Walkin to New Orleans . . .
Well, not exactly. I drove to New Orleans and met up with my oh-so-famous TV-producer friend, who continues to search for funding for her dream documentary about the vanishing wetlands and vanishing culture here.
It was a girls’ mini- weekend, complete with Friday evening planned by my amazing and handsome oldest son, Daboo, who picked us up curbside from our luxurious hotel. He took us to a quaint little place on Magazine Street and introduced us to Blueberry Mojito. Yum! And then drove us to dinner at the Bon Ton Cafe, downtown.
Saturday morning, Steph and I drove down to The Quarter, where we enjoyed a warm lunch, on a very chilly day at Cafe Amelie on Royal Street.
She had the wonderful gumbo, while I enjoyed
their soul-warming version of Shrimp & Grits. I know it sounds questionable, but believe me, it is a dish you will appreciate, if you like shrimp, and grits, and corn. Soon, I will be adding a link here to the article I wrote for Eat Like a Native about this dish.
After our light lunch, we wandered over to The Presbytere on the edge of Jackson Square to visit the “Katrina and Beyond” exhibit. The first thing that greeted us there was this powerful exhibit of bottles . . .
The ceiling was covered with these hanging bottles, etched, containing notes written by all kinds of folks, I presume.
Above is the explanation of the symbolism of the exhibit.
Then, when we turned around, we were hit with this . . .
the piano belonging to Fats Domino, placed just as it was found in his Ninth Ward home, with some of his music playing in the background. Moving, very moving.
The whole exhibit was multi-faceted using multi-media forms, and if you take time to read every story, listen to every TV screen broadcast, and avail yourself of all there is, it would probably take about three hours. We walked through, quietly, trying not to invade each other’s space at each display, as we each dealt with our own memories of this great catastrophe. Some were wiping tears, while others were clearly holding back.
This was my favorite exhibit. What look like blank windows, are actually TV screens/monitors that come alive when the exhibit starts.
Different images play in the windows for a few seconds, and then there are snippets of interviews done with everyday people, like me, played in the windows about how the hurricanes affected them, and ended on a more positive note of hope for the future of coastal Louisiana. I could have sat there and watched it three or four times.
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around and enjoying sights like this wedding party in front of the St. Louis Cathedral
And just look at the getaway car for the bride and groom! Later, while the wedding was underway, the chimes rang out for a solid five minutes! And I’m wondering whose drums those are? And why are they sitting right there? Only in New Orleans!!
And our final half hour was spent enjoying some local entertainment by a group of break dancers that interacted with the street crowds. They were hilarious and very talented at break dancing, too! I think they are called DMS and have been on “America’s Got Talent”.
So, BW had a nice time in the big city with her good friend, Steph. She got her pics for the food article. She relaxed a bit, and got to see her son. She returned home, wrote her article, caught up with her blog peeps, listened to the rain all night.
Notes to Moura, Susie CR, and Kim — Chapter 7 was not to be published yet. Technical boo boo. So you will see it in the very near future! Sorry about that! You are more than welcome to read about trip to N.O. and comment!!! BW
I’m going to have to check out the exhibit at the Cabildo when I’m in town. It looks excellent. The video you included was excellent also. I hope your friend gets her funding!
I decided to play the video again for all the newer readers. It’s a couple years old now, but that is how Steph and I met. She somehow found me, and I took her and her videographer out on my boat to get footage for this documentary. And she just kept coming back, and now we are very close friends.!
I need to go see that exhibit! Can’t believe I missed it when we were last down there. How long will it be up?
Probably February 17th, but I’m not sure. I’ll find out.
I’m sorry to hear it won’t be there when I’m there. I wonder if there will be anyway to see some of the displays in other venues?
Kim, I heard back from the museum, and it is open ended right now and has no closing date.
Thank you for sharing that–I didn’t even know that exhibit existed. Very cool.
You are most welcome, Jess! Thanks for coming back to visit again!
Wonderful tour, yet again! I’m gonna send the link to Hill Country Hippie over at Seasonality as I know she loved your last NO tour. Those dishes at Cafe Amelie look so scrumptious—my tummy’s growling. What a poignant exhibit to walk through; is it going to be permanent? Thanks for the link; I’m gonna go ‘walk through’ the online exhibits now. No beignets this trip?
Off-topic: Did the King Cake have to be refrigerated due to the Bavarian Cream filling?
No, M.E., it’s not a permanent exhibit. We were going to get beignets after the break dancing performance, but get this: THERE WAS A LINE waiting to sit in the outdoor cafe AND the indoor cafe. We didn’t have time to wait, as Steph had dinner plans to get ready for and I had to drive back down the bayou. No, the King Cake does not have to be refrigerated. Just like cream-filled doughnuts are not typically refrigerated, right?
Bavarian cream is basically just enhanced whipped cream which has been stabilized using gelatin.
A King Cake should never last long enough to need worry about it spoiling.
Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Those shrimp and grits looked to die for! I absolutely love them. Enjoyed the video clip too.
I would like to perfect their recipe and serve it soon! It is so good.
The shrimp and grits sound gross but looks delecious. Let me know when you perfect it.
Oh, no, Colleen, you broke a cardinal rule of BW. Never, ever say something someone else loves to eat is “gross”, even if you couch it with a compliment! 🙂 But since you didn’t know, I’ll forgive you—that and the fact that you ARE a very good cook and you cook for children. Don’t know many women who would enjoy doing that! All in good fun, Colleen!
Ditto on the shrimp and grits recipe! I love grits and fix them for myself with different things like cheese, peppers, bacon, etc.
Then this recipe is right up your alley, Cammy. Can you tell me how you think I might make the grits in to a “cake” without being too dry or crusty?
Try letting them cool down and “firm up” in the pot with a lid on or pour them into a casserole dish to firm. Then cut into squares and heat them up in the “Nuker”.