New Orleans: Part Deux

This Tuesday, my episode of Memphis Beat airs on TNT.  I play Margo Wagner, the old flame of Dwight Hendricks, played by Jason Lee.  The show shoots in New Orleans which meant I got to spend two weeks in one of my favorite cities.  You may remember I was there in January and wrote all about my foodie adventures.  On this trip, I was able to visit my old haunts and well as discover new ones.

My morning ritual: cafe au lait from Cafe Du Monde and a brisk stroll on the Riverwalk.

Shrimp & Grits at NOLA Restaurant in the French Quarter.

Oysters on the half shell and a crisp Sancerre at Lilette.

Jumbo lump crabmeat with beets at my new favorite find Herbsaint.

A traditional crawfish boil at Alfre Woodard’s house along with her famous “Taxi” cocktails. Why the name?  Because according to Alfre, you’ll need to call one after a couple of these drinks. 😉

More oysters- this time roasted in a wood fired oven at Cochon.

I was able to take a weekend trip a couple of hours away to Mississippi to visit my family. That’s my grandmother Irene and my mom Eileen with me.  Three generations hanging out in the country.

I did the cooking, preparing one their favorite dishes, Salmon with a side of Ratatouille.

One thing the three of us have in common is an insatiable sweet tooth.  So for dessert, I brought goodies from the famous New Orleans’s sweets boutique, Sucré.  They tasted as good as they look!

Back in New Orleans, I had the largest (and probably the tastiest) soft shell crab ever at Commander’s Palace.

The locals steered me towards Pascal’s Manale for their famous BBQ Shrimp.

Yes, that’s a (much needed) “bib.”

Memphis Beat airs Tuesday, July 19th at 9/8c on TNT.

3 Responses to New Orleans: Part Deux

  1. i heart NOLA!!! went for x-mas last year but got sick, so i’m going back again this year – with a x-mas eve brunch at commander’s palace 🙂

  2. Steveb says:

    OMG…so homesick for that food…can’t wait to get to New Orleans next month…I hope crawfish are still in season!

  3. Bryan says:

    Oh My! You have made me hungry for some New Orleans cooking! Haven ‘t made it back yet this year – maybe New Years. Love the three generations photo.

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