Have a GREAT Halloween!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I've been tagged by The Jason Show for a rather creative meme. I'm supposed to share 7 random/interesting pieces of information about me. Hmm... this could be scary!
#1 - I don't like to sit with my back to a door when I'm in a restaurant or at meetings. Must be all those mafia movies and television shows that I've watched! I like to see who's coming and going.
#2 - My biggest fear is FIRE. I’m petrified of it. I think it is the destructive nature of it and how it can completely wipe a slate clean. Very scary.
#3 - I am addicted to television… too much! Love TV, and my guilty pleasure is currently “Dexter” on Showtime and “True Blood” on HBO. Both are AWESOME!
#5 - Regarding my adoption - My given name was.... Lindalu Heidi Fernandez. No offense to my birthparents - but, I am much happier with Cindy Lynn Porter.
#6 - I love PEEPS! But only the yellow Easter Chicks… and they have to be stale! I know weird… you’re either a peep lover or hater – and if you love them you are usually pretty specific on whether or not you want them fresh or stale! (The PEEPS Halloween treats and Christmas treats just aren't the same... gotta be Easter Chicks!) My friends Kathy & Laura like theirs stale too... but Kathy gave me a great suggestion the other night - she freezes hers!
#7 - I've been married three times, but to only two men! My first husband and I were married for a very short time and then we divorced. When Richard and I were planning our wedding on the Queen Mary, we didn't want to wait... so flew to Las Vegas six months before and got married by a Justice of the Peace. No one knew about our secret wedding until years later. Only my dad and my friend Patricia knew about it when it happened. That was kind of a fun secret to keep all those years. Still alot of people don't know about it... Oh Wait! I guess they do now!
And now I'm tagging the following bloggers.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
After PF Changs we came home to celebrate with some champagne, which we have every year in our wedding glasses that our Matron of Honor, Patricia, bought for us all those years ago. It wouldn't be an anniversary without our toast in these glasses.
John was not too happy about going to the play today... this really isn't his "cup of tea", but he went to make his Mom happy. When asked, "John, how did you enjoy the play?" His response is pretty obvious in the picture below!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Below is a picture of the statue of Andrew Jackson. It stands in the middle of Jackson Square, in front of St. Louis Cathedral. (which is the picture above) If a statue shows a man on a horse, and both of the horse's front feet are in the air - that means that the person depicted in the statue died in battle. Andrew Jackson was our seventh U.S. President. He was a hero in the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. This statue was dedicated in 1856.
JJ ordered the Hanger Steak that came with perfectly prepared Asparagus, Fingerling Potatoes and a Bordelaise Sauce. Cindy had the Boudin Stuffed Rabbit Roulade and Buttermilk Fried Leg. This was served with the tastiest Creamy Grits and perfectly tart Greens. Richard ordered the Grilled Duck Breast that was served with Pepper Jelly and Wild Rice. We all tasted each others food. JJ thought the Steak was the best (what a surprise!) but Cindy and Richard both thought that the Rabbit was the best.
What better way to end an evening than by visiting with new friends at Cafe Du Monde. (Can't believe we didn't think to take pictures!) Christine and Michael came to visit with us. It was the most excellent ending to our trip. What a fun couple they are. We really enjoyed talking with them, and getting to know them. We hope that we will get to see them again sometime soon - either here in NOLA or in our fair state of Oregon. Thanks for a wonderful evening guys!
And, so the sun sets on our superb adventure in the Crescent City! If you have never visited NOLA - please think about coming! This city relies on tourism in order to thrive. She needs you to come and fall in love, like I have, and then tell all of your friends to come too! If you have visited NOLA and you are afraid that it may still be too soon after Katrina to visit - please put your fears to rest and get on a plane soon! There are indeed some differences, and certainly the ecomony is currently playing a part in the fact that there are fewer tourists right now... but it's time to return and help the Big Easy recover.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
We got to see where Ernest Morial is buried. He was the first New Orleans Mayor of color. Right next to him is the grave of Marie Laveau. She was the "Voodoo Queen". She lived from 1801 - 1881, according to our tour guide, Renee.
After lunch we walked to St. Louis Cathedral and lit a candle for Cindy's Mom, Sylvia. She died 22 years ago today. Although she never visited New Orleans, we are pretty sure she would have LOVED it here.
On our walk back to the hotel we stopped at the New Orleans Collection on Rue Royal. They have an amazing collection of original New Orleans photographs from the mid 1858 - 1861. Quite breathtaking.
Tonight we are eating at Bayona, which is Susan Spicer's restaurant. She is a famous chef here in N'awlins. After that we are meeting our new friend Christine from GumboYaYaBaby at Cafe Du Monde. She and Cindy met through blogging, and she was a great source of information to help us plan a fantastic trip to NOLA.
We saw that blogger is going to be down @ 8pm tonight Pacific Time, so wanted to post this now. If the opportunity presents itself, we will post again later tonight with our dinner and dessert photos!
Let the Good Times Roll!
Monday, October 13, 2008
We walked down to the RiverWalk, which is a huge mall on the opposite end of the French Quarter. It is by the Convention Center. We also wandered through Jax Brewery, which has been turned into a fun indoor mall full of shops and a food court. Unfortunately, we notice that there are a lot of vacancies, and not nearly as many patrons as we are used to. I suppose these are indications that New Orleans is still recovering post Katrina.
Here are a couple of displays that we found interesting. Check out the information on the Tantalus and Jamaican Ginger. We had never heard of "jake leg" before! Thank goodness we don't have to drink "bathtub gin" any more!
Original newspapers discussing prohibition and the repeal of the amendment.
Cindy particularly enjoyed the information about Absinthe. Very appropriate collection for New Orleans. Also, we quite liked the "tiki" collection and martini grouping from the '60's!
And, what day in New Orleans with the Mulligan's would be complete without a description of the overwhelmingly fantastic meal we ate?? We dined at Emeril Lagasse's restaurant NOLA in the French Quarter. Emeril has three restaurants in New Orleans. One, Delmonico's, is still closed since Katrina. NOLA and Emeril's in the Warehouse District just reopened in September.
We had the most delicious bottle of Cabernet from the Fog Alley vineyard. (JJ didn't have his ID with him, so he wasn't allowed to enjoy the wine with us. But, he drank his weight in Sprite!)
Cindy started with the daily gumbo special. It contained just the right amount of spice, ham hocks, black eyed peas, and andouille sausage. It was fantastic beyond words.
Richard and Cindy both had the Grilled Rib Eye with German Style Fingerling Potatoes, Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Coarse Grain Mustard Cream and Roasted Leeks.
JJ had the Filet Mignon with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Homemade Worcestershire Sauce and Walnut-Blue Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushroom. Well, he didn't actually eat his Portobello Mushroom - but Cindy thoroughly enjoyed it!
I will end as I began this blog... it was another wonderful day in the Crescent City! Tomorrow will be our last full day here. Cindy is already sad to be thinking about leaving. We have a full day planned - filled more sites to see, fabulous dining, and meeting up with some new friends in the evening. Can't wait!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
John had the Hamburger Steak Po-Boy, which was very much like a meatloaf sandwich. Cindy had a Muffeletta, which is filled with Italian meats, cheeses and delicious olive salad, and Richard had a Gator Po-Boy. The Po-Boys were all "dressed" which means they came with lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise. Tasty! The last picture is of our dinner, which we'll talk about later!
After "brunch" we walked... and walked... and walked.... we figured that the route we take through the Quarter is about 3 miles round trip. This is a good thing to help us work off all of the fantastically tasty (and most certainly lo-cal!) meals we have been eating.
Here are our tour guides, Bill and George. George said that if you believe his Great Grandmother he is descended from General Beauregard! We plan to visit General Beauregard's home later on this week!
Here are a couple of interesting pictures we took through out the day. The second was during our ghost tour. It is the story of Julia! Very interesting! Ask Cindy about it when she returns home, she'll be happy to tell you all about this tragic tale.
We ended the evening with dinner at the Hunt Grill in the Hotel Monteleone. We tried to get into NOLA which is one of Emeril's restaurants in the French Quarter. We ended up making reservations for tomorrow night. Our dinner at the hotel was delectable. Cindy was so excited to taste the meal she forgot to take a picture until we were almost finished. We all had the same thing, Tornadoes of Beef Tenderloin with fois gras. MMMMMM!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The flags in the picture below are displayed in the entry way to the restaurant.
We took a nice long stroll through the Quarter back to our hotel. (had to work off some of the massive quantities of food we ate today!)
Here a couple of the beautiful balconies that we passed, and the famous "Corn Cob Fence" on Rue Royal. Saturday was another perfect day, N'awlins Style! The weather was fantastic - not too hot with a wonderfully refreshing breeze. Now we have to see what Sunday will bring!
Friday, October 10, 2008
We had Alligator Bites for an appetizer. Delish! JJ had the 2 meat plate (brisket & ribs), Richard had an Alligator salad (good thing because JJ and I didn't share too much of the Alligator Bites with him!), and I had a "Fun on the Bayou" plate... Crawfish Pie, Jambalaya, and Seafood Gumbo. We also had the wonderful local beer - Abita. Great evening!We can't wait to see what tomorrow brings! "Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler". (That means "Let The Good Times Roll"!)
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