Devon on November 15th, 2014

FullSizeRenderJay’s birthday is on 11/11 — and this year we went to New Orleans. We arrived late Thursday night. When we got to the French Quarter, and our Hotel St. Marie, we had to get our traditional Lucky Dog on the street corner. As an extra bonus, earlier that day, his parents arrived to spend the weekend too!

FullSizeRender-1Friday, we all went to Acme Oyster Company for lunch and stuffed ourselves with amazing seafood. Afterwords, Jay and his mom went antiquing on Royal Street. He was looking for oyster plates from the late 1800s. He received a few oyster plates from his nana’s estate after she passed and recently decided to start a collection of his own. He found two amazing hand painted limoges porcelain plates circa 1890, both in the “turkey” style.

20141114_131904_resizedJay’s dad and I went to the WWII museum. Joe had a VIP tour setup for us to get a behind-the-scenes tour on the restoration of the historic PT-305 boat built by Higgins Industries in New Orleans, Louisiana. For the American Navy the PT boat was a critical asset in the days after Pearl Harbor when the United States was short on larger vessels and facing an onslaught of attacks from the Japanese. During the war, almost 90% of all the navy’s boats were built New Orleans.

IMG_5145That night I took Jay to Commander’s Palace for his Birthday Dinner. We had sidecar cocktails, champagne, Turtle Soup, Commander’s Crisp Romaine Salad, Braised Osso Buco of Colorado Lamb, Filet of Black Angus Beef, and a free birthday Foie Gras “Du Monde” for dessert — a fabulous meal!

new-orleans-restaurants-16Saturday, we went to the Central Grocery for one of the best Muffaletta sandwiches in the city. That night, Jay’s parents took us to Arnaud’s. Arnaud’s is one of Jay’s nana’s favorite restaurants. It has been a tradition in their family for 50 years. Over four generations of thier family have visited. You have to sit in the main dining room with original crystal chandeliers, white ceramic floor tile, and crystal leaded windows that overlook Bourbon Street. The food is always perfect. This time around we had: sidecar cocktails, Oysters Bienville (an Arnaud’s original), Shrimp Bisque, Assorted Greens with Arnaud’s House Dressing, Veal Tournedos Chantal, Crabmeat Karen, and the Frozen Praline Souffle & Chocolate Bombe for dessert. FYI, you can purchase a table at Arnaud’s for $10,000 so you can always have a table waiting for you.

Sunday, we all went to the Court of Two Sisters for brunch. After we went to back to the hotel and packed for the airport. It was a fast trip, stuffed with good food and amazing company.

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