafe au lait, but I was lucky enough to have a beignet brought to me. Warm and covered in powdered sugar, it was delicious! Mummy and I went to Muriel’s in Jackson Square and I had a hurricane, lamb chops and bread pudding. By far that was the best bread pudding I’ve ever had.
Some non-food highlights: After dinner at Muriel’s, Mummy and I decided to walk back to the hotel. We passed through the French Quarter and of course there was music everywhere. We even got caught in a wedding parade! It took us a while to figure out what it was, but sure enough, the bride was there in her gown and parasol. (Note to self: Have wedding parade. Get parasol.)
Here are some photos from my New Orleans adventure!

These guys can be found all over New Orleans


Fleur de lis


Mummy and I on the exhibit floor


Outside the New Orleans Arena where the Hornets play


Jazz musician statues on Fulton St.



View of the Mississippi River


At the Red Fish Grill


Where the Saints play



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