Highlights From The French Quarter In The Big Easy
I landed in New Orleans after a long redeye flight starting at 8:30pm the night before in Boise.
I was running on fumes I guess because I hadn’t slept a wink yet. But New Orleans was calling so I bucked up grabbed an Uber to go to Enterprise Rental Cars. Inside tip, Enterprise has an office inside airport or three miles away.
The one three miles away saved me $150 and they upgraded me to a nice Ford Edge SUV!
I drove straight down to the French Quarter and my first stop of course was Cafe DuMonde.
I love their beignets (fried dough with powdered sugar), I also love the Cafe au Lait.
After breakfast snack I toured the French Market and bought a couple of cool earrings. I lost my guitar earring over a year ago and have been looking ever since for some kind of replacement. I found a cool Opal/Terling Silver Manta Ray earring (my spirit animal and birthstone) also a real cool Anchor earring. Both for $14. What?!
Yes that’s what I said. I decided snacking throughout the day would be more fun than sitting down to a full meal, so I then tried the Alligator Sausage. Awesome! Super tender.
I walked all over and stopped at Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, the city’s oldest established watering hole. I had an Anita Amber and checked out the cool architecture.
I walked about 15,000 steps according to my FitBit. New Orleans is one of my favorite city’s in the world. If you like history, mystery, oh and did I mention food and drink? I also did a lot of research for my upcoming novel “Blue Waters.” I owe Wayne Stinnett for sparking my interest in writing again.
I stopped off at a place I’d never been to before called NOLA Poboy mainly to charge my phone and get a water, then I saw they had chicken and sausage gumbo and crawfish pies. I make damn good, I mean damn good gumbo but theirs blew mine away. That’s saying a lot. The crawfish pie was crunchy yet tender. Basically perfect! They aren’t afraid to season there so if you like spicy, you’ll love NOLA Poboys Shop.
I drove over to Marie Laveau’s grave site. It’s spooky every time and I get a real feeling something evil is in that tomb. She was known as the Voodoo queen and the most famous VooDoo Priestess of all time.
After a little more driving around, I heads towards Slidell to my good friends house, Fred and Karen Thoede. I love their home. It’s welcoming a full of pineapples everywhere. Psych! We had peeled shrimp
And Karen’s famous Artichoke dip, ending with Fireball Cheesecake Shots. Hot damn! It was a gray day and by 11:00pm when I finally went to sleep I had been awake almost 38 hours straight! I slept like death! Woke up feeling revived!
My Tour Tales is a regular blog post on the road from touring musician Eric Stone, who writes songs, sings and performs his music all over the world. He is currently in McCall, Idaho.
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