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Posted By:Andouille
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2010-04-15 17:10:57
Same here, Poppy.... :)
2010-04-15 16:56:31
Andouille, you have posted some excellent flower pics! Congratulations! - There can never be too many flowers for me. ;-)
2010-04-15 09:10:54
Marybeth, I posted a few photos of some favorite New Orleans delicacies earlier today, including the bbq shrimp from Pascal's Manale, some big plump oysters on the half shell, and one of a fried soft shell crab. However, I checked on them a short while ago and they are not doing well, vote-wise. People seem to be fond of photos of beautiful flowers, understandably, but less fond of photos of beautiful delicious food, which is less understandable. In any case,I hope you get to see them before they vanish. If not I'll try posting them again.
2010-04-15 02:06:36
Pascal's Manale is still there, and still probably looks about the way it did when you saw it last. No fancy decor, no attempt to create any kind of environment. Neither the place nor the menu has changed much in the last fifty years or so, but it's frequently packed, with long waits, which means they are doing something right. The barbecued shrimp, which made them famous despite not being really barbecued, are wonderful, but a mess to eat. Wear a bib. And some of those places out on the lake are back in business after being hard hit by Katrina, and still serving those wonderful soft-shelled crabs. Those are among my favorite things in the entire cullinary repertoire...if there is a heaven and they serve food there, fried soft-shelled crabs will be on the menu.
2010-04-12 10:23:23
You are so fortunate, Andouille, to have a job that allows you to travel. I enjoy traveling more than just about anything, the further from home the better, and it would be lovely to travel and be paid to do it. How I wish I could be in New Orleans in the spring ! Is Pascal Manale's still popular? It was another place our father liked to take us. And there were places out on the lake built out over the water where we'd go and have fried soft shelled crabs. Those were the days.
2010-04-11 01:45:51
Robin Williams said the only reason to go to Denny's was if you're too drunk to speak to the waitress. At Denny's you can just point to the picture of the food on the menu.
2010-04-11 01:41:00
My 'real home'is New Orleans if home is where the heart is. I lived there for several years, fell deeply and passionately in love with it, and will never get over it. I was born and reared in the mid-west which, though beautiful in its own way, is only interesting if one enjoys watching corn ripen. And from the persepctive of someone who has spent years in the fod-servcie industry, Denny's is a last resort eatery. If it's late at night and you're really hungry and Denny's is the only place open it's better than nothing.
2010-04-10 15:44:58
We used to have Denys here in Australia. I loved their club sandwiches. They really tasted yummy... :)
2010-04-10 15:28:18
Confusion confusion. You live in Austin but your real home is in the mid-west? Anways, Denny's is also in Vancouver...not exactly haute cuisine. But some people love their 'Grand Slam' breakfasts. Consulting work is very interesting.
2010-04-10 14:47:44
Thank you very much, Marybeth. It's nice to feel appreciated. And I was enjoying our conversation as well. In fact, what I do in Austin is just live and enjoy the city. My work involves traveling to other places. I do consulting for certain kinds of businesses that are struggling, mainly restaurants. In fact, I'll be in New Orleans later this month. It'll be good to be 'back home,' I wasn't actually born or raised there, but it feels like home every time I go back. My real home is in a boring little city in the mid-west where the most exciting restaurant is the local Deny's.
2010-04-10 10:07:14
Andouille, I am so happy to see this. It was such a pleasure conversing with you under the last photo you had posted of beautiful spring flowers, but it seems to have disappeared. I went through many pages of photos looking for it, but couldn't find it anywhere. Anyway, here you are back again ! I believe I had asked you what you do in Austin? Other than just enjoy livingthere, I mean.
2010-04-10 08:34:03
No , not my garden. There are lots of flowers blooming where I live, but my yard ( garden ) is small and rather spartan.
2010-04-10 03:19:52
C'est votre jardin ? Is it your garden ?