Well this week we spent on a trip back home - New Orleans, Louisiana! See that seafood up there? That is nothing! We also had gobs of crabs, sausage, and appetizers galore. We New Orleanians know how to eat, baby. The whole family - 22 of us - spent our entire first day hanging out at my cousin's house, chatting, laughing, catching up, and cooking. Then chatting, laughing, catching up, and eating.
The next day, we threw all of the leftover seafood into a big pot of gumbo. We also fried softshell crabs, shrimp, and crawfish, and had po-boys. We made potato salad with the red potatoes that were boiled in the spicy seafood boil. Oh yeah cher, that's some good eatin'.
Here is a photo of the whole family with my grandma sitting in the middle. We all went together as a surprise for her, since this is the first time in six years that the whole family has been together. Before hurricane Katrina sent us in different directions, we all spent every holiday as well as many crawfish boils together.
We spent a day at the Audubon Zoo, of course. The zoo is so beautiful - full of oak trees and so many different plants and trees. I could just spend the whole day there even without seeing the animals. They added a water park since we were there last, which is a great thing because Louisiana summers are H-O-T!
After the zoo we rode the streetcar all the way down St. Charles Avenue, perhaps the loveliest street in the New Orleans area. It is lined with massive oak trees and mansions of an incredible variety of architecture, and gorgeous gardens. In order for a business to get the opportunity to be located on St. Charles, it must meet strict aesthetic guidelines. Even the McDonald's is in a unique structure, neutral colors, and no obnoxious signage. I took this shot of the Borders bookstore, because it is certainly unique and representative of the way businesses blend into the beauty that is St. Charles Avenue:
Anyway, awesome good times in the Nola. Wish we could have stayed longer, as always. As they say, "there are 49 states in America, and then there is Louisiana."
Laissez le bon temps rouler!
(a famous saying in New Orleans, aka let the good times roll)