Category Archives: New Orleans

N’Awlins: Wandering Around the Quarter

Every time I walk through Jackson Square I remember seeing Al Taplet selling his folk art for $50 and it makes me crazy that I didn’t buy one. I didn’t have 50 bucks back then anyways, but I still regret … Continue reading

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The Cafe du Monde Tried to Kill Me

When you’re in New Orleans, you always stop at the Cafe du Monde for their hot beignet. On this particular evening I left Bob to order and made my way to the ladies room. Or at least the line for … Continue reading

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N’awlins: Omni Giveth and Omni Taketh Away

After watching a movie in our room until around 10pm Monday night, I realized I was hungry. I had only eaten crab claws and half a cup of jambalaya all day. So I called down to room service and ordered … Continue reading

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N’Awlins: Omni and Coop’s

In order to get low fares, I had booked our flight out of LAX at 5:50am. We had to get up at 3am! We figured we would drop off the luggage and then wander around like zombies until check-in time. … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras 2005 Day 5

Day 5 – Ash Wednesday Everyone is a little sad the day after Christmas. Everyone is just a little let down. The same cannot be said of Mardi Gras. On Ash Wednesday, the entire city heaved an almost audible sigh … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras 2005 Day 3

Day 3 – Monday From the moment we were awakened prematurely by a call from the front desk, almost everything went wrong Monday. Mostly the usual hotel problems, but I had a total drama trying to get my 90 pounds … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras 2005 Day 2

I woke up around 2 pm. We looked out the window and the parades were going right past us, plus we were kitty-corner from Mother’s Po Boys. We went over and got in line at Mother’s. They had a cop … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras 2005 Day 1

Since I can’t be in New Orleans this year, I might as well relive the magic. Day 1 Saturday We flew in and made it to Peristyle for our 10pm reservations. I knew their scallops were amazing, so I ordered … Continue reading

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New Orleans: One Last Look

After lunch, we finally made it to the Aquarium if the Americas. I had been upset to learn the sharks had all died when the electricity went off during Katrina. They once had an amazing shark collection. It took 5 … Continue reading

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The Phoenixes of New Orleans

Wednesday we visited some New Orleans institutions that were practically destroyed by Katrina and have risen from the ashes. When the hurricane hit, Willie Mae Seaton left town with only the clothes on her back and her James Beard award … Continue reading

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The Whole City is a Cemetary

Whenever I go to New Orleans, I love photographing the beautiful statuary in the cemetaries. I find beauty in the crumbling stone angels. I realized as we drove along the freeway, passing the cemetaries of Metarie, that this time I … Continue reading

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New Orleans: Acme

You just can’t go to New Orleans without eating an Acme po’boy. I think the earth would tilt on its axis. Sure, there is always a line outside, but it moves fast. Acme opened in 1910 on Royal Street, but … Continue reading

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New Orleans Tuesday: Watch out for Louie

Tuesday was a lazy day of napping punctuated by forays out to eat seafood. I slept in and we headed over to Galatoires. Jean Galatoire opened the Bourbon Street restaurant in 1905. It is currently run by Melvin Rodrigue, who … Continue reading

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Coop’s Place

Coop’s is our go-to place in The Big Easy. The hip little dive bar on Decateur is anchored by a giant church pew, and made homey by a little cat in the window. The service is fast, the music is … Continue reading

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New Orleans Monday: I’ve Been Rich and I’ve Been Poor – Rich is Better

Even when I can’t afford a nice hotel for the entire trip, I like to pamper myself for a few days when I can. The Ritz Carlton was only $150 a night during the weeknights. So we were suddenly ensconced … Continue reading

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