Wednesday, December 7, 2011

More NOLA/ Thanksgiving

Well, besides the Po-Boy Festival and admiring the nature and architecture, I did some other things while I was in New Orleans. I went to Angelo Brocato's Italian Ice Cream Parlor in Midtown with my friend who lives in that area, and we got some Italian cookies and some gelato.

I didn't have my phone with me because it was charging at my friend's apartment, so I didn't get a picture of the beautiful display of pastries under the glass. I did, however, get a picture of the beautiful display of cakes and other goodies at Whole Foods, on Magazine Street, where we went next.

Whole Foods is amazing, it's like Trader Joe's but even better. They have all different kinds of wine, fancy cheeses, international/healthy foods and a large selection of fruits and vegetables. They even had wine and cheese tasting samples inside the store. I bought some Camembert which I enjoyed over a few days with some crackers and blackberry jelly, plus some tangerines.

A visit to New Orleans would not be complete without some adult beverages. I enjoyed a variety of things: whiskey and coke, a Pimm's cup from a jazz club on Frenchman Street, a bellini flavored margarita from the little mall by the river, and a cosmopolitan at Port of Call, a little pub a few doors down from the place where I was staying.

They have great ambiance, candles on the tables for lighting and a big fish tank to watch as drinks are enjoyed. They make it feel like being inside a ship at sea. 

Thanksgiving was great, too. My mom and sister and I shared the holiday in Palm Springs, CA with my great uncles, my second cousin and her family, my uncle, aunt and cousins, and some other relatives and friends. There were about 20 of us all together. My great uncle was the host, and he had to specially order tables and chairs so there would be enough room for everyone to sit. It was like being at a restaurant. He even has his own bar.

Someone was making drinks, and I requested a martini. I usually like my drinks sweet, but sometimes a nice martini is the perfect choice.

We also had all kinds of lovely appetizers... bacon wrapped figs (amazing idea I will have to make for my own party one of these days), cheese spreads and crackers, and caviar pie with crackers. 

And of course, the main event: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, home made creamed corn, and an assortment of other delicious side dishes. It was very nice.

Now I'm back in my normal routine at home, starting to get ready for Christmas. Maybe we'll start decorating the house this weekend, and soon I'll be baking a bunch of cookies and other sweets!


  1. Hey Jen!

    Talk about FUN-times! How did you manage to pull yourself away from all of it...the answer I'm sure has something to do with the genuine respect/love you have for your family waiting for you. Sounds like the festive spirit down in New Orleans followed you to Palm Springs, where it sounds like your Thanksgiving was just as exciting--woohoo!

    Sounds like you have some baking and decorating to do. Do you find success baking gingerbread cookies? Recently, amid my travels, saw a home beautifully decorated in all its splendor, and mused how thoughtful of the folks who lived there to share a sense of joy with the community. Glad you are doing your part to do the same. Back next week to see what's on tap here at your Epic Treats. Safe travels, Jen

  2. Yes, I was looking forward to seeing my family again.. though I do miss the incredibly warm weather over in New Orleans. It can get a bit chilly over here, even in CA. Still, I'm sure it's nothing compared to places where it's snowing, or raining.

    I haven't tried baking gingerbread cookies, but I may give that a try this year, as I just recently saw a nice recipe on one of my favorite blogs. It's so nice to see all the houses with their lights up already. Some people really go all out.

    See you next week! :)

  3. Hi Jen!

    Yes, you are right,"some people really go all out"...our local newscast shared a cute story recently, where a person out in the Washington State area simply created an electronic "Ditto" sign, cleverly adding a hand drawn arrow pointing to the brilliant display at his/her neighbor's house, haha.

    Balance is key I guess, and as long as folks are free from potential fire hazards, accidental falls, etc., I say make decorating as fun as possible, and it's even okay if others scale back for something less extravagant. Seems you have posted something new, so am scrolling up to take a look.

    Have a great week, Jen, safe travels...