Returning To Our Roots

Vanessa and I are planning to take a trip to New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast and we are both mapping out what we will eat the minute we land.  Vanessa and Fred plan to head straight to R&O’s (no website – they are old school – 216 Hammond Highway – Metairie – 504-831-1248) for a savory roast beef po-boy.  Vanessa swears one day she is going to do a day trip to New Orleans for the sole purpose of eating one of their po-boys.  They are that good!

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Photo of R&O’s Roast Beef Po-Boy from nola.com photos

I will arrive in Gulfport, Mississippi and will drive straight to Pirate’s Cove (116 Market Street – 228-452-4741) in Pass Christian for a roast beef po-boy — it is a favorite of Robin Roberts.  We have both concluded that there is not enough time to eat all of the things that we have been craving since our last trip “home”.

My next stop will be to the famous, newly reopened Trapani’s Eatery (116 North Beach Boulevard – 228-467-8570).  Their beachfront restaurant in Bay St. Louis was completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and they just reopened six and a half years later on their beachfront location.  They have the most amazing balcony with the best food in town.  I cannot wait to sit on the balcony and feel the warmth of the Gulf breeze with my sister Liz and our best friend Hayden.  For me, the reopening of Trapani’s is just the beginning of the recovery for the Gulf Coast, the harbinger of the New Gulf Coast lifestyle.

My mother has a sign in her home above her door that reads “never look back.”  I think this is a great way to live life.  Regardless of experiencing the hardships that Katrina brought…if it weren’t for Katrina, I might have never met Vanessa or become a Cajun Voodoo Mama!

Follow us on our journey to the Deep South…

Voodoo Dat

P.S. Have we mentioned it’s gins and tonic season? Here is my husband Wyck’s famous concoction called The Wingo:

2 oz gin (Hendrick’s)

5 oz tonic water

1 lime wedge

1 lemon wedge

muddled mint (generous amount)

splash of simple syrup

crushed ice

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