We spent last week-end in New Orleans and had a great time. Bikinchris had been hired to take photographs of the Jazz Half-Marathon/5K, so I made reservations as soon as I could, about a year ago. It was a good thing because the race draws several thousand runners and it was also the week-end before Halloween, the Voodoo Fest and Seafood Festival were being held, the Pelicans (NBA) were playing the Cavaliers (or should I just say "Lebron"), and the Saints (NFL) were playing the Bears. We stayed at the Courtyard in Metairie, a reasonably priced property about 15 minutes from downtown New Orleans.
A cold front was still coming through Saturday morning, and although it just sprinkled for a few seconds, the temperature dropped steadily all morning. It was a cold, cloudy, and windy start at 7 AM. Despite the chilly weather, the beer was flowing freely and the jambalaya was warm when the runners finished the race; however, I don't think very many people hung around for the festivities very long. After the last runner/walker crossed the finish line about 4 hours later, we decided to head to Crabby Jack's where we split a shrimp poboy.
We always enjoy sitting at a communal table and enjoyed meeting some young men from the Nashville area were in town for the Voodoo Fest. They were blown away by the gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, shrimp poboys, and oyster poboys they ordered. We headed back to the hotel after lunch for a quick rest. I started watching the Arkansas vs Ole Miss football game, but quickly decided a short nap would be better for me. (I am actually watching the second half of the game right now.)
We returned to the downtown area and headed to the Smoothie King Arena for the Pelicans/Cavaliers game. The Pelicans beat the Cavaliers in an exciting game.
We returned to the hotel about 9PM and to my surprise the lobby was filled with folks wearing Razorback clothing. What??? It was actually a group of senior citizens from Hot Springs Village leaving on a cruise from New Orleans the next morning. They had experienced a much-delayed trip to New Orleans because of bus problems and several people I talked to were disappointed they hadn't gotten to town early enough to do some sightseeing. When we left the next morning, the Bistro was full of Razorback fans eating breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, I knew we would leave before the Bistro opened so I had taken milk, juice, cereal, and banana bread which we heated in the microwave just down the hall.
We headed back to the Superdome about 10 Sunday morning and enjoyed the music in Champions Square prior to the game. It was a beautiful, sunny morning and tailgating was in full swing. We were not surprised when Frankenstein and his bride, the wicked witch, sat by us.
The Saints won the game over the Bears. We were going to eat "lupper' at Voodoo BBQ on St. Charles hoping to avoid some of the traffic leaving the Superdome area, but it still took us over an hour to reach the airport exit from downtown after eating. For the first time ever, we were disappointed in our meal at Voodoo, but had the opportunity to explain the reasons to a couple of the employees and they said they would talk to the chefs.
On the way home, we listened to the Astros/Dodgers game and finished watching it when we got home. It was a winning week-end for all our favorite teams--the Hogs, the Pelicans, the Saints and the Astros. Go Teams Go!