I recently wrote about the ten ways NOLA has changed my life. To comply with Chow, I offer to the board: #2, 3,4,6, 8 & 10 --- the ones that pertain to food and drink experiences. Other subjects related to jazz, sundresses, travel perks, pretty mild stuff. Here we go:
Many writers have written stunningly about the idiosyncratic nature of New Orleans. I won’t try to compete with great prose and poetry, but will offer my personalized list of transformations since falling in love with the city three years ago:
2. Now prominent in my living room bar is a bottle of artisan Rye whisky. Started with the Sazerac! Try it at the Roosevelt Bar.
3. I am staunchly spoiled when it comes to wait-staff hospitality; exceedingly impatient with what I now call “California-style indifference” in any restaurant.
4. Consider myself a foodie. Thanks to the random couple from San Diego— who were also lost waiting for the erratic streetcar at Riverwalk. They pointed me to New Orleans favorites— like Casamento’s and August— and now I am a shameless food follower in the Crescent City. I’ve even been called a great “ambassador” by local chowhounds.
8. Da Track. If anyone had told me that I would spend Thanksgiving day at the horse races I would never have believed them. Da Track is a New Orleans tradition, and a spicy mix of old timers and young hipsters coming together in their best hats and finery.
10. Joie de vivre. It’s easier to love the pleasures in life more passionately knowing that in our nation there is a place as magical and unique as the City of New Orleans.