Eat ya later, alligator!

Most of the items on my list of things-to-do-before-I-die are food related.

Cochon
Cochon

This past week I was lucky enough to experience the trip of a lifetime as I ate my way through the Big Easy. I can elaborate on all the things that filled my plate in a future post, but for now, I have to share a big one from my list: a fabulous meal at James Beard Award-winning Cochon. AND, as if it could not get better, I enjoyed every bite from the Chef’s Table.

*swoons*

Warm, buttery biscuits.
Warm, buttery biscuits.
A special treat from the kitchen.
A special treat from the kitchen.

It was really tricky for me to balance my curiosity with my utmost respect for the chefs. I tried to watch without gawking and snap pictures (mostly) only of the food. Although the chefs were all friendly – checking in to make sure we were enjoying ourselves – I can’t imagine they would have loved a flash going off in their faces mid-prep.

Melt-in-your-mouth ALLIGATOR.
Melt-in-your-mouth ALLIGATOR.
Peas, pig cheeks, and corn grits.
Peas, pig cheeks, and corn grits.
Smoked pork ribs with watermelon pickle.
Smoked pork ribs with watermelon pickle.

As a food nerd, foodie, fatty, full-of-something, I was totally geeking out. The food, the atmosphere, having my head right in the kitchen- it was all extraordinary.

Of course, though it was a struggle, there was just a little room left for a mind-blowing dessert.

Pineapple upside down corncake.
Pineapple upside down corncake.
Flaky, fruity turnover.
Flaky, fruity turnover.

Too much delicious.

#NOLA

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