A melting pot of diversity with an ever-expanding palate of distinct flavors, traditions, beliefs and subcultures, the United States is a country endowed with see-to-believe sights and soaring possibilities. Because of this variety and diversity, the U.S. is a nation that’s hard to pin down. Each area is grouped into its own microcosm that is full of unmistakable traits, and it’s these distinctions that make each part of the country genuinely American. The United States is home to the jazz-fueled streets of New Orleans, the sea salt air of Maine and the electricity of New York City. From the friendly hellos and corn fields of the Midwest, to the baked desert sunsets of the Southwest and that California cool that runs along the West Coast, this vast country is infused with sprawling natural beauty and regional charm.
Gumbo is found on both Cajun and Creole tables in and around New Orleans. Originating from the African word for Okra, gumbo began as a boiled or stewed okra dish with rice. You can find many versions of gumbo throughout New Orleans, but you’ll never find a tomato in a Cajun gumbo. Cajuns don’t cook with tomatoes, Creoles do. Muffulettas are large, round sandwiches filled with Italian deli meats, cheeses, and homemade olive salad. Étouffée means “smothered”, and it describes a dish that combines seafood, usually crawfish, but sometimes shrimp, crab, and even alligator, with roux and butter; and onions, green peppers, and celery (the Trinity of Cajun and Creole cooking) into a rich, seafood-filled gravy that is served over rice. Don’t leave New Orleans without eating your share of red beans and rice
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Plantation mansions were called “Big Houses” referencing their relative difference in stature compared to the enslaved dwellings and other outbuildings that made up the sugar plantation complex. The ‘Big House’ at Oak Alley is no exception. Built with success, prestige and power in mind, the Oak Alley ‘Big House’ commands attention.
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Jazz wasn’t just born in New Orleans – it grew up here. … Great jazz can be heard all over this town – in the French Quarter, the Marigny, the Treme, uptown on Oak Street and on St. Claude Avenue. From traditional jazz to acid jazz, there’s something for every ear, every day of the week.
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Suggested Hotel – The Higgins Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
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