With its irresistible mix of French, Spanish, African, and American influences and a spirit that no flood can quash, there is no place on earth quite like New Orleans. The musical pedigree of the city has produced legends like Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Fats Domino, Randy Newman, Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, and so many more. Everything in New Orleans is done with joy, and that includes eating. Whether you’re out for a crawfish po’boy, the oft-imitated muffaletta from Central Grocery, or a bit of Creole fine dining at any number of world-class restaurants, you will taste and smell the indomitable spirit of the Big Easy.
The word “Cajun” is a nickname for French-speaking Canadians who migrated from Nova Scotia in the 18th century.
Since a big swath of the city is below sea level, everything must be above ground, even graves. And the dead get an unbeatable send-out—with a parade and marching band.
The very first American cocktail came from the French Quarter. It’s called a Sazerac, and in New Orleans, you can get it to go.