Just a quick trip report of my 5 night stay last week. I got to NO from Florida (where I had gorgeous weather) on Wednesday, after being 1/2h late (I was not impressed). Finally got to my hotel, the Chateau Hotel on the corner of Chartres and St Phillip, close to 5pm. I had a room on the main floor, with my windows on Chartres St. I was a bit worried about noise but with the exception of Saturday night, was not a problem.
So I made my way to my usual 1st meal, duck quasidillas at the Chatres House Cafe. Still yummy as ever. Then, I just walked around and absorbed being in NOLA again. While walking down Bourbon, I see a familiar face from a balcony from the Inn on Bourbon: ccolor. So I wave and wave, her hubby sees me but not her. Finally I yell out to her and she sees me. She nicely asked me to go up, but I was heading to the Maison Bourbon to hear Dwayne Burns. After staying for a set of great music, I just walked around and enjoying the scene, going in and out of shops. I went into "Yester years" (sp?) and had a tarot card reading. I had had my fortune told on my 1st trip (I'm suppose to be married with kids and living out of the province by now, HA!), so decided on the cards this time around. It was actually very interesting and coincidently or not, the information was very much in tune with stuff I'm dealing with right now. After awhile, went to Rouse's for supplies for the room (and a dozen boxes of Zatarain rice mixes to bring home) and called it a day.
Thursday was a nice, sunny day. Oh, and did I mention it was hooooot! And muggyyyy!!!!! OMG!!! After having breakfast at the hotel (included), I walked around, did some shopping, etc and made my way to Johnny's for an early lunch. I've eaten there before, but always for breakfast. I had a BBQ roast beef po'boy, OMG!!!! It was sooo awsome! I checked out the candy shop upstairs afterwards, but definitely had no room for sweets.
After dropping off my stuff and freshening up, I made my way to the Krazy Korner to hear Dwayne Dopsie. Some TA people were meeting at the Chartroom, but Dwayne was only playing Thursday and Friday, and since I knew I'd be seeing everybody on Friday, I knew they'd forgive me for not showing up (some TA ers actually guessed where I was). I stayed away from the demon rum this time, but still enjoyed some of their happy hour specials. After spending a few hours at KK, decided I should get some food. I went to Yo Mama's for a very yummy chicken burger. I know they have awsome burgers, but their chicken burgers are very good too. Eventually ended up at Turtle Bay to hear Waylon Thibodeaux. I have to say, I didn't enjoy it that much. Turtle Bay is 1st and for most a bar that serves food. The music is like an after thought. And although Waylon is a Cajun singer, he didn't sing once in French. The music has a Cajun ish style, but all Enlight and most songs were sung by another guy. Not at all the same atmosphere as the Tropical Isle Bayou. I have to say, I was very disappointed. After the food and not so great music, it sobered me up and got very tired, so headed back to the hotel.
Friday morning, went to do some shopping at the French Market and then had lunch at Margaritaville. I ordered the swamp platter, which includes fried gator, crawfish, and schrimps served with fries. It's huge! 2-3 people can eat off that 1 plate. Needless to say, I barely made a dent, but it was good. Ccolor was nice enough to invite some of us for a "balcony" party, so made my way to the Inn on Bourbon. It was a perfect day for it cause it had started to rain, and it ended up raining off and on for the whole day (and still sooo muggy). It was a lovely afternoon, visiting with old and new friends, and so sharp and fun watching all the comings and going on Bourbon St. I understand why ccolor always stays in that balcony room. The IOB is a lovely hotel (with expensive drinks though). it's definitely on my hotel list.
Afterwards, made my way to the Funky Pirate to see Mark Penton and visit some more with KCK and her hubby. After a few more drinks and some some more walking around, eventually made my way back to the hotel, getting some take out at Clover Grill.
Saturday and Sunday coming up!