Daily Archives: March 18, 2010

Shrimp Parade

I slept in on March 16, 2010.  It was an overcast day in New Orleans.  We used the free wi-fi in the room.  We boarded the tram at 1 pm headed to the Garden District.

We had a reservation at Commander’s Palace.  If you order an entree, you can get 25ยข martinis.  The restaurant has a set menu.  It was great that both entrees on the set menu were seafood dishes.  Ivan and I shared a good seafood gumbo and a soup with leeks, onion and goats cheese.  We had a nice gulf fish on top of a salad. 

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The grilled shrimp with mash and vegetables was excellent.  We enjoyed a few martinis.  The best one is the Melon one, but the Cosmo Martini is alright too.  Watch out for the regular Martini on the rocks – it’s really strong!

We went to Mardi Gras World next.  We took the tour.  This was recommended by one of my friends.  It’s really the coolest place!  The tour guide told us that the faces and things they make for the floats are called props.  People create the props at Mardi Gras World.  They actually re-use them and create new people or things.  There were numerous props and floats there.  The floats are very tall and colorful.

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We loved this tour!!  We watched a movie about Mardi Gras and the parades.  Seeing all these floats just makes us want to attend Mardi Gras even more.  Our guide did tell us that there would be a St. Patrick’s Day Parade the following day.

We took the free Mardi Gras shuttle to the River Walk.  We walked around the mall there.  We had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde.  It’s a sweet French donut with powdered sugar on top. 

We walked back to Hotel Le Cirque.  Ivan was tired so he took a short nap.  I used the internet.

It was raining slightly outside.  We walked to Bourbon Street at 9 pm.  We heard a band with 10 guys playing Dixieland music on the streets.  We thought it was really cool.  If it was any other city in the USA, it would have been shut down pretty fast.  The cops didn’t even care.  Some black guys were dancing in the street and waving their bandana around.  They didn’t even that cars were coming by.

Ivan and I had dinner at Desire.  We shared a shrimp po’ boy with waffle fries.  Ivan’s never had a bread pudding before so we got it for dessert.  It was quite tasty with the whisky sauce on top.

We walked around and checked out the bars.  It was a shame that it was raining a bit though.  We went inside the cool shop Marie Laveau’s Voodoo House. 

We went into the Funky Pirate Blues Club.  A 495 lb. man named Big Al Carson was singing.  The band is really good.   I really liked a song he sang.  I think it may be called Breaking Point.  It was real catchy.  The bar sells a drink called the Hand Grenade.  It’s $8 and comes in a cool green cup.  It tastes like melon and it’s really strong!

I bought some souvenirs for my nieces in Trader’s Emporium.  We walked back to the hotel.

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Tabasco and New Orleans

Ivan and I woke up around 9:40 am on March 15, 2010.  We packed everything up.  We checked out of the hotel at 11:10 am.

We had lunch at Brenda’s Eat In or Take Out in New Iberia.  We had the chicken stew with sweet peas and potato salad.  The chicken stew was really tasty!!

We walked around New Iberia a little.

Ivan drove us to Avery Island.  It’s $1 entrance fee to the island.  We parked the car.  We went to the building where the Tabasco tour is held.  It smelled like Tabasco sauce.  The tour is free. The tour guide  was a nice lady named Marnell.  It was her birthday.  She just recently found out that she was allergic to the tabasco peppers.  Poor thing.

We got a few mini bottles of Tabasco.  We got Chipotle, Original and Green Pepper.  We watched a movie about Tabasco.  The McIlhenny family and the employees of Tabasco live on Avery Island. 

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Next, we got to see the assembly line.  We saw the labels put on them by machine and then put in boxes.

We went to the Country Store.  Here they sell everything Tabasco.  I didn’t know they had Tabasco Spam.  We tried some samples like soy sauce and salsas with Tabasco.

Ivan and I went driving in the Jungle Garden.  It was such a beautiful day to be outside.  The entrance is $8 per person.  We drove by a bayou. 

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We saw the Buddha that was a gift given to A.E. McIlhenny.  It’s in a little building.  I got gum stuck on my shoe while walking around the garden.  Ugh, why can’t people put their gum in a wrapper and throw it in the trash?  We saw probably about a hundred snow egrets in Bird City.

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Ivan started driving to New Orleans around 4 pm.  We arrived about 6:30 pm.  We had to look for parking around the hotel.  We found $10 parking nearby.  The hotel charges $26 plus tax per day. 

We checked in to the Hotel Le Cirque. 

We walked to the French Quarter.  We wanted to eat at Acme Oyster Shop.  There was a huge line though.  We had dinner at The Gumbo Shop instead.  Ivan and I shared the shrimp and okra gumbo and the grilled catfish with shrimp creole on top.  The food was average and it was a little pricey.

We checked out some of the bars on Bourbon Street.  We stopped to listen to a good band at Maison Bourbon Jazz Club.  I found out later that the singer and trumpet player is named Jamil Sharif.  Our friend Kellie knows him.  There’s a one drink minimum per person per set.

We walked back to the hotel.

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