Travel Journal: New Orleans 2018 – DAY 4

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018 – DAY 4

You can’t go wrong when you start the day with croissants and café au lait. 🙂

I loved the look of the inside of this French pastry shop, called Croissant D’Or Patisserie.

It was a little bit sunnier today than it had been previous days!

Near Jackson Square, we heard street musicians finishing a set of music with a hearty rendition of “O When The Saints.”

Then we made our way to our second food tour of this trip. (I think Paul is determined to make me into a foodie!) Stepping into the first restaurant of the tour, SoBou, this is what you see.

Here, we enjoyed pork rinds, Boudin (sausage stuff with pork and rice), …

…and sweet potato beignets. For those of you keeping track, yes, that’s the third time we had beignets. Those little French donuts are delicious!

The tour guide gave us a great deal of New Orleans history. He talked about the importance, even today, of New Orleans, due to being a port city of the Mississippi river. Through its history, the city has always been a melting pot of people of various descent, including the French, Spanish, Italians, Africans, Irish, and German.

The next stop in the food tour was Leah’s Pralines.

We did not go inside, but our food tour guide pointed out to us the oldest restaurant in New Orleans, which happens to also be the oldest family-owned restaurant in the nation: Antoine’s Restaurant.

At Nola’s PoBoy’s, we were served two sandwich samplers: a fried catfish po’boy and a muffuletta sandwich. The muffuletta sandwich, like the po’boy, originated in New Orleans. It contains Italian cold-cuts, an olive salad, and provolone cheese on sesame bread.

Next we visited an old restaurant called Tujague’s, established in 1856. It contains a beautiful, old stand-up bar made of cypress. The mirror behind the bar, shipped here from Paris in 1856, and had previously adorned the wall of a Paris bistro for 90 years.

Our final stop during the food tour was a restaurant called Tableau. It’s one of a numerous restaurants owned by members of the local Brennan family. Here, we sampled the gumbo – a seafood stew that likely originated in Louisiana.

Here is a photo of more street musicians. Can you believe it: they brought along not only their dog, but also their piano!

For the last thing of the day, we made our way towards Frenchman Street, where we heard there is a good scene for live music. We found a restaurant called The Spotted Cat that had a group of jazz musicians. Here, we enjoyed a burger and sweet potato fries.

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