NOLA — what can I say?

IMG_0671I’m not very good at describing food or music, so I’ll be even terser than usual. It is exciting to be back in New Orleans.   The first place we made landfall was Lafayette Square to hear Anders Osborne at the first of a series a free Wednesday evening music events.  We met up with Jen Schaffner there and afterward went to the Willa Jean bakery for some awesome eats.

The next day we biked along the river with Jen.  Abbey ran along for the first ride, then we let her rest in the truck while we rode up Magazine Street and back to the river for sunset.

That night Ted and I went to Tipitina’s to see the Honey Island Swamp Band.  The Hill Country Hounds opened and then we were surprised and delighted that Colin Lake did a set, before the HISB finally came on after midnight.  Big day.

A happy find was the seafood market very near our campground.  Ted was in hog heaven – err, fish heaven.  We bought some red fish, which Ted roasted on our new grill and served with root beer sweet potatoes.  (The root beer concentrate was another happy find at Earl’s Market on our Lafayette Cajun Food Tour).  The crawfish tails we bought at the seafood market will become etouffee soon!

I tried a new approach to biking with Abbey, other than me holding a leash.  She did really well.  Now I just have to work out a sling so I can carry her when she gets tired.IMG_0744.JPG

That evening we went to dba on Frenchmen Street to see John Boutte and Rebirth Brass Band.  Two quintessential New Orleans acts.

On Easter, we joined Jen for the Pigeon Town Steppers second line parade.  We walked along with them from the Broadway Bar to E&C Lounge, where we had parked the truck.  By then we were content to stand in the back of the truck and watch the festivities, while Jen continued with the second line.

Ted and I stopped in a Cooter Brown’s for a cool beverage and then we met up with Jen again for a fantastic meal at Dante’s Kitchen.  Our third visit to Dante’s and every bit as good.  We over-ordered, yet devoured it all with gusto.

Stay tuned for more food and music from New Orleans

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