J and I just got back to our hotel room and are sitting around en dishabille*. AHHHHH!
We're in New Orleans again at last. This is SUCH a great city! It's been about three years since he left the job that introduced us to it; I paid a visit here with our daughter about a year and a half ago, but he hasn't been back before now. NOLA (and especially the French Quarter) remains the warm, charming town full of outrageously good restaurants that we fell in love with, back in '08.
This morning we ate a wonderful seafood omelette and had a delightful chat with our server. We visited a number of bars and eating-houses with the friends we rendezvous'ed with, and had terrific cocktails made and served by a really interesting variety of people. Our supper was at a restaurant with an excellent reputation with locals as well as visitors, and our waiter, again, contributed to the pleasure of the experience.
How can anyone not love this town? Make an effort to meet everyone halfway, and they'll not only meet you but take an extra lap around the earth!
Okay, okay -- so I ate a little of the French bread, and several fork-fuls of potatoes! They were outstandingly good, and I enjoyed every bite. I also walked innumerable blocks, and i'm sure I worked off the unusual amount of carbs I consumed. That's what we base our intake on, isn't it -- the amount of exercise we get? The virtue of old cities is, you don't DRIVE to where you're going, you WALK; and studies show that denizens of places like New York are leaner than (say) Midwesterners because nobody gets a car out to go a quarter-mile....
I HAVE stayed away from the sugary cocktails that are famous here. I had black coffee with my omelette, white wine with my cheese, and red with my lamb chops and haricots verts. At those funny little dives we visited, I usually ordered what Robb Wolf calls a Norcal Margarita -- tequila and soda with a twist of lime.
So i'm reporting in to you with a full belly and sore feet. And EVERYTHING has been worth it!
Greetings from New Orleans, everyone! A city which I wish all of you might visit someday!
* I can't be sure my French is acceptable, but I have to try, here! :-)