The French began to settle New Orleans in the 1690’s. In 1763 the French sold the area to the Spanish, who rebuilt many of the structures on Bourbon Street after two fires. If you visit there today you will see that the architecture is mostly Spanish, not French. As for the cuisine, well it is Cajun – and it is awesome.
I thought of that as I visited the Memphis at Santora restaurant yesterday to partake of Executive Chef Diego Velasco’s new Crawfish Boil. The last time I ate crawfish was when I visited New Orleans in 2005, while I was overseeing the safety of 300 restoration workers, after Hurricane Katrina. Continue reading