NOLA Foodie

My family always give my grief about my lack of cooking at home and think I should have a delicious pound cake underneath my crystal cake stand. I can see their disappointed faces as they lift up the dome.. After years of restaurant ownership and baking in my sleep, I feel as if it’s my time to enjoy someone else’s cooking and I do not care who has a problem with it.

I take pictures of just about every event in my life and was surprised to see how much I dined out in two months, not that it will stop me from eating out lol. I think that it may serve a great purpose for my blogging. I think I may surprise my family and friends by keeping a lil something sweet under my cake dome too…

With that being said here are a few pictures of what I devoured in two New Orleans months.

Shrimp Boogaloo Benedict at the Ruby Slipper. I looked so good I couldn’t resist eating before taking a pic, it was worth it too.


Late night breakfast at Anita’s Grill. If you want some real New Orleans comfort food at affordable prices, you have to go here. Locals go after a night of partying. The grits, OMG I do not know how grits can be so good! Steak, grits and eggs, red bean & rice, over easy eggs, grits and hot sausage patty.


Late Night at Dots. Crawfish Creole Queen, open face grilled biscuits covered with 2 eggs and Crawfish Julie sauce was a winner for me.

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Seafood Pasta, Crabmeat dip, crawfish beignets and pomme frites


Neighborhood Crawfish Broil

Broil shrimp and crawfish at the French Market Restaurant

Broiled Crawfish, Smoked Sausage, Corn and Potatoes at Blind Pelican

I found this at the Essence Fest and it was delicous, Seafood Nachos

Charbroiled Oysters during Happy Hour at the Blind Pelican 50 cents each!!

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Raw Oysters 25 cents at the Blind Pelican

Now, may favorite restuarant to get Charbroiled Oysters is at Jaeger’s in New Orleans


Crabmeat and Eggplant Stack, fried eggplant, crabmeat stuffing and fried green tomatoes covered with crawfish and mushroom cream sauce.

At any bar, well any bar outside of the tourist area of New Orleans, you can find someone selling some sort of NOLA cuisine at half the price. My fave is Vee’s Food truck that sits outside of 2nd & Dryades Bar in Uptown New Orleans. I drive across town to get his Charbroiled Oysters, $12/dz

Bayou Shrimp Pasta with Fried Shrimp and a crawfish mushroom sauce. I usually get my sauted, ya know the traditional way, but the fried shrimp added texture which was a good thing.

My favorite Hickory Bacon Blue Cheese Burger with garlic herb fries.

Seafood Platter At New Orleans Creole Cookery. There’s always an offer on groupon.com


Blackened Redfish, Jamabalya and string beans

Crab Dip at Basil’s, this is my favorite. It’s loaded with crab meat!

Stuffed Bell Peppers by Chef Rodney

New Orleans Trio at Deanie’s Crawfish Etouffee, Seafood Gumbo and Shrimp Creole

Crawfish Ravioli at Deanie’s

Seafood Platter at Deanie’s, featuring Stuffed Crab & Crab Meat Stuffed Shrimp sooo delicious! Deanie’s is a must for locals and tourist!

Deanie’s Seafood


Don’s Seafood Charbroiled Oysters

Shrimp & Beef Yaka Mein
Zucchini Spaghetti w.crabcakes covered in shrimp cream sauce
Chicken & Biscuits
Fried Redfish
Omelet and home fries
French Toast Bites w/Berries at Biscuits & Buns w/Chef Rodney
Big Breakfast at Biscuits & Buns on Banks

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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