Three nights and two full days filled with sudden torrential rains passed by incredibly fast in the heart of Southern partying, New Orleans. The first evening was spent at the Avenue Pub, where good local beers and interesting versions of chili cheese fries were heartily enjoyed.
The first full day started off with some cajun food at Ernst Cafe, followed by beers at St. Lawrence and a beer sampler set at the only brewhouse operating in the French Quarter, Crescent City. Then it was time for a coffee break at Cafe du Monde with chicory coffee and world famous beignets covered with a mountain of powdered sugar. Luckily, the worst of the day’s rains hit while our travelers were under the cover of the cafe’s green canvas roof.
The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering around the French Quarter and mainly avoiding the rowdiness of Bourbon Street, which was not to Hattivatti’s liking: too loud and cheap in the wrong way. After a short rest at the hotel and an enormous cajun style dinner of crabs, ribs and blackened catfish at Mulate’s, the evening ended at Irwin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse with live jazz and a burlesque show. Nice!
On the second day, it was time to get acquainted with the Mississippi River. The two hour cruise on the authentic steam-powered riverboat Natchez was well worth its price and offered a different view of the city that was decimated by hurricane Katrina nine years ago. Cruising was followed by a visit to the Oyster Fest, where oysters were devoured smoked, fried, in a po’ boy as well as fresh from the shell. Delicious! The day was then finished off with a streetcar ride, visits to two dive bars, Kingpin and Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge, and pizza from a food truck.
The final morning started off with breakfast at Mother’s: ham, biscuits, waffles, grits and an etouffée omelette left everyone feeling stuffed. After a quick visit to Lafayette cemetery no. 1, it was time to hit the road again and head for Texas through the swamplands of Southern Louisiana.
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