Cochon in NOLA: Worthy of a Repeat

I arrived in New Orleans on Thursday to attend the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC). The last time I attended this conference was three years ago when it was held in Seattle. This is my fourth trip to New Orleans and I had a few new spots to try, but the one restaurant that I was putting on repeat was Cochon. Cochon is a Cajun restaurant with a focus on fresh and local ingredients.


During a break in the IFBC, I took a leisurely lunch and headed over to Cochon. Technically, I was on vacation, so I started with a glass of rosé at the bar.  This was a 2016 Izadi Rioja Rosé from Spain. It had floral and fruit notes that I found refreshing for the humidity in New Orleans. 

I totally forgot about the homemade buns that Cochon serves, but as soon as they were placed in front of me, the sight evoked a pleasant memory. As I pulled apart the fresh soft buns, steam was released. I spread some butter on the bun, which melted quickly and they disappeared almost as quickly. Eating these really made me appreciate fresh homemade bread and how much better it is than store bought.


I ordered the chicken and andouille gumbo. As I consumed each spoonful, I was reminded that I was indeed in New Orleans. I welcomed the intense smokey flavor which I found comforting.
When I was looking at the side dishes, the twice baked stuffed potato was calling my name. The potato was reassembled with a mixture of spices, green onions, and cheese. The cracked black pepper gave it a good kick.  
I normally don’t have dessert at lunch, but again I was on vacation. I ordered the raspberry mint sorbet which was served with a cute Cochon mascot shaped cookie. I never have thought of raspberry and mint as a flavor match, but it worked and served well as a palette cleanser to end my meal. 
I was happy I made another visit to Cochon and can continue to recommend it as a place to dine when visiting New Orleans.

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IFBC: Field Trip to Miele

I have been writing my food blog for over five years and decided it was about time that I attend the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) which was held this weekend in Seattle, Washington. I committed to write three blog posts having to do with the conference in order to save some money on the registration fees.  

This post is about my very first activity at the conference. It was an optional excursion that was sponsored by Miele. My first choice of excursions was actually sold out and I chose Miele because they are the makers of my prized vacuum cleaner that I love.   Twenty-one of us hopped on a bus and was taken to the beautiful Miele showroom in Bellevue. There we were greeted with smiles and champagne. We were divided into five groups to cook five different recipes using the hi-tech Miele appliances.
Here were the dishes we made:

Greek Salad

 Pasta Fagioli
 Sliders
 BBQ Pork Buns
 Paella
 It was really fun to cook and then eat with others that have a similar passion for food. In hindsight, I realized that the attendees that I networked with the most by the end of the weekend were at this excursion. It was this interactive event which was the ice breaker. I was glad I signed up for this pre-conference event.