I have to say that one of the best parts of the trip was trying new foods. I'm not a very adventurous person when it comes to food so I was definitely getting out of my comfort zone with a few things. I did, however, draw the line at crawfish and cracklins. I can't eat something that still resembles what it actually looks like when it is alive. And cracklins... once I found out what they were... no thanks!
But let's talk about all the things I did try...
Miss Cheryl and her family invited us over for dinner because she was making gumbo... which I had to try. Gumbo is a stewy type thing served over rice... and it was oh-so-good!!! Seriously! I need the recipe. I even ate the shrimp that was in it and I don't eat shrimp. Gumbo definitely gets two thumbs up from me!
The next day we went to New Orleans where I tried several new-to-me foods. I was told that I needed to have a roast beef poboy so when we were looking for a place to have lunch and came across a small, hole-in-the-wall place that was pretty busy we figured it would be a good place to try one.
This thing was MESSY!! But totally worth it. I want another one! Someone make a me a roast beef poboy!
We stopped at several shops throughout the day to try their praline samples. (We say PRAY-lines. They say PRAW-lines.) The fresh ones were delicious! So sugary.
And for dinner in New Orleans we stopped at Cafe du Monde, which had a long line all day long, for beignets.
Beignets are basically like funnel cakes... just made in a square. Greasy dough smothered in powdered sugar.
Basking in the setting sun, listening to street performers and dying from sweetness. I hadn't had sweets in a month and a half. You get three beignets and sadly I was not able to finish my last one.
Girls' Night turned into another food-trying event for me. Someone suggested I tried boiled peanuts so we picked some of those up. Boiled peanuts are simply peanuts that have been boiled. They are soft like a bean but still taste like peanuts. After eating crunchy peanuts for 35 years it was really weird to bite into a soft one... but once I convinced my mind that soft peanuts are still peanuts I was ok and able to enjoy them.
One of the girls made king cake so I could try it. It's not made the traditional way but apparently it's pretty much the same thing. So good. I had two servings.
Boudin (pronounced boo-dan) balls were my least favorite thing that I tried. They were just weird to me.
And lastly, jambalaya! Another rice dish with meat. We had leftovers for days... and I kept eating it!
A big thanks to Melissa for always being camera ready and documenting my food adventures. :) And for making sure I got to try all the foods that I do not have up here. It was so fun to try new things!!