Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Sazerwrap Part 1: The Food

The Sazerwrap has been the @RockBodyElec way of rounding up all the amazing things that happen down at our annual trip to Jazzfest in New Orleans.  We will breaking the review up into two parts, Food and Music, today is the Music.  Only 11 Months until next years festival!

It has been a few years, but RtBE is bringing back the Sazerwrap for the 50th Anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This is our 11th straight year of catching the fest and needless to say each year is magic. The trips keep evolving as does the festival and city which hosts it. Today we will chat about the food we sampled and tomorrow the tunes we heard.

For the first time ever we did not gorge ourselves on fairground foods. For those who have never attended the festival, this is no Aramark sponsored event, the unique culinary culture of New Orleans is presented on site.

This year however the fairgrounds were just too hot to try to take down Crawfish Monica or the famous Trio we have had in years past.

Only munched on a fresh spring roll to keep the day grooving. For a full rundown of the fest food check this out.

That is not to say food in town wasn't amazing...It stated with a huge breakfast at Willa Jean.

Which was stomach coating goodness (not pictured was a great frozen whiskey drink for dessert). EAT also got some late breakfast early lunch love as the Andouille Sausage Quiche special was killer.

Other highlights was the fantastic Comepre Lapin where the conch fritters and Scialatielli with Shrimp and Rundown Sauce was dynamite. Even slightly better was the Maypop taste bud explosion which combined Southeast Asia and Southeast Louisiana in simply stunning fashion.

The main course of Hand Pulled Noodles Tossed With Blue Crab & Pork Sausage with to le’s tofu and spicy mapo sauce when gorgeous and thankfully not flaming hot spicy. Even better might have been the bourbon barrel soy aïoli sauce which complemented the fried oysters.

The champion dinner (for two years running now) went down uptown at Le Pettite Grocery where the Blue Crab Beignets stole the god damn show. So good...drooling as I type this...anyway the main course of the Shellfish Stew with collard greens was just sublime.

Of course the drinks in this town are their own special charm, from the frozen coffee drinks of Molly's At The Market to the high end Restoration Collins from The Roost Bar at Brennan's from the fantastic Lu Brow, each are special in their own way. I love me a good Pimms Cup at Bar Tonique.

And the Sazerac was solid at the The Roosevelt Sazerac Bar (even though I would still rank the Carousel Bar as the better creator of those New Orleans staples).

But honestly nothing beats a cold High Life with friends on sweaty spring days in that town...and we haven't even gotten to the tunes yet...stay tuned...Oh and we managed to skip the Lucky Dog line at the airport...but it got deep....

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