So I had a job in Alabama, which was about a five hour drive away from New Orleans. So of course I flew into New Orleans so I could check it out. I did this two weeks in a row, and spent two evenings there, which kind of amounted to an amble in the French Quarter. The above photo is some street jazz. And here is a random street scene... I was there on a Tuesday night, by the way.
Nice to see that things are looking up for the tourist scene. I stopped at a place called The Old Absinthe House. Mostly, it was just a bar, but they served up a few varieties of absinthe. Being experienced in the joys/horrors of terrible Czech Republic bootlegged absinthe, I had to give the legal side of things a try. So this part is the same; in Chiemsee, we did this. We'd burn some sugar and mix it in the absinthe... it tasted like burnt alcohol and burnt sugar and it was disgusting and gave us raw throats but we loved it!
I think we were ignorant of a key step in the process. In any case, after watching the pros do it, I think that the next time we have a Chiemsee reunion I'll be able to impress the other absinthe devotees with a better drink, so we can all slap our faces in a moment of d'oh-ness together.
Anyway, that's all I got there. It'd be nice to spend more time, but at least I got to check it out. On the way out of Louisiana, I needed coffee, and right next to the Starbucks was this... interestingly named place that apparently exists.