My husband and I have been talking about going to New Orleans for a long time, so we decided to make NOLA our second quarantine “travel” destination.
Princess and the Frog is a favorite film around our apartment, so we had to channel Princess Tiana and make beignets. We used the New York Times Cooking recipe. We decided to have some fun and make them Mickey shaped to remind us of Cafe Orleans at Disneyland or the Port Orleans Resort at Disney World. They turned out PERFECTLY. I hope Tiana would be proud.
Another New Orleans dish that we decided to try was jambalya. We used a recipe from Budget Bytes (one of my favorite food blogs). It turned out a little too spicy for my taste, but my husband was in heaven. The good thing about this recipe is that you can absolutely adjust the seasoning based on how spicy you want to make it.
We also ordered and split a shrimp po’boy from The Mermaid Inn, a seafood restaurant in our neighborhood that we’d been meaning to try. I am not exaggerating when I say it was one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. It came with a side of old bay fries that were also absolutely delicious.
We had to watch Princess and the Frog. Tiana is my husband’s favorite Disney princess, and the movie features beignets, voodoo, and Mardi Gras. It was obviously a must watch for our NOLA weekend.
We also listened to some Mardi Gras music and had excellent dance parties around our apartment as we cooked, folded laundry, etc.
I look forward to the day when we can go to New Orleans in person and experience all of the awesomeness it has to offer.