Archive for April 17th, 2010

Stop Playing With Your Food!!

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The food in the French Quarter is fantastic. We went to K-Paul’s tonight. It has been at least 15 years since we have been to this place. It opens at 5:30 each evening, but the line forms about 5! We had reservations and we still had to stand in line. The difference was we had a table. Others were hoping. This is Cajun cooking at its best. We had a favorite - crawfish etouffee.


Funny When I was a kid, I loved to play with crawfish. Living in Florida, there was never a shortage of them. I would catch some (by hand) and bring them into the house to play with. I had a great time until some adult would see them. “Get those things out of the house!” Pam is very glad our son didn’t take after me in that respect.

Memories and Turtle Soup

I found turtle soup today! That may not seem like such a big thing, but it brought back a lot of memories - good and bad. Two years ago my buddy Rick Bush and I covered the Hurricane Ike restoration efforts in Texas. One night, we found a little restaurant near our hotel. We ordered dinner and started comparing notes. I ordered turtle soup. Seemed like something different - an ordeal treat. The smell, the taste, the texture - a magic moment.


Tonight’s turtle soup brought back all the memories - it was uplifting watching the line crews working themselves to exhaustion to get electricity to the customers. It was heart breaking to see the destruction. We came away from that event with a renewed sense of the good in people and awe of the folks that make up our industry. All those thoughts and more flooded me with just one small bowl of turtle soup. The mind works in funny ways.

Strange Things!

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Boy did I get in trouble! That last post would not upload. When I finally did get it to post, my computer locked up. I had to shunt everything down. It took a lot of time to get everything working again. I guess I should be careful about spirits, not that I am superstitious . But why tempt the fates. This is the city of a lot of supernatural happenings. It is a big industry. They have ghost walks through the city. There are haunted tours in the French Quarter. Graveyard tours are very popular and voodoo shops are everywhere. It makes for some interesting shopping.

Mom’s Rules

Remember when Mom told you to eat your salad? No desert until you finish your dinner… etc. She had tons of dietary rules you had to follow or else! Well Mom’s spirit is pretty upset with me right now. In a place like Nawlins that could be dangerous. The spirits are strong here. Yesterday I told you all about beignets, but I didn’t say that was lunch. Today I have sweet tater pie for lunch at the plantation (sorry no picture - there was a hungry wolf feeding frenzy). On yes, pecan pralines (pure sugar) and a chocolate pecan turtle too. Pam is trying to keep me on the right path, but I bought her off. I gave her half of the chocolate turtle.

Sweet Tater Pie

Remember when Mom told you to eat your salad? No desert until you finish your dinner… etc, ect, etc. She had tons of dietary rules you had to follow or else! Well Mom’s spirit is pretty upset with me right now. In a place like Nawlins that could be dangerous. The spirits are strong here. Yesterday I told you all about beignets, but I didn’t say that was lunch. Today I have sweet tater pie for lunch at the plantation (sorry no picture - there was a hungry wolf feeding frenzy). On yes, pecan pralines (pure sugar) and a chocolate pecan turtle too. Pam is trying to keep me on the right path, but I bought her off. I gave her half of the chocolate turtle.

How Do You Make A Happy Tour Bus?

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Oak Alley has a great place to eat if you get hungry. It also has dispensers of “Mint Juleps!” The bus driver told us the juleps sold near the house were not as strong as those sold at the gift shop. So, it was not surprising to see folks lined up in the gift shop. Gift shop, I now have a new meaning of those places.


When we got back on the bus it seemed everyone had their julep and they were mellow and happy. The ride back to town was joyous!

Companion Tours - What I Have Been Missing

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If you signed up for plantation companion tour, you or your companion is in for a real experience. I normally miss the tours Pam takes. Usually, I come to the PES conference and work. That isn’t a hardship, I love the work and the people I work with. But, I do miss a lot of these extras. So, this trip we decided to do the plantation tour on our own. Pam has been on this one many years ago and loved it.


We went to Oak Alley, a plantation dating back to 1839. It was a sugar cane plantation. The mansion is antebellum at its best. The whole time I was walking around the place, I heard “Tara’s Theme” playing in my head - yeah, I know the guy is weird, but remember I am easily entertained. It has been featured in numerous films. We went through the whole place, top to bottom. What a great way to spend a day. I am glad we decided to spend some extra days along with the Expo.

Rue Who?

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Street signs are in French in the French Quarter! That makes sense. We are finding our way pretty well with our trusty map. Yes, I forgot my Garmin and I’m back to the old school paper maps. Pronouncing the name is a trick. Their not in Spanish and my tongue can’t wrap itself around those words - heck there are too many vowels (I’m glad I don’t have to buy the vowels here).


One thing funny I have noticed is how many people ask where Rue such and such street is. Rue means street, so they are asking street X street. travel is educational and this proves it.

It Was An “E” Ride!

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The French quarter is such a special place. It dates back to the days of horses and wagons. The streets are narrow. They twist and they turn. At times it is hard walking much less driving there. So, this morning we were not prepared for what was coming. We had made arrangements to be picked up at our hotel and do a tour of a couple of plantations near the city.


A 40 passenger bus pulled up in front of the hotel and away we went. Now a 40 passenger bus in not huge, but it is a good size. Everything was fine as we stopped at other hotels picking up folks taking the tour - then we hit the French Quarter. Our driver was good, very good. At no time, was it dangerous, but it sure was exciting threading the needle with that bus. We came within inches of street signs, balcony supports, other cars, etc. It reminded me of one of those track rides in Disney World - except this was live. It was an “E” ride!

Beignets

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Got a couple of questions from yesterday. What is a beignet? It is a taste treat. It’s a donut, but more. It is spongy, but not tough. The powered sugar really adds to the treat. Tommy Mayne is always talking about the great food in NOLA. He is right. We find new things at every turn. Local Committee you have done great!!

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