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It's been a little quiet around here lately, I know. I was in New Orleans on business from early Saturday through late last night, with little time to blog and - since I was on my own and away from the family - even less in the way of inspiration.
I did manage - around the work - to accomplish a few of the "musts" that go along with any trip to the Big Easy. I had some excellent coffee and beignets one morning at Cafe Du Monde, the original location on Decatur Street. I had a "Debris" Po' Boy sandwich at Mother's - with swiss cheese, gravy and "dressed," just to be completely clear, ample dashes of "Louisiana's Pure" Crystal hot sauce on most of the bites as well.
Enjoyed an excellent dinner at Restaurant August, part of NOLA's expanding John Besh empire. You can't throw a stone in New Orleans, it seems, without hitting a different place where John Besh has cooked something for you to eat. I don't think there's been a town as associated with and overtaken by a single chef since maybe the height of Wolfgang Puck in Los Angeles, 15 years ago.
Anyway, it was a surprisingly enjoyable trip and now I'm back, reunited with the women in my life and on the hunt for new material. They understand the urgency, and I'm confident we'll be back in touch. Took the photo above with my cell phone on the return flight. The sunset looked even more spectacular set against the realization that home was on the other side.