Monday, October 26, 2009

NOLA Eats

Well, I'm back from my family trip to New Orleans. I've got good news and bad news. The good news? I consumed massive amounts of delicious vegan food in the Big Easy. The bad news? I lost one of my camera's memory cards somewhere in New Orleans on my last night there. The card contained not only most of the vacation eats, but every picture I've taken since last Christmas — most of which had not been downloaded. I'm great at downloading food pics, but I'm not so good at keeping up with the important birthday and special event stuff. I'm pretty upset about it, but I guess I've learned to start backing up my photos.

Enough with the bad news though. I changed my memory card out Saturday morning, so I have all of Saturday's eats. And my dad took a few food photos with his camera too. So without further ado, check out these Yuca Veggie Fajitas from Country Flame, a Mexican/Cuban/Spanish restaurant in the French Quarter:

I love this dish! I had the same thing last time I was in NOLA two years ago. It's fried yuca (much like a potato) with peppers, onions, and fresh salsa. I piled the stuff into flour tortillas for a tasty and filling dinner on Thursday night.

On Friday, we stopped into La Divina Gelateria on Magazine Street for icey-cold scoops of sorbotto and gelato. I had the Local Pear Ginger Sorbotto:

I have to thank Kittee from Cakemaker to the Stars for the insider tip on the sorbotto. She sent me an amazing list of New Orleans vegan options that pretty much kept us fed the entire trip. Without Kittee, we wouldn't have known where to start. By the way, I had a great close-up of the sorbotto on that missing memory card. Oh well...

On Saturday, I had an amazing Avocado Pesto Tofu Sandwich at Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar:

Another Kittee tip! This sandwich was piled high with three of my favorite foods — creamy avocado, spicy pesto, and pan-fried tofu. Served with local Zapp's chips, this was a very satisfying meal. And Surrey's, a quaint hipster joint on Magazine Street, was bursting with local artsy flavor.

We ended our trip with the most carbtastic meal in the world — French Fry Po Boys from Verti Marte Deli on Decatur Street:

This was another item on Kittee's list, and my parents and I couldn't be more grateful for this suggestion. We love carbs, and it doesn't get carbier than fat steak fries piled onto white bread and topped with peppers and mushrooms.

My parents piled theirs with melted cheese too. It's the kind of thing we'd never eat if we weren't on vacation. Thanks to this sandwich, my diet starts today!

Overall, we had a great time (except for that damn memory card situation). We did lots of shopping, eating, and mango daquari-drinking on Bourbon Street. Here's my mom, dad, and me in Jackson Square on our last night there. We got tons of beads from the Halloween Parade!

28 comments:

The Voracious Vegan said...

Wow, this is some amazing food! I am going to have to recreate that sandwich because avocado, pesto and fried tofu are three of my very favorite things as well. In fact, I just had breakfast but now I can't stop thinking of that sandwich!

So sorry about your memory card, that would be heartbreaking.

Theresa said...

Pear-ginger sorbet? Seriously? Sounds great. You and your fam are so cute! Shame about the memory card, though!

Gina said...

Wow, everything looks fantastic!! I love yuca too, the fajitas sound yummy :) Glad you had a good time, even though you missed you memory card (bummer).

VeggieGirl said...

FUN FUN TIMES!!!!!!!!! :)

Jessie (Vegan-minded) said...

Wow, sorry you lost your memory card, that is such a shame. I am loving those yuca fajitas though!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

glad you had a great trip! I needed Kittee about 10 years ago when I was there, and vegetarian, whew it was tough to find something without sausage or seafood in it. And so sorry about your photos!

Millie said...

I love Yuca...we eat it a lot. Those meals look delicioso! Sorry to hear you lost your photos....Just think of it as an experience that will make you wiser than you are now. Keep up the great work on your blog.

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The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

Welcome home! Sorry to hear about the memory card, I know the feeling! Looks like you had some great food in New Orleans. I've always wanted to visit there!

pixiepine said...

Yay! I love the Verti Mart. The Charter House has a good fried eggplant poboy too :)

Megan said...

All of that looks SO YUMMY.

Jen said...

sorry to hear about your card woes! i'm so glad kittee hooked you up with good eats for your NOLA trip. did you ever get the mixed cd i sent you? curious.

Debra said...

It looks great!
Debra @ Vegan Family Style
ps don't forget about the cookbook giveaway on my blog

thedalyn said...

Despite many warnings that NOLA is not vegan friendly, I found a ton of wonderful places to eat when I was there (I even wrote a blog round-up about it so I can revisit). I'll have to add these to my list for the next trip!

Sheridanna said...

Awww! I love your parents. That's a cute pic of you guys. I am terribly sorry to hear about the memory card. I will get some CD's together for you. I started scanning old photos awhile back anyway, and wanted to get you some of those too. So, I just need to put some time into it and I'll send you all kinds of random stuff! Hahaha!
Food looks great too! I've never been to New Orleans...except for that time we accidentally drove into it at 4am on our way to Florida...heheheeee

foodfitnessfreshair said...

Everything looks delicious. I love when I can go out for vegan/vegetarian food!! Most cities are great for that.

Sophia.Pflieger said...

All that food looks great, you seemed to have an amazing time! That skillet from the Mexican place especially caught my eye, very unique.
I loooove sorbetto, more then vegan ice cream even.
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Kiersten said...

Sorry about your memory card. That stinks! The food you posted sounds good, especially that tofu sandwich. I am glad you and your family had a nice trip.

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

cute family! the fry po'boy looks pretty good. i used to eat Chip Butties (translation: french fry sandwiches) all the time when i lived in england. Carbtastic is right.

Tanya said...

Glad you had a good time here (I live in NOLA) and found good eats. Sorry about the memory card. La Divina is always making interesting sorbet flavors, using local foods, like satsumas and strawberries. And there is finally a vegetarian restaurant here (I would hope there'd be some vegan stuff there), but I haven't tried it yet!

Cyn said...

Awww, I'm sorry about your memory card. All that food looks amazing, though! Yum.

Abby (Abby Vegan Eats) said...

So sorry you lost your camera.. what you were able to salvage, though, looks amazing, esp that yuca dish! YUM. :)

JohnP said...

What fun!!!

Knit-Picky Veganista said...

Beautiful Family, beautiful food.

Mary said...

Sorry about your memory card! I love the concept of a french fry sandwich. Oh, southern food.

kristen said...

So glad to read this post! Your blog has inspired me a lot as I am a fellow southern foodie girl who grew up on home cooking in Arkansas and recently turned vegan. I am obsessed with New Orleans culture and food and go many times a year and would like to live there someday, but I have honestly been dreading my return in a couple of months with the new food restrictions. I gave up dairy a long time ago but it so hard to find good eats there without seafood. I am feeling comforted and inspired that I can still enjoy New Orleans food vegan style. Any way you can share the full list of places suggested to you, or is it posted somewhere on Cakemaker's blog? Thanks so much. K

Bianca said...

Hey Kristen! Shoot me an email at phillipsbianca[at]gmail[dot]com, and I forward you Kittee's list. She sent it to me in an email.

rabbitfood said...

I'm so glad you had a great trip! The food looks fantastic and you and your family are just adorable!

I'm SOOOO sorry about your memory card. I've done that before and it is absolutely devastating. You're right about a lesson learned; I now back up my images like crazy!

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