Monday, September 26, 2011

A true Saint

Here’s a link to an incredibly moving story about former Saint Steve Gleason who is suffering from ALS 

http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2011/09/new_orleans_saints_cult_hero_s.html

And here is the final, inspiring quote from the article

 

"And am I afraid now? Yeah, I'm afraid," he said. "I'm afraid to walk in public, because people look at me. But I'm not going to stop. I'm afraid because if I want to commune with my friend Shad (Meier), I have to ask him to cut my chicken for me. But I did it. And I'm afraid to go back and see my teammates and coaches because I know that I'll feel envy. But I'm going to do it anyway. Because fear is just a feeling, and if you can acknowledge that fear, digest that fear and overcome it, the rewards are incredible."

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fun with Food and Drink

I was reading some of my favorite blogs on Friday evening when I came across this post from NOLA Defender blog . Free admission to several Museums in the city? Sounds like us! We looked thru the list and chose a little-known museum located on the Riverwalk: The Southern Food & Beverage Museum , just past the food court on Level C.



The museum is full of well thought out displays and the attention to detail keeps the visitor looking at everything to catch those details.

Leah Chase is featured in the main area of the museum.






There's a section devoted to methods of cooking food: stoves, barbecue pits......




and even a stove with a computer attached to it for multi-tasking cooks.






One of the first things that caught my eye was the Katrina Deli.














This caught my eye in the section devoted to rice: a poster from the upcoming International Rice Festival in Crowley, Louisiana .


I wonder how many people remember the little song about Mahatma and Water Maid rice?


I found the sugar section of the museum fascinating. I have passed hundreds of those huge trucks carrying sugarcane in the Raceland/Thibodaux area in the years that my daughter has attended Nicholls State, but I never realized how complex refining sugar could be.


This beautiful cake was created by Chef George Cook, pastry chef at the IP Casino in Biloxi, demonstrating food as art.


There's a section devoted to red beans and rice.


Red beans and rice as clothing?




The Absinthe gallery takes up quite a bit of space in the museum.










This bar is from Bruning's Restaurant, formerly of the West End.



Here are some other scenes from the museum:





















I could do a whole post on the Cocktail section of the museum, there is so much in there.

There is a section where visitors can leave a message about their impression of the museum.


I found this note from a visitor who was tired of hearing "When the Saints Go Marching In" was amusing.

I highly recommend a visit to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Tickets are only $10 for adults ($8 for AAA members). To find out more about what exhibits are taking place at the Museum, check out this link.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Framework with a pane

The title of this post is a simple definition for the word "window". But what follows is anything but simple

Whenever I visit New Orleans, I always make sure to look up. Because there is SO much to see in this 300 year old city. My latest favorite subject is the variety of windows, especially the ones in the older buildings. Here are some of my favorites (a few from the Northshore as well):






New Orleans Botanical Gardens








Decatur Street




Decatur Street


City Park


Slidell's Olde Towne


Slidell's Olde Towne








I love the old, wavy glass in this window


Look at all those windows!!




There I am!


I love the details here






Fountainbleau State Park





So next time you're strolling around New Orleans, look up and take it in.