New Orleans is a culinary geek’s dream destination. The cultural melting pot of Spanish, French, Italian, Caribbean, Creole and Cajun influences engendered a slew of dishes you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world. (And if you do, they’re likely to be much less authentic than if you’d eaten them in the place they were first created.) While you’re in town, try:
This Creole rice-based dish originated in the Caribbean. It’s spicy and is usually loaded with chicken and sausage, though if it’s served to you by a Cajun, it may contain alligator or seafood. It’s a staple at restaurants across the city. Try it at Mother’s Restaurant, if you don’t mind standing in line.
Pronounced ay-too-fay, this Cajun-Creole dish consists of shellfish served over rice. The best version — with a healthy dose of local flavor — includes crawfish. Try it at the Bon Ton Café.
Slow-cooked chicken, sausage, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and okra are served over rice (if you’re seeing a pattern, don’t worry; I promise these dishes are all very different). Gumbo is complex and earthy, and famously served at New Orleans institution Dooky Chase’s Restaurant.
Fluffy squares of dough are deep-fried, but maintain their pillowy interior. They’re topped with a heap of powdered sugar, so don’t inhale when you go to take a bite. And don’t wear black pants. Head to another institution, Café Du Monde for the best anywhere.
These over-stuffed sandwiches are served on delicate French bread and crammed with various ingredients, including fried seafood, roast beef, meatballs, you name it. Order it “dressed,” with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato. Among many excellent places to scarf a po-boy, Parkway Bakery is among the most famous.
Bonus: Unhinge your jaw for a muffuletta at Central Grocery, which is packed with salami, ham, mozzarella and a heap of salty olive salad with pickled vegetables.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
North America offers many scenic and historic train rides. These train rides delight and inspire travelers because it gives them a new way to experience the world. Thousands of people take these trains every year and this type of travel is only gaining more followers. The North American train system is still years behind European and Asian countries, but they get the job done. Taking a train is also a great way to add an extra adventure to a trip or destination. It’s not just going from one place to another but getting to view everything in between as well.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.