Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Way Down Yonder

We just spent five days in New Orleans - our favorite place to visit - attending the Jazz & Heritage Festival and enjoying the city's fine food, music and people.

These water meter covers have become one of the city's signatures. They show up on t-shirts and hats, and recast as plates, trivets, and ashtrays.

First stop at the Fest. If you're buying cracklins, trust a vendor named Fatty.

Street food, outside Vaughan's Lounge around 2:00 AM, after a late Thursday set by Kermit Ruffins. The pork chop sandwich was absolutely out of sight.

The final day of the Fest, enjoying a fresh cigar, hand-rolled that morning at the factory on Decatur Street.

5 comments:

Mark Martin said...

OH, so THEM's cracklins!

Wayno said...

NO, my friend!

Fried sweet potatoes are another thing entirely! Cracklins are... um... basically they're chunks of pigskin fried in fat. I guess you could think of them as "fresh pork rinds."

They come in a little brown bag and you have to eat them before the grease soaks through the paper.

That's some good stuff!

Mark Martin said...

So fatty is a liar? He doesn't really sell cracklin's, only fried sweet potatoes that he CALLS cracklin's?

Ackshully, I do know what pork rinds are, and I even have had them "home-fried" in Alabama. I gotta quote the horse in Ren & Stimpy - "No sir, I don't like 'em!"

But I do love boiled peanuts, fresh out hot out of the kettle. You probably encounter those down there? Do they have to put little "WARNING: food allergy" labels on them now?

Wayno said...

Fatty sells BOTH cracklins and fried sweet potatoes. It's hard to see in the photo but there's a sign with prices for both items.

You and I agree on MANY things, but we're polar opposites on cracklins and boiled peanuts. So if we ever encounter a pork rind and boiled peanut stand, there'll be no competition between us, just peaceful coexistence...

Anonymous said...

best cracklins ever tasted