Twin Peaks Day

On Sunday, May 21, 2017, something happened that a whole bunch of us weirdos have been waiting 25 years to happen.  Twin Peaks came back on the air.  Naturally, this divine occurrence occupied our entire day, as I donned Audrey Plaid and we immersed ourselves in damn fine coffee and cherry pie and went about…

A Day at the Aquarium (Or, Spirit Critters, Galore!)

Last weekend, I got to pining something fierce for the beach.  Waves in my face, sand in my butt, the whole thing.  So J and I talked briefly about driving a short way to the Gulf Coast for a day and I got all excited…but then the next morning I decided to postpone that idea…

Portrait of a Sunday (and a Monday Morning)

The rain was blowing sideways off the Mississippi River when we got in line to get into Cafe du Monde. I turned my red umbrella sideways to block it, and waited patiently with a dry head and a drenched grey skirt. The trick to sitting at a table in Cafe du Monde, you see, is…

Commander’s Palace

Evening before last, my husband picked up his phone and called Commander’s Palace to make a reservation for three to Saturday’s Jazz Brunch.  Yes, 11:00 a.m. would be perfect, thank you.  After they’d taken his name and signed the deal, he hung up with a somewhat shocked and slightly smug little look on his face. …

Birthday Beignets, After All

Happy Monday, world.  Yes, I realize it is Monday and this is not, technically, a Monday Menu entry.  However, this entry is, indeed, connected to Menus as a continuation of last week. Cost Plus, I think, leapt forward as my new best friend this year, as I celebrated my 2012 birthday a couple of weeks…

Menu Mondays: Cafe du Monde

I have found myself, of late, pondering birthdays.  This is undoubtedly because my own is fast approaching, and will arrive in a whopping 10 days.  My emotions are mixed about this one, several-fold.  I will be turning 36.  This does not bother me on a daily basis, but occasionally I find that it completely squicks…

Milestones

J and I just got back from makin’ a few groceries.  We hunted and gathered steaks, sparkling cider, and the makings of strawberry shortcake.  Joining this delightful culinary gathering will be some veggies and mashed tatoes.  We’re waiting for the charcoal to get hot right now, and the feast preparations will be a’rollin’. We are…

Menu Mondays: Nosh

Good morning world, and happy Monday!  So, my lucky Friday the 13th vibe continued quite nicely, although not quite on the 13th itself.  I’m still giving the 13th credit, though, simply because I want to.  At any rate, J did not receive any positive work-related calls, but he did have another interview scheduled, so that…

French Quarter Festival, At Last!

I seem to be having more adventures that I can write about in a timely manner.  Of course, the hotel having a busted wireless modem didn’t help, or else I would have been all tidily caught up by now…I have been internetless for days.  Today, it occurred to us that I could freely network in…

Easter

Our first Easter in New Orleans began pretty much like any other day here in this hotel:  We slept later than we would have preferred, since the room is so dark we can never tell when it’s morning.  See, the dawg likes to bark, loudly, whenever anyone passes by the hotel window.  The only way we…

Willie Mae’s Scotch House

Willie Mae’s has been around for a long, long time.  In recent years, the restaurant has been featured on places like the Travel Channel and the Food Network, which is rather impressive.  Once a place becomes hyped to that high a level, though, one wonders if it is true, or if they are simply being…