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You Color My World New Orleans

Travel Thursday MEGastyle. I Can’t seem to stay away from this city with that camera. It’s alive, it’s heart beats 24/7 and it’s head wears so many faces; beauty, mystery, delicious, funky, weird, mysterious, artistic,spooky and historical.

Jackson Square

Jackson Square Day History and Beauty

History is everywhere. And the views don’t quit at night.


I love how the vibe changes at night.

Color my world

Color my world


“Keep Austin Weird” has nothing on this city. Characters are everywhere.  Such a wide variety of people, I could people watch all day and night.



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This city feels like a whole other planet sometimes.


Wear your music

Wear else does this happen on a Sunday afternoon? My favorite  NOLA quote sums up this vibe.  “We dance even if there’s no radio. We drink at funerals. We talk too much and laugh too loud and live too large and, frankly, we’re suspicious of others who don’t.” – Chris Rose, 1 Dead in Attic, 2006





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Even the pets get in on the street scene. Check out this dog and the man holding his  HUGE ASS BEER !



This dog pulled at my heartstrings. I was hoping that this dog wasn’t medicated and I googled the situation.  Seems like the owner has him trained to be dead and puts him in a coffin box requesting $ for his burial. And, of course above as a passed out canine lush.  This is one hard working dog.  Is there a dog protective services?

I find the buildings in this city so varied and interesting. Architecture is everywhere. Took this pic at Christmas. PEACE Y’ALL Right on NOLA!


Cool Ironwork!


The windows  and shutters in the French Quarter buildings are unique and I  ❤ Terriers!


The unique graveyards are world famous. It’s like people watching but they happen to be in their forever place.



The graveyards are probably one of my favorite places to take photos.   Super interesting.


Last December, I even practiced. But, did return to the living and faced the music.

The music is a beating heart. Take the time to learn about how NOLA played a huge role in music!


 I recently learned that there is a National Park in the heart of this city. I had even been there once, not realizing that they offer free music history tours.  Unfortunately, this visit I was there on a weekend and the tours were not available. I’m going to do this on another visit. 

Who knew?

Who knew?

Luckily, I found my own way. This Jazz Band was so much fun!



Taking the music to the streets.


My visits to NOLA are quite the ride. It is not just a unique city in the USA, but is a unique world destination.

I give my visit 5 MEGastars ***** There is truly something here to suit all interests. From family friendly  to party central.


  1.  If you have a chance, visit this fun city. Don’t forget to get out at night and stay safe.
  2. If you have the kids, do some research. Bourbon Street can be a bit confusing to the kiddies. Lots of great things to do with the fam.
  3. Bring your camera.
  4. Visit an art gallery
  5. Try to get to that National Park area for their tour. It is easy to miss and the website outlines the limited hours.  Save your parks!
  6. The food is equally as fun, I wrote a separate piece on the eats NOLA style. “New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.” -Mark Twain
  7. What happens in NOLA stays in NOLA

In Search Of Bigfoot “The Swamp Wookie,” Louisiana Style

Travel Thursday and back in the always funky and lively New Orleans, Louisiana.  Sooner or later, the party always ends and nature calls.

I have been on swamp tours before, but this trip sought out a location to the north of Lake Pontchartrain, and much thanks to my friend “Google,” I found this gem where a Bigfoot has reportedly been spotted. Bonus!  Honey Island Cypress Swamp Tours in Slidell, Louisiana, turned out to be a really swamptastic side trip.

 What I absolutely loved about this tour was the unique and gorgeous natural setting. Using a small boat enabled the skilled tour guide to get us from the beautiful Pearl River into a tight area of the 250-square-mile Honey Island Cypress Swamps.

Great views along this river gives lots of opportunity for nature photography.


Because this is a migratory area, our tour guide was able to point out some rare birds along the way. Other birds in the area include; bald eagles, waterfowl, herons, egrets, ibis, owls, osprey.

Located next to a nature preserve in an undisturbed clean, very unique natural setting.   There is a lot of wildlife in this area. Of course, we came to see some Gators and hopefully a Bigfoot. We did see some gators and so many turtles.


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Interesting fact, there are only two places on Earth where one can see alligators. The United States and China. (I had just visited The Everglades in Florida.) There are crocodiles other places on Earth. There were people in our boat from other countries, and I had to stop and think that seeing one of these slimy ancient creatures is really a special thing to experience.

Other animals that live here are; deer, feral hogs, nutria, raccoon, otter, beaver, mink, turtles, frogs.

THE highlight for me was seeing this swamp-angel in the wild.

   I thought people sure could confuse this creature with a Bigfoot but reportedly area sightings has him standing at 7 feet tall. The Honey Island Swamp Creature has been the source of books and T.V. shows.

I learned some survival skills


Fishing for some crawfish

The hanging moss and cypress the trees, gives one a glimpse of this unique United States setting. I thought it might stink, but I found it to have a beautiful scent. I learned that it’s one of the least-altered river swamps in the country. It’s pretty much in its original condition, almost a pristine wilderness.





  1. This swamp tour is fantastic and very easy for people of all ages.  I highly recommend this tour. It received the 2014 Trip Advisor Award.
  2. Want to see gators? We did not see many as compared to other Swamp tours that I had been on. Visit Jean Lafitte National Historical Park at the Barataria Preserve area. I have not yet visited this park but I sure will. Two women who sat next to me on the tour said it was loaded with gators, snakes and other wildlife from a safe boardwalk area.
  3. The greater Slidell area has a population for 90,000 and there are some great places to dine. I visited on a Monday and many of them were closed so I ate in Mandeville at ACME Oyster House-Yum!
  4. Bring your camera; there is ample opportunity for nature photography.
  5. Make an easy reservation before your visit.
  6. I loved that this tour operator did not beg for tips, our family personally gave him a great tip and thank you.

Variety Is The Spice Of Life-Yeah You Right, New Orleans

Tasty Tuesday in New Orleans.  I am making my way like Ms. Pacman through this awesome city. Can’t wait to get back and stuff my face.

“Yeah You Right” is an expression of agreement or happiness in New Orleans slanguage. Fun words and fun foods in a fun city.

Jackson Square Heartbeat of City

Jackson Square Heartbeat of City

The food, like this city, is an exclamation point!

Say you were out partying all night.

Grab a Beignet. “Beignets”-A fried square piece of dough with powdered sugar. Brought to New Orleans by the Acadians.  (Acadians came from Canada during the 1700’s and settled around New Orleans and were a major influence on the foods.)


The most famous place for Beignet’s is The Café Du Monde. This place has been around since 1862, and uses chicory in their coffee. I learned that during The Civil War, coffee was scarce and chicory was used to boost the flavor.

It’s all about this! I give them 3.5 MEGastars *** and 1/2 *  What a wild fun atmosphere.

Myself, I love the beignet’s at Café Beignet. This little treasure is quiet, tucked back in a corner called Jazz park.  Music is often playing  on a stage and  I can enjoy my favorite Beignet’s. You can also buy other NOLA foods without the crowds and stink. I give this place a full on 5 MEGastars *****

Cafe Beignet at Jazz park.

Cafe Beignet at Jazz park.

Want the morning cure for everything?  I love The Broken Egg!

This place was SO good and happy. Plus, they were nice enough to custom cook a more healthy breakfast special for me.  Next time I visit, I want that lobster and brie omelette in my belly. It is cream cheese filled omelette with Brie & sautéed lobster meat, topped with a light champagne butter sauce, diced tomatoes & green onions. RUKM? I give them 5 MEGastars *****

Creole and Cajun Style dining in a beautiful courtyard! Yes please. The Gumbo Shop is an award winning place and wins “best of..” awards.  I found this place from a friend who has lived in this area. My photos of the courtyard turned out funky, trust me, the courtyard was a great place to eat al fresco style.

Good Gumbo! Award winning chicken andouille gumbo. I give them 4.45 MEGastars ****.45* MEGATIP- Try the creole clam chowder.

I also loved The Acme Oyster House.

The oysters are really good here. Shucked fresh to order. I also tasted their meat pies. Reminded me of a Pasty. It was appetizer sized and pretty good.  I really loved the seafood etouffee with fried tail-Pictured top row far right. One of my travel friends tried The New Orleans Medley  (last pic above) which is a sampling of fun stuff; gumbo, jambalaya, red beans & rice and grilled smoked sausage. I loved everything. they get 5 MEGastars ***** TO NOTE, I ate at their Covington location. MEGatip-try the Shrimp Etouffee with the fried crawfish. 

Now for the Po Boy. One can write an entire blog about this bad boy.  I love the fried shrimp po boy.  The thing that makes this sandwich distinct is the bread. It reminded me a bit like the cuban bread that I recently loved in Little Havana. Nummy-crackly-crisp on the outside, tender and super-light interior. My pick is NOLA Poboy.

See a cool parade-

parade time

parade time

Rated by Meg and the travel channel,  I like NOLA Grocery Poboys. It’s funky and has a lot of menu choices. From their website; “Nola Poboys not only serves the traditional hot roast beef po-boys dripping with gravy but we serve over 45 types of OTHER poboys. Fried seafood are the most popular versions, including shrimp, oysters, soft-shell crab and catfish. Pattons hot or smoked sausage, Chisesi ham and cheese and hamburger are also available.
All po-boys, come “dressed” which means a topping of shredded lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise and pickles.” 4 MEGastars ****

Anyone else ever heard the boasting about macaroni and cheese being ‘Southern?”  While I appreciate cultural/geographical qualities, I dislike labeling and regionalism and I am from Wisconsin. I like my cheese and i know a thing or two about  far out macaroni and cheese. So trust me when I tell you, I had some dang good macaroni and cheese in NOLA.check out my fridge drawer and party platter.

The Irish House chef Matt Murphy makes a mean Irish Mac& Cheese. Creamy white cheddar with bangers and caramelized onions.

I love Irish Pubs and visit in most cities


. This one is great and has some fantastic food. Plus they serve ‘Feckin Whiskey” I just like saying that.  other great foods at my table. Double Decker Bus Burger is desrving of a descripton; two ground patties with Irish cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato, coleslaw, and a sunny side up egg (Paleo with adjustment, Gluten-Free with adjustment), Bacon wrapped dates and arugula, Fish and chips, Shepherd’s Pie, Roasted Beet Salad.  No one walked away disappointed.  I give them 4.5 MEGastars. MEGATIPS; Get the macaroni and cheese. See if you can check out the currach upstairs.

This brings me to another macaroni and cheese. The macaroni and cheese  by James Beard award winning chef, Donald Link of Cochon was ranked by Food And Wine magazine as one of the best in the U.S.A.    It was THAT good. I am talking 5 MEGastars ***** meaning I actually wanted to die when I ate this.  Made with pancetta mixed in with mushrooms, leeks, aged sharp cheddar, mild cheddar and white wine. perfect elbow noodles and topped with crunchy, aged provolone and house-made breadcrumbs with herbs. $##@!!!!  I asked the waiter so many questions about this dish.



Located in The Warehouse District, this place hands down deserves a look.               

Other foods tried at my table; Boucherie plate, smoked pork ribs with watermelon pickle, meat pie with spicy mayonaise, Abita draft root beer.  I found it a bit pricey but I loved the menu and food. I give them 4 MEGastars. A full on 5 MEGastars for that macaroni and cheese 5*****

*To note, my friend had me going to Cochon Butcher. It is located right next door. I missed that part but was glad that I tried Cochon.  Here are some snaps I took at Cochon Butcher and am going to try it next visit. Would love to taste their Muffaletta. I think Bourdain liked the joint.

For fine dining.

Adolfo’s located in the funky Faubourg Marigny neighborhood on Frenchman Street and  above The Apple Bar.  The night that I visited, I waited inline and was told they were going to open late because they ‘ran out of food.”  IDK what that was about but I ended up waiting based upon a recommendation.   The wait was a bit awkward with people asking for money while in line.  Described as italian-Creole cooking. I was going to try fish with their ocean sauce but the waiter tried too hard to sell  (at every table) so I went for the crab filled Canneloni.   It is not a white table cloth joint. More of a funky artsy vibe. It was cash only. It was in an old building.  They hauled out trash during my dinner which stunk pretty darn bad.  I know this place has amazing reviews but I was 50-50 on the whole experience.  You can read the reviews on their facebook page as well as the usual sites.  I probably would give it another try.  To note, this just happened- Voted Official Best of Louisiana’s Creole-Italian cuisine. They will be featured on a few TV shows.  Based upon my experience I give them 2.5 MEGastars. ** and 1/2 *



Irene’s was classy. I was able to sneak in without a reservation. They do accept walk in’s and I got lucky. I had to wait a bit but there I was able to wait indoors near a piano player.  It is had great service, good wine menu, and good food. It is a dining experience and they make you feel important. Italian food and great seafood. I give them 4 MEGastars ****

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Like a place that does not have Duck Confit or Country Terrine on the menu?

Yep everywhere

Yep everywhere

Fritzel’s Jazz Pub has some mighty fine music.


Behind the bar where the bathroom is located-



There is a lovely courtyard and this groovy food window for take out of this dish-

Yep, it’s the elusive pizza cone. The people at the table next to me, saw this and had to try.  Here is one reaction.



They are pre-made and not to custom order. Ragu sauce inside. Interesting.  I give it 2 MEGastars ** for barfood and creativity.  I kinda liked it.

Gotta check this place out.

Gotta check this place out.

There is a Chef named Emeril. Looks like a great menu. I may want to check this place out.

This long Tasty Tuesday is one that I can not wait to repeat with some new places. Fun city and a wonderful variety.   “Yeah You Right.”

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