World Tour: Pre-New Orleans Thoughts

[ 0 ] July 30, 2010 |

In less than seven days, I will revisit the bayou.  New Orleans, Louisiana bound baby!  Excited is an understatement and after almost 10 years, this trip is long overdue.  The last time I entered the French Quarters was when I was 19 with a cheap flight for Spring Break and the city was pre-hurricane Katrina condition.  I remember the way I felt when I first visited:  I want to move here.  Those were my exact thoughts as we roamed around Bourbon Street peering into the bars (*clearly, I could not take advantage of the drinking deals that New Orleans is well known for, so I had to live vicariously through those old enough in the bars…), eating shrimp Po’ Boys and taking random detour trips to Magnolia (*I had a serious thing for “No Limit” and “the Cash Money Millionaires”…).

Now some odd number years later, I’m older (*Hurricane Cocktails, here I come!), wiser (*no more trips to Magnolia if I want my life…) and my palate is more astute (*beignets hold a whole new meaning in my dictionary now).  I’m ready to eat and drink all the $5 cocktails my poor body can take.  Perhaps the most fascinating part of my trip  will not be the food…I think it will be seeing, feeling and understanding the strength of New Orleans.  This city has taken a lot of turmoil in the past 10 years and from the things I have heard, they have not let this stop them from being the leaders of superb food, intoxicating drinks and the “Big Easy” vibe.  Needless to say, when they call the New Orleans bound United Airlines flight, I will have to restrain myself from running to the plane…let the debauchery begin!

Category: Travels, World Tour

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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