Friday, April 3, 2009



We wake from our food coma thinking about where we will eat today. It is our last day in the city for this visit and we think we have picked out a really good restaurant. Rio Mar. We have read about and the bar tender at Cafe Adelaide said he liked it a lot. We start with coffee around the corner and then head into the Quarter. We are looking for a book store and the Nepoleon House.

We get to the Quarter and right away find a book store. It’s a classic. Tons of books written by southerners or about the south. New and old. We spend about an hour looking around and get a few books. We then head to the corner of Charters and St Louis streets.

The Napoleon House is a famous bar and cafe and Napoleon never stepped foot in the building. He was supposed to hold up there at one time , but never made it. It is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever been in. It is and has been in the perfect state of decay for as long as I can remember. I first went there about 30 years ago and nothings changed. Tourist flock there , but that doesn’t stop the locals form coming as well. You got to have a Pimm’s Cup when you go and the food is good. Click on Pimm’s Cup to read about it. It is the only cocktail I’ve ever had that uses a slice of cucumber for a garnish. The muffaletta is very good also. We had a Pimm’s cup and then head out to lunch. We plan to sit for a hour or so and eat Spanish and Latin American Tapas.

So that’s what we do. We order a nice crisp white wine from the Basque region of Spain to match with dishes like ceviche, grilled Octopus, Oysters baked with chorizo & spinach, you get the idea. Maybe it’s because we make good ceviche at home or maybe it’s because we have had most of these dishes in it’s native land, but we’re just not that impressed. It’s not bad, but it’s not blowing us away like most all our other meals in NOLA have. No big deal. Can’t complain, what?, six great meals and one ok meal. I can live with that.
And with that being said, we can’t wait to get back to New Orleans, hope it’s not a whole year before we do so.

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