Bon temps rule: It's time to get in the mood for Mardi Gras food
2020欧洲杯正规平台Mardi Gras season is upon us, with the biggest day to party — Fat Tuesday — coming on Feb. 25. We may be nearly 400 miles from the Big Easy, but it’s not hard to savor the flavor of New Orleans right here in Tallahassee. OK, we may not be on the streets catching beads and doubloons, having a drink — or two. But take heart!
We can find gumbo made with a soul-satisfying deep roux, chow down on red beans and rice, gobble crabs doused in Cajun spices and even find live crawfish. On the sweeter side, you can devour New Orleans-style stuffed snowballs and dive into king cake.
More good news — you don’t have to wait for Mardi Gras to find these foods in Tallahassee. Most are available all year.
2020欧洲杯正规平台What is New Orleans-style cuisine anyway?
The website for Auguste Escoffier, the famed school of culinary arts, states that the term “Creole” came to include those of French, Spanish or African ancestry, co-mingling their cultures in a colorful cuisine. Cajuns descended from the French settlers of the Canadian region of Acadia. The Acadians relocated to rural southern Louisiana and mixed with other ethnic groups, such as Irish, Spanish and German people.
But I like this description of New Orleans food today from American Heritage — “Louisiana cuisine, whatever it may be called, is the literal melting pot of America. In a pot of gumbo served today in a traditional New Orleans house, there is a French roux, African okra, Indian filé, Spanish peppers, Cajun sausage, and oysters supplied by a Yugoslav fisherman, all served over Chinese rice with an accompaniment of hot French bread made by one of the city’s finest German bakers.”
The Vietnamese are also having a major influence on New Orleans cuisine. Many Vietnamese refugees landed in the Gulf Coast because they were drawn to the fishing industry, said Alex Bui, owner of New Orleans Seafood on Mahan Drive.
Vietnam and Louisiana were once colonies of France, and that heritage is reflected in dishes and ingredients — even the baguette, he said.
New Orleans Seafood is a small storefront with only a few tables but Bui, with help from his daughter Lexus, serves a hearty gumbo, red beans and rice, po’ boy sandwiches and at this time of year, you can now get fresh crawfish delivered alive from New Orleans.
The crawfish are cooked Vietnamese Cajun style, oozing butter and garlic. They’re so popular, it’s best to call in advance.
2020欧洲杯正规平台You can also find live crawfish at Coosh’s Bayou Rouge on the northside, with a crawfish boil planned for noon to 6 p.m. March 14. The theme at Coosh’s is “Every day is Mardi Gras” but it will be even more of a celebration on Fat Tuesday when Coosh’s in College Town will be throwing a bash.
You can also find a pretty good Sazerac, New Orleans’ famed drink, in Tallahassee. The new downtown venue, Bar 1903, includes a Sazerac in its pre-1880 list of drinks.
Here are some places that serve New Orleans-style cuisine in Tallahassee. Wherever you go — laissez les bons temps rouler, my friends.
:2020欧洲杯正规平台 The dessert shop offers New Orleans-style, stuffed snowballs with more than 75 flavors, either regular or made with evaporated milk. There are also sour and sugar-free flavors. Cottages of Lake Ella, 1621 N. Monroe; 850-329-6010.
: The seafood restaurant offers shrimp, crab and fish platters and Cajun seasoning. 2809 Monroe St.; 850-629-4435.
2020欧洲杯正规平台 The restaurant serves po’ boys and muffalettas, seafood gumbo, jambalaya atchafalaya soup and several other Louisanna-style dishes. On Fat Tuesday, the party will begin at Coosh’s in College Town at 6 p.m., with live music, giveaways, food and drink specials. 6267 Old Water Oak Road; 850-894-4110 and 705 South Woodward (by Madison Social); 850-597-9505.
2020欧洲杯正规平台: The chain restaurant is known for its seafood boils with the option of Cajun seasoning. 1241 Apalachee Pkwy; 850-671-2722.
2020欧洲杯正规平台: The restaurant, owned by Luis Guerrero, serves a variety of Cajun-style seafood dishes along with items like Cajun yellow rice. 1313 Jackson Bluff Road; 850-745-4579.
: The downtown restaurant, one of five Harry’s in Florida, serves jambalaya, Cajun-seared ahi among other Big Easy-style dishes and the restaurant is serving the dish Creole Redfish Napoleon through March 31.
.: Jarrett Maloy, the owner and founder of the company, creates New Orleans-style snowballs. Maloy said the true snow balls are made with condensed milk on top of shaved ice. You can get them filled with cheesecake or ice cream. Maloy is also selling king cake with a cinnamon filling and is planning a Mardi Gras theme special. He donates a portion of his proceeds to community youth development programs. 2033 S. Adams St.; 850-933-1239.
: Alex Bui moved to Tallahassee from New Orleans, where he owned a po’ boy restaurant. You can either order off the menu, including crabs on the weekend, or buy items in the freezer — including alligator sausage, crawfish boudin and andouille sausage.The menu also offers chicken wings and po’ boys. 2819 Mahan Drive; 850-727-8464.
You can also find king cakes at:
● Tasty Pastry: Customers can buy cakes that are available or preorder. The biggest size cake can feed about 40. 1355 Market St.; 850-893-3752.
● Treva’s Pastries and Fine Foods: King cakes come in a variety of flavors but must be ordered. 2766 Capital Circle NE; 850-765-0811.
2020欧洲杯正规平台● Grocery stores including Whole Foods, Fresh Market and Publix sell king cakes.