I Got My Boogie on the Bayou

This weekend was the Bayou Boogaloo festival in Mid City along Bayou St. John.  This was my first year going.

For some reason, I’m usually working the weekend it’s being held.

However, I was free to go Friday so, that’s the day we headed out there.

I’m glad I went because, it’s a wonderful festival.

We got out there around 5:30p.m.  and there’s something a lil different about this festival.

I don’t know what it is but, this festival is more relaxed….

more enjoyable somehow.

It felt as though a bunch of New Orleanians  just happened to go hang out on the Bayou at the exact time a bunch of musicians decided to show up,

folks enjoying Bayou St. John at the Bayou Boogaloo Fest.

The weather was perfect!

A nice cool breeze was blowing off of the water, the sun was setting so, it wasn’t too hot,

yeah, I had a fabulous time out there.

The food was pretty good. Since it’s a relatively small festival they didn’t have as many vendors as I’m used to seeing but,

the few dishes we had were pretty tasty.

No, they didn’t burn the meat…it’s a blackened catfish po’boy and it was dee-lish!

militon with andouille and shrimp

Ok, I’m not gonna lie, when NavySeal brought this to me the first thing out of my mouth was,

“what the shit is this?”

I knew what I asked for but, the dish in my head looked different from the one that was in front of me.

When I tasted it though, it was all over.  This dish was soooo flavorful! It’s a keeper!

The ham and swiss crepes were just  so-so to me.

Not great, not bad…just so-so.

I think it would have been better if I had gotten the crepe filled with something else.

NavySeal and I found a great place under a tree and nested there for about 3 1/2 hours,

listening to the wonderful musicians and soaking up the atmosphere.

I see why they call it the family festival.  A lot of folks were out there with their kids,

the two legged and the four-legged kind.

They had a lot of people out there with their dogs.

And all of them were well-behaved.

Even the doggies were having fun.

Dog enjoying the festival!

They even had a tent for them with a water station, treats and bags for folks to clean up after their furry family members.

doggie tent

I really loved going to this festival.

I love the local vibe to it.

Family and friends getting together, hanging out on the Bayou,

eating awesome food,listening to fantastic music and having a good time.

Sounds like a regular ole’ day in the Big Easy.

And you know what….

IT IS.

This weekend is the Greek Festival and the Food and Wine Experience.

I’ll be at the Food and Wine Experience on Friday.

 I can’t handle the crowds at the Greek Fest.

Too many people in such a small location for me,

sure gonna miss that food though.

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And All That Jazz

The hubs and I hit the Jazz Fest yesterday!

Thanks to a wonderful nurse I work with, I was able to get a two for one hook up.

Man, was I ever grateful for that because, at $65 a person to get in at the gate and $20 for parking, I don’t know if I would have been there.

I like my festivals free!

Thursday was a great day to be out there.

It was a locals day with plenty of school kids and folks who played hooky from work.

This weekend is going to be a madhouse…way too many people for me.

We were able to walk around and really take in the food and music at our leisure.

Won’t be able to do that  this weekend with wall-to-wall people.

We hit the fest when the gates opened at  11 a.m. and I walked right on to the first dish I wanted to try,

That darned Crawfish Monica!  Everyone raves about this dish at the fest so, there was no way I was gonna go there and not sample it.

This dish is soooooo goooood!

It’s slap yo’ momma good!

NavySeal had a Cuban Sandwich which was da bomb!

Made with pulled pork, ham, cheese and mustard. It was put on flat bread and grilled.

Mercy!

We didn’t run across any bad food dishes at all.

Some of ’em we weren’t  able to take pics of because we were just too busy grubbing.

We did get to try the infamous Crawfish Bread though and get a pic before we devoured it!

The music out there was fabulous!

There’s about 7 or 8 different stages (maybe more I don’t remember) each with their own flavor of music,

Zydeco, Brass Band, Dixieland,Gospel,etc.,

We hit them all.

Something else you won’t be able to do this weekend….

move from stage to stage with ease.

The crowd will be 3 times worse than this over the weekend. And with Maze closing out one stage and Rockin’ Dopsie closing out another it’s gonna be really hectic.

thank goodness for jumbo trons!

Acura stage

Did I mention it was a sunny 85 degrees out there?

Make sure you have your sunscreen on before you head out there.

NavySeal turns  red as a crawfish if he doens’t use it so, I always bring it with me

just in case he forgets.

NavySeal trying to keep the sweating to a minimum.

folks getting their mist on!

The thing I love most about the festivals is watching people  have a great time.

Life is just too short to be always working and worried about bills and stuff.

Get out and ENJOY YOUR LIFE!

It doesn’t always require going on a vacation.

dancing in the economy hall tent

hula hoopin’ in the humidity

can you have TOO much fun?

Life is for the living!

I even got me a Jazz Fest flag!

jazz fest flag

I’d notice them at various houses around the city and made sure I got one when I went.

We spent about 5 hours out there and then left because, my sinuses just couldn’t take the grass, pollen and smoke anymore.

Last week, I went to the doctor for my yearly celestone shot for these horrible sinuses of mine and didn’t want a relapse so we left.

Also, we had plans to go to the midnight showing of  The Avengers.

We purchased our tickets Thursday at 4 p.m. and three of the four screens were already sold out!

We got to the theatre last night at 9:30 and folks were already lined up…wow.

By 10:30, all the seats were filled except the ones right in front of the screen…wayyy in the front.

Those poor folks who thought they were early by showing up at 11:00 p.m. were miffed cuz who wants to sit in those seats?

THE MOVIE IS FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!

 If you’re into Marvel Comics, you won’t be disappointed.

Just make sure you don’t leave when the credits starts rolling.

 There’s always something special after the first set of credits.

Navy Week was last week. I didn’t do a post on it but, I think I may backtrack and post one next week about it.

The Bayou Boogaloo Festival is in two weeks and The Food and Wine Experience is the week after.

I’ll be there…y’all know my mantra,

Get Busy Living!

Fun…Fun…Fun.

Well, the city provided a fun-filled weekend once again! NavySeal and I went to see The Lion King on Thursday.  My only regret is that, I waited until the end of its’ run to go.

I wanted to see it again…it was just that wonderful.

There is absolutely no way to describe the splendor of that musical. All I can say is, if it’s heading your way, go see it!!!

The auditorium was filled to capacity. I don’t think there was one empty seat.

I read somewhere that it broke the New Orleans box office record and grossed  6.5 million..wow.

Next time I go to a musical, I’m wearing pants…I looked cute but, I was cold.

The French Quarter Festival was this weekend. We went Friday and that was a great day to be out there.

The weather was beautiful!

The crowd was just right…not too heavy…not too light.

We started off in Jackson Square, found some shade (which was a hard thing to do) then,set out to find some tasty dishes.  All veteran festival goers know that, ya gotta have a plan. There’s just too much out there to be wandering around all willy-nilly.

 

 

Ya know ya gotta get some sort of drink while ya out there. NavySeal was drinking Abita cuz, he supports local beer…

and I had a daiquiri cuz, I’m a punk when it comes to drinking.

After listening to a few Jazz Bands play,we headed to Woldenberg Park.  I was thankful for the cool breeze blowing off of the Mississippi River.

It felt 10 degrees cooler over there.

NS found some chargilled oysters,

I had crab cakes with crawfish cream sauce,

A great time was had by all!

I heard that it was mad packed on Sunday. I’m glad I picked Friday to go.

I was happy to see a lot of tourists out there.

How do I know they were tourists?

The beads are a dead give away.

The Jazz Festival begins on the 27th…I haven’t decided what day I’ll be out there yet but, it’ll probably be Thursday.

I do love my city.

Oh, and since Tom Benson has purchased the New Orleans Hornets and everyone is trying to find a new name for the team…

a name that has a local vibe to it but, puts fear in folks at the same time…

I have the perfect name for the team.

The New Orleans FORMOSAN TERMITES!!   lol

Have a fabulous rest of the week y’all!

Hot Fun in the Summertime.

I didn’t do too much this weekend. Sunday, I went to the oyster fest which was great!  I was amazed to find  out that, it’s only been around for 2 years…the turnout was huge.

Now, I’m not an oyster eater but, NS had an oyster po-boy from Acme and he says it was very tasty!

there he is standing in line to get it.

I would have gotten a pic of the “eryster sammich” but, I blinked and it was gone!

Even though the sun wasn’t out, you could still feel the heat! Everyone seemed to be having a wonderful time…kinda hard not to when there’s food, drinks and music all around you.

Y’all know I’m a fan of Zydeco and Rockin Dopsie Jr!

 I thought I was gonna see his brother, Dwayne out there but was pleasantly surprised to see Rockin’  Dopsie! The man can really put on a show and the crowd just loves him!

I love this shot! I don’t know how I got the thumbs up in it but, this pic pretty much says it all about the entire fest!

After listening to Dopsie, NS headed over to get some shrimp and oyster egg rolls

and then, we spotted Antoine’s out there with their famous Baked Alaska!  There was no way, I was leaving without trying it out.

ya had to eat it really fast though! With that kinda heat…it was melting real quick.

I think  I’m gonna have to add this festival to my already long list of festivals to hit.  I wonder how many I actually go to…seems like a lot.

Oh well, that’s one of the many reasons I love being home I guess.

As I’ve said, even though I don’t eat oysters, I would have gone anyway.

 The money is going to a good cause

 …and I was even able to pick up a cute lil t-shirt  to show my support.

Ya shuck’em and ya slurp ’em

I know it’s hot as hell out here and all but, if you can stand the heat and want something to do,

the Erster (Oysters to folks not from the area) Festival is this weekend in the French Quarters.

I don’t eat them but, NavySeal and PurpleKnight can go through a bunch of ’em so, we’re heading out.

I’ll find something to eat out there that’s for sure.

The music lineup  is great with,  Treme Brass Band, Irma Thomas, and Rockin Dopsie all scheduled to appear this weekend.

Another weekend of food and fun…go grab some y’all!

 

A Food and Wine Experience

Well, I’m back on the blog train! My mind was derailed a minute with my dad coming home and all. Being a member of the sandwich generation, having to take care of your  kids and your parent is hard work…that’s another post for another day though.

Today, I’m throwing out a post about the Food and Wine Experience I just had at The Convention Center. The event was the entire week but, NavySeal and I only went to the grand tasting event.  It was truly grand indeed!

Good LAWD!  They had so much food and wine in that place…you really have to pace yourself because your senses go into overload.

The ambiance was awesome. Low lighting, nice music playing, tastefully decorated, the room temp was perfect which was really appreciated because, they were doing some serious cooking in that joint!

When you first arrive, they hand you a wine glass and a small tray for you to put your samples of food on. After that, it’s a free fall…sample as many dishes and wines as your little tummy can handle!

I was like a kid in a candy store!

NavySeal is a wine buff so, he was handling that angle. When I sampled wine, I only took a sip or two and tossed the rest.

Ida been drunk within the first 30 minutes of the experience if I didn’t. The experience was three hours long.

The food on the other hand was another thing!

We sampled so many dishes but, this one here  was exceptional.It’s a pasta with pesto and ravioli from Andrea’s restaurant. The line was long to get it but, it was worth the wait and the lines moved fast.

Here’s  a crawfish salad. The flavors were out of this world and it was so cool and crisp…just what we needed because, it was 95 degrees outside.

This lil trio is Seafood Gumbo;Warm Apple Tarte Tatin (whatever that means) and Bananas Foster Cheesecake;Wood -Grilled Tomahawk Steak with John Folse Blue Cheese and Mushroom.  These are some of the award-winning dishes. The gumbo was really good but, I didn’t like the steak or the desserts.

The only thing the Bananas Foster Cheesecake did was remind me that Brennan’s was in the house with their Bananas Foster!

I headed over there for a  dish and it was slap yo’ momma good!

Nope, no pic of that…I killed it before I could reach for the camera.

So many restaurants with so many dishes.

This is the one event where you want to walk in there starving!

Many of the big name restaurants like Arnaud’s, Mr.B’s Bistro,Commander’s Palace and Galatoire’s participate in this event.

The wines were great as well…I think they had over 1,000 wines there. My favorite  was Chassagne-Montrachet…didn’t toss any of THAT one out!

Now, I know why it’s called  “king of white wines”.

The crowd was huge but, they had enough room for everyone to move around freely. My only suggestion would be to have more places for folks to sit…they could have used a few more chairs in there.

Next year (yes, I’m already planning for next year), we’re going to add a few more days to our experience. I’d like catch a some seminars and attend the grand tasting event Friday as well as Saturday. Some restaurants were only there on Friday and I’ll be able to catch them as well.

There was  a Louisiana Seafood Cook-off going on as well with 10 Chefs competing for the big win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I wish I could tell you who won but, I was too busy grubbin’ to pay attention.

The event isn’t free (this one  was $90 pp) but, the money all goes to charity…it’s more than worth it.  It’s a fabulous way to kill three hours in the city.

Eating and drinking wine…my life in the Big Easy.

My favorite festival,Vieux -To -Do  is in two weeks…the trio of festivals.

The Cajun-Zydeo, La. Seafood and Tomato Fest all in one in the French Quarters.

I got my Zydeco two-step together and I’m ready to go!

Now, I just have to teach the hubby so I can have a partner out there…should be interesting.

Have a great day y’all!

 

It’s Festival Time.

This weekend was an extremely busy one.  For starters…my dad is home again. He returned Saturday but, that’s another post in itself.  Sunday was myyyy dayyyy.  The French Quarter Fest was this weekend and ya know, I love me some festivals!  This is my favorite time of the year.  The strawberry fest in Ponchatula was also this weekend but, I went a few years ago and I didn’t really have fun at that one.

The French Quarter Fest is da bomb so, if ya ever planning a trip to the city…that’s a really great time to visit. The weather isn’t hot as hell yet and you still get the NOLA  party flava.  We arrived out there around 3:00 and walked around trying to figure out what booths we wanted to hit. Even though it was super crowded, the lines were moving fast at the booths.

I started with crab cakes with a creamy crawfish sauce, NS  had crawfish pasta.

I followed that with some crawfish bread(I was on a crawfish kick) and NS had an alligator sausage kabob. I had never eaten gator meat before…lawd, that stuff was good!

Guess I’ll be getting gator meat at the festivals now.

Naw, we don’t have any pics of the food…we killed that stuff before I could get the camera out.

The closest we got to one was…

NS catching me while I was taking a swig of coke…  I love how the wind blew my hat,reminds me of  Hee-Haw.LOL

The music was plentiful.   We didn’t go into Jackson Square…just hung out along the mighty Mississippi at Woldenberg Park

and headed for the Cajun/Zydeco tent. Y’all know I love me some Zydeco and Rockin’ Doopsie  Jr. was closing out the fest…there was no way I was missing Doopsie! He is one hell of a performer!

Doopsie had the crowd on their feet and totally engaged. I lost my voice from screaming so much and I danced the entire time…so did a lot of other folks.

I’m gonna learn this zydeco two-step if it kills me.  The energy out there was so festive…

just lovin’ life man…just lovin life.  The weather was beyond gorgeous, the food was fantastic, the music… off the chain.

She was everything I love about her and more.

Show’em how we do it  in Louisiana Doopsie…