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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/10 10:50:59 (permalink)
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With full bellies we headed off to the World War II Museum, a nice little walk up Magazine Street.
 
It strikes me as unusual that a 50-state flag would be on display instead of one from 1941-45.  By any chance did you ask about it?
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/10 11:38:34 (permalink)
Great photos and the history buff in me would love the 
museum. I know that Eisenhower biographer Stephen Ambrose was one of the folks behind the creation of the museum and I would love to visit there ,
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/10 11:51:28 (permalink)
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This trip we found Cajun Power Garlic Sauce while shopping for pralines at the New Orleans School of Cooking.  We bought a bottle and when we tried it at home, we loved it.  We already mail orderd a good supply.

http://www.cajunpowersauce.com/


 



A few years ago when I was in Fairhope, Alabama, I found the Cajun Power Etouffee Sauce. made a Shrimp Étouffée that was easy and superb. It was excellent! Cajun Power really makes some good products. 
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/10 13:05:00 (permalink)
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With full bellies we headed off to the World War II Museum, a nice little walk up Magazine Street. 
 
It strikes me as unusual that a 50-state flag would be on display instead of one from 1941-45.  By any chance did you ask about it?
I did ask about that and the ladies had no idea.  Our tour guide for the Pacific Theater exhibit seemed to think it was because there were many flags of that era on display throughout the museum.

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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/10 13:57:00 (permalink)
Upon returning from the museum, we had a nice surprise in our room.  I don't know if it was because we brought cookies for the staff from Brocato's,  or that I had spoken to the hotel manager a few weeks earlier saying I wanted things to be 'just so' for my wife on this 10 year return trip (we've always stayed at the Omin Royal Crescent, just outside the Quarter) and he thought it was a milestone for us, but we didn't question, just enjoyed.
 

 
We set out for a stroll before dinner, looking for a snack so's not to ruin our meal.  I was hoping for a Lucky Dog, it's another small bite I like to have in NOLa, like a Krystal Burger, but unfortunately, this guy was just heading to his spot to set up.
 

 
We walked down to the river and headed toward the French Market.  Out on the river was the dinner boat, The Natchez.  A couple we met while waiting for our table at Mandina's spoke highly of the ship, perhaps we'll do it on a future trip.
 

 
We ended up back at Cafe Du Monde for more beignets.  Not my ideal snack, but I needed something for the sparkling wine.
 

 
We got back to the hotel to change for dinner and headed over to Galatoire's, which is a favorite of ours.  We find the food excellent, but no pretention at all.
 
http://www.galatoires.com/home
 
I started with their (supposedly) famous Sazerac and my wife had a glass of a nice domestric sparkling wine.  We had the oysters en brochette for an appetizer, which is bacony fried oyster dish we had last trip.  It was just as good as ever.  Of course there was lot's of Leidenheimer bread.
 

 
My wife had the  bouillabaisse which was good, but the fish had too many bones for her taste.  The menu only mentioned shellfish, but I guess everyone (but us) knows  bouillabaisse has fish in it.  I had the grilled Pompano. Excellent.   Unfortunately, soft-shell crab was not in season.  We had this one trip there and it was the best I ever had.  The only other picture that turned out was this.
 

 
For dessert, we had black bottom pecan pie and it was very good, but sweet, so we only finished about half.  Besides, I was still on the hunt for a Hubig's pie.  Galatoire was good enough for Blanche Duboise, and it's good enough for me.
 
We walked up  Carondelet Street (which is Bourbon street on the other side of Canal Street) and went into a convenience store/food market.  After once again not finding a Hubig's pie, I finally asked about it.  I was told they had a huge fire in 2012.   I looked up the website when we got home and saw they are asking for donations to rebuild.
 
http://hubigs.com/
 
https://www.harrahsneworleans.com/casino.html
 
We went back to the hotel to change for a run over to Harrah's Casino.   I don't know if Harrah's was just much newer 10 years ago, or I'm more of a curmudgeon now, but it seemed a lot less friendly than our last trip there.  We made about $2.63 at the slots and that was good enough for us.
 

 
I kind of feared this guy.
 

 
Other than no Lucky Dog or Hubig's pie, Friday was very good day in New Orleans.
 
Still to come, our last day in New Orleans...
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/10 15:13:38 (permalink)
Are there multiple Lucky Dog carts throughout the city?
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/10 19:03:19 (permalink)
Awwww, too bad...  Beignets at Cafe du Monde are pretty close to my ideal snack!!
 
Enjoying your report!!
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/10 20:01:55 (permalink)
This report is making me want to go back down to Nola. This is a city thats all about food. It looks like you both had a great time............pnwc
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/11 12:37:26 (permalink)
I am going to new orleans on Thursday and I"m so excited.  I plan on gaining 20lbs in 4 days! haha.  Did you by any chance do any of the ghost tours?  My friend wants to do one
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/11 14:16:50 (permalink)
fatty - Couple things I'd suggest - Try lunch at Antoine's the oldest restaurant in NOLA and a great bargain for lunch  Mon-Sat, 3-courses  - soup or salad, entree, and dessert for $20.14 and 10 cent martinis.  They're in the same fine-dining category as Galatoire's and Anrnaud's but they have a relaxed and casual dress code for lunch.  Order a Pommes Souffle for the table, which is a french fried potato cut extra thin, fried twice under high heat.  Light and airy, they are served with bernaise sauce for dipping.
 
Spice and Tea Exchange 521 St Louis - I'd made Alton Brown's lentil soup a few weeks prior, and it was here I was able find the spice "paradise" that I'd never heard of before.  It's in the middle of the block nestled between Johnny's Po Boys and the Napoleon House.
 
The Kitchen Witch 631 Toulouse St  - a cool place - a used cookbook store and a few decorative things for sale
 
BBQ Shrimp - given a choice between Pascal's and Mr. B's, I choose Mr. B's and you can get their recipe off their web site.  Besides, Mr. B's has gumbo ya ya which is definitely not to miss.
 
   
 
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/12 13:03:28 (permalink)
thanks belle reve
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/13 08:49:29 (permalink)
Sorry for the delay in finishing up thisreport.  Sometimes, life gets in the way of fun and eating.
 
ScreamingChicken, I've seen at least 3 Lucky Dog Carts in the French Quarter, but I don't know if they are all around the city. 
 
http://www.luckydogs.us/locations.cfm
 
fattybomatty, we did take a ghost tour, or I guess it was a cemetery tour many years ago.  We actually had a private tour from Bloody Mary.  We met her up by the Carrollton and Canal streetcars after Po' Boys at Parkway Bakery, where she took us farther from the quarter to a cemetery to which she had a key.  Very interesting and a little spooky, but fun.
 
A couple of years later, we were watching a program about haunted cities, and when they got to New Orleans, there was Bloody Mary!
 
http://www.bloodymarystours.com/biography.html
 

 
And now for our last day....
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/13 09:34:05 (permalink)
Saturday morning we started packing for the plane ride home.  We wanted a little something to eat before a BBQ shrimp lunch at Deanies in the Quarter, but surprisingly, we didn't want Cafe Du Monde beignets for a third time. Crazy, right?  
 
We wen't into the Walgreen's on Decater, near Canal and asked the cashier if there were any bakeries nearby.  She didn't know anything except Cafe Du Monde, but a nice gentleman recommended a place a few blocks past Central Grocery toward the French Market, and then up Ursulines Street called "croissant someting or other" We were a bit leery as on one trip, we asked about a good ice cream shop and were told Baskin-Robbins was quite good (not that it's bad).
 
We walked up Decatur and turned left on Ursulines and a block and a half up, we saw a line of people.  We knew that had to be it. 
 
Croissant D'Or Patisserie was filled with mostly locals and had fresh baked croissants, pastries, sandwiches and quiches.  We love going to local places and this was spot-on.  We had an almond croissant and a meringue.  Both delicious, though the almond croissant was little heavy from butter.  A table next to us had a plain one and it looked very light.  The meringue was so light and airy I thought it might float away.  My wife had a coffee which she said was very good but not as good as Cafe Du Monde (how could it be?)  I had my usual diet soda.
 
The picture didn't come out, but on the tile sidewalk outside was marked 'Ladies Entrance' and there was also a marker for Angelo Brocato's, so we presumed this was an original location.
 
It was a perfect start before setting out for BBQ shrimp.
 
http://www.croissantdornola.com/
 

 
I was able to do a screen capture of the sidewalk in front of the shop showing Angelo Brocato.  I couldn't find the 'Ladies Entrance'.
 

 
We walked up Ursulines as we'd never seen that part of the Quarter.  It was mostly residential with the classic New Orleans look.  We walked back up Bourbon Street to get BBQ shrimp at Deanie's.  Our first trip to NOLa we were wanting the shrimp as we'd not had it ever.  We went to Mr B's, but for some reason, they weren't open and were quite sour to us.  We asked a local and they recommended Deanie's. We loved the Deanie's BBQ shrimp, and the salted potatoes they put on the table instead of bread.  For years, we shunned Mr B's, even though we read review after review, and saw award after award.
 
This trip, as we got to Deanie's, a couple came out and said they were having a private party and wouldn't open until 11:30.  It was a little after 11, so we thought we'd walk around the block.  Much of the Quarter was decorated for Christmas and the Royal Sonesta Hotel a, giant teddy bear on it's facade.
 

 
We got back to Deanie's a bit before 11:30 and another couple came out and said they wouldn't open until noon.  We went in and got the same story.  I asked why there was no sign on the door and got a look as though I had leprosy.
 
We didn't know what to do so we headed to Mr. B's. They didn't open until 11:30, but there was a small group of ladies heading in the door so in we went.  There must have been 10 tables already seated.  No idea why the early seating.
 
The waiter came, and we ordered BelleReve's afore mentioned gumbo ya ya.  This was probably the best gumbo we have ever had.  The waiter even brought two bowls and served us the split portion with a bit of a flourish.  Very kind of him.  Not sure why the picture failed, but here is a photo and recipe from Mr. B's website.
 
http://www.mrbsbistro.com/recipes_gumbo.php
 

 
We then ordered the BBQ shrimp.  Grand slam home run!!  This version was every bit as good as we remembered from Deanie's and probably much better.  The sauce was clearly rich with lots of butter, and a nice bite of Worcester sauce as well.  We now knew why they win 'best of' awards year after year.
 
The famous Leidenheimer bread.
 

 
Yes, the shrimp IS that good.
 

 

 
We were finishing up the bread from the bag and the waiter asked if we wanted more bread.  My wife said no. I said   Had she gone to restroom, I might very well have used a spoon on that sauce.
 
We headed back to the hotel to meet our cab for the airport, very satisfied with an excellent New Orleans vacation!!!!.
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/14 17:41:46 (permalink)
eruby - thanks for a wonderful report and pictures, you sure did hit all the great restaurants.  Maybe I saw you and didn't know - the Friday after Christmas I had a niece and her daughter visiting from Baton Rouge along with a sister-in-law who's local, and the four of us had a ladies day out in the French Quarter and lunch.  It was a lot of fun we vowed to make a yearly tradition of it.
 
 
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/14 18:34:22 (permalink)
I love New Orleans .Food, history and culture. What else do ya need.? Great report eruby
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/14 20:10:25 (permalink)
Fantastic report!  Makes me want to just hop on down to New Orleans!
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/14 20:27:07 (permalink)
Thanks for the wonderful report. Haven't been back to NOLA since year before last, and your report makes me want to get back there soonest. 
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/18 16:17:45 (permalink)
That shrimp looks wonderful!  I looked at their recipe and it's like my recipe for Chex Mix.  LOTS of worcestershire sauce!!  Mmm, mom's Chex Mix flavored shrimp.  lol
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/19 13:13:03 (permalink)
It will break your heart but here's a photo of Hubig's Pies consumed in flames http://www.scrumptiousche...s-Burned-To-The-Ground
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/01/31 22:04:35 (permalink)
I haven't seen anyone else mention this, but for a really good, plain, reasonable breakfast(bacon, sausage, eggs, grits, toast, etc.) we love Magnolia Grill. It is right across from the French Market on Decatur. They also have the best bloody Mary in all of New Orleans IMO.
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/02/01 08:54:36 (permalink)
Whae a marvelius report of a marvelous city. I have enjoyed the photos and commentary so much.
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/02/01 09:15:19 (permalink)
Great report! Coincidentally, we stayed at a guest house on Ursalines that was two doors down from Croissant d'Or. Needless to say we were frequent visitors. Also, glad you liked Mr. B's for the bbq shrimp...I think it's the best in town.
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/02/01 09:45:41 (permalink)
I really enjoyed your trip.  Never been to Nola, but God, it looks like a must. Hopefully, someday. Meanwhile,I live it through you! Thanks.
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/02/06 08:50:54 (permalink)
Thanks for the kind words leethebard.  I often feel I've visited a city due to others' trip reports and am glad I could return the favor.
 
Croissant d'Or was truly a great find for us Pancho.  I'm only sorry it took us so long to finally try Mr. B's, which I agree is "the best in the city".
 
Thanks mr chips!
 
We will keep Magnolia Grill in mind for our next visit mbrookes. Thanks for the recommendation.
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Re:New Orleans - December 2013 2014/02/08 14:16:17 (permalink)
A little late to this party, but what an excellent trip report!  Loved the photos and the food choices.  And it especially brought back fond memories of Mandina's turtle soup and Mother's black ham, among others.  Thanks so much eruby for taking the time to write this up!
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