Back in June I had the most incredible experience in New Orleans. I was invited out to the Gulf Coast as part of the Food Blog Masters to discover the delicious fresh catch flavors of Louisiana Seafood . Good thing I LOVE creatures of the sea, because on this trip we indulged in everything from fresh caught crab, shrimp, oysters, crawdads, red fish…you name it. If it swims in the waters of the Gulf Coast we ate it.
We learned everything about the seafood process from boat to table……..
It is so fun to re-visit trips I have taken through photos. I hope you enjoy this virtual tour of the Gulf Coast. There was a lot to see.
Really, the views were great!
Can you believe these guys catch your seafood? I know. I think they need their own hunky calendar.
Here’s a close up of our crab man. I cannot remember his name. Let’s just call him hottie.
There are the blog pals on a little boat trip. See Maggy from Three Many Cooks? *hi Maggy*
There was seafood everywhere we looked…..
We had it boiled, steamed, fried, poached, broiled, grilled, sauced…..and it even looked us in the face.
We met Jambalaya Girl. How cute is she!
She makes the best dang jambalaya ever. Her slogan is “Yum Yum Come Get Me Some” I got me some. Lots.
Check out this crawdad boil. See those andouille sausages floating in the broth? They were addictive!
Lots and lots of crawdads. They are like little tiny lobsters.
The people we met were amazing hard workers. They liked to smile.
Makes me glad to know how much passion, drive and ambition they have about their jobs even after Louisiana suffered through so much hardship the past few years.
These folks head out to the waters daily to bring us the freshest catch. Their energy and enthusiasm is pervasive in everything they do.
Hopefully one day you will find yourself by the bayou, enjoying the fresh catch from the Gulf and taking in the lovely scenery. This was my second trip to Louisiana. The first was back in 2002, before we had kids. My hubs and I celebrated Thanksgiving Creole style at Commander’s Palace.
The memories of both trips to NOLA will last a lifetime.
My favorite thing to do at the end of each day was drink my favorite chicory ice coffee at Pain du Monde. Happy days indeed!
What is your favorite seafood? Have you ever been to New Orleans?
*Thanks to Amanda from Kevin and Amanda for taking the photos of me in this blog post.
Links to some Seafood Tour Posts
- MarlaMeridith.com Commander’s Palace Jazz Brunch
- Food Woolf LA Seafood Video LA Seafood. Is it Safe? NOLA The Food Tour Louisiana and Creole Tomato Salad
- Kevin and Amanda A New Orleans Instant Commander’s Palace Highlights Oh Snap! Pralines and Cooking School The Bourbon Hotel Sucre Bakery Unforgettable New Orleans
- Matt Bites 10 Things I learned About Louisiana Seafood (and a Sno Ball)
- Picky Palate Loving New Orleans Commander’s Palace Dining Experience
- What’s Gaby Cooking Louisiana Seafood
- Louisiana Seafood Top US Food Bloggers Take a Bite into Louisiana
- Jambalaya Girl Party to the Pot’s for Nation’s Top Food Bloggers
- Adam Roberts and Craig Johnson The Amateur Gourmet
- Amanda Bottoms Kevin & Amanda
- Amy Sherman Cooking With Amy
- Brooke Burton Food Woolf
- Caroline Potter OpenTable
- Chichi Wang Serious Eats
- Daniel Delaney Dan Delaney
- Emma Christensen The Kitchn
- Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking
- Jenny Flake of Picky Palate
- Marla Meridith of MarlaMeridith.com
- Maggy Keet Three Many Cooks
- Matt Armendariz and Adam Pearson of Matt Bites
- Nathan Lippy Food, Drinks and Rock ‘N Roll
- Pim Techamuanvivit of Chez Pim
MarlaMeridith.com Disclosure: The Food Blog Masters Retreat was sponsored by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board and organized by Zehnder Communications. I was invited to attend and all opinions are my own.