NEW ORLEANS: K-Paul's, Frenchman Street & Café du Monde

April 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment


So it's still day 3 in NOLA.... I think my last post left off at Dreamie Weenies. So continuing on from there, where do we go again? The French Quarter. Again. Not like it's a bad thing - I mean that in best way possible. I absolutely cannot get enough of le Vieux-Carré!

Everywhere you look, it's completely gorgeous. The architecture, the balconies, the people, the music, the food, the drinks.... It's easy to just wander around the same streets for hours here.

 

Somewhere in the Quarter Somewhere in the Quarter


Even the laundromats in the Quarter are super cute Even the laundromats in the Quarter are super cute


Chartres St.. at the top of Jackson Square - every time I pass here there's a different set of tarot card readers or musiciansChartres St.. at the top of Jackson Square - every time I pass here there's a different set of tarot card readers or musicians Chartres St., at the top of Jackson Square - every time I pass here there's a different set of tarot card readers or musicians


And everyone enjoys stopping to look and listen for a bitAnd everyone enjoys stopping to look and listen for a bit And everyone enjoys stopping to look and listen for a bit​


Break time!Break time! Break time!


Watching life go by on Chartres StreetWatching life go by on Chartres Street Watching life go by on Chartres Street


Peeps getting their cards readPeeps getting their cards read Peeps getting their cards read


K-PAUL'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN


Tonight we've ditched the kiddies to have a proper N'awlins dinner, and what better way to experience authentic local cuisine than to head to K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen. If you haven't heard of Chef Paul Prudhomme.....that I don't know what rock you've been hiding under. Credited for popularizing New Orlean's Cajun and Creole cuisine, this resto is a must!

One of those few restaurants where the menu changes almost daily because they buy everything fresh - but you can expect traditional items such as andouille sausage, gumbo, shrimp étouffée, blackened stuffed pork chops, cajun jambalaya, soft shell crabs..... and desserts - OMG - sweet potato pecan pie, bread pudding - makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

 

Legendary K-Paul's Louisiana KitchenLegendary K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen Legendary K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen


Chicken and Andouille Gumbo (Cup)Chicken and Andouille Gumbo (Cup) Chicken and Andouille Gumbo (Cup)


Had to have more of that Andouille sausageHad to have more of that Andouille sausage Had to have more of that Andouille sausage


Soft shell crab - looks a bit icky to me.....Soft shell crab - looks a bit icky to me.....

Soft shell crab - looks a bit icky to me... it definitely caught the eye of the other diners in the restaurant 


K-Paul's stuffed potato and veggiesK-Paul's stuffed potato and veggies

K-Paul's stuffed potato and veggies


Blackened pork chops....Blackened pork chops....

Blackened pork chops....


....with a healthy helping of chicken & shrimp jumbalaya....with a healthy helping of chicken & shrimp jumbalaya

....with a healthy helping of chicken & shrimp jambalaya


Took our sweet time eating and closed the place down!Took our sweet time eating and closed the place down!

Took our sweet time eating and closed the place down!


FRENCHMEN STREET


If it's drinking, partying and madness you're after, then head to Bourbon St. For the music - go to Frenchmen Street. A lot calmer than Bourbon St., the folks that end on Frenchmen are true music fans. This street has an amazing variety of music venues with live bands playing jazz, blues and even a little bit of rock. If you can't find a seat inside, you can still hear the great music from the street. Luckily we snagged a seat, ordered a couple of drinks and got to enjoy the music for a bit. Too bad it was our last night here, because I could have easily spent all my evenings hopping from one bar to the next on Frenchmen - the music was phenomenal!

 

Strolling down St. Ann, making our way to Frenchmen St.NOLAStrolling down St. Ann, making our way to Frenchmen St. Strolling down St. Ann, making our way to Frenchmen St.


Here we are!Here we are!

Here we are!


A quick stop at the Frenchmen Art MarketA quick stop at the Frenchmen Art Market

A quick stop at the Frenchmen Art Market


Lots of stuff here for sale by local NOLA artistsLots of stuff here for sale by local NOLA artists

Lots of stuff here for sale by local NOLA artists


Of all the music we could hear from the street, it was these guys in Bamboula's that drew us inOf all the music we could hear from the street, it was these guys in Bamboula's that drew us in

Of all the music we could hear from the street, it was these guys in Bamboula's that drew us in


 

Wish I had caught the name of these guys, they were amazing


This guy was awesome.... stumbled on stage completely liquored up and managed to play the harmonic like this!


CAFÉ DU MONDE


Every evening we'd end the night off at Café du Monde - so last night in NOLA, of course that's where we went. They're open 24-7 so you have no excuse not to head to this famous little café. You're selection is pretty limited, they've sold coffee, hot chocolate, milk and beignets since the 1800s and just added soda in the early 1900s. That's it - and that's all they need because no matter what time of the day or night, this place is always packed.

The beignets come three to an order and are LOADED with powdered sugar... and are delicious. I was instantly hooked on the Café au lait; the chicory really brings out the flavour of coffee, and even with all that hot milk, it was soooo flavourful. Don't be a tourist and try to get your café with soy or skim milk, it's whole milk all the way - all that soy/skim request will get you is a "Bitch, please" look from whoever is serving you... and with good reason!

This stuff is so good, we came back home with 3 boxes of their beignet mix, as well as a couple of tins of their chicory coffee.

 

Powdery sugar goodnessPowdery sugar goodness Powdery sugar goodness


That's it for NOLA!That's it for NOLA!

Last night showing up late at Café du Monde - That's it for NOLA!


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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