Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tomatoes and Zydeco

This past weekend was the Creole Tomato and Cajun Zydeco Festival in New Orleans. Despite the wet, wet weather, we were lucky to catch the fun in between rain bands. It was well worth the gamble.

This festival duo took place from the Jackson Square area down to the U.S. Mint. There was food and beverages, music and shopping, happy people and happy dogs everywhere!

As we arrived the U.S. Navy Brass Band was performing Do What You Wanna and I think they did a damn good job.

We spotted this beautiful ice sculpture before it melted away. When we passed by later in the day there was a different sculpture.

(it's a pelican in case you couldn't figure it out)

At the Mint we watched Bruce Daigrepont perform. Good stuff! The crowd thought so too.

We watched a cooking demo by Chef Chris Montero of Cafe B (a new Brennan Restaurant). He made creole tomatoes with green tomato relish, topped with crabmeat. It was tasty!

But that's not all we ate. We enjoyed a catfish poboy from Ninja Restaurant . The fish was perfectly fried in a tempura batter with a wonderful remoulade.

The spring gazpacho from Covey Rise Farm was quite refreshing.

Crepes a la Carte was serving Creole Tomato, Bacon and Mozzerella Crepes. Decadent!

And the crawfish bread!!! mmm-mmm-mmm!

We spent the night in New Orleans at the Westin because we planned on going to the House of Blues to see Kenny Wayne Shepherd, a Louisiana native.

Here's his bus outside the venue. The show was EXCELLENT. We're hoping to see him in Orange Beach this August. It was a great staycation!

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