Tony B., I grew-up on a street off Nashville Ave(Joseph St & Clara St).
Between S. Claiborne and Ferret St.
Alter Boy at Our lady of Prom Sucker(Ursiline School-for Girls)..
Alter Boy at Holy Name, looking over Audubon Park(Went to school there)
Alter Boy at St Luis Cathedral(On holidays), looking over Jax's square..
Went to High School at "De La Salle", off of St Charles..
For ten years lived in the back of Antoine's, during the summer.
I was the requested waiter for Al, Pet and Owens.
I went to Atlanta, for Al's funeral, with my Father.
Andouille (ahn doo' e)
A spicy pork sausage used in gumbo, jambalaya or with red beans and rice
Beignet (ben yay')
Lighter than a doughnut, and square (no holes), sprinkled with powdered sugar
A thick creamy spicy soup served with crawfish, oysters, or shrimp (fantastic with mud bugs!)
Boudin (boo dan')
Hot, spicy pork mixed with onions, cooked rice, herbs. Two types: boudin blanc is pork and rice, boudin rouge is a blood sausage
Custard baked french bread - often served with raisins and rum sauce
Cafe au Lait (caf ay' oh lay') Coffee served with steamed milk. Chicory
based coffee is often used.
Sweet fried rice cakes
Chickory (Chick' o ree)
Ground-up, roasted roots from the herb; used to flavor coffee--related to endive
Court Bouillon (coo' boo yon)
A rich, spicy fish soup
Crawfish (craw' fish)
Spicy fresh water shell fish, also known as "mudbugs" from the bayous!
A glazed custard
Pan-fried rice cooked with green peppers, onions, celery, stock and giblets
Sandwiches served with lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise--"the works"
Poached egg served with artichoke hearts, and hollandaise sauce
Etouffee' (ay' too fay)
"Smothered" with a dark roux (tomato-based sauce) of seasoned vegetables, poured over rice--usually served with Crawfish
File' (fee' lay)
Ground sassafras leaves used to season gumbo and other dishes
Grillades (gree' yads)
Thin slices of beef served with a tomato roux
Ground hominy grain, served as breakfast
Gumbo (Gum bow)
Thick file' soup stock served with rice, duck, chicken, okra, shrimp, crabs
Popular fruit punch drink served at Pat O'Brien's. Watch them...they sneak up on you!
Fried cornmeal bread ball
Jambalaya (Jum' ba lie' ya)
Rice based dish with just about everything thrown in! Poultry, tomatoes and cooked rice, ham, shrimp, chicken, celery, onions & and just about every seasoning.
Extra-large oval doughnut pastry dusted with colored candied sugar and often filled with cream cheese, apple filling, etc. A plastic baby doll is hidden inside the cake--the lucky person who gets the piece of cake with the doll inside buys the kingcake for the next party throughout the Mardi Gras season!
Mirliton (Mirl' a tawn)
Pear-shaped vegetable, cooked like squash and stuffed with ham, shrimp and spicy dressing
Crawfish from the bayou! ("Crawfish boils" are a big party in New Orleans!)
Muffuletta (Muf' a lotta) and a lotta it is!
Super-large, round, fat sandwich filled with salami-type meats, mozzarella cheese, pickles, and olive salad
A seeded pod chopped and served in gumbo, or served as a fried dish
Pain Perdu (Pan pair do)
French bread served in similar fashion to french toast
Plantain (plan' ten)
Vegetable banana side dish--cooked like candied yams, served wih meats; sometimes for breakfast (great!)
French Bread sandwich split open and served with oysters, shrimp, ham, roast beef and gravy, soft shelled crabs-- the list goes on.... "Dressed" means using lettuce, tomato, and mayonaise on the sandwich (see above).
Praline (Praw leen')
Brown sugar, pecan-filled, candy patty. (Very sweet and so delicious you can't eat just one! )
Red Beans and Rice
Monday night tradition in New Orleans--Kidney beans served with rice, seasonings, spices and chunks of hot sausage
Remoulade Sauce (Rum a laud)
Spicy mustard based cocktail sauce
Sauce Piquante (Sauce pee kont)
Spicy red gravy or sauce
Shrimp dish served with a garlic, onion, bell pepper and tomato sauce
Smoked red pepper ham
Trout served with a rich butter sauce
Good enough to slap yo Mama...
They are rebuilding "Bruning's, the oldest restaurant out at West End."
ah, man...does that bring back memories...I used to make the hike from the north through the city, down St. Charles to Audobon Park all through summer...had my favorite old live oak tree I would hoist myself up in & watch the girls...then paddle boat rides under the bridge...my name was prominently displayed...then evening trek back home with stops all up & down the Quarter...last one was usually for mud bugs at a little place across the street from Farmers Market...today, I probably wouldn't venture onto some of those streets...& THE diving board on the lake, the Wild Mouse, coaster...where did those days go? Unfortunately, when school started, I was sent off to north Mississippi & had to wait until holidays & summers to get my FIX!!
I have told, my children that I am sorry that they did not live in New Orleans.
 No monkey hill
 Audubon Park Zoo(Third largest, in the United States)
 No (Dragon's/Tiger's) Blood / Chocolate Cream / any variety of snow cones
 Sneaking out and tell your parent that you are going to the Orphian/Joy/Singer Theater
 To go to the French Quarter
 To peek into the windows of the House of Ill Repute
 See the stripers on bourbon St.
 To meet friends and go to the Amusement Park(Paunciatrain Beach)
 Go to City park and ride the rides..
 Ride the Street Cars, from Carrolton-to-St Charles-to-Lee Circle-to-Canal St and back..
 Eat a Sloppy-Roast Beef-Po Boy, with a Big Shot Cream Soda, at City Parks Casino..
& back when I was a kid: Al Hirt & Pete Fountain would sit out on the street in front of their clubs & jam...even a kid could sit & listen...sneaking down into the old cemetary late at night to watch the voodoo....hitting the Bridge Circle Inn under the Huey P where nobody ever checked to see if you were old enough for a Tom Collins...if you got there early enough, you could always make enough pocket change to keep a kid happy by helping unload at the Farmers Market....oh yeah, those were the days...& remember the old Jazz Brewery...they always had beer on the loading dock & nobody guarding...it was an easy walk-off and a disappear into the Gabildo with it...
Steven you aint gonna believe this but I have!!I even married her-To bad we only lasted 1 count'em 1 month. shortest marrige i know of!!!And by the way I was a alterboy too.Seems to me i got my first sips of wine doing that.OK sips aint a good word more like large swallows!!
Hey, we've all been there...altarboy I mean...can't validate a 1 month marriage..but can tell you how to replace wine w/diluted grape juice that you put in a back storeroom w/sugar till it ferments just enough so its fun to watch little old ladies make strange faces....
The first priest that I was alterboy for always let the alterboys drink the leftover wine after mass. We also had the jod of filling the wine offering bottle so we alway put in way more than was needed. He never had to say mass without an alterboy.I even served at an ordination once. That never did get me the girls so I got a motor bike and tried to act cool ,being an alterboy wasn't but I served untill I was 15 or so.
Count me in on New Orleans it's only about a 3 hour drive in the MG from Lake Charles. Steve you can pit at my place(your in Houston right)and Tony can drive in in the power blue 79.
Hey, this thing is taking wings...who's ready to plan a road trip to N'Awlens...we could all start from different points & rally there arriving at, say, Antoine's or the Old Renaissance or the Oyster Bar at a certain time...we would need to validate our start time, route, etc...closest to predetermined time drinks free...farthest from, well.....& Ponchartrain makes a beautiful backdrop for photos of MG's!
Don't mean to break the thread but you guys have been carrying on since this morning about New Orleans. Steven K, your description of Creole and Cajun cuisine reactivated my stomach ulcer early this morning and I haven't been able to eat all day. All kidding aside, NO is an elegantly sleazy city, rightfully called the Big Easy. There is nothing more rewarding than a spontaneous road trip-especially in a mgb. I encourage it whole-heartedly. I'm going to drive my 79 mgb to Memphis to get Tom to replace the frontend. That's a 12 hour drive in a 100% reliable modern cruising car. That's my roadtrip for this year. I plan to take my duffle bag and golf clubs. Something to do in the event of a breakdown. Tom doesn't work cheap but I can't wait for the trip. Can you spell ADVENTURE. I understand that I will have to pay Tom extra to watch him work on my car and even more to help him. God Bless the Mississippi River towns, Mark Twain, MGBs and Road Trips. Go for it!!
Sam, it may be a really good idea for you to accompany these guys, because they may need somebody that can look intelligent as he stands in front of a judge trying to get them released!! All kidding aside, it sounds like funnnnnn!! I wish I was closer!! Have fun guys!