Another 5 am start on the balcony with ccolor—and now she was infected as well! Around 7 am, Den and I took off, and we walked around the Quarter, stopping at Café Du Monde for au lait and beignets before heading over to the Mississippi for some gorgeous sunrise shots, then over to Jackson Square where we strolled and sat and strolled and just enjoyed being in NOLA. Then we headed back to the balcony where we all met up (us, Soulcat and ccolor) to decide where to eat lunch.
We opted for Red Gravy, so off we went to 125 Camp Street! When we got there, they were open, but in between breakfast and lunch, so they were not taking any orders. I love Red Gravy and Verablue to bits and pieces, but I just found that rather strange. It seemed like a stressful morning there, so we opted to not add to it by sitting there waiting, so we headed back to our end of the Quarter for lunch. We stopped by Mojo Lounge, which was open and the tables were out, but they said the counter wasn’t open. ???? So we went over to Fiorellas, which also had tables out, and almost grilled the poor server as to whether or not they’d actually serve us food! She was a sweetheart, and guaranteed us they were ready, so we ordered fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and mac and cheese. The chicken was as amazing as always! I know a lot of people don’t like Fiorella’s, but their fried chicken ROCKS!!!! The mashed potatoes and gravy were great (we were ALL sick, so we were all sampling!) but the mac and cheese was not Fiorella’s usual “to die for” mac and cheese. The cheese was grated on top, instead of mixed in creamy. Still good…but I hope that isn’t the regular way now. If so, I’ll just eat the mashed potatoes and gravy! I’m easy!!! They had martinis for 2 bucks each, so I ordered 4 Cosmos (or whatever the hell they were—vodka and cranberry) None of us finished them (maybe a sip or 2 max) coz they were about 90% vodka and 10% cranberry! Not that we don’t all love our booze…it was just a little too much vodka!
After a brief pit stop on the balcony, we headed back to Pats where we met up with Hoodlumdandy (he’s so cute and we all think he looks 20 years younger than he is!) Skimmy, and Melissa. The 7 of us sat and drank and laughed and talked some more. Then we headed back to the balcony for a while before dinner at Irene’s, with Margie from the Provincial. Ccolor was now feeling the effects of the superbug and bowed out of dinner, so it was just Margie, Soulcat, Den and me. When Margie got off work, we headed over to Irene’s about 5:30, and they seated and served us immediately (we were all rather surprised to see a line up at 5:30 on Monday, but we shouldn’t have been, coz it’s THAT good!) Soulcat and Den had the lasagna (not on the menu, but one of the “House Specials” of the night) Margie had the Veal Marsala, and I FINALLY got the Chicken Rosemarino I had nearly mugged my cousin for back in May 2011!!!
It was a phenomenal as I remembered it to be from my taste of it! We all drank Baileys and had an incredibly wonderful, relaxing supper by candlelight. I would recommend Irene’s to ANYONE, ANYTIME!!!
After dinner, we bid farewell to Margie in the parking lot and headed back to the balcony, where we bid farewell to ccolor who was leaving at 6:30 the next morning. By now, I think I was being re-infected by all those poor people I had infected earlier, so after a few more drinks with Soulcat, Den and I headed in where I HEAVILY remedicated and we ended up watching the 3rd and final Presidential Debate (the only time we turned the tv on our whole stay!) The drugs and alcohol were kicking in, so I saw most of it before deciding it was time to take another hot LUSH bath and go to bed.