New Orleans is one of my favorite eating towns. Granted, San Francisco is where my heart is, but New Orleans speaks to me. New Orleanians seem to just eat life up with gusto. And I love that they have managed to preserve a culinary history and food culture that is so distinctly their own. I jump at every chance I get to visit NOLA, and with Mardi Gras festivities in full swing, this is a prime time to be in town.