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EliseT

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Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 5:11 AM (permalink)
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...

 
#1
    Sundancer7

    RE: Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 7:10 AM (permalink)
    Elise: Nice writeup. Thanks for the info on Felix's. I will not go there.

    Paul E. Smith
    Knoxville, TN
     
    #2
      spadoman

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      RE: Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 7:55 AM (permalink)
      Thanks for the great foodtravellog. Maybe wife and I will renew vows just so we can take a trip and plan a wedding party and all the meals that go with it. Better yet, maybe a business where all you do is go to places and try out places to find out where to have parties and gatherings.

      Good luck. When is this wedding anyway?
       
      #3
        scbuzz

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        RE: Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 7:57 AM (permalink)
        Nice post ... sounded like a great trip !!!
         
        #4
          i95

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          RE: Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 9:09 AM (permalink)
          EliseT, you've left Fodor's in the dust!! Great contributing thread !! Thanks !
           
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            Bushie

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            RE: Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 9:13 AM (permalink)
            Thanks for the writeup Elise!

            Too bad about Felix's. I believe I remember you posting about how much you loved the crab sandwiches. Tell you what; next time I'm in NO, I'll go kick her @$# for you.

            Also sorry you didn't get to meet Mr. Mayhaw.
             
            #6
              tiki

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              RE: Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 9:24 AM (permalink)
              Glad eveything worked out so well for you in the end---but very sad to here of Felix's---when i lived there in 72 it was a favorite of mine and the folks where great-sorry to hear of its attitudinal slide.
               
              #7
                Mayhaw Man

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                RE: Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 11:33 AM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by Bushie

                Also sorry you didn't get to meet Mr. Mayhaw.


                Mr Mayhaw fully intended on going over and meeting Elise on Saturday afternoon, but both of the little Mayhaw's soccer teams won their first tournament games (believe me, this in itself is a miracle given the records of both of their teams) and had to stay on the Northshore to transport soccer players to different venues.
                I was very dissappointed, as I wanted to meet Elise and her family and I also wanted to go to Rock n Bowl and see Sonny Landreth and the Goners on Saturday p.m for the 15th anniversary of the Bowling Alley ( a really great roadfood nightspot, that not only has great food, but live music nightly and bowling at the same time in an old upstairs bowling alley built in the forties).

                I was very pleased to speak to her on Sunday a.m. however and hear that a suggestion or two that I had made were of some use.

                Incidentally, when I asked her what her favorite food was while she was in town, she said "Red Beans and Rice at Mike Anderson's". Folks, just to let everybody in on the secret......guess what makes these beans so good? Lard. Another fabulous pork product. Great for pie crusts, beans, and greasing the axles on wagons (just in case you are having trouble with your covered wagon).

                Hopefully I will see her next time. Either way I enjoyed meeting her by telephone and putting a voice to the screen

                Brooks
                 
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                  lleechef

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                  RE: Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 12:49 PM (permalink)
                  Elise, thanks for the great write-up! I have taken Felix's off the list for our upcoming NOLA trip in two weeks and have put Anderson's at the top. I don't want to get scratched . Now where is the honeymoon.......are you still thinking Paris??
                   
                  #9
                    dendan

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                    RE: Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 4:56 PM (permalink)
                    Thanks for the great report. Sounds like a great city to go to and fill up.
                     
                    #10
                      hawkeyejohn

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                      RE: Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 5:09 PM (permalink)
                      Excellent post, I agree on the Felix review, by far and away the worst place in NO, both in food and service. Give me Acme anyday.
                       
                      #11
                        EliseT

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                        RE: Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 7:06 PM (permalink)
                        <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<div style="border: 1px #999999 solid; background-color: #DCDCDC; padding: 4px;">Originally posted by lleechef

                        Elise, thanks for the great write-up! I have taken Felix's off the list for our upcoming NOLA trip in two weeks and have put Anderson's at the top. I don't want to get scratched . Now where is the honeymoon.......are you still thinking Paris??


                        I think that was a pipedream. We might set aside money to go to Paris in the Fall, but we realized a destination wedding plus a honeymoon in a different location was just craziness. And now our friends are getting married 2 weeks after us in Charlotte, NC. So we will be doing a bit of traveling that month. Maybe we'll just go to Avery Island and check out the Tabasco plant (I'm such a romantic, sigh...).
                         
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                          Mayhaw Man

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                          RE: Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 7:46 PM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by EliseT

                          quote:
                          Originally posted by lleechef

                          Elise, thanks for the great write-up! I have taken Felix's off the list for our upcoming NOLA trip in two weeks and have put Anderson's at the top. I don't want to get scratched . Now where is the honeymoon.......are you still thinking Paris??


                          I think that was a pipedream. We might set aside money to go to Paris in the Fall, but we realized a destination wedding plus a honeymoon in a different location was just craziness. And now our friends are getting married 2 weeks after us in Charlotte, NC. So we will be doing a bit of traveling that month. Maybe we'll just go to Avery Island and check out the Tabasco plant (I'm such a romantic, sigh...).

                          When you go to Mike Anderson's on Bourbon, try the catfish fingers appetizer. If you go to the one in the Riverwalk mall, the red beans and rice are "hey lardy mama" good! And the foodstall next to it in the foodcourt has excellent little meat pies.


                          If you go to Paris, Tx you can still say "We'll always have Paris".
                           
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                            lleechef

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                            RE: Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 7:50 PM (permalink)
                            Sorry about the pipedream Elise....c'est la vie. You'll make it there sometime. Try to think romantic thoughts about Tabasco and how consuming large quantities will get the two of you all "hot and bothered" . Thanks for the tip on the catfish fingers, we love them and will certainly give 'em a try!
                             
                            #14
                              BigGlenn

                              RE: Elise's trip to NO Tue, 11/4/03 8:16 PM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Mayhaw Man

                              quote:
                              Originally posted by EliseT

                              quote:
                              Originally posted by lleechef

                              Elise, thanks for the great write-up! I have taken Felix's off the list for our upcoming NOLA trip in two weeks and have put Anderson's at the top. I don't want to get scratched . Now where is the honeymoon.......are you still thinking Paris??


                              I think that was a pipedream. We might set aside money to go to Paris in the Fall, but we realized a destination wedding plus a honeymoon in a different location was just craziness. And now our friends are getting married 2 weeks after us in Charlotte, NC. So we will be doing a bit of traveling that month. Maybe we'll just go to Avery Island and check out the Tabasco plant (I'm such a romantic, sigh...).

                              When you go to Mike Anderson's on Bourbon, try the catfish fingers appetizer. If you go to the one in the Riverwalk mall, the red beans and rice are "hey lardy mama" good! And the foodstall next to it in the foodcourt has excellent little meat pies.


                              If you go to Paris, Tx you can still say "We'll always have Paris".


                              We have a Paris out here in California too. Just east of Los Angeles. There is always Paris Casino in Las Vegas as well. Good Luck Elsie....I Guess?
                               
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                                RubyRose

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                                RE: Elise's trip to NO Wed, 11/5/03 9:35 AM (permalink)
                                Elise, thank you for a great vicarious visit to N.O. Sounds like a very productive trip.
                                 
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                                  EliseT

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                                  RE: Elise's trip to NO Wed, 11/5/03 1:10 PM (permalink)
                                  Clothier: That is so touching! I'm sure the Mrs. feels just as lucky.

                                  Thanks to everyone for their good wishes. I'll take the Paris trips under advisement.
                                   
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                                    Mayhaw Man

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                                    RE: Elise's trip to NO Wed, 11/5/03 1:59 PM (permalink)
                                    quote:
                                    Originally posted by EliseT

                                    Clothier: That is so touching! I'm sure the Mrs. feels just as lucky.

                                    Thanks to everyone for their good wishes. I'll take the Paris trips under advisement.


                                    You know, you could also go to Rome and Carthage and never leave the State. While you are at it you could take sidetrips to Dime Box, Muleshoe, and a number of other great municipalities.
                                     
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