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We asked: Which WorldMark destination brings out your inner foodie? Whether you prefer modest carts and cafés or high-end, chef-driven restaurants, you know one of the best parts of traveling is the food! Tell us about your most delicious dining experiences while vacationing with WorldMark.
"What can be more delightful and inspiring than the variety of delicacies found in New Orleans? Every day brought new tasting adventures beginning in the mornings with the wonderful aroma and taste of chicory coffee at the local café within walking distance of WorldMark New Orleans - Avenue Plaza in the Garden District. Chicory coffee has a sweet bright taste that wakes you up with a little kick as you sit on the sidewalk watching the trolley pass by carrying folks to Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.
My husband and I enjoyed sampling the beignets with our coffee. These are little fritter-like pastries sprinkled with powdered sugar that simply melt in your mouth and have you begging for just one more (and one more!). We continued to sample them throughout the day as they call out to you from every bakery on every corner of the city.
The major culinary event, however, was the night we came upon an old brick building on one of the side streets in the French Quarter. There was an outdoor sitting area with wrought iron tables and chairs and birds singing in the trees nearby. A small Dixieland band was playing, and in the back of the building a man was stirring an extremely large kettle full of crawdads in a red sauce. We had been told by the locals that the crawdads were a "must eat" when in New Orleans, so my husband was looking forward to the experience. We had heard they were “a bit on the hot side" but were instructed to make sure and suck all the juice out to get the maximum benefit.
Half the fun of the crawdad experience was watching the cook prepare the food. He was sweating profusely as his muscular arms dealt with the weight of stirring a pot full of crawdads. He plopped the steaming fishy mixture onto a plate with beans, rice and corn on the cob and placed it in front of my husband who greedily dug in. As instructed, he broke the first crawdad in half and sucked the juice out with vigor. I knew something was amiss when the color of his face took on a fiery shade of crimson, steam seemed to spew out of his ears and his eyes rained tears of pain mixed with culinary pleasure. Had the locals been taunting the unknowing tourists or did they really think this was the ultimate eating pleasure? I was glad I had ordered a salad, but enjoyed watching my husband work his way from "EEOW!!!!" to "not so bad" to “these are DELICIOUS!"
To soothe his burning palate, we chose a monstrous bread pudding dripping with caramel and vanilla ice cream for dessert along with another glass of red wine and chicory coffee. We savored the music and atmosphere as the sun set and the birds continued to sing along with the band.
My heart is filled with the memories of these and other delights that can only be found in the wonderfully unique city of New Orleans."
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