Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I tried the local beer, Abita, while in New Orleans and found it to be quite good. While I didn’t try them all, my favorite was the Jockamo, their IPA. It was nice and crisp, slightly hoppy, and refreshing, the perfect compliment to a Muffaletta. It doesn’t rank up there as a personal favorite, I like my IPA a bit hoppier, I recommend you try one sometime.
According to the company website, “Jockamo is named for the tribes of dancing, singing, chanting “Mardi Gras Indians” who have marched in New Orleans for over 250 years. When you hear the drums, join in the song...“Iko! Iko! Jockamo fe na ne”.”
Here are the stats: ABV 6.5%, IBU 52, Color 16
Friday, July 24, 2009
After a nice dinner, and a couple of good beers, a nice cigar tastes good. In New Orleans they have a place called the New Orleans Cigar Factory where you can watch craftsmen roll cigars. They have a nice selection, and the prices are right as well. For three dollars you can pick up a nice medium sized cigar in either natural or sweet flavor. I found them every bit as enjoyable as the Cubans I had in England, and fresher. Stop in and sample one. They also ship anywhere, so check out their website.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
First of all, New Orleans is a nice place to visit and they sure are tourist oriented. Everyone is friendly and helpful. The city is easy to get around, and there’s just about everything you could want there, and a few things you don’t want. We got a kick out of seeing the girls sporting their ‘wares’ outside of the strip clubs, and we wondered why anyone would go in after seeing the ‘models’ hanging around outside. They were, um, let’s say unattractive.
The main draw is the food, and that’s awesome and diverse. Try the seafood since it’s fresh. The beer is plentiful, but be careful about buying beer on Bourbon Street. I had a nice Abita Amber for three bucks, and a nice stout for ten-fifty. I won’t mention the name of that place, but it’s the one with about fifty taps in it.
Walk up and down the streets and listen to the music. Good music, bad music, and everything in between. I watched a man play a harmonica for a half-hour and listened to a 495 pound man sing the blues. I also heard a guy singing who’d make a cat in heat sound good.
They even have a place where you can watch cigars being made, and buy them for a reasonable price. All in all, New Orleans is a nice place to have visited. I’m glad I went there so I can say, “Hey, I’ve been to New Orleans.” What would bring me back though, is the food and the music.
We were in Wilmington, North Carolina on this leg of the journey and we had quite a few places to choose from. There were seven adults, and three children so after thinking for a bit, the logical choice was Chili’s to take advantage of the “Two for Twenty” offer they have going on.
Now this is a great deal. You get an appetizer to share, two entrees, and a desert to share, all for only twenty dollars. Sounds good, but it’s even better when you realize that Chili’s does not downsize the appetizers or the deserts, they’re full size. And there are quite a few choices.
The bottom line is that for ten people, the bill was about eighty bucks plus tip. We all left full, especially since we acted like we hadn’t eaten in a week. Oh, the service was good, the food was good, and everything else was what I’ve come to expect from Chili’s.