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Not sure how far I'll get with this while I'm still here, but here goes. we left just prior to 7am and before I even got out of the fine state of Alabama (cough, cough) an unmarked (as far as I could tell) police car clocked me at 85 and gave me a ticket. Do ya think I was the only person doing 85 on that stretch of highway? Once that was over we made it to New Orleans without incident, but since our check in time wasn't until 3pm we decided to drive to Katie's in Mid City and take advantage of a Groupon I had purchased. Man, was that place jumping! We ended up sharing a bowl of their andouille sausage and chicken gumbo and a Cuban sandwich that we subbed the usual potato chip side for sweet potato fries ($2.50 upcharge) We were both glad we didn't order a whole sandwich each, not because it wasn't good, because it WAS, Boy was it GOOD!, but it was very filling. It was also very hot and fresh tasting. You could tell it had just been made. The gumbo was very good- not the best I've ever had, but pretty decent gumbo. The most interesting thing about our time there is that shortly after our arrival D asked me if that was James Carville sitting just behind and across from me. After a glance I said, Boy, it sure looks like him. Now I don't know if he heard us talking, but when he got up to leave he stopped for a moment and shook D's hand.
Once lunch was done, I thought it might be nice to get some dessert, so we headed to Angelo Brocato. I had espresso with 3 different biscotti and D chose some pistachio ice cream to go with his espresso. The ladies that work there are so patient as the people are trying to decide on their choices. By the time we finished it was getting close to 2 pm so we decided to head to the hotel and also look for a parking spot which we found less than a block away. Yay! Another Yay for the fact that I got the room I had requested at the Inn on Ursulines. Back story: The room was purchased as an Amazon Local deal and while I had requested a specific room, I was told that with the Amazon Local deal they couldn't guarantee it and I had just said, "do what you can." So Thumbs up to the Inn on Ursulines. Btw, right not it's 11:30 pm and I can't hear anything from outside our room. I'll update that later if any changes occur. While the room is pretty utilitarian, it's very clean iand the king sized bed is extremely comfortable. No coffee maker, but they do keep coffee in the hotel lobby. After unpacking, we toured the Ursuline Convent, walked around a bit and then headed to Frenchmen to see Tom McDermott on piano at Three Muses. They had some $4 appetizer specials and we chose the blue cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates which were sooo good that the 5 that came with the order was just plain mean. I also told D that the lamb sliders were great and he totally agreed. I'm not a big fan of lamb, but their sliders are my exception. After our snack we headed back to our car and on to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for Caroline Herrings after hours concert. Wow, sounds so simple when I just write it like that, but unfortunately my iPhone GPS didn't know about all the construction going on and I wasn't familiar enough with that area of town to get us there quickly. We did thankfully, finallly make it there only about 15 minutes after the concert was to have started. D said I should have just told him that it was across from the WWII museum and he would have known where to go.
Ms. Herring's singing was absolutely beautiful and since she writes mostly about actual historical events in the South, I also learned a little. Check her out if you can. That was my second Ogden concert and if you've never been they do them most every Thursday at 6pm. Afterwards we headed back towards the FQ to park the car and use another Groupon for dinner. Alas, a near to the hotel parking spot was not to be found so after driving around and around we ended up parking in the Treme near St. Augustine. Let's hope that fairs well. Next we walked to Melange on Chartres in the Marigny and had a magnificent dinner. I started with a Dark and Stormy which believe it or not was my first and only alcoholic beverage of the day. Very well made too. Dinner for D was Caesar salad followed by \ Tuna Tchoupitoulas-
Grilled Yellowfin Tuna Loin, Creamy Braised Leeks, Slow Roasted Roma Tomato, Roasted Game and Veal Jus, while I had the Tomato and Seafood Bisque soup of the day followed by Duck Dauphine- Seared Duck Breast With Blue Cheese Pecan Risotto Served Over a Golden Beet Carpaccio and Aged Sherry And Honey
Gastrique . We didn't leave a drop on any of our plates and he service was top rate. Our first day was capped off with a visit to Cafe Envie and a cup of Columbian dark roast. Now to bed- I can hear Stanley's calling me to breakfast.