ON BLUEHOUR BAYOU: Bluehour's Chef de Cuisine Drew Lockett was born and raised in New Orleans.
So yesterday's big game wasn't just any old Superbowl for this Bayou-born boy.
"You can't be from NOLA and not be a Saints fanatic," he says.
That's why I thought it might be nice to check in with the Cajun-friendly cook on how he spent his day and here is what he had to say.
"It was like going back to church, and I haven't been to church since May 25th, 1993," says Lockett. "(I) had friends over, including some Louisiana ex-pats and we watched the game on my prized 50-inch flat-panel HD TV. It was a religious experience. I made chicken and sausage jambalaya with poche's andouille from Vachery, Louisiana, the best andouille in the state. We drank Miller High Life long necks and watched the New Orleans Saints prove they are the best football team in the NFL, which also means the world. This was so much more than a game to my city—with what has happened down there in the recent past, the fact that we have never had such a great team, Mardi Gras is right around the corner, my birthday is here and that the Saints are carrying the spirit of the country—it really couldn't have been any more perfect. It has lifted the spirits of an entire state and a beautiful city that is often not so highly regarded. Just look at what the owner of the team said when he had the Vince Lombardi trophy raised high about his head, he didn't comment on the game, the team or the fans right out of the gate, the first words out of his mouth was: "we are back baby, New Orleans is back!!!" That is what it was about yesterday more than the Superbowl. New Orleans is back baby! Hell, I wish I was in New Orleans right now."
(Photo of Lockett from his Facebook profile)