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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Back to the Bayou

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So I just returned from another trip to the Big Easy. Now I know why they call it that, it's because you can get big easy. This was my third trip down there in the last eleven months. This time I was down there for some fishing shows that we are filming as well as some meetings I had with a few of the tourism boards in the area. I was able to get out of down town and really experience some of the most amazing food I have ever had in my life. The place that I was most surprised by was Cafe Reconcile. It's a restaurant run by troubled youths. The food was unbelievable. I had a roast beef po boy with debris. I wish I had one right now. It was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. The Cafe is supported by many local high end restaurants like Ruth's Chris and Chef John Besh.

   One of my favorite foods in the world is Barbecued Shrimp and I was on a quest to find the best. I think I found it at a little place outside of town in what they call Uptown. It's called Pascal's Manale and it is now one of my favorite places in the world. Next year will be their 100 year anniversary. If you go there you have to start in the bar. The bartenders name is Bruce and in order to make the experience completely awesome you must have him make you a Sazerak. The Sazerak is known as the very fist cocktail ever created and it is still one of my favorites. If you hate the taste of black licorice maybe it's not for you but I dig it. After a drink in the bar they took me into one of the dinning rooms, sat me down and placed a bib around my neck. Normaly I refuse the bib but I had a feeling this was going to be needed, oh was it ever? The owner Bob  and Bartender Bruce made my visit very special. Bruce suggested the spinnach and he was right it was amazing. Anytime someone gets that excited about spinache you know it going to be awesome. Back to the reason I came, the barbecued shrimp. I knew I was in for a treat when I found out that this place invented the dish. I am not kidding one bit when I say it was the best thing I have ever eaten in my life hands down no doubt. OMG!!! I told the owner Bob that I will never visit New Orleans without making a stop at Pascal's Manale. Louisiana has become one of my favorite places on eath. They  have been through a lot in the last few year and could really use the support of our tourism dollars. If you have never been you have got to plan a trip. It's very reasonable and the people are the friendliest folks I have ever come accross. Thanks - Shannon

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