I'm back from our wedding scouting trip to New Orleans! And I am stuffed! We had to eat around our schedule, instead of the other way around for once. But we still ate purty darn good.
Wednesday my fiancee, my mom and I changed planes in Memphis, and had delicious chopped pork sandwiches from the Jim Neely's Interstate BBQ stand in the airport.
After we checked into our rooms at Le Richeleau, we walked over to our favorite local dive, Coop's, for pasta Opelousas brimming with tasso and shrimp, plus orders of red beans and jambalaya. We were sad because Coop's is obviously too small for our wedding, and gaming machines prevent kids from entering. Le Richeleau turned out to be a bit more "earthy" than we had anticipated and after putting up with the "tiny room" and encountering "roaches" we moved to the Maison Dupuy in the morning. We had a very boring buffet breakfast there with cold gravy.
We checked out a few possible wedding sites and had BBQ shrimp sandwiches at Pascal's (conveniently near one of the B&Bs) for lunch. We'll definitely rent that B&B out for the family to stay in over the wedding weekend.
That night we had dinner at Emeril's. Outstanding as always, and since we were checking it out as a possible rehearsal dinner site, they gave us extra "amuse bouche"s and attention. Lobster ravioli, double-cut pork chops and tasso pasta were thrilling. The desserts were a little too adventurous for me. Fig ice cream was not sweet at all, though I liked crunching the seeds between my front teeth, and I could swear the blueberry ice cream had balsamic vinegar in it.
A cousin of mine who was in town for work joined our group, and we dressed up for Halloween and headed down to Decateur to watch the parade. We drank and snacked at Coop's, and ran into the brass band we had been trying to reach for the wedding...fate! We had a blast and ran all over the quarter, grazing and drinking and taking pictures of outrageous costumes.
Saturday we had brunch at Commander's. It was exciting to take my mom there for her first time. I had the eggs sardou and filet mignon. We finished with the best Bananas Foster in town. Their jazz trio is also mind-blowing, no surprise.
My mom and I went antique shopping on Decateur and bought a bunch of antique Mardis Gras beads to use for wedding favors.
Sunday morning we walked down to Bourbon so Bob could get some tourist junk for his co-workers. I didn't want to go back to Felix's and see the mean lady again, but Bob knew I loved their stuffed crab and talked me into it. She gave us stinkeye from the minute we walked in. I asked the waitress for an order of bread on the side. She said, "I'll have to ask." She walked up to the mean lady, then returned to tell me she could not serve us bread. We paid for our drinks and went directly to Acme, where I had a perfectly done fried catfish po' boy. I will never go to Felix's again.
On the way back to Los Angeles, my mom was excited we were stopping in Memphis so she could have more chopped pork. We almost missed our connecting flight because we were in line for BBQ. I got home around 1 am., and slept like a log. The end.
PS, Sadly, mayhaw and I couldn't adjust our schedules to meet up, though his recommendations were invaluable..next time...