New Orleans - December 2013

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2014/01/08 15:16:27 (permalink)

New Orleans - December 2013

We hadn't been to New Orleans in almost 10 years and it was time to get back to the city we love.  Four days and three nights in The Big Easy. We flew out of Baltimore on a Wednesday morning, taking a direct Southwest Airlines flight.  A friend gave me a few drink coupons, and though it was a little early for me, I had a taste of these.


Not a fan of the Dewar's but enjoyed some of the Wild Turkey.
We arrived in NOLa and we were ready to begin.
After checking into the hotel, our first stop is always Cafe Du Monde.



We walked around the French Quarter a while and heard what sounded like Louis Armstrong.  These guys put on a great show in Jackson Square.

We next headed over to Central Grocery for our favorite muffuletta.


We had intended to go to Acme Oyster house after Cafe Du Monde, but we arrived 2 hours later than scheduled due to medical emergency on the plane (had to return to Baltimore) and there was big line at Acme.  After shopping and sightseeing in the French Market, and purchasing Streetcar/Bus passes, we headed back to the hotel.  Of course on the way we had several sample of pralines from various shops.
Dinner Wednesday night was Pascal's Manale.  We had never been there on any of our trips and wanted to try the purported creators of New Oleans BBQ shrimp.  Our streetcar ride went south about 3/4 of a mile from our stop on St Charles Avenue as there was a car flipped over on the streetcar track.  At least that gave us more walking time and thus burned off more calories that would need to be replaced.
We had no reservation but got a table as soon as we arrived.  We started off with a shrimp and crab remoulade cocktail, which was good, but had too much remoulade sauce.  The reason we went was the BBQ shrimp.

We liked them quite a bit, but the sauce wasn't what we remembered from our previous trips to other restaurants.  I had read that Pascal's Manale uses margarine instead of butter, and the sauce seemed to be separating a bit.  They were good, but not great.  The bread in the white bag was excellent Leidenheimer bread.
We walked back to the streetcar and then walked around the French Quarter some more looking for a Hubig's pie, which we couldn't find.  This was a mystery that got solved a couple of days later.
More to come ...
post edited by eruby - 2014/01/09 15:35:12

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