Help with a shopping list while in New Orleans
Can't wait for a last minute long weekend to New Orleans. It's been a year since my last trip. I have ordered lots of stuff online(with minimal success). I am wondering what you would bring home to stock your pantry (or freezer) with the holiday season fast approaching.
Spices? Seasonings? Things not available in Boston?
Andouille, smoked sausage, and any other cured meat products you like. And in New Orleans, I'd get 'em at Cochon Butcher. High quality and they have a vacuum pack device to set you up for travel.
I also pick up Tony Chachere seasoning at any grocery, and local Acadian honey because I like it. Get file powder at the grocery store too, if you use it.
One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to wander into a local grocery store and stroll the aisles. I'll look for spice blends, hot sauces, canned goods, anything unusual really.
You never know what you might find.
I'm in Houston, so a lot of things from Nawlins are readily available, (Boscolli's olive spread for a muffaletta, for example). The last time I was there, I bought a bottle of Sazerac, (rye with bitters), some Zatarains creole mustard, Voodoo tea, (I don't know, so don't ask!), Cafe du Monde coffee with chickory, and a few other things.
I've also collected a few restaurant cookbooks over the years, (Court of Two Sisters, Commander's, etc.). We always have our waiter, (and if they're not too busy, the chef), autograph them for us.
I love New Orleans.
To the above, I'd add Stensel's Popcorn rice. Beyond the hot mustard there are some Zatarain's brown mustards that I use a lot.
One of the nicest packages a friend who's still there sent me was an assortment of Zatarain's boxed mixes- the white beans and rice are good (and faster than I can make at home) and some of the others that I haven't been able to find up nawth (in north Alabama or Tennessee).
The Community Dark Roast Coffee with chicory is something i don't share with anybody.
You can never have too much andoille in your freezer and Camellia red beans are hard to find north of the coast.
If it's to your taste, frozen turtle (for soup), frozen alligator (makes a nice switch for gumbo), crayfish fat (not sure if the season is over), fresh pecans...
Have you ever had a slice of Russian cake and have you tried Haydel's Almond Croissants? Worth a stop on the way to the airport. I really miss the almond croissants.