Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Cajun Haggis!!!!!

We've just been to Ignatius for lunch. It is a wonderful 'french' feeling cafe on Magazine Street and is run by the same folks as Rue de la Course - my favourite coffee shop!! The food is great - all the New Orleans traditionals - jambalaya, shrimp creole, po' boys, muffulatas, red beans and rice with sausage, etouffee, gumbo.

Today as an appetizer, we had "boudin" for the first time. It is Cajun Haggis - looks like a sausage but you cut into it and it oozes its innards just like haggis (pictured below). It is made from lots of things I've been told but the kind we had was pork based. The other difference is it is made with rice instead of oats, so this means its gluten free!!!! which, as I'm allergic to gluten, is fantastic!!!

Dazza loved the boudin as did I and was waxing lyrical about his first taste of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties in Scotland. The best unique meal he says he's ever had. He did say that the haggis grossed him out before he tried it!! Dazza had a juicy half roast beef po' boy and crawfish and corn chowder. I had a big house salad (their salads are amazing too - they do a muffalata salad - everything from a muffulata but on salad instead of bread - again gluten free!!!). We both polished off our lunch with some Rue de la Course coffee!

From some mild eavesdropping, I love how in this town people have long and rich conversations all about food!! Its good to be home!

Our Botanical Welcome Home

Monday, June 11, 2007

We know what it means to miss New Orleans!!

We left N'awlins to go up North (well its pretty hard to go South...) for a couple of days. We left on Thursday and came home last night. It felt like months!! And we definitely felt like we needed a passport - everywhere else is nothing like this place. And we arrived home very tired after 13 hours in the car but very very happy to be home!!

We were welcomed home by some amazing blooming activity on the trees - I will get the camera out and divulge pics soon. I have pics of our trip too and lots to witter on about. Don't know if it fits in this blog category or my other. But either way watch this space for more very soon.....

ps the phrase" Do you know what it means, to miss New Orleans?" always makes me think of New Orleans as a beautiful (if old and party-worn) southern belle (Miss New Orleans).