New Orleans, U.S.A.

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New Orleans, U.S.A.

New Orleans, U.S.A.

Eat It: Whether you're slurping an oyster, wolfing down a muffuletta sandwich (our faves are from Central Grocery and Rouses) after a night of too many Sazeracs or springing for a white-tablecloth meal, New Orleans offers a rich culinary experience that lets you know you're in a place apart. Are you a traditionalist? Opt for old-school spots like Galatoire's, Brennan's or Commander's Palace. Or check out the next generation of chefs -- like John Besh, who serves up refined Louisiana-French cuisine at August, or Cochon's Donald Link, who makes Cajun-style dishes such as crispy pork cake with turnips and cracklin's. Either way, at some point during your trip, drop by Cafe du Monde for a beignet (it's like a square donut without a hole) -- just mind the powdered sugar that's a sure clue to your indulgence if it lands on your clothes!

Experience It: Learn to whip up N'awlins favorites, like gumbo and crawfish etoufee, at local cooking schools such as the New Orleans School of Cooking, Crescent City Cooks! and the New Orleans Cooking Experience.

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