Friends we’ve traveled with for probably 20 years went to New Orleans for our “Spring Break” trip. Now spring break doesn’t always happen in March but has taken place in May, June, August and even October depending on who’s in charge.
I’m calling our trip to New Orleans an “eating” rather than an “outing,” because we focused so much on that activity, and it was almost always spectacular.
We stayed at a darling place, the Chimes B & B run by lovely people Jill and Charles Abbyad. Each couple had its own room and bath and we shared two courtyards. Individuals had volunteered to plan different day’s activities. So on Wednesday when we arrived in the evening we got on the trolley (totally loved the public transportation) to ride to the Superior Seafood which it was. I had the first of several grilled shrimp salads.
Thursday morning, we had brunch at Brennan’s and got a tour of the place.
The Queen’s Turquoise Room.
Thursday afternoon, we went to The National WWI Museum. This was a fantastic experience. Pretty much everyone had tears in their eyes at the end of the one-hour movie narrated by Tom Hanks. The displays were amazing. We could’ve spent way more time there. If you go to New Orleans, it’s a must see.
Thursday evening, we went on a ghost tour planned by moi. 😊 We learned lots of history as well as hearing ghoulish stories. Then we hit a couple of bars to listen to some great jazz including the bread pudding at the Roosevelt Hotel and enjoyed bread pudding. Seeing the memorial to Katrina victims was very moving. Friday afternoon a group went on a cocktail tour, checking out various bars in the French Quarter. The heat made me skip out on this one. But then we met up for supper at Arnaud’s, where our B & B host is the Maitre’D. Truly amazing service.
Saturday, everyone did their own thing. Bob and I walked down Magazine Street. It was only a few blocks from where we stayed, and of course, we found a great place for lunch: another super shrimp salad in a lovely old home. Cavan had been remodeled but left to still look old. You could see several colors of paint on the walls. Incredible molding.Saturday night we went to Miss Ellie’s Commander’s Palace for their famous bread pudding, well and other stuff, too. I had wanted to return to this restaurant after a visit back when I was on the school board, and we went to New Orleans for a National School Boards Conference.
Oddly, I couldn’t match the current reality to my memories of the restaurant.
My meal Saturday night was the very best of the whole trip, another grilled shrimp meal with garlic spinach. Divine with a nice little kick. One of my friends who doesn’t like spice, had the same meal, but the chef made hers mild. Now that is really service. Bread pudding and creme brule were the deserts.