Ralph and Lori at the 2011 New Orleans Roadfood Festival

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Re:Ralph and Lori at the 2011 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2011/05/03 18:01:39 (permalink)

From there, we went to Cafe Reconcile. Cafe Reconcile is the customer-visible face of a program that trains disadvantaged youth in the job skills they need for jobs in food service. (From signs in the restaurant, I believe that the skills they're teaching start with things like "showing up on time". Teaching this skill to someone who doesn't have it would certainly be a big upgrade for someone's earning capacity.)



I ordered two soups and a bowl of collard greens.
I was particularly interested in the crawfish bisque because Chris had described it as super rich, "so rich I couldn't finish it." From that, I'd formed an expectation that this would be a very thick, smooth soup, with lots of cream, probably some sherry, and very finely chopped crawfish. I was wrong. It was definitely cream-based, but it had large hunks of crawfish and tomato; if it had included diced potatoes, I would have called it a chowder. It certainly was very tasty, and I really liked the crawfish bits, but I didn't have any trouble finishing the whole cup.


The gumbo was the gumbo I had yearned for, the gumbo joy that I had not found from Tujague's or Prejean's. It was full of bright flavors of chicken, andouille, and a bit of okra; this was one of the best dishes I had on this trip.


I'd expected the collard greens to be cooked til tender, with plenty of pork, but these were still kind of crisp, and had no savory pot likker taste.


Lori got the chicken breast with mac and cheese and green beans. Her chicken was okay but not outstanding. The mac and cheese was rich and cheesy, with the spaghetti-style pasta that I've only encountered in mac and cheese in New Orleans.


One side question we had in mind: what would the service be like here? The answer, unfortunately, was "not great". Our food did not all arrive at the same time, and we had trouble getting drink refills and getting the check. But there was enough greatness in our food that I'd happily return.

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Re:Ralph and Lori at the 2011 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2011/05/06 17:45:02 (permalink)
With time for one last stop, we visited Creole Creamery, an ice cream shop near Tulane University that Chris had mentioned visiting Saturday night.


We noticed "Creole Cream Cheese" among the ice cream flavors, and asked what was particularly Creole about it. The college student serving us didn't know exactly, but she said that there was apparently some traditional local dish of homemade cream cheese. "All the little old ladies come in and sample it, and say that it tastes exactly like what they had when they were kids." To my unsubtle palate, it tasted like cream cheese.

Another flavor I remember discussing: "Doberge" is a local style of many-layered cake, and the "Doberge" flavor includes that cake in the ice cream.

I ordered the Steen’s Molasses Oatmeal Cookie ice cream. It was very good, with a clear oatmeal-cookie taste. It does not substitute for the gingersnap molasses ice cream from Rancatore's in Boston, though.


Lori's ice cream... well, we've forgotten the name, and the list of flavors at http://www.creolecreamery.com/flavors/ lists over 300 flavors, so we can't pick out the one that she ordered. (What do you think "Water Cooler" tastes like as an ice cream flavor?) We remember that it included chocolate shavings and a caramel swirl, and it was very good. My best guess is that it might have been the Rocky Rue.


From there, to the airport once more. They let us on an airplane this time, and we bid farewell to New Orleans and returned home without further incident. We splurged with our meal vouchers in the Charlotte airport, but still did not manage to spend them all.

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Re:Ralph and Lori at the 2011 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2011/05/07 07:33:07 (permalink)
Ralph, After I read your trip reports I feel like I have been on your trips with you! Great detail and pictures!
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Re:Ralph and Lori at the 2011 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2011/05/07 19:37:46 (permalink)
Glad to see someone stopping by the Creole Creamery. We stopped in there last year and were really impressed by their ice cream offerings. They'll certainly be on on our short list of places to go the next time we get to NOLA. I really liked their Cafe Au Lait. It was just what I expected. Rich coffee flavour and just the right amount of sweetness. This place is a not to be missed treat!
 
I must say tho, that I'm sorry to see this report wrap up. I've been enjoying the heck out of it.
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Re:Ralph and Lori at the 2011 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2011/05/10 09:45:15 (permalink)
Root-Beer Man

I must say tho, that I'm sorry to see this report wrap up. I've been enjoying the heck out of it.

 
Same here.  Hang a star on it, Ralph!
 
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Re:Ralph and Lori at the 2011 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2011/05/10 11:52:16 (permalink)
Its been a fun journey!
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