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IFBC New Orleans – Day 3

Well day three of IFBC was bittersweet.  We were really sad to say goodbye to all the new friends we made (and all of the fantastic food!) but couldn’t wait to get back to our little girl!

James and I started off the day walking across the French Quarter to Cafe du Monde for beignets and cafe’ au lait.  You can’t go to NOLA and not have that for breakfast at least one day!  It was really great, we got there at around 7 AM – I think that was the earliest I’ve ever woken up in the French Quarter!  The sun was just rising and adding some color to the skies, and it wasn’t miserably hot yet.

Once we got back to our room, we quickly packed before attending the last two sessions before the closing of the conference.  I was thrilled to win a cookbook from the Harvard Common Press, a slow cooker one no less (you guys know my love of my slow cooker!).  We said goodbye, hit the casino for a little bit then headed out for lunch before driving home.  Lunch was at Cochon Butcher.  The sandwiches and boudin were phenomenal and don’t even get me started on the bacon pralines.  OMG.  You’ll be seeing my attempts at those before long, no doubt!  I ordered one of the daily specials – it was a pressed goat cheese and eggplant sandwich with summer vegetables (delicious!) and James got the pork belly on white bread with mint and cucumber, which I tasted and was also pretty great!

IFBC – thanks so much for putting on such a great weekend, we really had a blast.  Can’t wait to go to another one!

 

IFBC New Orleans – Day 2

Well if you can imagine it, day two of IFBC was even more amazing than day one!  We had awesome sessions, including a recipe writing session with blogger greats Dianne Jacob, Kate McDermott and Deb Perelman.  We also got to listen to New Orleans legend Poppy Tooker talk about Sustainable Eating and her theory of “Eat It T0 Save It.”  We watched Chef John Folse create not one but TWO fabulous dishes, and we even got to taste one!  We got to have an incredible dinner, followed by a talk by NOLA Great Chef John Besh.  It was a day that a foodie dreams of :)

Following all that fun, hubby and I hit the French Quarter with a few friends we made while we were there, Dani, Matthew and Blair.  We went to listen to jazz at a New Orleans institution, Preservation Hall.  From there, we headed to a favorite local hotspot, Frenchmen Street, then wrapped up the night listening to piano music at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop.

I know, what you’re probably wanting to hear about is the food.  Well read on, and don’t forget to check out the slideshow!

LUNCH:  NOLA CLASSICS

Royal House Oyster Bar
Oysters on the Half Shell
Shrimp Remoulade, Shrimp Cocktail

La’ Bayou Restaurant
Stuffed Grape Leaves & Lemon Basmati Rice
Chicken & Andouille Sausage Jambalaya Pasta

The Original Pierre Maspero’s
Oyster Po-Boy topped with Spinach, Artichokes and Lemon Thai Aioli

Pier 424
Crawfish Cake Sliders with Chipotle Aioli

Red Fish Grill
Grilled Gulf Shrimp and Blackened Avocado Po-Boy
Louisiana Blue Crab Bisque

Riverfront Restaurant
New Orleans BBQ Shrimp and Jambalaya Grits

Parkway Bakery
Corned Beef Sandwich

Beer from Abita Brewery

Food and Wine Pairing Dinner
by Chef Randy Buck, Hotel Monteleone
Wines Provided by Winebow

Dariole of Lump Crabmeat Ravigote
Cucumber Gelee
Watercress Caviar
Juve’ y Camps Reserva de la Familia Gran
Reserva Brut Nature 2007
Catalonia DC Cava, Spain

Tournedo of Beef Perigourdine
Black Summer Truffles
Roasted Duck Foie Gras
Potato Galette
Charred Endive and Caramelized Stripped Beets
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2007
Veneto, Italy

Assorted Artisan Breads
Butter Presentation of Creamy Butter,
Chevre Butter
And Fresh Herb Butter

Valrhona White Chocolate Creme Brulee
Blood Orange Infused Courvoisier Coulis
Campbells Muscat NV
Rutherglen, Australia

Silver Coffee Service

IFBC New Orleans – Day 1

Last weekend my husband and I had the opportunity to attend the International Food Blogger Conference in New Orleans, LA.  It was such an amazing experience.  I don’t personally know that many other food bloggers, so sometimes I feel strange taking pictures of my food and sharing with others, so it was great to be in a room with over a hundred other people just like me!

This event was put together by Foodista and Zephyr Adventures – they really did an excellent job.  The whole weekend was full of different information sessions devoted to blogging and food and wine tastings that just blew me away.  What better city to host something like this than NOLA??  We were so sad when it was all over, we made some great new friends, learned a lot of new things that I can apply to the blog (look for changes coming soon!!) and probably gained about ten pounds!  I also loved staying at the Hotel Monteleone, where the conference was also located.  Can’t wait to attend another one!  I’m making three blog posts about it, there is just too much to include in one post!

Play the slideshow below to see pictures of our wonderful weekend.  There were too many to post individually! (Sorry the quality isn’t the best – not great lighting!)

Friday Menu 

Wine Hour by Wines of Navarra and Muriel’s Jackson Square
Shrimp and Goat Cheese Crepes
Gorgonzola Prosciutto Tart
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Friday Evening – Taste of New Orleans

La Petite Grocery
Chilled corn soup with hearts of palm
Pork cheeks with tomato jam

Ste. Marie
Spicy tuna tartare with avocado mousse, coriander, grilled country bread
Rabbit ragu with house-made pappardelle, parmesan

Sylvain
Shaved brussels sprouts with apples, pecorino, hazelnuts
Chicken liver crostini with Maras Farm’s sprouts, dandelion gastrique

The Grill Room
Gluten free gulf shrimp dip
Gluten free Louisiana crab dip in endive

Langenstein’s
Shrimp & orzo
Crawfish etouffee

Sucre
Black truffle hazelnut macaroon ‘PoPs’
Local honeyed rice cream parfait

GW Fins
Gluten free bite sized chocolate bombes- white & dark chocolate mousse on a base
of flourless chocolate cake, covered in chocolate ganache

Wines at the Taste of New Orleans were provided by Jordan Vineyard & Winery.

After dinner, we went on a cocktail crawl hosted by Nosh.  We went to the Old Absinthe House to have a Ramos Gin Fizz, then on to Arnaud’s French 75 for the namesake French 75.  We wrapped up the evening listening to jazz at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, sipping on Pear Flower Martinis.

Stay tuned for day two of IFBC – believe it or not it gets even better!!