New Orleans, Revisited

It’s funny how much NOLA stuff we can get right here in Los Angeles – no need to bring back souvenirs from our December trip!

Records picked up at Amoeba


…Zapp’s Potato Chips found at World Market


Never got to try these during our vacation since I was sick half the time; made up for it last night by eating half of both bags!


Even the weather was reminiscent of NOLA – complete with thunder and lightning


The Crockpot Vegan Red Beans and Rice turned out wonderful! I was worried about the watery consistency so I used the immersion blender during the last hour of cooking


Everyone got 3 ladles, a big scoop of brown rice, and a scattering of scallions


Spices were spot-on!


Potato chips for crunch


The longer it sat out, the thicker it got – especially once I combined all the rice. Looking forward to lots of leftovers:


No brainer for dessert


I had 1/4 of each Hubig’s flavor


Have to say, these were my least favorite of their fried pies I’ve sampled so far (yes, even the chocolate!) – Coconut and Sweet Potato are the way to go.


Lots and lots of grape munching til midnight


Entertainment provided by Julius Chenwald


…who used Cousin Amy as a jungle gym


  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    I want a fried pie!

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal

    oh, that soup looks good!!!! i love addition of scallions on top!!

  • Emily @ Savory and Savage

    The beans and rice looks delicious! For some reason it got me craving gumbo:-)

    A big pot of soup sounds so warming. It is cold and rainy here – hmm, I will have to see if I any good ingredients on hand for a soup/stew.

  • annie

    i must make!

  • quinn

    That bowl looks fantastic! Now my mouth is watering. I should know better than to read this blog between meals πŸ˜‰

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg

    Whew! Now THAT looks right! Glad it turned out well! You KNOW I love this post πŸ˜‰

  • MarathonVal

    That looks delicious!!! I remember when you came back from NOLA and you said you miss it and at the time I didn’t get what was so great about it… honestly, I really can’t express what a great time we had – so, so much fun. I can’t wait to go back!! I’m planning to recreate some veganized NOLA meals soon myself…

    And I’m late saying this since I haven’t been reading blogs in awhile, but congrats on the new blog! Very exciting!

  • edenseats

    NOLA is definitely on my “to visit list”. I hate to admit it, but mainly for the fried pie…..I love me some gumbo too and there is a great little hole in the wall at the fairfax farmers market that has pretty decent gumbo!

  • katshealthcorner

    Hehe, I love grapes too! Do you prefer the red, white, or black ones? seeded or seedless?

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      i prefer seedless but with the rest – i don’t discriminate!

  • Des

    Nothing better than red beans and rice. Well, maybe a plate full of beignets. You have an excellent blog here. I’ve enjoyed reading through it.