Yohboh and I have spent the last few days in New Orleans. We did not have a bad meal there. We stayed at the Maison Dupuy in the French Quarter. It is a quiet little hotel, which is surprising since it is a few blocks from Bourbon Street.
New Orleans is a walking city. We stayed pretty much in the French Quarter. Everywhere we ate was within walking distance.
We ate a Tujague's and had some excellent barbecue shrimp and a spinach salad with oysters. Acme Oyster House had the best bowl of gumbo we tried. And something called Chargrilled Oysters which were life affirming. Stanley's had a killer breakfast. More places should have oysters for breakfast. Gumbo Shop had bread pudding that was so sweet that it made me go back to the hotel to brush my teeth. Nola Po Boys had a fried oyster po boy that was exactly what I wanted.
The Muffaletta at Central Grocery was yummy.
And The Gumbo Pot had Shrimp and Grits for breakfast.
And we had beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde.
And bacon pecan brittle at Leah's.
It is good that the Cresent City is a walking town because I ate so much. I am hoping some of the walking negated all the delicious food.
When you vegetable garden, when the cucumbers come it, there is a plethora of them. More than you, your family, friends and neighbors can possibly eat. Same goes for squash, peppers, eggplants. And yes, even tomatoes.
And every year, I would get stressed out because a fresh picked veggie is a time bomb. And we worked so hard to grow the things, but there is no physical way to eat them all or give them away.
But I have found a solution. Most food banks in this country are desperate for fresh produce. If you want a sugary snack, they have those for days. Fresh vegetable are a rarity. So through Share Our Strength and some asking around, I found a food bank near my house and will be donating the extras to them.
I am of the lucky ones. I do not have to stress about how to make food stretch or if I have to take my kid to the doctor or put gas in the car. And I have more than enough cucumbers this week.
I am a tiny Asian woman trying to navigate the Deep South. I have a profound love of all things deep fried.
I married a man seven years my junior (WHO IS THE ROCK STAR! JAYUUH!)
I have a well developed sense of humor and a poorly developed sense of spacial relations.
I share too much, which is why I need to blog to edit before I over share with people how often I poop and how I saw my first gray hair at 24 AND IT WAS NOT ON MY HEAD.
I had a child on February 2007 I had another child in October of 2011. My life has not been the same. It has gotten a lot better.
If you wish to contact me email me at minjenah at gmail dot com. I will respond, eventually.