I have always had a soft spot in my heart for New Orleans. It is a beautiful city with a rich and varied history, a fascinating clash of cultures and a joyous spirit that washes over everyone who has the pleasure of visiting.
And then there is the food! Creole, Cajun, French and Southern; it is a foodie paradise. Unfortunately it can also be a bit of a challenge on a gluten free diet. Many of the food that made New Orleans famous are filled with flour. Forbidden to us are the beignets, gumbos and oyster po’boys.
I recently went to New Orleans for a short visit. It was the first time I had been back since I was there a mere 24 hours after Katrina had ripped through the city leaving a path of devastation and destruction in her path. During my previous visit the French Quarter, normally a bustling beehive of activity was eerily quiet and deserted. Homes and businesses were flooded, cars abandoned on the side of the road and the jazz so associated with New Orleans was silenced.