• Tommy Centola

Christmas in New Orleans

This is my first Christmas in New Orleans since we moved to Arkansas. After arriving Friday afternoon, we started our eating journey at Perino’s Boiling Pot in Marrero. We had Fried Shrimp, Fried Oysters and a piece of Crawfish Boudin. The Fried seafood was good and the Boudin is the best Crawfish Boudin I have had. Early Saturday morning, I went and helped the Sunshine Club deliver food baskets to the less fortunate. Two of my brothers, Mike and Ken, and 4 of my nephews, Jason, Austin, Andrew, and Evan.  This organization was started by my grandfather, Frank Dellucky. It was an honor to help carry on this tradition that he helped start. After that, my brother Mike and I , along with his sons Andrew and Evan, attended the New Orleans bowl. We had a great time.

That evening, my wife, her mother and I ate dinner at Cafe 516, home of Da Wabbit. There I ate the Fried Chicken. It was good. I enjoyed seeing former employeees Stacey and Stephanie. After dinner, I took the ladies on a trek around New Orleans to see Christmas Lights. We started with the light display at Lafreniere Park in Metairie. Most of the lights were donated by the Al Copeland family.  For there, we stopped at Cafe du Monde for Beignets.  From there, we drove down St Charles Ave and Canal Street, looking at the lights.

After watching the Saints beat the Cowboys, we ate at New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood. Here, I had the BBQ Shrimp one handed PoBoy. They take the end section of a loaf of French Bread and hollow out the inside. They then load about 3 dozen small shrimp in a New Orleans style BBQ sauce, which is made with butter and seasonings.  So far, it was the best meal I have had in New Orleans.

On Christmas Eve, I took the ladies to see the Christmas Decorations in the Roosevelt Hotel. From there, we ate at Cafe Maspero’s in the French Quarter. I ate Fried Calamari, which was wonderful. I also helped my wife and mother-in-law with their Seafood plate. The seafood was much better than the Boiling Pot. And the service was better, being waited on by another former employee, Rhonda. From there, we saw the Christmas decorations at Harrah’s Casino, including Fulton St.

I want to wish all of my followers a very Merry Christmas. I am very blessed to have a loyal group of readers of this blog. I will continue with more recipes next Monday.

Enjoy!!!

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