Wednesday, December 30, 2009

MAKING GROCERIES


make groceries or making groceries - to go grocery shopping; this phrase probably originated from the French expression for grocery shopping, "faire le marché"

When we're in New Orleans, we always make groceries at Rouse's (formerly A&P) and Matassa's. When we go out of the FQ, we like to go to
Dorignacs, especially to visit their great bakery.

Check out this New Orleans/Louisiana Making Groceries Shopping Board on EBAY

Sunday, December 13, 2009

SANTA and HIS REINDEER USED TO LIVE RIGHT HERE - Benny Grunch

This is the clearest version that I could find. Just "X" off the annoying ad.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

ALEX CHILTON in NEW ORLEANS GRAVEYARD



Alex Chilton, lead singer of The Box Tops and Big Star, on MTV's 120 Minutes

Thursday, November 26, 2009

EARL from THE CLOVER GRILL















Whatever happened to Earl from The Clover Grill. We had some funny times at the diner when he was there. The last I heard he was in Atlanta. Anybody know for sure?

Friday, November 13, 2009

PLEASE! SOMEBODY SEND ME A PLANE TICKET



















This just breaks my heart to see this festival and know that I can't be there. BTW, better send 2 tickets, the Mrs won't let me go alone.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PO BOY FESTIVAL

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bingo!Show in Classic Animation

Below is the teaser. Our good friend Ronnie Numbers is featured in the passenger seat of the auto.
For more info, click the link below the video.




Clint, Ronnie, and Turk from The Bingo! Show

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hard Target - Movie Review




















One more great New Orleans movie review by The Lightning Bug: Hard Target

Sunday, June 21, 2009

ANGEL HEART - Movie Review




















Another great review of a New Orleans movie from The Lightning Bug's Lair - Angel Heart

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mardi Gras Massacre - Movie Review




















Check out this review of a New Orleans Movie done by The Lighting Bug.

Mardi Gras Massacre

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

J.D.'s REVENGE - Movie Review



















Today and for the next several posts, I will be providing links to some great reviews of New Orleans Movies done by The Lighting Bug.

Here's today's link to J.D.'s Revenge

Monday, June 8, 2009

AIN'T DERE NO MORE

Big Daddy's
Minnie's Catfish House
BJ and Peggy

Sunday, June 7, 2009

2009 Trip Day 26- June 7

There really is no Day 26. Up at 7 am. We will get breakfast at Croissant D'or and hopefully be on the road by noon or sooner. We made it home in around 11 hours. Amazingly the traffic in Atlanta was not too bad. Actually, traffic wasn't too bad anywhere and we had no hold-ups.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

2009 Trip Day 25 - June 6

We started the day once again at Croissant D'or. The only variable was that they were out of cheese danish, so Zack had an apple croissant. We walked through the market after breakfast and then Zack went out and did some shopping and Peggy got us mostly packed.

We ate lunch at Acme. Zack had a Peacemaker poboy (1/2 shrimp and 1/2 oyster with Tabasco mayo) and Peggy and I had an oyster poboy with Tabasco mayo and an order of boo fries (fries with cheese and roast beef gravy) and we also split a piece of bananas foster cheesecake for dessert.

After lunch we walked back up Royal and and I got some video of most likely the worst street performers in New Orleans. The guy is not too bad, but the girl can't sing and DEFINITELY can't play a trumpet. They are so bad, it's just funny to me.














We had been invited to John and Karl's for cocktails. Their friends Julie and Kenneth were also there. John ordered some pizzas from Angeli's while we were there. Karl and John gave us a big piece of stained glass with a fleur des lis in the center and we hope to get it home in once piece. We had such a great time on our last night in New Orleans. What great friends, it's just too bad that we are so far apart. We miss them already.

Friday, June 5, 2009

2009 Trip Day 24 - June 5

I lived it up today at Croissant D'Or and got a ham and cheese croissant. Peggy got the usual raspberry croissant and Zach had a cherry danish.










We drove out to Jefferson and went to the Salvation Army Thrift Store. We all got several things. On the way back, we went over to The Joint and had BBQ sandwiches, potato salad and mac and cheese. Plus Zack had a piece of key lime pie that was homemade. He said it was good, but he didn't offer us a bite, so I can't say for sure! He said it was so good, he wasn't going to offer us any unless we asked.

After we left The Joint, we rode to see the "Make It Right" houses that Brad Pitt was having built.










On the way back we stopped at a Nursery on St. Claude in the Bywater - Harolds. Our friends John and Karl had told us about this place. It looked small from the street...but once you got around back, it was huge and was just filled with plants.

Then we made it back to the FQ and got a fairly good parking spot. Zack went out be-boping the FQ and I had a short rest. Peggy said she could use something sweet and we decided to go to The Palace and get some white chocolate bread pudding. Between 5-7 weekdays, you can sit in the bar and order from a special 5.00 menu. The bartender has to wait the tables in the bar and he seemed a little put out with that fact. However, he did get a little more friendly toward the end of our snack.....of course that probaby has something to do with the fact that he knew tip time was approaching.










We tried to go to DBA, but they were packed....and I mean packed in...so we just shopped around in the FQ and we were in luck, since the Dragon Master Showcase...the acrobatic comedy dance troupe was performing on Bourbon Street. We further entertained ourselves by checking out The Hustler Store and watching a little of the brass band, on the corner of Canal and Bourbon.

Our plan was to eat at Acme, but the line was huge, even though it was getting a little later in the evening. We changed our plans to Remoulade. Peggy and I had our usual - Meat Pies and Boudin. Zack had stuffed crab with crab boiled potatoes.

On the way back to the apartment, we decided to make a detour to Cafe Du Monde for cafe au laits. Plus Zack and I did some water shots....I believe he won this round.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

2009 Trip Day 23 - June 4

We started the day at Croissant D'Or, since we were having and early lunch with Bill at K-Paul's.

We met up with Bill at noon and walked down to K-Paul's. Bill had Mirliton Crawfish and Beef Casserole (Fried Mirliton Slices Covered with Beef, Crawfish, Onions, Peppers, Garlic and Seasonings, then Baked. Served with a Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Smoked Gouda Cheese Sauce). Zack had the K-Paul's In House Made Hot Sausage Po Boy (Fresh Ground Pork Mixed with Caramelized Veggies, Made Into Two (2) Patties, Fried and Served on 8" Buttered French Bread) and sweet potato fries. I had 1/2 of an Oyster Po Boy with onion rings and Peggy had the other 1/2 of the Po Boy and Onion rings. Below is a photo of my half. Everything was good and everyone seemed satisfied and best of all, it was Bill's treat!










We drove out to Magazine Street and checked out Funky Monkey and Fun Rockin' and then we drove over to Williams Plum Street Snoballs, whose actual address is on Burdette St (they are on the corner of Plum St and you actually enter on Plum). Peggy had a nectar cream and I had a strawberry shortcake cream, both were tasty. We then headed back into the FQ.










We went to DBA to see Paul Sanchez. Tonight he was accompanied by Jason Butler. Very talented and as always a great night of entertainment.










After we left DBA, we went to La Peniche. Zack had eggs, bacon, grits and toast. I had a roast beef sandwich (they have great tasting sliced roast beef) and Peggy was able to get her banana, peanut butter waffle.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

2009 Trip Day 22 - June 3

We started the day at Croissant D'Or. Peggy and I had our usual raspberry croissants and split a coke. Zack had a cheese danish and a coffee. This is a great cheap breakfast, just barely over 8.00 for the 3 of us.

We got to go to lunch at The Green Goddess with John and Karl, our favorite New Orleans dining companions. I had the New Orleans Bangers and Mash. Peggy had the Louisiana Blue Crab Melt. These two dishes are described in another post from a previous Green Goddess visit. Karl had the Cuban Luau Sandwich (Artisanal salame, pulled pork, manchego, pickled banana peppers & roasted pineapple on pressed ciabatta). John had The Crawfish Boil Salad (Warm crawfish, corn & artichokes, with spicy crab-boiled potatoes and roasted garlic aioli over arugula.). Zack had a special of the day Boudin patties topped with crawfish etoufee). The we all split a strawberry creme brulee (which the waitress was nice enough to comp us). What a great meal.

I think the places I will miss the most are Croissant D'or, The Green Goddess, Yo Mama's, Acme, Joey K's, Napoleon House, Mona Lisa......OH HELL....about everywhere we have eaten.

We went to Lafayette Square for the Wednesday music, but no Paul Sanchez and NO snoball....they ran out of ice....and we went early. Zack had a piece of pizza and a couple of beers and I had a cochon du lait poboy and Peggy took a few bites of it.

So after the long walk down and the long walk back, we then walked to DBA to see the Tin Men, but tonight they called themselves the Slim Men....Alex McMurray was missing tonight and they had St. Louis Slim....he was ok....but no Alex McMurray.

After leaving there, we went by El Gato Negro, but they were closed for repairs, so we swung around a couple of blocks and ate at Mona Lisa. We had our regular 2 salads and a white pizza. Zack had spinach artichoke dip with bruschetta....it was on the menu as a special appetizer and it was huge.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

2009 Trip Day 21 - June 2

We were going to have a light breakfast at Croissant d'Or, but found that they were closed today. We went by Cafe Envie and Zack and Peggy got coffees and we came back to the apartment and I had a little bite of cake and Zack ate a doughnut he got from Dorignac's yesterday.

We drove out to Broadway (just beyond Tulane and Loyola) and went to Mushroom records. This is a really cool place. You have to climb a steep flight of stairs to get upstairs to their store. Once you are there, they have piles and piles of cds, records, and movies. I got a couple of videos and maybe a rare record - The Refreshments ep on blue vinyl. I couldn't tell what the price was 10.99 or 19.99 and Peggy asked at the counter and the girl said 10.99, but that they could probably do better and she called someone else over who said sure - 4.99 - that was a great discount. I also got a couple of videos and Zack got a video and a couple of buttons.

Lunch was at Cafe Reconcile. Our greeter was so short, I didn't realize that she was even there at first. She was also our waitress and was the best wait person we have ever had there. Zack had catfish, mac and cheese and collard greens. Peggy had catfish, garlic mashed potatoes and sweet corn (which tasted fried). I had the smothered pork chop....it was smothered in gravy :-) plus garlic mashed potatoes and mac and cheese plus we had a couple of pieces of jalapeno cornbread. Then Peggy and I split a bananas foster breading pudding and Zack ate one on his own. With 3 drinks, the bill was 36.00 - a steal of a deal in New Orleans. And we were all stuffed. So stuffed, I think I went into a food coma and had to have a short nap when I got back to the apartment.

Rained during the afternoon, but we were finally able to get out around 5 and we strolled Decatur Street looking in some junk/antique shops and t-shirt shops.

We headed on down to Yo Mama's to get our cheeseburger fix. Peggy and I split a cheddar burger with an extra potato and Zack had the same for himself. The cheeseburgers were mighty tasty, but once again the potatoes could have used a little more baking.

We had a short rest at the apartment and then walked Hank and left to go to the new Rock N Bowl. We are mainly going to see if it resembles the old Rock n Bowl.

First the adventure of finding the new Rock n Bowl. Zack and I both said it was on Carrollton. We rode down Carrollton and couldn't find it. I finally wound up on some side street and saw a Xavier University Cop. I got out and asked him for directions to the new Rock n Bowl. He gave me great directions......back to the old site of Rock n Bowl. I got Zack to call information and as he was telling us the directions....that it was at the corner of Earhart and Carrollton and that was exactly where we were sitting, stopped at a red light. After I figured out where to park, we finally made it inside.

It looks a lot like the old Rock n Bowl, but bigger and newer. Eddie Zip was playing. He was ok, but the best parts of his show was when he let the other two members of the band sing.









Back to the FQ and hunting down a parking spot. Finally found one that I was semi-comfortable with and made it in around 11:30. Peggy and I finished out the night with cakes that we bought at Dorignac's the other day.

Monday, June 1, 2009

2009 Trip Day 20 - June 1

We thought about going to Petunia's, but Zack finally said he really wanted the peanut butter/banana waffle from La Peniche. Since they were going to be closed for the next 2 days (they're open 24/5) and it was good as always. Peggy had the blueberry pancake and I had gravy biscuits and a fried egg.

We went out Airline Highway to Bridge House Thrift and got a few things. Then we found our way over to Vets and went to Dorignac's. Picked up some items to carry home and a few things from the bakery for later tonight.

On the way out for lunch, we saw our friend Ron at Preservation Hall and he invited us to be his guests tonight at The Hall.

We ate at Napoleon House. We split a muff between Peggy and myself and Zack had a veal parmesan poboy. We all drank Amber Bock Beers.

We went down toward Decatur and went to Urban Outfitters. Peggy got a hat that actually fit her. Then we went down a few doors to Peaches Records where everything is overpriced and the staff is rude. Avoid this place - Go to Louisiana Music Factory for a nice staff with a great selection.

After a little rest, we went to Preservation Hall. The guy at the gate called Ron to check if it was ok to let us in. It was a great show and someone requested Clint Maedgen sing "Complicated Life" and I requested " Shimmy Like My Sister Kate" since I had seen Walter Payton sing it at Louisiana Music Factory. Not only are his vocals good, but he does a great presentation of the song. We left after the first set, since we had to get dinner.





We went to Acme and Peggy and I split a dozen charbroiled oysters and Zack had a bowl of seafood gumbo(I got a taste and it was.....tasty). Plus he had an order of hush puppies.

We stopped by Cafe Du Monde and we all had a cafe au lait.

2009 Trip Day 19 - May 31

Zack arrived around noon and after he got settled in, we went to The Green Goddess for lunch. I had the Seafood Frittata (Fresh lump crabmeat, Louisiana crawfish, green onions in 3 egg frittata with romesco croutons). It was just ok and I think it could have used a little salt. But since everything else here has been excellent, I'm going to chalk this one up to just not to my taste.











Peggy got the Louisiana Blue Crab Melt (Lump crabmeat, “due latte” robiola bosina cheese, ciabatta) and it was super good.











Zack had the Louisiana Bangers and Mash (Marciante’s duck sausage over mashed Louisiana sweet potatoes, finished with Steen’s cane syrup) which was also super good.










We walked around some and got a couple of strawberry lemonades at the French Market.

We tried to go to El Gato Negro, but they were still busy, so we went back to Mona Lisa, since it is close and we had to leave for The Bingo Show shortly. Zack and Peggy split a Spinach Pizza (spinach, tomato, mozzarella, onion, mushroom, feta cheese) and I had a meatball sub, which was huge.

The doors for the Bingo Show opened at 9, show was supposed to start at 10. We got there a little after 9 and found that seating was limited. The show finally got started around 10:45 and of course it was worth the wait. You know if you can keep an old guy on his feet for almost 2 hours, it's has to be good. We got to stand pretty close to the stage and Peggy and I got to dance a little with Ron. The show lasted until about 12:30 am. The Bingo Show cannot really be described, it has to be experienced. Our friend Ron is in the photo below.



Saturday, May 30, 2009

2009 Trip Day 18 - May 30

I forgot this yesterday - At DBA I got a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Beer - this was the WORST beer I have ever had. I've never drunk dirty sock water, but I imagine it would taste something like this barleywine beer.

We started the day at La Peniche. I had a pancake (10 inch plate with a 12 inch pancake). Peggy got scrambled eggs, smoked sausage, grits and toast. She gave me half the smoked sausage and I gave her a piece of pancake. With coffee, orange juice and a coke - 21.00.

Went to Louisiana Music Factory and saw Benny Maygarden - pretty standard blues band stuff, but still good. I would name the band "Old F**kers Still Getting It Done".










We then walked back to the apartment and walked Hank and after a very brief rest, we walked back to Louisiana Music Factory again and caught the last part of Preservation Hall Jazz Band. They put on a great show.










We went down to the river and saw a little bit of Rockin Dopsie, but the crowd was large and we didn't stay for very long.

After a nap.....HEY, I was tired from walking.....we sat out for dinner. We first went to El Gato Negro, but they had several large groups and we decided to try somewhere else. Since it was Saturday, I like to go to Mona Lisa and get the white pizza and a couple of salads. I didn't go there at first, since I had just been there last night and didn't want to go to the same restaurant two nights in row. But it was just what I wanted. With two sodas - 21.00.

My usual Saturday night stroll down Bourbon...which wasn't real crowded....back up Royal and back to the apartment and walked Hank. Now my feet are tired again :-)

Tomorrow, we await the arrival of The Man, The Myth, The Legend.....The Lightning Bug.

Friday, May 29, 2009

2009 Trip Day 17 - May 29

We ate a couple of pieces of the Cajun Kringle (which didn't seem to have as much filling as last year) for breakfast and then washed a few clothes at the corner washerette.

I got hungry around 1pm and we wanted to eat a little something light. We decided on either K-Pauls and split a dish or The Green Goddess since they would be "small plates". We decided to go by The Green Goddess first and see if we could get a seat inside, since we're not much for eating at outside tables. They had some tables inside and as we went in, someone was saying "Peggy, Peggy". Since most of the people we knew have moved away, it was a complete and nice surprise to see Marrus. She and Peggy have been emailing back and forth to see if Marrus was going to set up anywhere while we were here and we could get another print (unfortunately, we can't afford the real thing).

Peggy had the Acadian Country Breakfast (2 boudin patties inside sweet potato biscuits with pepper jelly and Steens Cane Syrup and Grits on the side).









I had the Da Meatloaf Sandwich (bison and bacon meatloaf dressed with Creole mustard, arugula, tomatoes, and roasted garlic aioli, and Nueske’s bacon).









To drink we had 1 Abita Root Beer and 1 Lychee Ginger Mint “Julep” made with Lychee puree, ginger syrup, ginger beer & muddled mint. Non-alcoholic since Chris has not received his liquor license yet. However, I had a hard time convincing myself that it wasn't alcoholic, since it left a slight burn in your throat.

So the "small plates" were not so small and we were stuffed when we finished. Chef Paul, who works the lunch shift, did an excellent job on both dishes.

We went to DBA and caught Ingrid Lucia's first set and on the way back to the apartment we watched saw Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham and the movie crew for the Expendables. The best thing we saw was Stallone leaving in a fancy red sports car and driving just like you would think Stallone would drive - all out.

After a brief stop at the apartment, we went to Mona Lisa for the Mona Lisa Special Sandwich, with a couple of sodas, our bill was only 13.00. One of the cheapest meals we have eaten.

After dinner, we went back to Esplanade and hung out and watched the movie people some more. Stallone was walking around with his cigar and giving directions. We finally did get to see a little action, when Jason Statham rode a motorcycle up the street a couple of times.



Thursday, May 28, 2009

2009 Trip Day 16 - May 28

We went out Jefferson Highway for 2 reasons. One to hit a couple of thrift stores, the other to get to Haydel's Bakery.

The Salvation Army Thrift was clean and pretty good, although we didn't get much there. There was too much good stuff and it made "shopping" overwhelming. The Red White and Blue Thrift was huge and noisy, we got nothing at this one.

Stopped by Haydel's and got 2 almond croissants and a Cajun Kringle.










Then it was time for lunch. We swung by River Shack and they looked packed, we drove by Crabby Jack's and their parking lot was full. So we just drove on back into town and went over to The Joint. We had 2 BBQ sandwiches with slaw, sides of baked mac and cheese and potato salad and 2 drinks - 18.00.

It has turned H-O-T today and we hid out in the apartment during the afternoon, waiting for things to cool down.

We left out about 7 and went to Acme for charbroiled oysters, with 2 drinks - 23.00. We got sat at a double two top with a couple from Virginia. They were our age and this was their first visit to New Orleans. They came because it was their anniversary and New Orleans was on the husband's "bucket list". They were nice dining companions.

Desserts were the almond croissants from Haydels:





Wednesday, May 27, 2009

2009 Trip Day 15 - May 27

We left out early to go to The Bridge House Thrift Store on Airline Highway. It's a pretty good thrift store, with everything marked up and then 1/2 off....must work for them. Plus, we found that today, some things were 75 per cent off and if you were over 55, books, videos, cds were 25 per cent off. With all of our discounts we got two bags full, plus a Twitty City plate for 36.00.

We drove back into the city and went to Cafe Reconcile for lunch. There weren't as many people eating there today, plus not as many workers. And the workers that they did have, looked like they thought they were prisoners! Didn't see many of the workers that looked like they would every make it in the service industry. I had the catfish poboy again with potato salad. Peggy had catfish with green beans and garlic mashed potatoes. Plus we had their award winning bananas foster bread pudding. Our tab with 2 drinks was 26.00.









After an afternoon rest we went to the Wednesday Music at Lafayette Square. We went primarily to get Peggy her Nectar Sno Ball, but once we got there we had white beans with tasso, andouille sausage and rice and a strawberry kiwi tea from Between the Bread. Both of these were really good.











I saw that the restaurant Zoe had fish tacos and I always wanted to try one. Well, now I can say I had one and while it wasn't bad it was just ok, just not really to my taste. But they had fancy plastic plates to serve them on.









Then we got our nectar sno ball and went around front to watch a local cover/party band - Bag of Donuts.They really put on a great show.

After a very brief stop back at the apartment, we went to DBA to check out The Tin Men. I always thought this was going to be some type of all horn jazz band, but when I checked earlier today, I saw that it was Alex McMurray, Washboard Chaz, and Matt Perine. We have seen all of these at one time or the other but never together in one band. They say that they are the #1 sousaphone, washboard, guitar trio in the World :-)









So, not only did I discover another favorite band, but this was a full and fun day in New Orleans.




Tuesday, May 26, 2009

2009 Trip Day 14 - May 26

No breakfast today. We left early to go back to Joey K's - We split the reuben again plus I had a cup of gumbo and Peggy had a cup of corn crab bisque, they were both quite tasty. The bisque was loaded with crab and the gumbo was the first decent gumbo that I have had this trip. The reuben didn't quite have as much meat as last time, but was still good. We also split a bread pudding. Total - 30.00.

After lunch we walked around in an antique mall nearby. Prices were outrageous, but they had LOTS of STUFF to look at and it was interesting to browse around.

Then we headed back over to Dorignac's to pick up some more doberge squares for later and a few other odds and ends. By the time we got back and walked Hank, I was worn out. Could be from not ever getting a good night's sleep because of the noises that come from next door at all times of the night.
Or I could just be old and eating makes me tired :-)

Even though we ate early, neither one of us was very hungry, so we went to Remoulade and split an order of meat pies and a boudin link, with 2 sodas - 18.00. They make their own meat pies, instead of like most places that just heat up Mrs. Wheat's meat pies(which are also tasty). It's strange at Remoulade, everything is very good and flavorful, except for the fries that come with the meat pies, they are probably the most tasteless fries I have ever had. We really should tell them to leave them off the plate, since we never eat them, but I'm afraid the plate would look skimpy without them.

After dinner we walked on down Bourbon and caught the brass band on the corner. This is the first time we have seen them this trip, but it could be because we don't usually walk all the way down Bourbon to Canal. These kids can sure blow!









We went down a block on Bourbon and walked back up Royal most of the way, then cut back over to Bourbon and back to the apartment. Walked Hank, ate some doberge squares and watched Heaven's Prisoners with Alec Baldwin, a New Orleans filmed movie that we found at the book sale just after arriving.

Monday, May 25, 2009

2009 Trip Day 13 - May 25

How To Have Fun in New Orleans and Be Back in Your Room by 7:30

It was steady raining this morning when I walked Hank. After getting him back and dried off, we had to determine what to have for breakfast. We decided to walk to La Peniche, each with our own giant golf umbrella. I had the pecan waffle, Peggy had the blueberry pancake, we split a side of smoked sausage and had 1 coke and 2 coffees - 27.00. Needless to say they make a good breakfast.

Then off to the laundromat for Monday wash day. We barely got through with the wash and back to the apartment in time to leave for the annual Mascara Drag Race. As usual, this was a real hoot! If you want to learn what goes on at the drag race check this link









After another very brief rest we sat out to eat....what to eat....what to eat...I finally decided to go to The Napoleon House. I had a meat ball poboy, Peggy had a 1/4 muffuletta and a small Caesar salad and we had 4 amber bocks - 27.00. And it was a good thing we went when we did, because they close at 6 on Monday.























After we ate, we went by The Green Goddess to get a photo of the sign designed by Marrus and this put us into a picture taking frenzy of different sights and restaurants with a stop by Cafe du Monde for cafe au lait and beignets.









After all of this we were back in the apartment at 7:30!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

2009 Trip Day 12 - May 24

Is this Friday the 13th?

First Hank got under Peggy's feet and tripped her up and she ended up on the floor almost on top of Hank. Both of them seem to be ok though. Then we took a hike to The Cakeman to get a slice of cake for our late night snack, only to find that they had no cake, only cupcakes, and a very long line! We chose not to wait just for cupcakes.

We ended up going by Croissant D'Or and confusing the girl there because now she knows what we get for breakfast and had started setting up a tray for us. We had to stop her and tell her we were taking croissants "to go" today. Plus we got a couple of snacks for later.

And on top of all of this we drove out to Belle Chase to the Plaquemines Parish Heritage and Seafood Festival and it was a bust. We went there last year and it was small, but pretty decent. This year it was even smaller and NO Char Broiled Oysters. And it rained while we were there, but at least they had a tent to get under.

The only good spot of the festival was that we had a great roast beef poboy - 6.00 ....of course when you count the 10.00 admission fee and the 1.00 raffle ticket we bought....I guess you could say that the poboy actually cost of 17.00! Peggy did get a free Census 2010 canvas totebag, so that is something, I guess.









Back to the FQ where parking is HELL on the weekends. And this is a long weekend.

After walking Hank and having a brief rest. We both were hungry and since we hadn't eaten any roast beef in a few hours, we decided to go to Acme and try their roast beef poboy plus have some boo fries. Luckily the line was fairly short and since we agreed to sit at the regular bar, we only had to wait a few minutes. They had a great roast beef debris po boy and of course the boo fries were good. with 2 Barq's, our bill was 21.00. Acme had one huge line by time we got out, so we were lucky on our timing.

For dinner we called Mona Lisa and ordered a sandwich called the Mona Lisa Special - Pepperoni, ham, bacon, mozzarella cheese with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mustard and mayo. It also came with black olives and mushrooms, but we asked to leave them off, since we are fans of neither. It was a huge sandwich with a side of pasta salad. Below is a photo of 1/2 of the sandwich. It was super good. It was 9.00 and we actually had 1/4 of it left over.










We finished out the night with a chocolate mousse dome and a raspberry croissant that we had gotten earlier from Croissant D'or.


Saturday, May 23, 2009

2009 Trip Day 11 - May 23

There had been a threat of a lot of rain coming this way, but it veered toward Mississippi. We were grateful since today was Bayou Boogaloo. We arrived just a little after 11am, which was opening time, so not too many people there at first. They didn't have as many arts and crafts booths as last year, but they did have more food booths.

After getting a fresh squeezed lemonade, we had crab cakes. I always get crab cakes if a festival has them. We were going to get crawfish and green onion sausage next, since we had the same last year, but it wasn't quite ready, so the guy asked me if I wanted some boudin, since they had it ready. Here's a photo, as you can see, he just looked like a man you would want to buy boudin from!









Next Peggy had a strawberry daiquiri and we walked around deciding if we should eat dessert next, or maybe something else before dessert. We decided to go back to where we got the crab cakes, since they had bread pudding. But on the way, we passed by the boudin stand again and had to stop for one more link, it was just that good.









We finished off with some bread pudding with whiskey sauce. Everything we ate was good and I think our total was around 21.00.

For dinner we went to Mona Lisa to avoid the weekend crowds...I hate tourists :-)

We had our normal meal there - 2 salads, white garlic pizza, couple of sodas - 20.00.

After dinner, I told Peggy let's take a stroll, so we walked down Royal until we heard the church bells ringing at St. Louis Cathedral. We thought they must have had a wedding and went to check out the wedding procession (aka parade in NOLA) but it had already started. We went around the block the opposite way and caught back up with them on Royal and then we continued on down Royal with a swing down Canal (got to see the new huge CVS). Then Peggy figured out she had gotten conned into walking back to the apartment via Bourbon....Hey, it's Saturday night and I can do lots of people watching!

For a late night snack we had small lemon and cherry pies we picked up from Loretta's at the French Market.

A final miscellaneous: the other night when I was buying cigarettes at Walgreens, the clerk said " Can I see your ID", then he glanced up at me and just said "Oh"....I think I got the message :-)


Friday, May 22, 2009

2009 Trip Day 10 - May 22

We had our usual light breakfast at Croissant D'Or. Then we started to walk to The Cake Man for desserts for later, but it started to rain slightly, so we headed back to the apartment.

For lunch we decide to try K_Paul's since they are open on the weekends for deli style lunch. Their prices are so high in the evening that we have never eaten there. But their prices at lunch are within reason.

Peggy had Fried Catfish Chips - Thinly Scalloped Catfish Battered and Fried Crispy. Served with Fried Onion Rings and Cool, Caper Dill Tartar Sauce and Potato salad. She thought the onion rings were THE BEST, sliced very thinly and fried crispy.

I had Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy - Beef Cutlet seasoned, battered, fried and served with bacon, Chardonnay Cream Gravy, Mashed Potatoes and Slaw.

We also had a side of chicken and andouille gumbo and some bread pudding.

I really thought his gumbo would be out of this world good, I mean it was K-Paul, but it was just ok, more like a heavy beef stew. However, everything else was really good. With the standouts being the catfish strips and the onion rings.

With 2 drinks, lunch was 33.00, if we had forgone the gumbo, it would have been right in our price range of 25.00. It was definitely good enough to go to again.









On the way back to the apartment after lunch, I heard the following between two older guys. "Those horses pulling the carriages are odd looking, they have such long ears". The second guy tells him - "They're mules". Hard to believe someone could get as old as me and not know what a mule looks like!

Later in the afternoon, we set out for Southern Candymakers to get some evening snacks. Along the way, we popped into the bottom of the French Market complex and purchased a fresh squeezed strawberry lemonade made with fresh Ponchatoula strawberries....it was like drinking the strawberries with just a slight tart aftertaste. It was mighty tasty.

Since we had had such a large lunch, we went smaller for dinner and went to El Gato Negro. We each had a pork taco with sides of sour cream, pico de gallo, and guacamole, with 2 Mexican Cokes, our bill was 17.00.









After dinner we took a stroll down Decatur and back up Bourbon.....or since directions are screwed up here, we actually walked up Decatur and down Bourbon!!!



Thursday, May 21, 2009

2009 Trip Day 9 - May 21

A couple of odds and ends to include before I start today's post:

Peggy wanted to include the fact that she got some New Orleans Ice Cream Co. Ponchatoula Strawberry and teases the fate of her stomach with a couple of spoonfuls a day.

Things that amuse me:

When we were right off Magazine Street the other day, I saw a sign on a church that said "For Sale By Owner".

Overheard conversations:

1st person "What should we do now?" Second person " I think we should get more beer"

Overheard from someone on cell phone "I've had you know... like too much too drink already"

Now on to today's post:

Over the river and through the woods.....ok, just over the river and through Terry Town to Thrift City's 1/2 price clothing sale. As I was looking in the books, some old guy (probably about my age) was bragging to me about all of the valuable books he had found in Thrift City. He pointed to the bottom shelf and said he just didn't feel like stooping down for the low ones. I took a look and lo and behold a copy of Teen Cuisine with the Peter Max cover. I pulled it out and said " you're right, here's a 25.00 book." He just got a sick look on his face and walked away.

We were going to try to find another thrift store, but traffic was snarled due to road work and we got in the wrong lane, so just made it back to 90 and crossed back into New Orleans over the toll road.

Since we had that not so good bbq sandwich yesterday, I decided that it would be nice to go to The Joint for some real bbq.









We both had chopped pork sandwiches with slaw, plus I had a side of bake macaroni. Peggy had the Green Salad with smoked tomato & onion dressing. With a coke and a tea, our bill was 18.00. The Joint has bbq that is like what we have back home and finding good bbq in New Orleans is not easy. The Joint is the only place we have ever found in New Orleans that has good bbq.









We went back to the Napoleon House for dinner and split a 1/2 of muffuletta, plus their tap was working, so we had 3 amber bocks - 18.00

We went to DBA to see Paul Sanchez. He had Matt Perrine (tuba player) and Alex McMurray (sort of like Randy Newman but with guitar instead of piano) with him.


We finished out the night with the rest of the doberge squares from Dorignac's.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

2009 Trip Day 8 - May 20

Since we were going to Casamentos for lunch, we just had our light breakfast of croissants at Croissant D'or.

We left out a little after one, since we knew that they close at 2 sharp. When we got in front of Casamentos, the shutters were drawn down. I just figured they must be closed on Wednesday, but after getting back to the apartment and checking their web site, we found that they had already closed for the summer.

We had thought about Cafe Reconcile earlier, so we decided to go there.









I think everything must be good here, since everything we have had is great, but the catfish is our favorite. I had a catfish poboy with potato salad and Peggy had catfish with garlic mashed potatoes and mac and cheese.









We wanted the bananas foster bread pudding for dessert, but they had already run out of it. We'll have to go earlier next time. We had the strawberry shortcake instead and it was super tasty, plus Peggy said it was real shortcake and got to school me on what shortcake was. With 2 drinks, our bill was only 21.00. This is a super bargain.









After an afternoon rest we headed to music on the square and it was packed. We tried a pulled pork sandwich from Pull My Pork and it was just fair. But we did get a nectar snoball from Williams Plum Street Snoball stand.











Since we had had such a good lunch, for supper we just got a pepperoni pizza delivered from Rotolo's. It wasn't quite as good as the one we ate in their restaurant. Funniest thing was when I placed the order, I had to spell out Bourbon for whoever was on the other side of the phone. Since they are only 2 streets over from Bourbon, you would think that they night have heard of Bourbon Street!

We finished our meal off with a couple of the doberge squares we got from Dorignac's yesterday, splitting them in half so we could both have lemon and chocolate.