Thursday began with a streetcar ride to Camellia Grill
. They were doing work on the St Charles line, so it only ran as far as Napolean Avenue where we switched to a bus for the rest of the way. There was no car on the tracks this time.
We love Camellia
, and have gone every visit to NOLa. Ten years ago, Marvin was our counterman. He was full of lively banter and got everyone's order without writing down a thing. A few month's ago, George Motz did an episode of his hamburgers show in New Orleans and one stop was the Camellia Grill
. There on the TV was Marvin! We were hoping he would be there on our trip and weren't disappointed.
Like last trip, my wife had the Camellia special Omelet which has pretty much all breakfast meats and vegetables, along with chili (which she got on the side). I had red beans & rice with a hot sausage link, and that link was indeed hot. I had to chop it up and mix it in to the beans and rice. It was delicious.
A couple of people were celebrating birthdays and Marvin got the whole place to sing happy birthday. No trip would be complete without a meal (or two) at Camellia
and Marvin. They opened another location in the French Quarter but we only go to the Carrollton location, not far from Brigtsen's
After breakfast, we walked back toward Napolean Ave to catch the steetcar but a bus came along so we didn't have much of a walk. After getting back to Canal Street, we walked over the Quarter to do more shopping. We had seen an episode of John Besh's PBS show and he had a big bottle of vanilla he said came from a local pharmacy. We never found what it was, but did find a local company called Ronald Reginald's that made a variety of vanilla and products and we were looking for the vanilla.
We walked a good bit around the French Quarter and went to many shops looking for the vanilla. We stopped into a small Rouse's Market that didn't have the vanilla but did have the Zatarain's Creole mustard we like so we snagged a bottle. Outside the market was a Leidenheimer truck making a delivery. We LOVE Leidenheimer bread, and nothing anywhere near Maryland compares.
We didn't find the vanilla so we prepared for our trip to the Fairgrounds and the horse races.
We took the Canal Steet line to the Carrolton line, but after waiting what seemd like forever, we started walking up Carrolton toward City Park and the Fairgrounds. At Canal and Carrolton there was a shopping center that had a large Rouse's Market where finally found a bottle of the vanilla. I've yet to try it as we have an open bottle of Trader Joe's vanilla and my wife won't let me open the NOLa vanilla until the TJs is gone.
We walked toward the Fairgrounds and never did see a Carrolton Street car. We turned down Esplenade to go to the Fairgrounds and though we had been walking quite a bit, we still weren't hungry enough to stop at Luizza's by the Track
. Hopefully next trip. I want to try their BBQ shrimp Po' Boy. http://www.nola.com/sites/liuzzas/
We finally got to the track, which is now has a casino as well. We found a Groupon for admission for 2, plus programs and $20 worth of concessions and that came in very handy. We did have to walk through the casino to get to the clubhouse and thought we might contract emphysema. The ventilation system was pretty poor.
We found a concession stand and got a bowl of pretty good gumbo and several bottles of water. The gumbo had nice chunks of chicken and sausage and there were 5 crab claws in it with a nice bite of meat on them. We made it to the seats and prepared to lose money. http://www.fairgroundsracecourse.com/
There were quite a few Christmas trees set up all around the clubhouse and casino.
I always marvel at how majestic the horses are.
Two of our many losing tickets.
A view of downtown NOLA from the clubhouse.
We headed back toward City Park and there was bus already there so we didn't have to wait for the streetcar, other than the transfer to the Canal street line to get back to downtown.
We walked back to the French Quarter as no trip (for me) is complete without a Krystal burger.
We headed back to the hotel to rest up for dinner, which would be Mandina's. And still no Hubig's pie, but that would be resolved Friday night.
To be continued...
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