Exploring New Orleans

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.

Louisiana State courts
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:
chicken and sausage jambalaya
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.

Sandra Bullock’s house

was Anne Rice’s house



our tour guide Ann
was Nicholas Cage’s house
Cornstalk fence

After the tour, we caught the streetcar back to Canal Street, the edge of the French Quarter.

Scott went shopping for rings.

Canal Place mall
Royal Street



Napoleon House
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.




dinner at Stella!
Wall of some kind of lush vegetation.


rose to start
amuse bouches



gazpacho with crab
lobster, egg, caviar with Dom Perignon — tasted like Japanese chawan mushi

risotto with shrimp, shitake mushroom and English peas

salmon and baby turnips



tenderloin, foie gras potato croquette
goat’s milk panna cotta with strawberries


chocolate, cake, white pepper
post dessert desserts so good we ate most before I took a photo

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