Beyond Bourbon. As in “Street”.

Ah. . . New Orleans . . .

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Just got back from NOLA and, as the saying goes, all I brought home was a great big hangover. Or maybe that’s just a saying in our house. And yes, I did find the perfect tea cup whilst I was roaming Chartres Street in the old French Quarter:

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This is what the best red beans and rice ($13.00, hold the sausage, with substitution cole slaw on the side) in the French Quarter (with Pinot Grigio in a tea-shaped Go Cup) at 801 Royal Street looks like :

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Bowls with herbs displayed on a wide brim = “fine dining”.

And this is what red beans and rice looks like at half the price ($6.00) at the great, old school, down home Majoria’s Commerce Luncheonette in the CBD (Central Business District):

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All the dishes are melamine, sure sign of a high-quality dive joint.

Ah, New Orleans . . .

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You know what they say when they quote Tennessee Williams:

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Photo taken in the Bywater neighborhood of NOLA.

America has only three cities:

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San Fransisco, New York, and New Orleans . . .

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Go Cup holders on the rental bikes at our hotel. That’s my kind of ride.

. . . Everywhere else is Cleveland. (Sorry, Cleveland.)

 And a big Holy Cow to R. Stephanie Bruno, special correspondent at The Advocate, for making me feel like a rock star with her fabulous review of my humble little book, Gardens of Awe and Folly:

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And Thank You, Octavia Books for hosting a Wine and Books evening on Wednesday, April 13, featuring Moi and the Little Book that Could.

Here’s me, signing pre-ordered copies:

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And here’s me, bloviating about everything I know about writing’ and painting’ and book making’:

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Thank DoG I found this great Ellen Tracy top in NOLA, because after four days of living it up in my favorite American city I could not fit into the rather form-fitting blouse I’d packed.

There was even an After Party in the garden of the wonderful Lady of the Roses who you know from Gardens of Awe and folly, Karen Kersting (that’s Karen in the butter-colored brocade jacket):

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And for those of you who already know Karen from Chapter 4 of the GoAaF . . .

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. . . then you also know about her sweet little Bee, the pup in the lower right side of Karen’s rose garden (on page 70). So I know that you’ll love this pic of them together, and the look of love in sweet little’s Bee’s eyes:

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Then it was time to pack up the bags, call a cab, and head to the airport:

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I know what it means to miss New Orleans.

A Dear Reader and Commentor asked me, last week, to re-invent the Internet Thing we invented when we did watering cans, only with tea cups. . .

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. . .   so next week’s post will be dedicated to Nancy S. and All Things Tea. Or Tea-Adjacent. Or All Things Served in a Tea Cup, or All Regionally Evocative Bevvies Served in a Tea-Cup Shaped Go Cup.

Have a great weekend all you Wonder Ones, and roll some good times for sure, cheres.

13 Comments, RSS

  1. Deborah Hatt April 15, 2016 @ 12:29 pm

    Oh, thank you! Thank you! for the lovely pics of New Orleans. And the article in “The Advocate” … Wow! What a terrific tribute! Blessed is what you are, dear Vivian. I was really “wowed” by the huge images taken right from your book … great eye-grabbers! You will definitely get oodles more readers ($$$ from book sales) as a result of that one article alone. Excellent!

    And thank you from all of us, for the watering cans, and the tea cups you promised. Delightful!

    I hope this comment manages to arrive. For the past two weeks, my repeated attempts to comment were swept away into cyber ether (I was so clever and pithy too). And according to others’ comments, they were having problems as well.

  2. Marg-o April 15, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

    What? No video of your fabulous Bloviation in America’s favorite city??? I guess that means that I’ll have to fly out to Portland to see you next month unless, unless, UNLESS I can convince you to come to my neck of the woods, home of the Steelers!!!

    Loved this story, the visit to New Orleans sights and sweet pups. Wish I could’ve been with you and Karen at the garden party. And I wish there was a sound track to the fest and the feast.

  3. Felicia Cass April 15, 2016 @ 2:24 pm

    Welcome home, what a wonderful time in New Orleans. Thanks for taking us with you. You didn’t mention the heat but it looks so warm there compared to anywhere in the northern half of the United States. It warmed me up just seeing the pictures.

    Can’t wait for the teacups!

  4. Lynn Teague April 15, 2016 @ 3:33 pm

    I live in New Orleans and was fortunate enough to be able to attend your book signing and presentation…I really enjoyed it!

    A couple of quick question, you mentioned in your comments that originally you had planned to include ten gardens in your book, but that this was trimmed down to nine… My question, what was the tenth garden? Why did you cut it instead of some of the others?

    Thanks again and best wishes!

  5. Monique April 15, 2016 @ 4:17 pm

    I don’t know why my comments never show up lately..I just hope you get to read them:)Not that they are eloquent or earth shattering..but I do hope you know I visist..
    You looked lovely at the signing..I have not worn heels and stockings in decades..too bad because I find they look nice..elegant..I gave up stockings first.
    I do remember Karen and loved her story..and roses..:)
    Doggies have such affection in their eyes..
    Stephanie Bruno..just right how she titled her article..

    Glad it went well!

  6. deb Mattin April 15, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

    Somehow couldn’t comment on last week’s post, so want to THANK YOU for the watering can pictures. I’m doodling through Diane DeVries Sokul’s Year of the Doodle and a watering can day is coming up and I need all the help I can get!

    Love the fun and colors – and food- of NOLA. So fun to see a pic of Karen – think I loved her NOLA garden best of all.

    Can’t wait for the teacup tutorial . I learned about making the tea on the far rim lighter – and so it is ! So generous of you to share with us mere mortals.

  7. Kirra April 15, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing your New Orleans trip, seems to have gone great! Including an after party in a rose garden, wow! I love Karen’s little dog, just the type that I like, cute, cuddly and little.

    Good question Lynn. Who, what and why was garden number 10?!?

    I look forward to next week’s post about tea. That teacup with a stem was a bit weird though! I preferred the color coordinated cups holders on the bikes.

  8. Kirra April 15, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing your New Orleans trip, seems to have gone great! Including an after party in a rose garden, wow! I love Karen’s little dog, just the type that I like, cute, cuddly and little.

    Good question Lynn! Who, what and why was garden number 10?!?

    I look forward to next week’s post about tea. That teacup with a stem was a bit weird though! I preferred the color coordinated cups holders on the bikes.

  9. Patricia April 15, 2016 @ 7:18 pm

    Annnnnd you’re back! With a full scale blog post and good stories (even if no cats). Glad I hung in there (“Hung”, is that an idelicate word given your hungoverness?).

    So, I have to ACTUALLY be pithy and witty and not just claim I was when the internet ate my comments. Best study up on pity and witty with a side order of wise.

  10. Laura April 16, 2016 @ 9:07 am

    There is no place New Orleans, I can’t argue that. Maybe a little bit of Cleveland is in everywhere else.

  11. Elizabeth April 17, 2016 @ 7:35 am

    What a splendid trip and how elegant you look!
    Buster is impressed!

  12. Casey April 17, 2016 @ 3:49 pm

    Count me as another Dear Reader who liked Karen’s garden best and happy to visit there with you and that dear dog Bee. That is the look of love no doubt about it. karen is a very creative and kind lady I can tell.

    I love the new haircut on you. Love the new tea cup, so NOLA. Wish I had a subscription to that paper, I’d frame that article.

    And I’m really happy to see that all our disappeared comments were restored to their rightful places, I missed hearing from Monique!

  13. Carol April 19, 2016 @ 4:01 pm

    Lovely photo of you!

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