Amanta's New Orleans Food Journal

Tuesday night we had a great dinner at Desire Oyster Bar - An old school diner style restaurant which we believe the name came after the famous "Streetcar Named Desire". Greg odered Shrimp Po-boy Sandwich and I tried Seafood Jambalaya Pasta (let's ignore Byron's food here). They were all great and also less pricy than most of other restaurants in French Quarter.

After dinner, Greg recommended we should watch a live show by Stanton Moore who is one of the best jazz drummers in this country now. It was scherzando and really enjoyable! Thanks Greg~

Wednesday noon we had brunch at a small restaurant called Surrey's Uptown. It seems as long as you escape from the famous French Quarter, everywhere is peaceful and lovely! I had Fried Chicken & Cheddar Biscuit with Mushroom Gravy. Byron ordered a Banana Pancake that was even bigger than my face! Awesome!

After spending hours at Audubon Zoo, boys wanted something cold and I wanted something sweet. Thanks Yelp! We found a dessert store called SUCRE on the Magazine Street. Super cute place! We tried mixtures ice cream and sherbet. If we live in New Orleans, that is definitely a place I'd like to go back every afternoon.

Wednesday night, Byron's gun buddy Craig treated us to a really nice dinner at a newly opened place "Mariza". Loft style, new Italian food and seafood. We tried the Salami of the Day, Pepperoni Soup, and Duck Ragout Papardelle. The Strawberry Panna Cotta melts in your mouth immediately when you taste it, and the Chocolate Terrine was served with sea salt on top, and pieces of candied blood orange on side. The desserts there were weird, creative but amazing delicious!

Not wanting to spend time in the long line outside Cafe Du Monde, yesterday morning we chose another famous place where we could get a table easily and just two blocks away from our hotel - Cafe Beignet. It was great! Actually the Beignet tasted exactly like a traditional Beijing dessert. I love it soooo much!

Another place that impressed Greg a lot was a grocery & restaurant called "Cochon Butcher". Byron's gun buddy William recommended there to us. Byron said the macaroni cheese there was "best ever," and Greg loved the Hot Rice Sausage so much!

For today's lunch, Byron and I chose another highly rated place on Yelp called Royal House. That's a really nice place and less noisy than other restaurants. We got a table without waiting! Yeah!!! The better part was that spot was directly next to the street, the door (or windows?) were all opened, so we could feel the lovely breeze blow our enjoyable!

We shared French Onion Soup, Hush Puppies and the Taste of New Orleans (which included samples of Jambalaya, Seafood Gumbo and Crawfish Étouffée). Greg, I'm not sure the one you had yesterday, but I swear the Gumbo I had today was much better than the one we had at the very first place!!!

After lunch, Byron and I walked through streets... No destination, just for relaxing~ The weather here today is perfect!!! Now we are in hotel and to get ready for dinner out with Byron's friend William and a bit crazy later ; p