First things first — the winner of the Zukay Kvass giveaway is Lynn from Scissors and Spice!! Yea! She commented early (#4), but random.org chose her out of 37 comments. Congrats!
As I mentioned in last night's post, I found plenty to eat in New Orleans during my Association of Alternative Newsweeklies conference. See last night's post for more everyday eats. On Saturday night (the last night of the convention), we were treated to a cocktail reception at the Museum of the American Cocktail inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum:
The museum was super-cool. Full of exhibits showcasing classic Southern food, like Domino Sugar and New Orleans King Cakes. The food spread included plenty of roasted veggies, olives, and saltine crackers:
We were served classic cocktails, like Pimm's Cup, a London-based drink made from Pimm's No. 1, lemon-lime soda, fresh fruit, and fresh cucumber. These were served all over New Orleans, and they were delicious. I drank my fill of Pimm's Cups while I was there:
The Lemon-Gin cocktails were so refreshing! These were made with Beefeater Gin and lemon mix:
But the Sazerac, an old-school N'awlins cocktail made from cognac and bitters, was super-hardcore. Like drinking straight alcohol! Luckily, the sample size was quite small:
After the cocktail party, my editor Susan and marketing guy Matt were famished. We headed for the nearest vegan-friendly eatery, Rock-n-Sake:
Susan and I split the Tofu Steak appetizer and the Fried Vegetable Udon Noodles:
And of course, we ordered the Vegetable Sushi Roll, which was packed with cucumber, avocado, and carrot:
Danzig was playing over the very loud loudspeakers at Rock-n-Sake when we walked in, but the music devolved into a random mix of 90s pop. Fun place!
Well, that's it for my New Orleans eats. I had a quick Everything Bagel from PJ's Coffee before we left town Sunday morning. I'll miss NOLA, but I'm glad to be back in Memphis.