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new orleans: west african cuisine and a wedding

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A delicious meal at Bennachin in the French Quarter.

There’s a lot to love about the French Quarter in New Orleans.  We’re not always up for the tourist crush or the elusive (and expensive) parking, though, so we often head to the Garden District or Uptown/Carrollton.  And until this past weekend, we had not stayed in a hotel in the city – we usually stay with family or friends, or just make a day trip.  This weekend, we made up for all that: I had a conference at the lovely Maison Dupuy in the French Quarter, and on Saturday, one of Daniel’s college friends got married at the Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street.

We’ve been wanting to try Bennachin, an African restaurant in the French Quarter, for some time, and since it was within walking distance of the Maison Dupuy, we finally made it there.  Bennachin is off the beaten tourist path, and it’s absolutely delightful.  There is a whole menu section of vegetarian dishes, and several of the other entrees can be made vegetarian.  Daniel had the bikai ni curry (eggplant, mushrooms, and bean sprouts in a curry sauce over cous cous), and I had the kome ni makondo (black-eyed peas in onion and tomato stew over coconut rice with fried plaintains).  Thank heavens for New Orleans food.

While we were at the Maison Dupuy, there was a revolving door of weddings in the courtyard. And it's easy to see why.

We never need an excuse to visit Café du Monde. Instead of waiting in line for crowded restaurant seating, though, we got our beignets and coffee to-go and enjoyed the morning light on a nearby bench.

Candles and lights brought magic to the already-gorgeous courtyard at the Royal Sonesta, the setting for our friend's wedding.

I love this: a tea light in a glass bubble planter.

The good times in the Big Easy have rolled, and now we’re ready for good times and good food with both our families this week.


Written by Ann

November 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm

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