By 8 am it was partly cloudy but already very warm 80F and 78% humidity.
view from our balcony
We had a quick breakfast offered by the hotel then walked two blocks from the hotel to a cooking demonstration enjoying the sights along the way.
The New Orleans School of Cooking on St Louis Street
The instructor Anne gave us a lot of the history of New Orleans cuisine as well as showing us how to cook gumbo, jambalaya, bread pudding and pralines. She was pretty amusing and had a good Cajun accent. Below Anne and her assistant John:
After the cooking demonstration, and eating, we called a taxi and went to the Garden District for a historical walking tour where we learned a bit more about New Orleans history and looked at a cemetery as well as a number of historic houses in a variety of architectural styles. The Garden District is the richest area of the city.
After the tour, we caught the streetcar back to Canal Street, the edge of the French Quarter.
Scott went shopping for rings.
Shopping in the heat and humidity was thirsty work. Stopped at Napoleon House Bar for the specialty drink Pimm’s Cup made of Pimm’s, a gin based liqueur, with lemonnade and a cucumber garnish.
Headed down Chartres Street for dinner.
Wall of some kind of lush vegetation.
lobster, egg, caviar with Dom Perignon — tasted like Japanese chawan mushi
risotto with shrimp, shitake mushroom and English peas
goat’s milk panna cotta with strawberries
post dessert desserts so good we ate most before I took a photo