New Orleans, Easter Weekend. When I do get to travel, I take photos, I eat, and here I am writing about it. 🙂
I’ve been to New Orleans, probably over 20 times now. We arrived in time for the sunset and the glow of the city.
Crescent Pie and Sausage Company
Eggplant with crawfish sitting on a bed of corn: ★★★★☆
Cajun Jumbalaya with beans and pork (and tons of Tobasco): ★★★☆☆
A sausage sampler plate with everything from Chicken to Boudin
…then off to Sucre, a gelato and sorbet place on Magazine Street. New since last time I was there was this gaudy/awesome Chinese Restaurant with one of the most gangsta signs ever!
If I was an assassin for hire this would be my hangout joint. 😎
All sorts of delicious sorbet. You’d think at $8 for a small cup it would be a rip off, but…
Mango Sorbet (about the same potency of 10 mangoes): ★★★★★
I normally take way too much gear for every trip down there. This time I only took 3, no, actually 5 cameras, if you consider the Harinezumi and iPhone a camera. The black and white mode on the E-PL1 is not bad.
Jung’s Golden Dragon II, not quite as cool a name as Double Dragon II on the westbank, but pretty darn slick if you ask me.
The view from my brother’s place. Another cinematic vantage point in this city. Lots of movies are filmed in NOLA. I would try to film something, but it’s hard enough to get just one person to show up for a photo shoot…
Breakfast at the Ruby Slipper. It is commonplace to see lines in front of places in the morning. Always go early.
For those that don’t know, Louisiana doesn’t have Sweet Tea. I think the cut-off is in Mississippi.
Poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce over rice and a shrimp sauce: ★★★★☆
If you wait around long enough in New Orleans, eventually a parade will break out. This is the Chris Owens Easter Parade (actually the second one we saw) going down Bourbon street.
Alligator, breaded and fried, with Tabasco and Honey Mustard: ★★★☆☆
Catfish Po’ Boy with Ruffles: ★★★☆☆ (Definitely not as good as Park Tavern)
Me running with the Steadicam Merlin up and down Bourbon Street. Here’s how I stay energized:
Arizona Mucho Mango and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: ★★★★★
One of my favorite Viet places on the Westbank, Nine Roses. This is the wrap with marinated beef that you cook yourself.
Rice/Lettuce Wrap, Beef, Rice Vermicelli, Parsley, Cucumber, Mint, Carrots: ★★★★★
Catfish, Pineapple, Okra, Tomato, Celery and Bean Sprout Viet Soup: ★★★★★
Went to the NOMA (where one of old drawing teacher’s paintings hang) and took these black and white images. I think the bird perched in the second image is a stronger composition.
The E-PL1 in high saturation mode can mimic the Harinezumi
I saw this scene with the semi transparent tarp and it reminded me that the E-PL1 also has a neat multiple exposure mode.
You can take the ferry by car or foot from the Westbank to New Orleans for $1. It’s a short, but cinematic ride. Heart shaped bokeh would have been better with the 85mm f/1.4, but alas, it was sitting back at the house… The 50mm f/1.4 is still to me, the “best” lens for every situation.
Red Wine Cabernet at the Columns Hotel on St. Charles: ★☆☆☆☆
(Only because I don’t drink!) 🙂
This is right outside my brother’s place. When the light is golden and the street cars go rumbling by, it is, again, cinematic. Putting any camera’s white balance to “Shade” at this hour will further add to the scene’s warmth. Too bad making a real film is so ridiculously difficult compared to still pictures, that I’ll just stick to my short clips of random things…
I was expecting amazing things from these Spicy Cajun Crawtators, but sigh…: ★☆☆☆☆
Same thing with this Abita Purple Haze Raspberry Beer: ★☆☆☆☆ (Again, I really don’t drink)
However, this might have been one of the best meals of the trip, food from the deli at Rouse’s grocery store. I think all this was about $6.
Sausage, Corn and Potatoes (all with Cajun Spices): ★★★★★
Mango Sorbet that goes out to my one and only 😉 : ★★★★★
My name is Boon. I draw. I take photos. I eat. See you next time! 🙂