Today was very informative as we spent time at the World War 2 Museum. The group left the hotel at around 9 A.M to grab a quick bite to eat at a Cafe called Willie Jean's. I enjoyed a "breakfast tart" (pictured below) and a strawberry tart, both of which were quite filling. Following our brief meal at the cafe, we left for the World War 2 museum. Upon arrival, the overall atmosphere of our group changed as we all became captivated by the events of the war. We walked around the museum for a few hours as we learned countless things about the war. There were various sets in different parts of the museum that re-created the scenery of different places that the American troops had to fight in. Seeing this was very moving. Towards the end of our time at the museum we were directed to a movie theatre which was on site where a short film that summarized the war was presented. This was very informative for I learned many things that I did not know about the war at the hands of this film. We left the Museum at around 1 P.M. and we quickly made our way to a restaurant called butcher. The food at this place was absolutely delicious. I had a BBQ pork sandwich and shared two charcuterie boards with the group. We stayed at the restaurant for around two hours and we went to the hotel at 3 P.M. where we just hung out for a few hours. At 5:30 P.M. we left to eat dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Tau Bay. This restaurant originally started in Saigon and is run by a 3rd generation family and the food was very good. I ordered shrimp and pork spring rolls which were to die for. After dinner we walked back to the hotel where we spent the rest of the night.
Today was a very hectic day. This morning we left the hotel around 9 am and had a quick breakfast at the Willie Jean bakery just a couple of blocks away from our hotel. I had a plain croissant with hot chocolate which ended up being very filling. Afterwards we made our way to the street car and headed towards to the Auduman Park. As we were heading towards the park we stopped by a street to collect bikes. It took us some time to organize and get all the bikes but eventually almost everyone were on their bikes and ready to go. As we made our journey into the park We passed by Tulane University which had a beautiful campus. We then started to ride our bikesinside the park and we did loops around the park. It was a very nice park with a lot of people enjoying their day and also had a lake and a goal course inside of it. After doing a couple loops around the park I saw some of my friends in the group and we started riding around the goal course, it was very beautiful. Afterwards I stopped and started taking some pictures. I started doing loops around the park for about fifteen minutes when josh Daniel and I took a brake and started sitting at a bench near the bayou. As we were talking two very conservative young men and women started to talk to us about Jesus Christ. I found this very intresting since this doesn’t usually happen. As the two people left more of the group started to show up and we started riding our bikes again. Afterwards we walked for a little bit and went on the street car heading back to the hotel. We had about two hours of free time at the hotel and by that time I was exhausted. My roommate and I decided to take a nap to get some rest for the night. After the nap we started to go on our dinner and went on the street car again. We had dinner at the mosquito supper club. This place was amazing it was a small restaurant inside a house and we were starting to eat some amazing food. We first had sweet potato biscuit and then we had crawfish hand pies and afterwards we had shrimp spaghetti which was amazing alongside with salad just after that and finally we had bread pudding for dessert with ice cream which was also very delicious. Afterwards we walked for a couple minutes and went on the street car again heading back to the hotel. Overall it was a very good but a tiring day.
This morning we went to Brennan’s Restaurant. This is one of the most iconic in American history, as it paved the way for how restaurants are run today. It was established in 1946 by the Brennan family, and run by Ella Brennan. She created the process of how a modern American restaurant is run, making her one of the most important women in culinary history, and arguably the most important in American culinary history.
As we got there, I was impressed by the warm and welcoming atmosphere. The service was incredible, as they were some of the friendliest people in the world. The menu showcased incredible dishes. I ordered the Baked Apple dish as my appetizer, which was one of the most unreal dishes I have ever had. It was bursting with flavor, as the apple and its toppings practically melted in my mouth. For my main entree, I ordered the Ricotta Pancakes. Originally, I was afraid this wouldn’t be any different from pancakes I have had at almost every other place in the world, but I went ahead and got them anyway. Ricotta pancakes are usually much fluffier than buttermilk pancakes, but these were such a perfectly fluffy consistency throughout compared to others I’ve had. The pancakes had setsuma flavor throughout, and as toppings, along with honey and a honeycomb topping. These two flavors bursted in my mouth, making these pancakes truly stand out among the many that I have had. For dessert, I ordered the iconic Bananas Foster. This dish did not disappoint AT ALL.
We walked throughout the French Market, which today is much different than it used to be back in the day. The French Market used to be the main marketplace for the city of New Orleans, but today it is more of a tourist attraction.
After the French Market, we went to a more local-friendly area. Frenchman Street is known for music and arts. This was very clear when we were walking around that area as we got to hear and see the performing arts in the area. We went to a restaurant with live musicians called Three Muses. Here we got some cheese plates, some incredible brussels sprouts, an amazing sweet potato pie, and a really fun environment.
Frenchman Art Market
The final place we hit was the market on Frenchman Street. This was filled with stalls run by local artists selling their pieces. Lots of this art showcased many of the city’s most iconic locations, traditions, and dishes.
- Daniel Buckley
We started the morning with a visit to the farmers market which luckily enough was right next to our hotel. Once we arrived at the famers market we proceeded to buy thirty dollars worth of beautiful, lushes strawberries and delicious pastries that interestingly enough were made by Compagnon bakery. After the market we walked thru the beautiful streets of New Orleans for approximately 30 minutes after that we headed to the Maypop restaurant were we ate dim sum. The food was delicious, and after the meal most of us could barely even stand up! The most notable plates, were the fried oysters, all of the different dumplings such as; the steamed blu crab dumping and the pork dumpling, as well as the broccoli. After the meal we revisited the french quarter. Although this wasn't our first time there I did see a lot of new shops. On the way back to the hotel we passed by piazza Italia which I was very intrigued by, It is clear that the city of New Orleans has been influenced to a certain extent by the Italians. Once we arrived back to the hotel we got ready for our big dinner at the Spanish inspired restaurant, Peche, There were four different courses, the first one was mostly sea food like oysters, drum fish and shrimp, the second course was steak and fried fish & chips. The third course was a whole grilled fish, and the final course was desert, which was key lime pie and carmel cake. Some notable plates from this meal were the oysters on my side of the table and the oysters on the other side of the table.
Today we started the day with bread and grits at Breads on Oak. After a short breakfast we headed over to the street car and took it to City Park. When we arrived at the park we had the chance to try out the JUMP bikes, they are electric bikes that work like an Uber. We then explored the park on our way to Grow Dat Youth Farm. City Park is one of the coolest parks I have ever been to, it is unbelievably big and filled with so many attractions. At Grow Dat we had the opportunity to learn about sustainable farming and its impact on the environment, and had a chance to see what it looks like. After returning our bikes we left the park and took a small walk over to Parkway’s for lunch. Everybody had a po' boy sandwich, which is a traditional sandwich from New Orleans with meat or seafood on po’boy french bread. (I had a roast beef po’boy dressed- with tomato, lettuce, pickles, and mynez) Our group was left in a food coma after enjoying the meal, so we rode the street car back to the hotel for the night.
For today's adventure we kayaked through the Manach Wildlife Management Area a section of the Louisiana bayou that's northeast of New Orleans and is wedged right between Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas. Our group got up this morning, grabbed some food and then we were met by one of our bayou tour guides Hannah. In order to reach the bayou we all loaded up into a car and drove along I-10. Interestingly I-10 becomes a bridge for around ten miles that goes above the edge of Lake Pontchartrain and cuts through a large swath of both bayou and marsh lands. As we were driving our guide Hannah shared some interesting facts about the ecosystem of Louisiana as well as the troubles it is facing due to our rapidly changing climate.
When we arrived at the boat launch our second guide Matt was waiting for us with our kayaks at the ready. As we went through the basics of kayaking with Matt it was fascinating to look around and see a landscape only a few in our group had ever seen in person before. Once we were done being filled in on what we needed to know about kayaking we began to make our way along a canal originally made for the lumber industry that devastated the cypress tree population of the bayou. The destruction of nature was unfortunately a recurring theme on our trip. From climate change and rising water levels to invasive species choking the life out of the bayou. However as we made our way down the waterways we saw so much beauty that can all be saved. This not only left me saddened but also hopeful for the future of this beautiful landscape. We saw many different animals including alligators and massive egrets a heron species with beautiful white feathers. The diversity of the landscape was fascinating to see and it was a blast to experience the bayou.
After returning from kayaking we went to grab some lunch at Killer Po’ Boys. Killer Po’ Boys was an interesting spot as they served nouveau style po’ boys that draw inspiration from many different cuisines from around the world. Unfortunately I wasn’t hungry so I just watched as the group devoured some delicious looking po’ boys. After giving ourselves some time to digest lunch we set out for Marjie’s Grill. Marjie’s is a small restaurant tucked away in the mid city area of NOLA that serves the next chapter of creole food. Using only fresh Louisiana grown ingredients they take influences from the Vietnamese community of New Orleans and combine it with traditional creole cuisine.
When we sat down and began to look at the menu we were stumped on what to get as it all sounded amazing. So instead of ordering specific dishes we settled on letting the staff at Marjie’s cater an amazing family style feast for us. To start we had some delicious beef ribs along with shrimp smothered in butter and chili, chard broccoli and roasted sweet potatoes. Then we were brought some delicious deep fried pork knuckles, Vietnamese som tum salad, amazingly cooked pork steak, half roasted chicken and some pickled peppers and carrots to top it off. As you can imagine we didn’t have room for dessert.
Today started out with breakfast at Breads on Oak. We had some delicious brioche and really great food. We then took the street car and explored Magazine Street and the Garden District. We walked around and went to some fun boutiques and stores. Then we met Pepper Baumer a Forman Alumni for lunch, at a well know local spot called Dat Dog. Pepper graduated from Forman in 2009. After Forman Pepper went to college at the University of Alabama and then went on to work in his families business, the famous Crystal hot sauce company!. Pepper worked hard and is now the president of the company! Pepper shared how his experiences at Forman helped to build his confidence and provided him with the skills he needed Forman for college, and to use his strong "people skills" in his families business. It was fun to see how much Forman continues to mean to Pepper and how Forman had such a positive and enduring impact on his life. Pepper also shared some fun memories from when he was at Forman and sends his very best to Mrs. Crossman and to Scotty!
Afterwards, we walked around a little more and found some more really cool shops, including a beautiful antique mall! We walked a bit more, then went back to our hotel for some down time. At 5:30 it was time for dinner. We went to a restaurant called Maypop and had a delicious meal. We had fried oysters, lamb, duck, and much more! The food at this restaurant really incorporated all of the different cultures in New Orleans, especially the Vietnamese population, which has not been recognized until recently. This influence is the next ingredient in the gumbo pot, which is New Orleans cuisine and culture!
Today is our 3rd day of being in New Orleans. To start the day off We went to the coffee shop Willa Jean for breakfast where I got toast with poached egg, olive oil, chilis, pistachio, and sunflower seeds. Everyone seemed to like what they had for breakfast. After that we headed to a tour of the history of New Orleans that was in the french quarter.
I personally learned many things about the history of new Orleans during the tour for example back when the city was first being built up At the end of the 17th century, one of the founders of New Orleans- Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne was exploring the area where he, his brother where exploring the area they had just claimed and were planning to build stuff on soon. While they were doing that they ran into a fleet of English armada which were there to claim the Mississippi and start a society of their own. So Le Moyne came up with a plan to make them turn around, so he went upon the English flag ship for a meeting to talk to who was incharge. He told them that the french had already occupied that area and that if they kept on going there would be a 90 degree turn and as they went around that turn the french would slowly take 1 ship by 1 ship out until the fleet was destroyed. The english were convinced by Le Monynes so they turned their ships back around and headed home for another 6 months. I found that part of the tour to be very interesting.
After the toure we went to Popeyes for lunch, and once everyone was done with their crispy chicken we were left with a few hours of down time before we would head over to Jacques-imos in the old street car which was vary cool, where I had the wonderful BBQ Shrimp. Which had some very good food, everyone really enjoyed eating there at the end of the day.
The first thing we did on our first full day in New Orleans was wake up and go to breakfast. We went to the famous Café Du Monde to enjoy fresh sweet beignets. Café Du Monde has been serving beignets since 1862, and they were delicious. The second thing we did was go to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, where we not only learned about the history of food in New Orleans, but we took a cooking class. Each student was in charge of a specific part of the recipe, and in the end, we made chicken and Andouille Jambalaya, Creole tomato, and Okra Etouffe, and for the dessert was Bananas Foster with vanilla ice cream. After that, we went to the hotel to relax because later that night we had a haunted ghost tour of the french quarter. On the Haunted ghost tour, we learned about graveyards to people torturing slaves secretly. The day was packed full of fun, and we were all busy, so when the time came to go to sleep, we were out like lights.