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Vegas minus 4, Shells, Shoes, Shows and SouthWest..Part 2, or.. N'Oleans -1, MrsDRP's turn

Discussion in 'Non Vegas Trip Reports' started by DRPinVa, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. NickPappageorgio

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    I make gumbo at home. The secret, is in the roux.

    Most people add the trinity (chopped onions, celery, bell pepper) before the roux gets sufficiently dark. So they end up with a lighter gumbo that's sort of like a stew.

    You have to be patient, it's going to smell like it's burning but it's really not. Once it gets to a deep brick red color, dump the trinity. That stops the roux from burning. But it's a fine line. You have about 20 seconds between too light, and a black roux. At that point you have to start all over again. When I first started making gumbo I dumped many a black roux into the trash.
     
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  2. DRPinVa

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    All recipes gladly accepted :):)
     
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  3. DRPinVa

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    Sunday..........

    So our Carriage ride/cemetery tour was scheduled for 10AM Sunday morning.. Pre-purchased via a groupon, but I'm almost sure that the walk up price was the same as the Groupon price....either that, or I was misunderstanding what I was overhearing as the drivers were trying to reel in walk by patrons...Anyway, MrsDRP enjoyed the ride, the morning was warm but with just enough threatening clouds to help keep the temps down a bit..

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    I was very impressed at how well trained the mules are...very little guidance on the drivers part..the mule seemed to know how and when to maneuver in traffic, and when to turn...A relaxing ride, and of course the driver/guide tells you all sorts of little tidbits as you move along. Took maybe 15/20 minutes to get to the cemetery.... We had not taken any tours of it before, and I have to admit, I found it very interesting. I always thought there were bodies/bones in those crypts, turns out, for the most part, just ashes....sometimes multiple dozens of family members ashes in them.

    Future resting place for Nicholas Cage.... very interesting story to go along with this one also....

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    I would recommend the carriage ride and / or the tour, very pleasant experience.
    Headed back after about 30 minutes in the cemetery, and MrsDRP and I decided to head for one of the breakfast places she had researched...we googled mapped it, and started walking....but as so often happens with us, we started doubting our selection and ended up settling for a place on the way...The Corner Oyster House....It was fair at best, and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it...
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    MrsDRP enjoyed her usual morning Bloody Mary...
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    We shared a stuffed mushroom appetizer, which was different, and pretty good...
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    I opted for the lunch food - a shrimp Po Boy, which was very unexciting.....basically just popcorn shrimp on a toasted bun with some lettuce and pickles... no sauce, other than the cup of tarter... I've had much, much better Po Boys here at home...
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    MrsDRP opted for the breakfast option, with French toast, bacon, and blueberries...it was fine, although the bacon was a bit limp :rolleyes:
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    ..........................to be continued.....
     
  4. DRPinVa

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    After breakfast we visited several specialty shops along Decatur Street.... those threatening clouds had become much more threatening by now, close by thunder..so we decided to head back towards the hotel...MrsDRP opted for some shopping in the more mainstream stores along Canal, while I opted for another craps session. For dinner, MrsDRP had made another selection - Oceana Grill on Conti Street. This time we made it to our destination, albeit without reservations. Luckily we were seated in less than 10 minutes. MrsDRP made a great selection. An excellent meal, although our waiter was just a bit under-experienced and over eager. He came by to ask us about dessert no less than 4 minutes after we received our meals....then again 4 minutes after that...then again 4 mins....you get the idea....We started with some delicious crab cakes to share....I'm not a huge crab cake fan, but the sauce and crawfish made them...
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    I had the Redfish with turnip greens and mashed potatoes....it was absolutely delicious...
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    Although I tried to talk MrsDRP into something more exciting, she opted for the fried shrimp...they too were very good, the hushpuppies were delicious!!!
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    She also had a cup of gumbo (imagine that!!!!!) that was also delicious - chicken based - but I forgot to get a pic...
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    We made our final visit to Bourbon Street just long enough to dance off a little bit of our overeating... We found a boogie/soul band that we both really enjoyed..
    again, I forget the name of the club....The guy on the left playing the trumpet was great....Rubberband Man for sure...
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    After that, our last stop... We made our way to the Jazz club that we missed on Saturday night...the Mahogany Jazz Hall Burlesque and Absinthe House...I had a Lemon Drop Martini, which was a nice break from my usual gin and tonics..
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    Very much enjoyed this place as well....Just 2 older gentlemen playing great Jazz/Blues/Soul music...They did What a Wonderful World....it was excellent..
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    Decided to head back to the hotel around 11, as we had to be up around 430 for our flight..MrsDRP did the smart thing and went straight up, I couldn't resist one last craps session, which was the exact same thing I did in Vegas last month, with the same disgusting result... I not only lost a fairly quick $600, it was in a very frustrating session... There was a fellow at the opposite end of the table, playing the Don't, which I generally have no problem with...but this particular fellow was VERY, VERY vocal, and not in a good way... When anyone else would roll, he would start with the "here comes that 7", "You all know it's coming"..."I'm goin be kicking ya'll", "You watch, 3 rolls and she's goin roll that 7".... Very loud, very persistant...I shoulda just walked... Oh well, made it easy to leave...

    Our flights were uneventful...when we landed in Raleigh, it was a steamy 89 degrees... we drove an hour towards home, stopped for gas, and the temperature had dropped to 67 degrees.....Whaaaattttt??????

    No, we never did get those beignets.... next time :);)

    I wasn't too impressed with the dealers at the casino... I'm not the worlds biggest tipper...but certainly not the tightest...I generally tip all along the way, putting down $1 on just about 80% of points... probably $20-$40 in a long session, then $10-$15 when leaving... maybe 30% of the time I got a 'Thanks"...then when the point was 5/9, ($15 table) I would forget to put $16 instead of $15 on my odds bets... only about 2 dealers would remind me..I know it's my responsibility, but when you are tipping regularly, most dealers will point out your mistakes to you... I imagine I played 18-20 hours, $15 tables, with pass line/odds plus at least 2 numbers always, bumping my bets on wins.. I was sort of expecting a decent back end comp, they took $115 off our hotel bill, wouldn't comp any of the resort fees.

    All around, a very fun but exhausting trip.... MrsDRP got her 15,000 steps in every day by mid day... Hopefully, we'll get to do it again in a year or two...

    Hope you enjoyed riding along!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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    Thanks for doing the report - I’ve got a lot of ideas now for a future trip to NOLA!
     
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    Thanks so much for taking us along. A very well-written, informative and entertaining report. You two really know how to get the most out of a trip! I’ll have to move NOLA up on my bucket list!!
     
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    The food at Oceana Grill looks fantastic! Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much, especially after the not-so-good meal earlier. Hey, better info for next trip!

    So sorry that your craps sessions were, well, crappy! It sounds like the casino could use some dealers who actually enjoy the action and getting tips, ugh!

    Again, great pics and I thoroughly enjoyed the write-up, thanks DRP!

    PS... you don't HAVE to wait a year or two to go back, do you?!? As much fun as the Mrs had, it shouldn't be difficult to get her to agree to another visit!
     
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  8. NickPappageorgio

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    Great TR. Thanks for letting TAG along.
     
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  9. DRPinVa

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    Glad you enjoyed it...There's lots of fun things to do there... including the plantation and swamp tours...Fun and interesting as well...Take a trip!!!

    Thanks @MNSlotLover, we do enjoy the music and diversity of the city...We missed out on visiting Frenchman Street and the different music venues there...next time!!!

    Mmmmmm....that was one of those meals that you keep thinking about after you are long gone...Yummy....Craps - I should learn to stop/reduce my tipping when it doesn't seem to be appreciated... 2 years - correct, we don't necessarily *have* to wait, but, ummm...at our ages, it takes us 2 years to recover from the last one ;)

    LoL....may it rest in Peace... :confused: MrsDRP is already nagging me (encouraging, I mean) to make a batch of gumbo!!!!
     
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    The trip sounded like a lot of fun! Thanks for the TR. Now you can start your countdown to Vegas in September!
     
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    LoL...You took the thoughts right outta my head April!!!!!

    3 months from today!!!!

    Thanks for following along :)
     
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    Found a new easy way to make gumbo. 1 or 2 cans of blue runner chicken gumbo base. I do normally sauté some garlic onion celery and green pepper. Then add the chicken and sausage and let simmer for an hour. I use either an andouille if i want it spicy(simmering for at least an hour puts all the spice in the gumbo.) or ill use a good smoked sausage.

    The canned Blue Runner gumbo base is the easiest and tastiest quick method for gumbo. Ive tried powders and tasted other peoples using powder, and this liquid base is the best. With the few additions i make, like the vegatables in the beginning, i can probably give some good homeade roux gumbo a run for its money.
     
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    Avoid the line at Cafe du Monde by ordering from the "to go" window with a much shorter line. Then take your beignets to a bench in Jackson Square and people watch while you eat. And don't wear a dark colored shirt !
     
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