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    Quote Originally Posted by lobeck
    I haven't eaten at Mike Anderson's in New Orleans, but I have eaten at the one in Baton Rouge. It was good, but, quite honestly, it wasn't stand-out fantastic IMO.
    lobeck! Betch love NM, being away from this humidity!

    ITA about Mike Anderson's. Every year we have our office Christmas party at Mike Anderson's in BR. Their mixed drinks are good & strong, but the food to me is very average. Their big thing is fried seafood, and there ar a ton of little places in NO --kind of hole-in-the-wall that you'll stumble upon-- that have just as good, if not better seafood.

    And duurrrhh...how could I have forgotten the Gumbo Shop?!?! Took my northern cousin there, and all he'd eat was a plain grilled chicken breast. They have different kinds of gumbo, so you can avoid something if you think it's too weird (eg turtle or alligator).

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    Thanks for that. I definitely don't want to go somewhere that's just ordinary when we have such a short time in New Orleans!

    I'm thinking about taking a backpack around the city with us since it sounds so miserably humid. . . for our water bottles, Fans of Reality TV suggestions , and map. Luckily, we'll be at the New Orleans Marriott & that looks close to a lot of things we'd be interested in doing, so maybe I won't get too hot.

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    Any last words of advice from the FoRT?

    Is the Audobon Zoo and Aquarium worth going to on a short trip?

    We leave Tuesday morning for N.O. and won't be back on here during our trip.

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    Pat O'Briens - I prefer the outside tables near the multi-colored fountain to the piano bar area.
    Cafe Du Monde
    Jackson Square
    Go shopping in the French Market. There are also some great art boutiques in the French Quarter, off of Bourbon Street.
    Musee Conti Wax Musuem - a history of the area.
    If your not into seafood, get a Po-boy (sp?) at Acme Oyster House. I enjoyed mine.
    Some hotels have information on shuttles to local tours.
    Enjoy your stay!
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    The aquarium was great, didn't try the zoo. And I'm pretty spoiled by our Oregon Coast Aquarium.

    Mother's was a great, inexpensive restaurant. It wasn't in the quarter, but I think we took the streetcar to get there. I can't remember. I remember great food and an AI elimination that night playing on the TV. Really ticked off one of our fellow travellers who wasn't hooked.
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    Has anyone heard from Charity? I'm anxious to hear if the weather was good while they were there.

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    Let's see, if they left Tuesday, they should have returned on Friday, Saturday at the latest. I bet they're still recovering from some good partying in NO. Maybe we'll hear from her today. I, too, am dying to know how her trip went, and what souvenirs they decided to bring home.

    *starts putting up 'Welcome Home, Charity' banners on the FoRT clubhouse walls*

    A cake. We need a Welcome Home cake for them!
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    Yeah, I was wondering how they were doing during TS Cindy, since lots of NO had 3 day power outtages.

    Charity--how did y'all fair?

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    Thanks, all, for the kind welcome back. I've been enjoying the end of my vacation at home- avoiding the computer mainly, but here I am. Here's how it went:

    Tuesday, 7/5: Flew from KY to Dallas airport to New Orleans. Weather was muggy, cloudy, and rainy. Took a cab from the airport & checked in the NO Marriott. We walked down Bourbon Street with our umbrellas then over to the Jackson Square area. The cathedral was open but it was rainy so we planned to go there on Wednesday. I wanted to eat first, so we walked down Decator and stopped at Cafe Maspero's. My husband, Paul, had a Muffaletta & really enjoyed it. I had a cheeseburger (I like plain things, but I like him to enjoy regional fare). The food was good. The service left a little to the imagination because it was SO packed in there. We walked around & looked in some shops, but the weather was too miserable to enjoy anything, so we went down to Harrah's casino and looked around in there. I was impressed by how they scanned my driver's license. I put $5 in one of the penny slot machines and played for a while. We went back to the room and watched the weather get worse on TV and outside. Around 9pm we couldn't stand to stay in the room anymore so we braved the elements and ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Paul had a Run Across America meal (mainly shrimp) and I had a chicken sandwich. The food was good, but we ate the same thing in Chicago at the BGSC there in May, so we knew it would be. As we were coming back from the restaurant in the rain, some bum tried to block my husband as he went by. I kept thinking we were going to get mugged or blown away in the storm, but we made it. We went back to the room and let Tropical Storm Cindy leave New Orleans in the middle of the night.

    Wednesday, 7/6: Tropical Storm Cindy was nowhere to be found! Woohoo! We started out toward Jackson Square at the end of normal breakfast hours and found 'The Orleans' still serving breakfast. Paul had a Cajun Omelette and I had the breakfast buffet. I was the only one eating the buffet, so I ate the last of the spicy sausage patties, the burnt pieces of bacon, and the cut fruit. I also had a pancake, but there WERE some of those left after I was finished with the buffet. I can't say the same for the pineapples on the bar. And, Paul definitely enjoyed his omelette. The waitress took around 8 minutes giving us her rehearsed view of the city, showing us brochures, maps, and telling us how to get to Algiers for free. We walked down to the Jackson Square area and took the Steamboat Natchez for a 1.5 hour ride down the Mississippi. I enjoyed having someone narrate things as we went by them. We got a coupon off the map we had & saved around $3 on the steamboat, so that was nice. We walked down Decator Street and went to Cafe du Monde. We had beinets and bottled water. I'm glad we sat by the inside of the building or we would probably still be sitting there waiting on someone to notice we wanted something to eat. The cathedral was closed, so we went down Decator to the Flea Market. We bought some voodoo dolls for friends and some other cheap souveniers & walked back to the hotel. We went back out to Canal Street because I wanted to catch the streetcar that went to the Garden District. No such luck! We ended up going on a streetcar north on Canal Street. After it crossed under the interstate, my husband saw another one going the other way, so we caught it and went back toward the hotel. After that we needed a nap. Around 6 we went to Harrah's Casino and I lost $20 in the penny slots, Paul lost $35 in the quarter slot machines, we lost $50 at the black jack tables, and we had 2 drinks. Not too bad for a trip to the casino. We went from there over to Riverwalk and looked around for a bit. Paul had a Strawberry Pina Colada & we headed back to the hotel to change for dinner. We went to the Five O'Clock Grille on Bourbon Street for dinner. Paul had a Catfish Po'Boy and I had a Chicken Sandwich that I had them put on po'boy bread. We sat on the balcony and watch the people come in and out of the club where people perform live love acts and a club were men perform as women. It's amazing how realistic the men look dressed as women (from outside the club, of course.) I didn't really care for the Five O'Clock Grille. I felt like they kept trying to rush us out- telling us we had to order entrees and drinks to even eat on the balcony, just giving us the opportunity to have 1 beer, and saying "it's time to go now" when they brought our check! Paul & I had our pictures made with a guy holding a "Big Ass Beers" sign and Paul bought one of the beers. We went in Razoo's and a couple other bars because they didn't have a cover and many had live bands. One bar had 3 for 1 beers, but the balcony upstairs at that place was dull AND crowded, so we left Bourbon around midnight. We had room service around 1AM at the Marriott, but they couldn't give us anything that had to be cooked because the "ovens and fryers were down"! That was ridiculous. The cheesecake was good, though.

    Thursday, 7/7: We had room service for breakfast. It was nice since we had a free voucher for that going along with our trip. Breakfast was pretty good, but definitely not cruise-ship-breakfast-room-service worthy, which was what I was hoping for. We packed & went on the airport. In Chicago's O'hare Airport while waiting on our connection flight, we ate at Chili's. It was decent, but nothing special. After some delays, we got back to airport in KY at 9pm.

    Thank you all for the meal suggestions and attraction selections, but weather definitely won out on our trip and we didn't get to do a lot of things we hoped to do. But, overall, we had a good trip. I didn't even end up wearing sunscreen or my floppy hat!
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    Welcome back, charity!!

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip in spite of the weather. And I'm SO happy that you enjoyed the Natchez, because that's something I always do when I'm in NO for at least a day. It's such a nice 1.5-2 hour escape from the noise and crowds of the city itself. By the time we dock and I get off, I feel so relaxed and carefree. Taking that steamboat trip defines the feeling of "big easy" for me, and I just love it. I recommend that to everyone who asks about NO. Heck, I've gone to NO a couple of times just for that Natchez trip and the way it relaxes me.

    I'll bet you guys ARE tired, lol. But we're glad you made it back ok, and really glad you enjoyed your trip. NO is one of my favorite getaway spots. Hey, did you visit any voodoo shops, like Marie Laveaux's? Tell me you brought back a Mardi Gras mask for a souvenir
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