Wednesday's parades may have been rained out and yesterday was the coldest day I've ever experienced in New Orleans, but today the temperatures are warming up and things are getting crazy around here!
The last few days have been spent visiting with friends and eating. And eating.
Fabulous lunches at Bayona, the Marigny Brasserie, Felipe's and Cochon Butcher.
A shrimp fest last night with Grilled Shrimp with Remoulade sauce, Shrimp Creole and Shrimp and Eggplant Casserole at a friend's house.
More shrimp last Wednesday night with another friend - we broiled up a couple pounds of these sweet, fat Gulf shrimp and served them with lots of green onions and spicy noodles. Divine!
Carnival this year is a busy one. The hotels are full and the streets are packed with revelers. The Superbowl win by the Saints has added another dimension to the customary Mardi Gras merriment.
We're about to head out again today for more celebrating and definitely more eating. I think a steaming hot bowl of seafood Gumbo is on the agenda.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!