During the almost 15 hours of driving back to Orlando from New Orleans I had time to think about this.
I didn't end up having a celebration (or a starch) meal in Louisiana. Did I still have a good time even though I couldn't thorougly experience the food?
My little social experiment was a success!
Now, back home, I watch a lot of the Food Network, even while on the diet. I'm always getting ideas (like my spaghetti squash recipe) from TV.
Having seen quite a few specials on New Orleans food I was anticipating a really dissapointing trip culinarily.
I couldn't try out any of the foods I have hard so much about and that upset me.
This was my New Orleans food experience:
My sister ordered all the New Orleans 'classics' on our trip. I was lucky because she let me smell each dish and I got to take pictures and hear about how they tasted. She is a total sweetie for putting up with that.
So although I did not physically put these classics in my mouth, chew and swallow them, I actually feel like I experienced them:
|Gator Gumbo from Red Fish Grill, New Orleans|
My sister even let me feel the beignets from Cafe du Monde. She's the best. That really made me happy since I was dissapointed about those the most. They smelt absolutely delicious and not only had my aunt told me we HAD to go there, but I had seen the place on TV several times.
|World Famous Cafe Du Monde Beignets|
I personally had blackened red fish (omg... so good. Best spices in New Orleans) I had crawfish and actually ripped the head off one! (Moving up the food chain XD)
|My Really Scrumptious Red Fish|
I did have a shrimp po-boy using the hollowed out french bread as my two slices of bread for the day.
|Mmmm Shrimp Po-Boy|
So I did experience all the New Orleans staples! I am really happy with my trip.
So when you are travelling, I guess you need to remember: don't just avoid situations because you might be faced with tempting foreign foods. Don't miss out on experiences because of the diet, you can experience things without having to put bad (or not allowed) foods in your mouth.