Slim Paley Photo….
Spanish Moss abounds on the way to Oak Alley
I‘m very excited to say that we are New Orleans bound in a couple of weeks- One of the best Old World restaurant cities in America.
We have a few standbys we must visit, as well as my husband’s and older son’s lists, carefully compiled from their vigilant monitoring of The Food Network and Top Chef
(Let’s all just pray that it takes Padma like forever to lose her pregnancy weight, shall we?)
I welcome any suggestions you might have too, as I know this to be a city filled with secret nooks and crannies of promise, both culinary and otherwise.
We also plan on taking the Hovercraft into the Bayou again- THAT is SO much fun!! And lastly, of course, a drive out to one of my favourite places in the world, Oak Alley. I’ve already been warned “Mom- we’re NOT doing the tour again” (Why don’t they understand it’s different every time?!) I shall go alone if necessary.
Slim Paley Photo
We are going to try the Bon Ton Cafe for the first time…we’ve heard the crab cakes are delicious
And ride the trolley car…
The one thing I haven’t done the last couple of visits to New Orleans is shop. In fact, I’m ashamed to admit, our last time there I wasted one entire afternoon in a casino, playing slot machines that I was sure were sending me signs as I wrapped cheap coloured plastic Mardi Gras beads on and off my wrist to call forth voodoo luck. I even wound the beads around the pull lever of the slot machine to tempt Good Fortune (I told you I like decorating my space). Ya-THAT didn’t work. I justified my sinful afternoon by assuring myself I was single handedly helping the city get back on it’s feet before I shamefully skulked back to the hotel and unceremoniously dumped my “lucky” fricking beads in the garbage bin. My old Vegas slot-machine trick of placing a Fendi Baguette in the coin trough yielded much better results in the Voodoo Luck department. In addition to the naughty thrill of knowing that any minute loads of filthy lucre could come spilling out onto my beautiful bag…or I could walk away and leave the bag in the trough (of course you KNOW I did that) All in a day’s work for The Gambler…
Anyway, this time, especially as I have the progeny with me, there will be NO gambling. So any shopping tips out there?? Or interesting things to see or do besides the trip to Vacherie?
Happy Weekend Everyone!
We have a 100% chance of precipitation tonight. I don’t want to hear the word “drought” for the rest of the year!
PS: Warning! No matter what the guys selling these outside the casinos in New Orleans tell you,
they DO NOT BRING GOOD LUCK!
.For more information and photos on Oak Alley, plus a beautiful song, please visit an older post
Oliver James and Oak Alley(click)