As it is officially Fat Tuesday, it’s only appropriate to focus today’s post on New Orleans. A city influenced by an eclectic mix of French, Spanish, Caribbean, and African cultures; this is a place famous for its cuisine, music (known as the birthplace of jazz), and for festivals such as Mardi Gras.
In New Orleans, eating and drinking is an essential part of ‘The Big Easy’ lifestyle. Creole cuisine dominates and specialties such as crawfish etouffee, gumbo, muffalettea, oysters, po’ boys, and beignets are delicacies to be savored alongside cocktails that New Orleans is known for — the Hurricane, Sazarac, and Ramos Gin Fizz.
Bring your appetite!
Here are some places you should think about visiting if you’re headed to New Orleans sometime soon (and eating and drinking is your thing).
- Pat O’brien’s: Located in the French Quarter, this infamous New Orleans bar is widely considered the birth place of the Hurricane.
- The Sazarac Bar: Posh and traditional, this historic bar located in The Roosevelt Hotel is named after what many consider to be the world’s first mixed drink .. the Sazarac.
- Café du Monde: World famous for its cafe’ au lait, beignets, and the opportunity to people watch; it’s not uncommon to see a movie crew filming takes for an upcoming blockbuster at Café du Monde.
- ACME Oyster House: This is where you will find the best oysters in town!
- Old New Orleans Rum Distillery: A complimentary shuttle ride away from the French Quarter and $10 for the distillery tour is money and time well spent. You’ll see how this distillery survived Hurricane Katrina and taste their portfolio of rums that includes local favorite, Cajun Spice.