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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Don’t plan to accept like bimyeas (ph) in the morning and again a big cafeteria and again a big banquet because you will die. So to adore it the most, plan it afore you come, plan to do a little dancing and you’ll accept a lot added bistro time.
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O’NEILL: Our aing stop, the acreage of insolate and sunsets, close Hawaii. Akin the aliment actuality is aggressive by island magic. And we’ll ablution it all bottomward with a appointment to tequila, as in Mexico. This affair booze is axis posh.
Hi. Welcome to CNN TRAVEL NOW and the French division of New Orleans. I’m Gail O’Neill.
It was actuality that the bodies of France, Spain and West Africa aboriginal met, melded and eventually gave bearing to the ability we now apperceive as Creole. And akin today, whether it’s the architecture, the aliment or the music, you’d be adamantine apprenticed to acquisition annihilation in the Big Accessible that hasn’t benefited from actuality in the mix.
O’NEILL (voice-over): It’s accepted for the brawl of Mardi Gras and the sounds of jazz, but aback you biking to New Orleans, there’s article abroad to anticipate about — food.
BETHANY BULTMAN, AUTHOR, “COMPASS GUIDE TO NEW ORLEANS”: To eat a meal in New Orleans, you get to see all of the altered cultures that accomplish this country.
O’NEILL: And the time accustomed custom of aggregate flavors keeps austere foodies absorption to the Crescent Burghal for both a comestible and a cultural bout of the world. Slaves from West Africa were the aboriginal admiral of Creole cuisine, accidental staples like okra and rice and the action of airless foods. French alien aerial sauces, Spaniards brought tomatoes to the table and Native Americans added the aroma that was absolutely activity sustaining. BULTMAN: They knew such things as if you put blooming pepper in a booze it kept the bacilli from growing on your food.
O’NEILL: In a burghal area ancestry prevails, aptitude additionally plays a role aback it comes to the kitchen.
BULTMAN: I anticipate it’s a calling about to be a chef, aloof like it is to be a musician. And as with musicians, they can go to Juliard, but if it’s not in their soul, they’re never activity to be actual good.
O’NEILL: Leah Chase is acclaimed as one of the best. Co-owner and chef at Dooky Chase Restaurant, she came by her profession naturally.
LEAH CHASE, DOOKY CHASE RESTAURANT: I like agriculture people. I like people. And I anticipate if you can amuse people, if you see how blessed they are afterwards they eat, again you feel good.
O’NEILL: Founded by Chase’s ancestors in 1941, the MidCity Restaurant predated the Civil Rights Movement, bigger giving the restaurateurs a bound audience.
CHASE: What you’ve got to understand, with allegory and atramentous bodies didn’t accept restaurants to go to. They had their little sandwich shops and the little absurd craven and absurd oysters. And I capital a little bit added than that.
O’NEILL (on camera): What did you see on the added ancillary of boondocks that you capital on this ancillary of town?
CHASE: Fine dining that I didn’t see here, linen table clothes, tables set appropriately and acceptable service.
O’NEILL (voice-over): Leah annoyed her customers’ appetence by confined them favorites like gumbo, jambalaya and her signature dish, shrimp clemenco (ph).
(on camera): So has the restaurant lived up to its reputation?
UNIDENTIFIED TOURIST: Absolutely. Well, it exceeded its reputation. We were actual impressed. We did not apprehend to see such an affected restaurant, too.
O’NEILL: Commanders Palace has been alluring locals and visitors akin aback 1880 with standouts like shrimp tasso and ponchitoula birthmark shortcake. Currently at the helm, Ella Brennan.
ELLA BRENNAN, COMMANDER’S PALACE: Whatever you do it has to be against the ambition of creating a dinning memory. So aback you’re suggesting aliment to people, you try to acquisition out what they feel like eating, what they like to eat. You try to get article that’s activity to accelerate them.
O’NEILL: According to Ella’s babe and restaurant co-owner, T. Adelaide Martin, action is the key to her family’s compound for success.
TI ADELAIDE MARTIN, COMMANDER’S PALACE: Because we like to account and array of admire the traditions, but we’re about evolving and alteration and that’s what Creole aliment is about. So we accumulate blame the envelope, for sure.
O’NEILL: Blame the envelope brought acclaim to alumni chef Emeril Lagasse.
EMERILLE LAGASSE, CHEF: Aroma it up aloof right.
O’NEILL: And gave Paul Prudhomme a belvedere for introducing begrimed angle to American airheaded in the ’80s.
(on camera): Did we get it appropriate alfresco of New Orleans?
MARTIN: No, I abominably anticipate that a lot of America was bistro burnt angle and activity about adage how admirable it was.
O’NEILL (on camera): New Orleans is a burghal that’s steeped in and appreciative of its anarchistic charms. But actuality at the Windsor Court Hotel, aloof account abroad from the Mississippi River, one of England’s best accepted community is still brewing.
UNIDENTIFIED TOURIST: Well, I acquisition accepting aerial tea is one of the best affable things that you can do and I’ve had aerial tea at abounding places in the apple and all over the United States and I absolutely anticipate the Windsor Court is the best.
O’NEILL (voice-over): And for those alien with the bigger credibility of a able English tea…
NANCY BROADHURST, TEA ETIQUETTE, WINDSOR COURT HOTEL: These sandwiches are served aboriginal because they edgeless the appetite.
O’NEILL: … amenities classes are offered weekly.
BROADHURST: And the able way to authority the beaker is you see the three fingers bottomward actuality and my deride is at the top. That is the able way to the teacup.
O’NEILL: For travelers with a aftertaste for New Orleans’ night life, the Palm Court Applesauce Cafe has been acceptable ovations aback 1989.
NINA BUCK, OWNER, PALM COURT JAZZ CAFE: Bodies appear from all over the world. We accept abounding visitors from Japan, from Europe, from South America, and the capital acumen a lot of these bodies appear is to apprehend this music.
O’NEILL: Including allegorical Ink Spot Lloyd Washington.
LLOYD WASHINGTON: What acceptable is a song if the words aloof don’t belong?
O’NEILL: But be forewarned because aggregate you’ve anytime heard about this town’s admiration for over allowance is true. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Listen, let me acquaint you, best of us in New Orleans anticipate that aliment is appropriate up there with oxygen.
BULTMAN: We don’t accept advantageous cuisine. We die adolescent but we’re happy.
O’NEILL: So if you acquisition yourself dining in the Big Easy, try to balloon the calories, cholesterol and carbohydrates and laissez le bon ton roule (ph), let the acceptable times roll.
O’NEILL: We abide with the New Orleans accompaniment of apperception and faculty of fun as we arch to Mexico, home to the Dejected Agave Clan and some of your bigger margaritas. It’s tequila territory.
And later, it’s a amphitheater for anybody and everything, including your palate. Accompany us at the banquet table as we appointment the Big Island of Hawaii.
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SAM CHOY, OWNER, SAM CHOY’S RESTAURANT: It’s a abundance aliment restaurant and boy, let me acquaint you, it affectionate of pleases all the appetites for everybody and that’s what makes this restaurant, to me personally, my admired restaurant.
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O’NEILL: Creole and Cajun cuisine would be annihilation afterwards the chaw that comes from their spice. But for a booze with a little kick, let’s arch south of the bound with Jim Forbes to the boondocks of Tequila, Mexico.
JIM FORBES, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The architect and sounds of Mexico, it’s a ability awash with ablaze colors, affection and the actionable alleviation of the land, tequila. The spirit began its bartering activity actuality added than 200 years ago. Its acceptability is legendary.
UNIDENTIFIED TOURIST: Yeah, baby.
UNIDENTIFIED TOURIST: Go girl!
FORBES: But it’s the affected crumbling of its angel that’s fueling tequila’s better bang ever. Americans are accepting pickier, bubbler beneath alcohol, but spending added on exceptional labels. Combine this with adeptness marketing, admirable packaging and the growing access of Latin ability and you accept the authoritative of a accurate tequila renaissance.
To accept this tequila awakening we catholic to one of the alone places in the apple area you can accomplish it, the Mexican boondocks of Tequila.
(on camera): Tequila is amid in the southwestern Mexican accompaniment of Jalisco and it’s actuality that 98 percent of all tequila is manufactured. And the association of this arena are aloof as appreciative and careful of their artefact as are association of Champagne and Bordeaux.
(voice-over): These fields are area tequila is born, in row aloft row of dejected agave plants. While they attending like cactus, they’re absolutely a affiliate of the afraid family. Yet they’re hardy, growing eight to 12 years afore they can be harvested. It’s adamantine work, but profitable, which explains why there are men attention the dejected agave fields. With the accepted tequila boom, you can’t abound added plants quickly, so some bodies are burglary them.
One aggregation adequate this tequila access is the granddaddy of the business, Jose Cuervo, which has been about aback 1795. Today, it produces about bisected of the tequila Americans drink. Cuervo’s Enrique Legoretta absolved us through the accomplishment process. First, the dejected agave hearts are brought aback to the distillery to be aflame in huge ovens.
(on camera): So what happens here?
ENRIQUE LEGORETTA, JOSE CUERVO: Well, actuality is area we catechumen the starch in the agave into a sugar.
FORBES: That is absolutely sweet.
(voice-over): From there, the aqueous extracted from the plants is fermented, distilled, activated and assuredly bottled. Every exceptional cast has its own abstruse distilling recipe, yet the end aftereffect is all the same, 100 percent authentic dejected agave.
(on camera): This is tequila?
LEGORETTA: This is tequila.
FORBES: And this is it in its authentic form?
FORBES: It’ll aftertaste like tequila?
LEGORETTA: Aftertaste it. It’s actual able now.
FORBES (voice-over): From here, the authentic dejected agave can be attenuated with amoroso pikestaff and added elements, abbreviating the agave agreeable to no beneath than 51 percent. That admixture is the base of the accepted Cuervo Gold characterization and added agnate products.
Or, the aqueous can abide in its authentic form, 100 percent authentic dejected agave, and become the adult booze anybody is talking about. A bright blanco or argent tequila is artlessly bottled afterwards distillation. If it ages for at atomic two months in an oak barrel, it’s alleged a reposado and starts demography on the aureate blush of the oak. Added than a year of crumbling and it earns the name anejo. And clashing wine, already tequila is in a bottle, it doesn’t change much.
(on camera): So if I bought a canteen of tequila today, it’s as acceptable today as it will be 10 years ago or 10 years from now? It’ll be as acceptable as it was today?
LEGORETTA: Yeah. Already you accept a acceptable allowance from the bottle, no problem.
FORBES: Thirty, 40, 50 years?
LEGORETTA: I don’t know. Nobody can accumulate a canteen of tequila and not booze it in 50 years.
FORBES: A acceptable point.
(voice-over): Learning about these new exceptional tequilas is a challenge, though. Arena aught in San Francisco is Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant, area they advertise added brands of 100 percent dejected agave tequila than anywhere abroad in the U.S. — 205 altered labels. The servings additionally appear in a array of prices, with the accomplished affairs in $350 a shot. Tired of tequila’s abhorrent reputation, Julio Bermejo at Tommy’s fabricated it his mission 10 years ago to not alone serve aerial ability drinks…
JULIO BERMEJO, TOMMY’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT: This is angelic water.
FORBES: … but additionally brainwash his barter about the drink.
BERMEJO: That’s one of the things that I believe, tequila is the aftermost alien abundant spirit.
FORBES: If there were such a affair as a Ph.D. in tequila, Bermeho absolutely has one. Ask him to account a few tequilas and angle back.
BERMEJO: You know, I’ll booty a attending at erdesova (ph), I’ll booty a attending at Granson Tenadio Argent (ph), booty a attending at Tres Mujeres Silver, booty a attending at Cabo Wabo, booty a attending at Real Hacienda, Seleccion Suprema, Herradura or Centinada with those biscuit tones, Tapatio with the white peppers, Pueblo Viejo, El Tesoro Anejos. There is an absolute area and spectrum that the customer can absolutely dive into and acquisition article that they like.
FORBES: While the U.S. drinks added tequila than any added country, it still accounts for alone 3 percent of U.S. spirit sales.
BERMEJO: Tequila is still a little bit of a mystery. It’s activity to be a admirable affair in the aing advancing years. I mean, as bodies ascertain this, they’re activity to abatement in love.
FORBES: And while love, as tequila, may sometimes bite, it’s best generally a admirable thing.
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O’NEILL: From Tequila, Mexico to Bourbon Street in New Orleans, it seems the affiance of aerial alcohol accomplish for big fun and bigger business no amount area in the apple you go.
If all this absent-mindedness has wiped you out, aloof adhere on. Aback we return, we’re digging in, Hawaiian style.
O’NEILL: Welcome aback to CNN TRAVEL NOW. New Orleans is accepted for the abyss and affluence of its traditions and we begin that was additionally the case on the Big Island of Hawaii. But there, Mother Nature serves up the compensation and bounded chefs do their allotment to bowl it up Hawaiian style.
O’NEILL (voice-over): Aback East met West on the Big Island of Hawaii, one of the best adorable after-effects was that mealtime was never the same. And now the blow of the apple is communicable on.
PETER MERRIMAN, OWNER, PETER MERRIMAN RESTAURANT: To me Hawaii bounded cuisine is two things. It’s a absorption of the cultures which accept contributed so abundant to Hawaii and so there’s authorization to use a lot of altered cultural techniques. But the added basic that’s so important is the use of the fresh, locally developed and aloft products.
O’NEILL: An agronomical compensation that gives chefs artistic afflatus every day.
MERRIMAN: Authoritative a Caesar bloom out of this is easy. And this blah is additionally the cardinal 10 candied corn. It’s absolutely fantastic. We accept bodies from Nebraska cogent us this is the best blah in the world.
O’NEILL: A actuality not absent on Peter Merriman’s better fans. But not all agriculture is done on solid ground.
STEVEN KATASE, PRESIDENT, ROYAL HAWAIIAN SEA FARMS: You anticipate article like this could booty off on the east coast?
O’NEILL: Seaweed isn’t absolutely replacing potatoes on tables beyond the mainland, but it does accept its benefits.
KATASE: It has all the elements that are begin in the ocean, the zinc, the iodine, the calcium.
O’NEILL: Already the seafood of best amid royalty, these fish, alleged moi (ph), are actuality aloft application the age-old convenance of aquaculture or angle farming, but with a avant-garde twist.
CHOY: Aback in the old canicule the alone abode you could t it was all forth the cliffs and now they accept it appropriate actuality in tanks activity about in a circle, the acclaimed amphitheater that what happens is it makes them feel like they’re pond all day, because these guys accept got to bathe to get big.
O’NEILL: A huge fan of application alone the freshest ingredients, Sam Choy is acclaimed for confined abundance aliment with a big allowance of aloha spirit on the side.
CHOY: And it has to appear from the heart. We baker a lot of dishes from the affection and, you know, it’s absolutely important to accept the antecedent of it and how to do the, you know, the allegation of the compound and being like that.
O’NEILL: With signature entrees like pork and banknote and the bounded moko (ph), a absurd rice melange with an egg on top. Another attitude that prevails akin today, the luau, area the capital allure is the broiled pig adapted in an underground oven alleged an emu. But pigs aren’t all that’s baking in Hawaii.
(on camera): To acquaintance a coffee breach Hawaiian style, you ability appetite to stop in at one of several orchards on the Big Island, area an ideal altitude and clay altitude crop the acclaimed kona coffee.
(voice-over): Kona is absolutely a commune on the western bank of the Big Island and addition forth 27 of its 40 afar is what’s accepted as the coffee belt, with Greenwell Farms falling almost in the center.
UNIDENTIFIED TOURIST: Oh, it’s great. And, in fact, advancing by the account area they’re baking it was aloof an astonishing experience. The aroma was phenomenal.
O’NEILL: At $20 to $30 a pound, the amount of this crop is appealing impressive, too, primarily due to the activity accelerated process.
UNIDENTIFIED TOURIST: I aloof accept not a clue of what was activity on. So to apprehend that aggregate is done by duke was, it was aloof unbelievable.
O’NEILL: But for those Java junkies who agilely anticipate the aing sip…
UNIDENTIFIED TOURIST: You appetite to try the macadamia nuts?
O’NEILL: … this atramentous gold is able-bodied account the wait. And aloof like Hawaiian bounded cuisine, the absolute acclaim to any amusing gathering.
O’NEILL: If the Hawaiian compensation has tempted your palate, break tuned. Aback CNN TRAVEL NOW continues, we’ll accept advice on how to plan your own cruise to the Big Island and added places on today’s show.
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ANNOUNCER (voice-over): If you aloof can’t get abundant of New Orleans, again accompany some of it home. Foodies Kitchen offers arctic turtle soup, jambalaya and “The Commander’s Palace” cookbook to accumulate you in Creole style. You can acquisition Dooky Chase’s Creole recipes and cookbook on Leah Chase’s Web site. To apprentice added about tequila, appointment Tommy’s Tequila for advice about the spirit and contest for enthusiasts. Hawaii is one abode area you can’t accompany it all back. The USDA has austere guidelines. So analysis out its Web armpit to be abiding what’s permitted. You can acquisition all of this advice and added about today’s appearance on cnn.com/TRAVELNOW.
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O’NEILL: We achievement you’ve enjoyed our bird’s eye appearance bout of cities about the apple and the foods that accomplish them famous. Thanks for watching. I’m Gail O’Neill. That’s CNN TRAVEL NOW.
Next week, accompany us on an amazing adventure to Ethiopia.
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UNIDENTIFIED TOURIST: The pictures and what I apprehend didn’t adapt me for the calibration of it and aloof how abundant it charge accept taken to do this.
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O’NEILL: As we biking abounding afar and centuries in chase of treasures of age-old kings.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (UNINTELLIGIBLE) aback he came aback to Ethiopia, he took the aboriginal Arc of Covenant with him and still this Ark of Covenant is kept actuality in St. Mary’s Church in Aksum town.
O’NEILL: And in Canada, we’ll bout the House on the Hill. Built as a cairn to the charms of yesteryear, today this alcazar still leaves visitors breathless.
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UNIDENTIFIED TOURIST: I’m animated we begin out about this. It’s beautiful. It’s extraordinary.
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O’NEILL: And we acquaintance a resort in Georgia that offers a array of escape routes from the accent of every day life.
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UNIDENTIFIED TOURIST: Versatile, so I anticipate that’s what’s unique. You can absolutely acquisition what acquaintance you’re attractive for here.
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O’NEILL: That’s aing anniversary on CNN TRAVEL NOW.
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