My Trip to New Orleans: What I Ate and How I Ate It!

Last weekend, I headed to New Orleans with a friend to see Jazzfest and explore the city.  One of our favorite things to do in the city was walk around and simply eat everything in sight! I love tasting foods I haven’t tried before, especially if they’re the specialties of the area.  Read all about what I ate in New Orleans after the jump!

One of the first things I ordered in New Orleans was a huge plate of boiled crawfish!  I was so looking forward to them, but I quickly realized that I had no idea how to eat them!  Luckily, someone was there to help me out and teach me.

Here’s how to eat a crawfish:

1. Separate the tail from the body, twisting as you pull.
2. Pull off a couple of the first few tail rings.
3. Grab the flesh from the end of the tail and pull it out.  Eat it.
4. To act like a true local, suck the filling out of the head (it’s the best part!)

The crawfish was spicy and tasty, but a lot of work.  It also had a very seafood-y taste, so if you’re not a fan of seafood, this probably isn’t the best thing for you to be eating.  Also, if you’re afraid of eating whole animals (eyes and all), you’d best skip this one!

Some other things I tried on the trip were boudin balls, which were deep-fried balls filled with sausage and rice.  These were super delicious and very filling!  Click here to learn how to make boudin sausage.

I also tasted alligator pie, which was a delicious puff pastry filled with ground alligator and a few other things.  It was seriously yummy!

Finally, I headed over to Cafe du Monde to taste their world-famous beignets, French donuts covered in loads of sweet powdered sugar.  What a way to start my last day in New Orleans- yum!

I enjoyed New Orleans SO much- maybe a little bit too much, if you know what I mean- and the food was incredible!  Have you ever been to New Orleans?  If so, what was the best thing you ate there?

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