March 8th, 2011
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We spend all our days just dreaming of fresh, hot beignets. Well, those and muffulettas, brandy milk punch, fried oyster po' boys, butter-drenched shrimp etouffee, glorious gumbo, Gulf oysters and the sort of red beans and rice that could turn a bunch of strangers into life-long friends.

It's been two weeks since Eatocracy left New Orleans. We came to throw a Secret Supper, and it seems we left a big chunk of our soul there. Watch after it 'til we get back there, okay?

In the meantime, take a stroll through the fare we shared in the gallery above (yup - we ate all of that) and our features below - and please catch us a throw if some pretty beads float by. We promise we'll return the favor.

Talking with our mouths full

Mardi Gras: Milk that packs a brandy punch - a recipe from New Orleans bar chef Lu Brow

Beyond Bourbon Street - the real fun is on Frenchman St.

Alligator to z'herbes: NOLA food 101 - beignets, boudin and Ramos gin fizzes

Five Pig Parts You Should Be Eating - Chef Chris Lusk, the King of Louisiana Seafood steps ashore and goes whole hog

What NOT to Do During Mardi Gras - Lu Brow advises not to bargain for beads and shares the importance of a Popeye's run with strangers

Five Cocktails I Enjoy Creating and CONSUMING During Mardi Gras - but Lu certainly knows how to cut loose, too

A toast to Leah Chase - raise a glass to the Queen of Creole Cuisine

Daytime drinking in New Orleans - do the right thing and dive into a Brandy Milk Punch or a Pimms Cup

The great gumbo debate - okra or file? How dark is your roux?

A Secret Supper - N'awlins style - join us at the table, won't you?

Shrimp etouffee for the New Orleans soul - New Orleans food expert Poppy Tooker shares how this dish feeds your soul and your stomach

Beyond Raw: How New Orleans serves up oysters - charbroiled, Rockefeller and po' boys abound

Making gumbo with John Besh and James Carville - celebrating Gulf seafood with a family recipe

Oysters stage a comeback after BP disaster - the region rallies after a man-mad disaster

Five Reasons to Eat in Louisiana - gumbo runs deep when you're from the Pelican State

Whooooo boy! - po boy, poor boy, po-boy, po' boy or peaux boy? How do you spell this sandwich?

The food that got them through - New Orleanians love to talk…and argue……and educate…and opine about food. It's who they are, and what has kept them going, even when their very way of life was in danger of being swept away forever.

Muffuletta madness - if it's not cold from Central Grocery, is it still a muffuletta? (We vote YES!)

How to peel a head-on shrimp - a little lagniappe from a visit with Poppy Tooker

Five Tips on Making Homemade Sausage - the executive chef of New Orleans restaurant Sylvain shares his sausage secrets

Fear of not eating something - share your ultimate New Orleans restaurant crawl

Cooking with Carville - the Ragin' Cajun talks about the food that fuels him

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  1. Chelsey

    Ah, all those lovely pictures have made me homesick. Maybe next time you can try some banana fritters!

    April 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  2. nonesuch

    I am drooling here.

    April 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  3. Somme

    How could you not have a picture of a King Cake?
    Git 'er done!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Funny story there - we only posted pictures of what we actually ate. I brought back three small King Cakes from NOLA, and brought one into the office to share. Didn't photograph because I figured I had 2 more at home. When I got home, my dogs looked happy and slightly ill and if you look at slide 5, that's all that was left.

      March 9, 2011 at 11:20 am |
      • Somme

        Ha! That is hysterical. Of all things left over from the dog attack....a freakin' pig.

        March 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  4. Walker

    Those pics make me hungry! Can hardly wait for Easter, heading to Youngsville, LA for a homemade crawfish boil at the I am I glad I married a Cajun!

    March 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  5. Nikki

    Love all food made in southern Louisiana...especially my Memere` jambalaya and my uncle's crawfish and corn chowder...I miss living down there..Northwest Arkansas food holds no comparison in food to NOLA!

    March 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  6. herrsonic

    I'm not eating. Takes up space for drinking.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  7. Terri

    Love south Louisiana food!

    March 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  8. Ghetto Leprechaun

    I got da gold!

    March 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  9. Josh D, Chicago, Il

    Don't be fooled by Bellini's and such....GO TO TROPICAL ISLE AND GET A HAND GRENADE!!!!!!!!

    Trust me, you won't be sorry.

    March 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  10. Damon

    All I can say to you folks who have never visited New Orleans, "come on down!!" The food is 1000 times better than the pictures... But diet before you come...

    March 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Walker

      So true, I figure we gain 1 lbs a day every trip to Lousiana (worst is when we used to stay 8 days and it held true). Work it off now because you can't resist when you get there!

      March 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  11. aubrie

    Grilled oysters at Oceana is the best thing I've ever eaten in my life....... The sauce is remarkable.

    March 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  12. Yummy

    Best food in the nation, bar none!!!!

    March 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  13. Jonathan

    I love me some Eatocracy.

    March 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  14. 2ndfiddle

    How could they forget the King Cakes?

    March 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • And Why You Always Will Be .....

      Photo #4

      March 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • cisco333

      big dummy!!

      March 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  15. Tyler

    Those look a lot like crawfish in picture 31, not shrimp.

    March 8, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Ya know - I believe you're right. That's the one dish at that meal I didn't get a bite of. Changed the caption. Thanks!

      March 8, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  16. AleeD

    What's that word again? Oh yeah ...... "moderate." And that other word was ..... "troll." I'm beginning to understand.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  17. Paul

    It's crawfish season

    March 8, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  18. Diane

    What I really want is a crawfish pie.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • cisco333

      you're a crawfish pie. loser!

      March 8, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  19. me

    Yum – Why do they have these postings before lunch? I don't know if I can wait 90 minutes to eat lunch now...

    March 8, 2011 at 10:34 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Welcome to my life! I've gotta stare at that stuff all day long.

      March 8, 2011 at 10:41 am |
      • me

        I do not envy you at all. My 'office' pop-tart just wouldn't cut it after those pics.

        March 8, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • cisco333

      go back to fox news you hungry loser!!

      March 8, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • AleeD

      LOL! What gets me is it all looks sooooo yummy and I haven't a clue as to where I could find that for lunch! Getting to NOLA and back in an hour with the transporter on the fritz? No can do! ;)

      March 8, 2011 at 10:55 am |
      • me

        I couldn't even make it on the Concord! 4 hours, maybe.... well worth 1/2 a day from work. :)

        March 8, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  20. Anna

    Must. Have.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  21. Marshland


    March 8, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  22. AleeD

    Dang! I wasn't hungry before I saw those pix! Now I'm craving some shrimp etouffee and somma dat candied satsuma peel. THAT looks interesting! What does it taste like?

    P.S. No haters allowed! Critics of postings belong @

    March 8, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • Jerv@AleeD

      I'm with you, those photos made me hungry too! Looks so good.

      For all haters, "" LMAO!

      March 8, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • AleeD

      Closest I could come for lunch today was a (yummy) shrimp salad wrap. They put Old Bay in their SS. Gooooood ferya!

      March 8, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  23. MPLArms

    Best steak I've ever had, is at Crescent City Steakhouse.
    BUT, only go during daylight hours, neighborhood gets a little too funky after dark.
    Cab dropped my wife and I off, then the owner called another after we finished, and escorted us outside.
    Great food, and service for under $70 for two.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  24. dje2671

    Is this a genuine article or just some lousy attempt at plugging Cochon Butcher??!!

    March 8, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • Charlie Sheen

      And you too, go back to Fox "news" you fuking loser.

      March 8, 2011 at 10:06 am |
      • Heidi Reeves

        @Charlie Sheen...stop cursing!

        March 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  25. Yay Copy Paste

    Congrats on learning how to use CTRL+C and CTRL+V to "write" this article.

    March 8, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • Charlie Sheen

      Go back to Fox "news" you fuking loser.

      March 8, 2011 at 10:05 am |
      • voice

        March 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  26. Jerv

    OMG those photos look sooo good!

    March 8, 2011 at 9:07 am |
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