New Orleans is a place you want to figure out. You want to say that you’ve been there and understand why it is so special.

What I can say is that it is the most food centered city I’ve ever been to. My first night there was spent sitting on my friend Ariane’s porch listening to her talk to her mother about restaurants. It was like all the tourist attractions were just filler between meals. This is not too different from my life’s philosophy anyway.

I won’t lie, it’s a few days later and I still haven’t made heads nor tails of it. I will be writing way more about the trip as a whole for Jewcy.com, so hopefully I’ll be able to unpack my thoughts a little more.

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Deanie’s Food - It was on TV.

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My first of many gumbos. I love gumbo.

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BBQ sauce. MY favorite thing I ate on the trip up until this point (this distinction changed). You can see more about it on this clip from Man v. Food (about 7 minutes in(

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That is 190 proof.

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Sal lives in New Orleans and he’s wearing white!

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French Quarter street

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Gumbo #2. Better but not the best.

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Fried chicken, jambalaya, red beans & ice, shrimp creole.

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Bourbon Street was… let’s say, not for me.

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This bar is super old.

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Also on TV.

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Half roast beaf, half fried oyster Po Boy.

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Gumbo #3. Super great, still not the best.

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Muffaletta

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Fancy houses. Ornate but not sickly so.

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Cochon. Best meal of the trip. One of the best meals I ever had. It is my favorite type of restaurant, updated regional food with out going to far as to be pretentious.

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Gumbo#4 and the best. Incredible depth of flavor.

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Zucchini and feta salad with pecan vinaigrette

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Catfish in sauce.

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Jazzy Jazz

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Obama ate here.

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Lot’s of things.

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There is something fascinating about small-city museums. They tend to focus on lesser known works from famous artists. Sometimes this means just awful Picasso’s but sometimes, like here, you get to see crazy shit like a Gauguin stained-glass dresser.

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I took this because eventually I watch this show.

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Oh, what cemeteries they have.

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The World Famous Cafe Du Monde

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Beignets! They are like fancy zeppoles. Wait no, they are like zeppoles.