Jazz Fest time in NOLA Wednesday, Apr 21 2010 

Well it is Jazz Fest time in New Orleans and the city is electric. After a peaceful rest at Maison Dupuy hotel we had our beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde. A stroll throuh the Quarter to visit some of our favorite boutiques including Hemline and now lunch on the Riverwalk at The Crazy Lobster. The Shrimp Po Boy and Cajun Fries were good and the Abita Amber was cold.
Now it’s off to Layfayette Square to hear Amanda Shaw and then off to Shogun in Metairie for birthday dinner. We’ll end the night at Frenchmen Street listening to great tunes.

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NOLA Saturday Evening, November 7 Sunday, Nov 8 2009 

Last night found us digging into (quite literally) BBQ Shrimp and Shrimp and Grits at Mr. B’s Bistro on Royal Street. Impeccable service and tasty dishes were the order of the day.
A walk to Frenchmen Street and DBA was somewhat of a disappointment as John Boutte had cancelled his show. I actually felt sorry for his friend who filled in. No one was there to see HIM and people just talked over the music, most of them, us included, leaving early. Our friend Ted met us there and we were able to catch up, so the evening wasn’t a total loss.
Big plans turned into lazing around the room. After getting up early and walking the entire city four or five times were got back to the room to wait for the next act and couldn’t get off the couch. We’ve decided we’re pacing ourselves.
This morning is my birthday and we are walking to Commander’s Palace for a brunch to die for. Then it is off to the swamp fest at the Audubon Zoo to listen to Zydeco music, Cajun food and dancing. Besides I heard the animals all “axed ” for me (a popular New Orleans Song) so I figured I might say hello. We may look at a few open houses on the way there or back.
This evening we will first stop at the Marigny Brasserie, where our friend Phil Melancon is playing the piano, then we are off to listen to Germain Bazzle at Irvin Mayfields new club in the Royal Sonesta. (We will not be going back to the room in between as this seems the kiss of death for party time.)
The weather has changed a bit as the clouds (and maybe later wind and rain) is coming off the Gulf from Hurricane Ida, but yesterday the weather was superb.
Join us at swamp fest and/or this evening if you can!

Nola Saturday November 7 Saturday, Nov 7 2009 

This morning found us at Cafe du Monde for French Market doughnuts (beignets) and cafe au lait. A morning walk through the French Quarter and we were off to uptown for a visit to The Retreat Salon on Carrollton. While on the streetcar, we met several teams participating in The Great Urban Race. New Orleans was the site of the finals this year with a potential prize of $10,000. While they scurried off to follow the clues to the prize, we scurried off for a morning of pampering.

A facial for me and a new cut and color for Kristen were a part of this birthday weekend. Caroline and Stephen made sure we felt at home and were given the royal treatment.

On our return to the Quarter, a quick stop by the New Orleans Jazz Historical Park was in order. New Orleans Helsinki Connection performed two upbeat sets. Drummer Gerald French and others from this well-traveled ensemble were great as usual.

Tonight we are off to an early dinner at Mr. B’s Bistro, then a trip back to Frenchmen Street and DBA to catch John Boutte. Then the big decison comes when we have to decide between Banu Gibson at Donna’s, Marc Broussard at One Eyed Jacks or New Orleans Jazz Vipers at The Spotted Cat.  Any votes?????

Wish you were here and if you are, please come join us.

NOLA Friday Saturday, Nov 7 2009 

We arrived at 1822 Bougainvillea House around 5 p.m. And our gracious hosts Pat and Greg Kahn met us at the door. There lovely guest house is furnished with beautiful antiques. After we got settled in, we headed to DBA to listen to Hot Club of New Orleans. They have added a xylophone player to the mix and another dimension to their sound. A couple of glasses of Abita Amber and the evening was off to a fine start. Dinner was fried shrimp sandwiches at Snug Harbor. Our waiter Joe served our meal promptly and with a sense of humor. A stroll down Royal and Bourbon streets and it was time to call it a night.

Off To New Orleans Thursday, Nov 5 2009 

Well, Kristen and I are off to New Orleans tomorrow morning. We are excited to hear the great music, eat and drink until we are stuffed and enjoy the energy of one of the most sensual cities in the world. Keep up with our adventures by checking in over the next six days.