As I mentioned in my first post, not all of my greatest travelling stories are from my international travels. Some of my best trips in life have taken place right here in the United States. Today, I would like to tell you about one of my favorite cities in the world, which is New Orleans. New Orleans is a unique melting pot of food, culture, and music, located in southeastern Louisiana.
A few years ago, I visited this amazing city with my mother for the annual Essence Music Festival , which has taken place in New Orleans since 1994. Upon our arrival, we were simply in awe of the beauty that fell before our eyes. Gorgeous French and Spanish Creole architecture adorned the streets of the city. As we walked through the French Quarter examining the elegant structures, we could hear a brass band melodiously playing their instruments in the distance. New Orleans is trademarked as the birthplace of Jazz, and tourists can often hear the sounds of legends, such as Louis Armstrong, playing in shops, markets, restaurants, and museums. Pictures, murals, and statues of famous jazz musicians can be found throughout the city.
New Orleans music is one of a kind, the architecture is stunning, but my favorite part about the city would have to be the food. As a Maryland native, I pride myself on knowing what good seafood is. All my life, I was under the impression that Maryland’s seafood was incomparable. However, after eating charbroiled oysters in New Orleans for the first time, I knew that my home state had come in second place when it came to preparing seafood. New Orleans has some of the most flavorful food that I’ve ever tasted. Some of my favorite New Orleans dishes are of course charbroiled oysters, po’boy sandwiches, and red snapper topped with a Cajun sauce. Below, you’ll find pictures of these delicious treats.
Shrimp Po'Boy Sandwich and an Assortment of Fried Seafood
Red Snapper topped with Cajun Sauce
If you would like to travel to a local US city filled with dynamic people, food, culture, and music, I highly recommend taking a trip to New Orleans, LA.