We hadn't had the best of luck finding an outstanding meal, so I pulled out the big guns. Back in the eighties, a chef named Paul Prudhomme popularized cajun cuisine and the process of "blackening" food. So when I wanted to make sure that Paul and I had a truly remarkable Cajun experience, we went to Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen.
We were walk-ins, on a holiday weekend, in one of the most popular restaurants in the French Quarter. Fortunately the food Gods were smiling upon us, because despite being told it would be ninty minutes, we got to a table in less then ten!
Paul Prudhomme didn't disappoint. God, I love Gumbo!
We spent a good part of our time just wandering the streets, popping our head into any place that looked remotely interesting...
This time we met a couple of nice women who were here for the "Municipal Clerks Convention". Starla and Robin were very nice, and were suitably impressed by our three month expedition. There was another municipal clerk from Massachusetts (whose name elluded me), who was a bit put off by Paul and I. Probably because we kept him from scoring with either of the ladies. When they invited us to come with them to find all the best musical haunts, he was quick to chase us off.
There are some amazing haunts in New Orleans, and it really is like Disneyland for adults. Right down to the lines that form for all the popular restaurants.
This time, the grasshopper managed to stay with us the full eighty miles from New Orleans back to Baton Rouge! Aren't grasshoppers good luck in Chinese culture? If so, we have lots of good karma for the rest of our adventure.
Of course, no trip to the big city is complete if you haven't seen a Hard Rock Cafe. Nothing much to write home about, but I've always loved the "No drugs or nuclear weapons are allowed inside" sign.
Alas, our tour of New Orleans ends. Today we drove through Mississippi and Alabama, with literally nothing worth photographing. Oh well, we're in Panama City, FL now, and tomorrow we head towards Tampa, our next stop along the way to Key West. We'll keep you up to date right here!