I saw an ad for the New Orleans RoadFood Festival and decided to head over there in the lunch break from the conference I am attending, in order to film some of the stalls and sample the food.
Here's a video I made of the event.
When stallholders saw me filming, and I explained that I was going to write about the festival on my blog, may of them offered me free samples to film & taste. I'll write up the stuff I ate below.
First off, I had a portion of ribs from Central BBQ, out of Memphis TN. They were beautifully juicy and smoky with a nice bark on them - the meat easily pulled away from the bone and it was complemented by a tangy hot sauce.
Louie Mueller Barbecue
Wandering round the corner I had a look at Louie Mueller's impressive BBQ rig, chock full of smoked briskets.
Then onwards again to sample a BBQ Shrimp Po' Boy at the Oceana Restaurant stand. As I said in a previous post, I've had so many po' boys since I got to New Orleans that I didn't think I could face another one. I stuck to sampling the BBQ shrimp, which were fried in a very light batter, and then moved on .
Tucson Tamale Company
Next up was my favourite stand of the day, and my first taste of Mexican/Southwestern food since my arrival in the USA, the Tucson Tamale Company.
The people working on the stand asked me if I wanted to go into the back of their stall to film the tamales steaming away in large pots and gave me a delicious Santa Cruz tamale, made out of red chile masa with a red chile beef filling.
By this time, time was ticking and I had to get back to my conference. I quickly filmed a couple of other stalls (both in the YouTube video) and headed back.