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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I love me some New Orleans

I've been lucky enough to spend some time in New Orleans. I had never been before this year but now consider myself somewhat of an expert. I've been twice in the last 8 months and will be going back next month and then again in February. I've also been able to visit some of the amazing parts down south that where effected by the BP oil spill. The people and the fishing are worth the trip but the food makes it one of my favorite places on this planet. I had the pleasure of meeting Tori McPhail the exec. Chef at Commanders Palace. I had one of the best dishes of my entire life (BBQ Shrimp) and the most decadent dessert ever. I know I'm not really worthy of even trying to cook some of these things but believe it or not I have made a pretty damn good attempt. My gumbo is respectable. My attempt at BBQ Shrimp is actually pretty amazing if I do say so myself (if I could only get those shrimp as fresh and with the heads on I think I have it nailed) I ate so many oysters that I started to take on a pearly hue. My next trip down will actually be to the far south of Louisiana to a place called Houma where we will be filming two saltwater fishing shows. If you would like to have a better understanding for the absolute love for amazing food you must read one or all of McPhail's cookbooks. Oh back to that "most decadent desserts ever" it was a bacon brownie at a restaurant near our hotel called Grand Island Grill. I can't express how amazing the dishes where in this blog you really just need to make an effort to get down there and experience it for yourself. I personally can’t wait to go back - Shannon -