Yesterday we made our first trip to New Orleans to have dinner with family who happened to be in town for the day. It is only an hour drive and we were very excited to go visit.

On the way, we drove over Lake Ponchatrain which was definitely a different experience and not actually a real lake. No need to drive around the lake, lets just make a bridge right over it! Weird. We also drove past the Tanger Outlets at Gonzales but did not stop. Maybe next time...

We decided to go to the french quarter to walk around and eat dinner. We researched a few places then decided on Bourssard's. What an excellent choice! Unfortunately there was a private function in the back garden so we ate inside. We were served by a team of 4 wait staff who all had different roles and some great recommendations. 

I started with the salad mont chevre with marinated local goats milk cheese, radishes, kalamata olives,  heirloom beets, oven roasted tomatoes and black pepper honey vinaigrette. For my entree I loved the Louisiana bouillabaisse of gulf fish, shrimp, scallops, oysters, clams and mussels in a savory tomato saffron broth with crabmeat and rouille croutons. Finally for dessert, I enjoyed the cranberry almond and raisin diplomat pudding served with Old New Orleans Rum custard sauce. My meal was enjoyed with a glass of Franciscan Merlot from California.

I took some other photos during the evening on Bourbon Street but they are a bit blurry, sorry!

We plan to go back to NO in a few weeks when we have more visitors and hopefully many more times in the future! Thanks again for the invite to NO and the amazing dinner!

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