Been quite a while, but we have been busy hosting many guests and enjoying the festivities this Mardi Gras (and Superbowl) season!
While over Christmas and New Year’s Alex was visiting friends and family back in Kansas, my good friend Iwona came from Poland via Chicago to visit New Orleans for the first time. I had not seen her for many years and was excited (in the least) to share my most recent adventure with her. The best things we did were eating at The Joint for her first meal here, as well as indulging in Sunday brunch at my old employer, Apolline. Other than that, we moseyed around the Quarter, Marigny, and Bywater. Iwona took many wonderful photographs which I would love to share, however they are currently locked in my old laptop, unable to be freed from Electronic’s Hades. Hopefully, where there is a will there is a way and I will get to post some here eventually.
Soon after Iwona’s departure and Alex’s return, my parents came down from Overland Park. This was Mom’s second visit to New Orleans (the first was only a couple days with me last June) and Dad’s first time. Neither had been to our neighborhood, and it truly was a great experience for them to stay at the Elysian Fields Inn. Always a blast to show them around town, both by car and by foot, as there is no other place like New Orleans – especially in the architecture and people-watching department.
Next, Alex and I hosted his brother and sister-in-law, Jacob and Crystal, who flew down from Lincoln, NE. Simultaneously, Dylan, the African drum guru extraordinaire, stayed with us, coming from Lawrence, KS. Luckily, the trio came for the most exciting – and first of the season – Mardi Gras Parade: Krewe du Vieux. A highly raunchy and satirical parade, we watched with glee on Frenchman Street and tried to get as close as we could to the fascinating floats. Check out the website for more information about this local, seasonal treasure. I also hope to get access to some of Crystal photographs of the parade, as she got right in the action, jumping in front of the floats fearlessly with her snazzy camera and skills.
So things I do have pictures of….
Krewe of Barkus
Mr. Bruiser enjoying himself at the Barkus parade on Dumaine St.
Holding my co-worker, Karen’s, chihuahua – Cocoa Puff
Dachshunds by the bushel
Even George enjoyed the view atop Alex’s shoulder
Gimme a break!
Superbowl concerts by the great Mississippi River
Walter Wolfman Washington and his Roadmasters…gimme some of that sweet funky soul, baby!
Puttering around the house…
Completely homemade pizza, Alex’s creation. White whole wheat crust, with a tomato-basil-garlic chunky sauce, topped with whole-milk mozzarella, spinach, green pepper, onion, and giant pepperoni. Divinely cooked atop a cornmeal-rubbed pizza stone…for the perfect crust.
Pepperland raspberry chipotle pepper jelly and neufchâtel cheese spread on a ciabatta roll…enough said
If you go to New Orleans, you got to see the Mardi Gras
Alex’s friend from KS – Joe, me, and Alex on Mardi gras day, Frenchman Street
Originally, we went out walking dressed normally, but quickly found that we had better dress up in order to avoid strange looks. And yes the men are wearing girl’s clothes, and loving it.
…and not so much.
Doing what they can to catch some beads in the Quarter, you know how it is.
Saturday before Mardi Gras, Alex at the Krewe of Endymion parade, Orleans & Carrollton, Mid-City
Another Wild Tchoupitoulas sighting, this time on stage with Russell Batiste at BMC Mardi Gras evening – their beads & feathers looked phenomenal!
And of course, a little George & Mingus couldn’t hurt.