Singer. Songwriter. Storyteller.
Singer. Songwriter. Storyteller.
|just keep swimming…just keep swimming….|
|The yellow and blue box colour scheme was a giveaway…
the state colours of Louisiana…but he didn’t notice the clue!
|Spirit Air…what gave it away?|
|No it wasn’t St. Paddy’s Day…|
|The delicious menu at Juan’s…I recommend the Chips and Salsa la Fonda…best salsa ever|
|My first “new” dish…FISH TACOS!|
|My old namesake!|
Of course no culinary trip is complete without checking out the local donuts.
|clang, clang, clang goes the trolley…|
New Orleans is sinking at a rate of 3 inches every 100 years (according to our guide) and that’s why the row of tombs at the ground level have been eaten up by the earth. Isn’t that interesting?
This was our guide Elizabeth, with Free Tours by Foot and she was really knowledgeable!
After we finished the cemetery tour, we headed here:
Then over to here:
so we could eat here:
Deanie’s Seafood: French Quarter
Yep, those are boiled potatoes you are seeing. They bring that to your table instead of a basket of bread. The potatoes are boiled in the seasonings they use on their seafood. And like everything in New Orleans, it had a spicy kick to it!
I am not a food adventurer but I figured, if I’m going to try crawfish, New Orleans is the place to do it. And just for kicks, I thought I’d try oysters too. (was I going crazy!?)
|here goes nothing…|
This is the advice we learned POST-crawfish (which would have been handy beforehand)…
|apparently if they are straight it means
they were dead before they got boiled up. ew.
After we were full of seafood we walked around the French Quarter. Here are some photo highlights:
|Stopped in to see a band (the Day Walkers) on Bourbon Street|
|Got some so-so Gelato|
|went to Jackson Square, saw a bunch of art I didn’t buy|
|stopped here for some ½ price pizza|
|not bad for $6.50!|
|we went here for the 8:00 show…it was awesome!|
|sadly the rain also came out to play on Day 3, but so what?!|
|Given that Canada had been in a non-stop blanket of snow, I was so happy to see flowers!|
|Houses like this are everywhere in NOLA!|
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you….Willie Mae’s Scotch House (Treme)
Well what can I say that hasn’t already been said on Yelp…by Emily H for instance:
This is by far and away the BEST fried chicken I’ve ever eaten, and rates in possibly the top 3 of meals I have eaten in my entire life. It makes me sad to look at this photo, for I don’t realize two things at the moment it was taken: 1. How fucking delicious that meal was going to taste and 2. that it’s probably the only time in my life that I’m going to get to taste it
If I were on death row…this would be my last meal. THAT’s how good this meal was.
After the heaven of Willie Maes, we braved the pouring rain and walked along Magazine Street to look at all the cool shops and neat-o stores. I didn’t take photos of them because it was so rainy. But we did stop here for gelato…
We were so worn out by the end of the day, we stayed close to our neighbourhood and ate here for dinner:
|those were the most disgusting “tots” ever. Sweet potato tots. ew
Turkey burger wasn’t bad though.
The next day it was back to the airport to head home:
Unfortunately, I woke up not feeling so well…
…and felt worse and worse as the day wore on. The day after I got home, this happened…
|you give me fever!|
…and it turns out I have this…
…and I feel like this…
|My kittie is trying to make me feel better with her love…|
…and not even a plate of Willie Mae’s delicious fried chicken would help because I have no appetite.
Well, you know what they say….
Maybe I got some voodoo cast on me without knowing it? In any case, two weeks of suffering after a three-day getaway isn’t a good tradeoff. I’m really looking forward to being well again.
In the meantime, I’ll head back to bed so I can dream about that fried chicken some more. MMMmmmmm…