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Farmer's Market and other miscellaneous thoughts......

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Farmer's Market and other miscellaneous thoughts......

janetofreno | | Aug 4, 2009 10:40 PM

Just a brief report from our even briefer trip to your fair city:

First of all, our only "full" meals were catered affairs at the event we were attending. I will say this however: Catered in New Orleans is better than a lot of places. Specifically, an excellent barbque dinner, and a decent buffet at the Hilton...the latter surprised me: after all, breakfast there earlier in the day was overpriced and disappointing (we only ate it there because my son had to be there early, we only had one car, and we had an hour to kill and were hungry....).

Anyway, one thing that really struck DH and I: the Farmer's Market in the French Market is pathetically small....I hope its not a sign of the times. There were a few decent looking items, but almost no buyers..and probably not coincidentally few stands. DH and I can remember going to the same market pre-Katrina and seeing a much better spread. Its too bad. If you live there, patronize those guys...heck, at least you can have your Cafe du Monde fix and browse a bit....

And I do have a recommendation from the market: there was a guy selling "Cajun Tamales." Now, normally, I'm suspicious of anything that messes with the classic tamale...but I was starving and DH was not in the least bit hungry...so a snack seemed a reasonable way to go. They were out of pork, so I tried the crawfish. Very good!! A little pricey at three dollars each, but they were large. Exactly what it sounds like: crawfish in cajun spices in a typical tamale masa, steamed in the corn husk. People were buying them by the dozen (you get a break price-wise if you do) and I can see why....

The other really appealing item were garlic braids...beautiful ones.

My son is living in NOLA now, so I hope there will be other trips with time to enjoy a few nice meals out.....

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