Gumbo starts the way any good Creole dish should: with the "holy trinity" of celery, capsicum and onions.
Like its famous gumbo, the food of New Orleans is thick and richly storied.
It's not a bad effort to go from a city known primarily for utter devastation to becoming the New York Times No.1 place visit in just over 10 years.
Close to many of New Orleans' highlights and home to one of the city's top new restaurants, this is a cool hotel at a decent price.
'There's nothing I can tell you that's going to prepare you for what's going to happen in there.' says the manager.
In a New Orleans restaurant brimming with history, art and comfort food, you'll find living legend – Leah Chase, the Queen of Creole Cooking.
There are great reasons why visiting a place at the 'wrong' time is actually worth doing.