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Roger Mooking's Food Adventures: Exotic Delicacies in New Orleans, Louisiana

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Posted by : Guest Blogger, Wed, Jun 29 2011

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To help us get inspired to try new cuisines from around the world, Roger Mooking, host of Everyday Exotic, shares his delicious adventures and notes from across the globe. We'll be rolling them out every Wednesday, so be sure to check back to find out where Roger's food adventures takes him to next.


New Orleans is unique. The people, the feeling and most importantly, the food are what makes it so special. I spoke to so many people who had left this city after Hurricane Katrina who vowed never to return, but after tyring to live somewhere else, decided to return to this amazing city. The feeling of the city is like no other place I've visited in my life, there's a shared sentiment of pure love for everything that life has to offer.

N'awlins, as it's pronounced locally, is a real melting pot of French, American, African and Creole cultures as a result of some complicated history. The food is a testament to the complexity of the flavours as well as its history. 

I happened to arrive during crawfish season and it seems that every family has their secret spice mix and tricks for the best crawfish boil. This is the first time I had the chance to suck the juice from the crawfish and eat the tiny "mudbugs" as foreigners knew them for a long time. The one thing that was common among all the different recipes though was the heat, New Orleans folk don't shy away from heat which is all good with me! 

However, let's not forget gator. I tried gator as sausages, stewed and grilled. It was definitely one of the most tender and juicy meats I have ever tried with a very clean flavor that has a hint of citrus almost. Tasty. Would you try gator on a Stick?

Be sure to check out more from Roger Mooking here.

Roger Mooking's Food Adventures

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Posted: Wed, Jun 29 2011 by Guest Blogger

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