April 2014 | chicago foodie girl


Tasty Travels: New Orleans

*Guest post by chicago foodie girl contributor, Diana

I recently returned from one of the longest vacations (two weeks) I'd taken in years, and it flew by faster than I could blink! My sister and I started in New Orleans for a couple of days, then headed out for a cruise that took us to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. We returned to New Orleans and stayed for a few days to enjoy the sights, sounds and more importantly, the food!

The New Orleans portion of the trip was by far my favorite part: the weather was pleasant, everything was within walking distance, and oh yeah, I didn't have to deal with nausea from the ship rocking to and fro. The waters were a bit rough and it took me almost the entire trip to find my sea legs.  But we're not here to talk about sea legs. Well, unless you are referring to crab legs. We're here to talk about FOOD!

It's been a month since my vacation, so I'm going to do my best to put these in order and remember everything as best I can. Either way, please join me as I travel through some wonderful dining!

(Side Note: Sure, it's a chain, but it's a really great chain! The food and service are always wonderful and they did not disappoint!)

This was our first stop when we arrived in town. We were hungry, cranky and tired and were wishy-washy about where to eat. We headed into the French Quarter and about two arguments and a lot of "I don't know's" later, I took the bull by the horns (so to speak) and headed straight to Landry's and I'm glad I did!

My lunch was redfish (like a red snapper) with a topping of shrimp, crabmeat, and scallops in a lemon sauce. To die for. The sides were crunchy and perfectly cooked green beans and a nicely spiced dirty rice.



Monday Foodie Porn: Baconfest 2014

Raise the bacon flag!

Baconfest: an ode to all things bacon. If it's wrapped in bacon, infused with bacon, smothered in bacon, or fried in bacon fat, it's most likely to be found at Baconfest. The event organizers describe it as "the greatest single culinary and cultural festival ever dedicated to Bacon and Bacon only." Basically, it's a veritable frenzy of salty, fatty porktastic pleasure. ;-)

For the sixth year in a row (my third!), thousands of pork lovin' peeps came out to enjoy one of the largest (and most awesome!) food festivals of the year. In our two hours of extreme bacon consumption, Diana and I encountered everything from black pepper bacon mac and cheese (Bub City) to candied bacon root beer floats (Mrs. Murphy & Sons). We inhaled bacon-inspired creations from some of our favorite restaurants (Mexique) and added some new favorites to our list (Firecakes). We even discovered a fantastic (and very potent) new chocolate bacon cocktail to wash it all down.

Of the fifty-something restaurants that participated in the afternoon session, we sampled bacon goodies from approximately twenty of them. We had big plans to hit up even more, but once the meat sweats set in, we decided it was time to put an end to the magic. As always, we had a fantastic time and we're already anticipating next year's meaty madness (of course, we need that year in between festivals in order to allow for time for our stomachs to completely settle and our cholesterol levels to return to normal). All hail bacon!

A few highlights from our two hours of porkinsanity...



Stuffed Flank Steak Pinwheels

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