Column 1174 Thur May 5
It’s been nine months since I left Hong Kong to return to the US. During that time I have visited many cities, most of which I have visited before. There is one city I have never been to but would really like to visit. That city is New Orleans in the state of Louisiana, which is in the southern part of the US. Louisiana was colonized by France in the 1700s. France then ceded it to Spain. New Orleans is on my bucket list. A bucket list, as I have explained before, is a list of things people want to do during their lifetime, or before they die. New Orleans is world-famous for its Creole cuisine, bars, restaurants, and its yearly carnival known as Mardi Gras.
Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans is famous for its nightlife and historic low-rise buildings of French and Spanish architecture. Friends have told me New Orleans is a fun city, especially during Mardi Gras. That’s why it’s on my bucket list. Creole cuisine, which originated in Louisiana during colonial times, is a style of cooking that blends French, Spanish, West African, and native American influences. A famous Creole dish is jambalaya, which is usually made with sausage meat, chicken or pork, shrimps or other seafood, onions, celery, and green bell peppers. These ingredients are quickly fried, after which rice, seasonings and broth are added. All the ingredients are cooked together until the rice is done.
Another famous Louisiana dish is gumbo, a stew made with sausage meat, chicken or seafood, onions, celery, green bell pepper, tomatoes, and seasonings. Okra is added to thicken the stew. It is usually eaten with rice. The French Quarter is the oldest district in New Orleans. It is famous for its bars, nightlife, and historic architecture. Mardi Gras, a French word, is a celebration which lasts for about two weeks in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is celebrated with parades, street carnivals, and dancing. It takes place every year around Easter time.