Friday, March 8, 2013

The French Quarter

The agenda for the day consisted of further exploring the French Quarter, meandering through the French Market, and eating beignets at Cafe du Monde.  Our trek today would be completely on foot and shortly into our stroll we realized we must eat...NOW!  We stopped at a little hole in the wall in the French Quarter called Evangeline.  The interior of the restaurant was narrow and the walls were exposed brick.  There was a dining area and bar as well as a hallway towards the rear that opened up into a beautiful courtyard, where meals were also served.  We chose to eat inside...easier to contain our now mobile toddler.  I ordered a Mint Julep and Brian enjoyed a Bacon Bloody Mary.  After perusing the menu, I settled on the Creole Pulled Pork and Brian, the Bacon Wrapped Shrimp.  The food arrived and I must say, it was perfection on a plate.
Why yes, that is a Bacon Bloody Mary!
Bellies satisfied, we ventured back out into the streets.  Within a few blocks we found ourselves in the open air portion of the French Market.  It is best described as a cross between a farmers market and a flea market.  The food portion had a variety of local cuisine and fresh produce.  Brian spent a good amount of time test tasting N'Awlins hot sauces.  While he was off burning his taste buds, I strolled the isles of the flea market with Truman.  Booth after booth of Mardi Gras beads and Louisiana t-shirts.  Though to me it was just "stuff", Truman was fascinated by the shinny trinkets...and it passed the time while Brian shopped.  In the end, Brian settled on the Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce and some Joe's Stuff for seasoning our purchases from the local fish market.  Quite pleased with his purchases, we headed off  in search of the famous beignets.

Pretty, shinny things!

Cafe Du Monde is a cash only traditional coffee shop.  Their menu is limited to coffee, orange juice, milk (white or chocolate) and their famous beignets.  Opening it's doors in 1862, they make their powdered french donuts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week...closing only on Christmas Day.  The place was crowded and the line for "to go" wrapped around the outdoor patio and all the way to the curb.  We decided to grab take out and eat in Jackson Square across the street.  Those little deep fried pastries were delicious and the coffee was wonderfully tasty and strong.  

Jackson Square was bustling with activity.  People sight seeing and snapping photographs.  Several bridal parties trying to capture that perfect shot to commemorate their special day.  Plenty of benches for resting weary feet after hours of exploring the city on foot.  Check out what Truman really thought of the beignets.

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