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  • Writer's pictureTommy Centola

Christmas in New Orleans Part 2

I had a wonderful Christmas Day. I cooked Mac & Cheese and went to my sister-in-law Pam’s house. There we ate Roasted Turkey, Ham, Oyster Dressing, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potatoes and Dnner Rolls. It was a delicious meal. That evening, we went to my brother Mike’s house. There we had Ham, Smoked Brisket, my brother is an expert smoker, Oysters Mosca, Eggplant Dressing and other dishes. It has been a long time since I ate that many great dishes in one day.

The day after Christmas, I went to eat at Buca de Beppo. It is an Italian chain restaurant that just opened in New Orleans. My main reason for going was that it is located in the spot where Cannon’s was. Cannon’s was the last restaurant that I worked in. The food was good. I had the Shrimp Fra Diavolo. It was good and spicy. We also had the Mozzarella Garlic Bread, which is a garlic lovers dream. Later that evening, my wife and I went to Sal’s seafood. She wanted to eat Boiled Crabs. She also had a cup of their Chicken, Sausage and Seafood Gumbo. I have tasted better. I had a Fried Fish & Shrimp plate with a crawfish pie. The best part of my meal was the Fried Fish. The crawfish pie had too little filling and the fried shrimp were ok.

Thursday for lunch, my wife and her mother went to China Doll. It once was a good restaurant but I found it is not as good as it was before Katrina. My wife still loves it. So, I took the opportunity to go eat at Zea’s. I had their Rotissere Pork dinner. There were 4 slices of pork loin topped with a Rosemary Garlic jus. It came with the Zea’s potatoes, which are Herb Roasted potatoes, and Dirty Rice.

I can’t wait for Friday night. My family will be getting together for an oyster party.


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