Joy the Baker

Hello, New Orleans!

May 12, 2012

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Some cities are just filled with magic.  London has magic.  St.Louis has spooky magic.  I think my Venice home has a good amount of sparkle magic.  But New Orleans… New Orleans is aalll magic.

I was lucky enough to visit this special city last week.  Because it was my first visit to New Orleans, I.. a) melted in the humidity.  b) was horrified by my frizzy hair.  c) drank daiquiris in the streets.  d) ate beignets several… SEVERAL times.

Want a peek?  Here we go!

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In every new city visit, it’s really nice to start with a map.

Two big streets and a curve in the grid.

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Evening hours in the French Quarter.

Horse heads everywhere.

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Evening hours outside of Saint Louis Cathedral.

Dark and romantic.

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Evening hours inside this smokey, candlelit bar.

There was piano music, people huddled in conversation, and a really smelly drunk dude that danced me into a corner.

Tell me you’ve been danced into a corner… that’s real.

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Ham, butter, and brie on a baguette is one  of the best lunches EVER.  Thank you St. James Cheese Company!

Louisiana beer is also as fine as could be.  I’ve come to appreciate the wonders of the Strawberry Abita.

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There’s a salad in that Bloody Mary… and I’m totally drinking this pineapple daquiri in the street!

It’s like a party everyday!

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Any menu that serves Champagne and Fries is a menu I want to be reading.

I mean… come on!

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Late night beignets at Cafe du Monde.

Yes… these were the second round of beignets I had eaten on this day.

Yes.. I ate a whole order myself.

Sometimes I have trouble sharing.

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I spent a day at Jazzfest!

Crawfish bread.  Cold beer.  Gospel tent. And Ne-yo singing R&B Jamzzzzz!

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Is this magic JR and the Inside Out Project!?

I think it is!

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Look how rad humanity looks!

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We ate big trays of crawfish!

It was awesome… but I’m still not sure how I feel about this.

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Back to the beignets… clearly.

I was on a strict beignet diet.

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In New Orleans I got to meet my oldest blog friend, Evan!

Evan and I have been chatting for the past four years.  She knows about various boy and cake disasters.  It was so nice to meet her and squeeze her pregnant belly.  Love!

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The cemeteries in New Orleans.  So old and worn.

This particular cemetery had damaged headstones.  These piled up pieces feel beautiful and unfortunate.

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The cemeteries are beautiful… and also put just a tinge of fear in my heart.  I don’t know what that is…

New Orleans is magic.  The food.  The sites.  The people.  The energy… you can feel it in the air.

Pro tips:

There is no need to lift your top for beads… you can get those anywhere.  They’re even hanging from trees… no joke.

Order more beignets than you think you’ll need… because you’ll need them.

Stand in line for fried chicken at Coop’s Place.

Don’t share your crawfish bread at Jazzfest.

Thank the people that make New Orleans magic.

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  • My hometown! I’m drooling just looking at the photos. Whenever I go back to visit, it’s a culinary whirlwind tour. I have to have gumbo, crawfish, oysters, muffaletta, oyster and artichoke soup, snoballs, beignets and coffee. And that’s just on the first day. HAVE FUN!!

  • Love the photos, that lace dress is so pretty!!!

  • All of this food looks so good! Crawfish boils in the lower 9th ward are amazing, you gotta suck the heads for all of the flavor.

    I am a high school student who is looking into culenary schools. If people could check out my blog that would be amazing!

  • New Orleans is my favorite place! I used to live there.

  • I was at jazz fest that day!!! Wish I had seen you. (But I didn’t have your cookbook with me for you to sign!) New Orleans is really fabulous, I love going there too.

  • Joy, I just got home from some time away….I was out in the middle of nowhere helping some friends fix up and move into their new home. Needless to say we worked hard, slept when we could, and there really wasn’t even time to think about the lack of internet. Anyway- I am just now seeing your new blog layout! I will definitely miss the old classic one that you’ve had.m but I really like this one too. It’s still simole and crisp, but with PURPLE and some cool new fonts.

    Can’t wait to finish reading all that I’ve been missing while I’ve been gone.

  • I absolutely love this post. My sister went to school in New Orleans and every time I visited her I truly felt the magic of the city. The jazz, the drinks, the crawfish, the beads, gumbo, everything is wonderful! So glad you had a stellar time!

  • Can’t believe we missed each other by three weeks. Mr. T and I will be celebrating ten years in the big easy. Bring on Cafe du Monde. And don’t think I didn’t notice your new big girl site. Fabulous!

  • Aren’t you two just adorable and fabulous!

  • You’re photo’s are amazing! I’ve been to new Orleans several times and actually remember;) your pictures capture the eerie, misty atmosphere perfectly.

  • New Orleans is my favorite place everrrrr. Loved all the photos – made me miss the south. :(

  • Oh, my favorite town. That’s where we went for our honeymoon!

  • Wow! It’s an amazing city!
    My biggest dream is to fly to USA and go to Seattle, LA, New York.. geez, I’m so jealous! :-)

    Greating from Poland :-)

  • Edel Waugh Salisbury May 12, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Someday I hope to get there myself. It looks so wonderful and rich in culture. What a dream holiday !!!! Thanks Joy for sharing those fab pictures xxxx

  • Oh no, it’s happening again! Photos of beignets that I do not get to eat! My husband recently went to New Orleans and kept texting me photos of all the amazing food he was enjoying. The beignet photo almost caused a divorce (not really). Must go get beignets of my own!!!

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