As the weather makes its’ change to the chill of fall,
I am resisting the temptation to get back under the covers accompanied by a good book and a cup of tea.
Writing a blog takes commitment, so here we go. I will finish the post about my New Orleans Adventure. Note** I did brew a delicious cup of Bi Luo Chun, green tea from Anhui, China (thanks Jackie). To get into the mood, I also unwrapped my new tea cup which I found at an antique store in the Garden District of New Orleans. They had several lovely choices but this one delighted me. The image reminded me of days when my fingers find it hard to tap the keys.
But before we get into the finish, I just wanted to let my readers know that I have gotten back into the kitchen to cook and since the weather as made its’ statement, hearty soup has been on the menu. This weekend I made a Lapsang Souchong Chickpea Vegetable, my daughters comment “Mom you’ve been slamming the soup pot lately”. That recipe will be my next post.
Day 3 New Orleans
Café Du Monde 800 Decatur Street, French Quarter www.cafedumonde.com
One of the most recommended sights (thanks Latteteadah) and a must visit on most lists is Cafe Du Monde located in the French Quarter. Infamous for their beignets and cafe au lait, it seems there is always a line to be seated at any time of day. The line moves fast and it is worth the wait. Upon being seated I was immediately greeted by the waitress asking for my order. No time to check the menu I proceeded to ask what type of tea was available. Her facial expression, quizzical, she asked me to repeat my request. “Tea, what type of tea do you have?” I said. Her reply “Tea! We have NO tea here” . OK, I got with the program. An order of beignets and a cafe au lait, please. The order came quickly and what I lovely sight. The just baked beignets covered in tons of powdered sugar, a dieters nightmare and a pastry lovers sweet dream. While sitting there savoring the flavors I couldn’t help thinking I should speak to the management and suggest they add tea to their menu, possibly a lovely jasmine pearl, or delicate darjeeling or green, tradition thwarted my muse and “if it’s not broken why fix it” . There is also the opportunity for takeout at the side window and a boardwalk a few feet away where one could sit with a traveling tea mug and order of beignets for the “it must be tea” advocates. I so thoroughly enjoyed the experience I had to go back again before we left “The Big Easy”.
I finished my treat and walked to the French Market not far from the cafe. Very much like most flea markets this is a place to find both local artisans as well as mass merchant wares. Everything from jewelry to bed linen.
One of the reasons I like this city,
it’s a walking city you can get almost anywhere walking and the
sights and sounds are priceless.
EMERIL’S 800 Tchoupitoulas Street, www.emerils.com
Later that evening I accompanied my husband to a business event held at EMERIL’S in the Warehouse District. Emeril has two restaurants in the city one in this upcoming area of the city and the other EMERIL’S Delmonico on St. Charles Avenue. I was so taken aback by the exquisite food that was served.
The slices of beef and pork seasoned to perfection “New Orleans style” melted in your mouth. The mashed potatoes were amazing.
The pièce de résistance, the Banana Cream Pie, “OOOOh” as one of the hostesses stated, “Its’ like a slice of heaven”.
If ever you get a chance to visit add this to you list of places to dine you will be quite pleased.
One of my favorite streets in the city is Royal Street.
As you walk away from the hustle and bustle of the traffic on the main thoroughfare you come to an area filled with antique shops, art galleries and traditional restored buildings.
“Drumroll please” my most pleasant tea dining experience in this charming city.
Café Amelie 912 Royal Street, French Quarter www.cafeamelie.com
As you enter you are greeted by two notable signs.
One peaceful one ominous (somewhat like the essence of New Orleans).
Beyond the entryway you are into what could be an enchanted garden. Wrought iron seating in mini alcoves, flowers and vines surround in arbor like fashion. Their are several places to just sit and chat while waiting for your table. I did not have time to investigate the interior dining area of this carriage house which was once the home of America’s first Princess Of Monaco, Alice Heine. I ordered my tea from a waiter who knew what the various offerings were, impressive. When I heard the names I surmised they used Harney & Sons tea and proceeded to order Bangkock. This green/lemongrass tea with hints of coconut and ginger was fitting for this luxurious moment.
I did have a chance to sample one of the menu offerings, one of my favorite food combinations “Shrimps and Grits”. Over the last year I have been trying this combination at many venues.
Some have been wonderful but most miss the mark.
Here it was perfect. Just the right amount of serving portion, just the right amount of spice.
My tea choice also worked well as the cool lemongrass gave the spice a welcomed edge.
Café Amelie is a place I could spend the day, drinking tea, eating, reading and just appreciating the fine gifts of life.
All in all, searching tea in New Orleans was a wonderful adventure mainly because I was searching for what is my passion “a Good Cup Of Tea”.
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