For New Orleans I highly recommend every single restaurant we stopped at in NOLA but my favorites were Charbroiled Oysters @ Drago's (I don't even do oysters), ghost tour with Free Tours by Foot, and Frenchman Street. My fav stops in Birmingham: The Purple Onion (Harrison has been talking about this restaurant since we met) and Kelly Ingram Park. Here are some highlights:
Maison on Frenchman Street
Harrison's Grandma Pearl had this food waiting for us when we arrived to her house (no cell service, no internet, no neighbors. Quite different from DC life!)
Exploring his grandma's property - Harrison spent summers here!
Boppin around the farm
And now it's back to the real world womp.
Before I left for the conference I attempted some pho. Let me start by explaining that I once had Vietnamese co-workers who introduced me to this incredible dish, but who also always ordered for me (in Vietnamese) and I have never been able to re-order or re-create the exact dish. It's not quite paleo (rice noodles, sorry) but it is super healthy and super super delicious. Mine was also a little heartier/less soupy than your average pho but I loooved it.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
- 1 head broccoli, chopped into florets ($2.50)
- 1 12 oz package of snow peas ($2.00)
- 32 oz broth ($1.50)
- 2 cups water
- 1 package pho / rice noodles (I found mine at Wal-Mart! - $2)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 stalks celery, chopped ($1)
- 1 jalapeno, sliced and seeded ($1)
- 8 oz sliced mushrooms ($1.80) (I used a package from Wal-Mart also)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon minced onion
- Serve with fresh basil, fresh cilantro, and sririacha sauce
Combine the broth, water, onion, salt, garlic and broccoli in a pot and bring to a boil, then let simmer for 15 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Serve with the basil, cilantro, hot sauce, or anything else your heart desires!
Do you like pho? Do you make your own? What is your favorite New Orleans stop??