I have to tell you that although I was born and raised somewhat of a country girl, I love the city. I especially love New Orleans… always have. I remember when Greg and I would “dream” of living in New Orleans… I suppose that was a desire the Lord put into our hearts early on. Some people despise New Orleans… some people love it. There is not much of a middle ground. I am always thinking about the things I love about New Orleans. Maybe I’ll share a few…
- Food, GLORIOUS food! Seafood. Fresh, gulf shrimp… hot, boiled crawfish…. pond raised catfish… creme sauces, gravies and cheese cover almost anything you order. Gumbo, Jambalaya, and dirty rice are staples. King cake, Fruit Ice from Angelo Brocato’s, Char-grilled Oysters from Dragos, blackened anything and as many varieties of Po-boys as you can imagine… I’ve only touched the sandwich circle and wonder how I can try all the shops… don’t even think about Subway around this place. Enough said. Omelets from Camellias Grill, fried shrimp and gumbo from New Orleans Food and Spirits and a sloppy, gravy drowned, roast beef from Koz’s. Begneits… Cafe Du Mondé. Wonderful deliciousness of powered sugar and fried dough. Donuts on steroids I like to say. I’m not woman enough for the coffee… but I love the frozen Cafe Au Laits and the best Hot Chocolate. World class restaurants, hole-in-the-wall types of places and people’s back yards… People come from all over the world to eat our food, and we’re happy to have them!
- Music. From Ellis Marsalis to the kid down the street… New Orleans never fails to impress. Opera, jazz clubs, church musicians and street side singers… we are in a city rich in musical history and culture. Marsalis, Connick, and the Neville brothers don’t even begin to put a dent in the rich legacy.
- People… I think there must be more friendly people per square mile in Greater New Orleans and it’s vicinity than anywhere else in the US. These people will feed you until you think you will pop…. and then they’ll feed you some more… and the “Who Dat” fever is still alive and well! This city is full of strong, determined men, women and children that no storm can hold down.
- Ministry… There are so many opportunities to love hurting people in this city. I have never lived in a place that churches took outreach to local people more seriously. After I got over the initial shock of having my children in such a dangerous city, the Lord has given me a heart for the people here. I’m blessed to be in a church that sees the value of ministry at home and abroad… ministry in places and to people some of us wouldn’t dare to encounter.
There are many locals getting their hands dirty in the name of Jesus. It’s a precious place to be.
There are plenty of negative things about New Orleans… things you’d want to avoid… things that can harm or hurt… but it is also a city rich in culture, beauty and hospitality.
Come on down… we’ll feed you real good!