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Old January 25th, 2009, 01:34 PM
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King Cakes are allowed on planes!






What to do when traveling with a King Cake:

King cakes, filled and plain, can be brought through the security checkpoint.

But, please be advised that king cakes are subject to additional screening.

Other Mardi Gras Items:

Rubber tipped spears and Zulu coconuts will be allowed through security and may be subject to additional screening.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 01:35 PM
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The New Orleans Airport (MSY) has Free Wi-Fi

http://www.flymsy.com/airport_facilities.htm#wifi
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Can we get a cratefull of them King Cakes delivered to the ship ???

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Perhaps.

A number of places do deliver.

http://www.mannyrandazzo.com/index.htm
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Gosh I just came home from eating out and was stuffed ! but this sure looks good-- real good

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Manny Randazzo has THE BEST king cakes! I will volunteer to pick up your order and bring it to the hotel. Just pm me with the info. Go to their website and let me know what you want. I will pick them up Friday.

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The New Orleans Airport (MSY) has Free Wi-Fi

http://www.flymsy.com/airport_facilities.htm#wifi
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Old January 26th, 2009, 12:21 AM
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Manny Randazzo has THE BEST king cakes! I will volunteer to pick up your order and bring it to the hotel. Just pm me with the info. Go to their website and let me know what you want. I will pick them up Friday.

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Gawd, I still miss McKenzie's... I grew up on their King Cakes.
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and K&B but I digress.

If you are looking at the website, I their prices include shipping (which can be outrageous). Sounds like we have a volunteer who will deliver for a smile. :-)

I did suggest to Juan a King Cake Party on the Blogger's cruise. Perhaps some powers that be could convince him to schedule one? But it would have to be with real King Cakes, no disrespect meant towards Carnival cooks.
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I could stop at Manny's Metairie location on my way in. Usually all king cakes are gone before noon and then they close. Let me know if you would like a king cake.

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Zydeco,

McKenzie's.....yuck! The only thing I liked from there was the turtles! However, I always used K&B. It's just not the same since it became Rite Aid. I can remember requesting colors for something.....I said I wanted K&B purple. The salesperson knew just what I meant!

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O M G !
ZC, I remember walking to McKenzie's on Sunday mornings with my daddy to get the "weekend special" My personal favorites were the butermilk drops and the spanish bar cake.

I loved the video about McKenzie's ... the best part was Benny Grunch being interviewed wearing his "Ain't Dere No More" t-shirt
I am so glad I grew up in New Orleans, I have the wonderful memories of what it used to be like. To quote Benny G .... Ain't Dere No More

(Just so ya know .. I still love living here! Crime is a sign of the times all over the U S, I really don't think NOLA is much different than some other big cities.)
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I have never had King cake before, but it sure looks good.

Melanie,
I may have to take you up on your offer, just so I can have some!
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It's good!

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I realize perhaps some people don't know what a po-boy is. Basically it is a sandwich, but so much more. Other areas might have similar looking sandwiches and call them various names - submarine, hoagy, grinder, etc.

Unfortunately, even in New Orleans, you can find some of the impostors, but there is No SUBstitute for a New Orleans Po-Boy.

First, there is the bread. Eating real New Orleans French Bread is like eating air. A perfect, thin, crusty outside and the inside little more than pure goodness. Ideally from Leidenheimer or one of their brands.




Then the rest of the sandwich. There are all kinds of choices from hot roast beef with gravy, ham, shrimp, oyster, etc. etc.

"Dressed" in New Orleans generally includes lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. Some might use shredded cabbage and at least one doesn't use tomato - helps keep the insides of the sandwich inside.

If the sandwich you order has gravy, be prepared to use lots of napkins. Only an expert such as myself can get by without.

Now some samples:











World Famous Ferdi from Mother's



http://www.mothersrestaurant.net/



Some assembly required (Domilises - not downtown)







It doesn't get any better. Yum!

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Charbroiled oysters. What the heck are they. Well, kind of what they sound like, but oh so good!

They were invented at Drago's. Now there are many imitators, but Drago's still has the best. Drago's does have a Riverside Hilton location.
http://www.dragosrestaurant.com/

Don't want them to cook too fast...




Adding some deliciousness




So good I can't stood it!




Acme Oyster has their version:
http://www.acmeoyster.com/

Acme even has a location at the new Orleans airport, but fair warning... I liked the oysters Acme had at the airport but the po-boys were not up to snuff. Maybe they have changed, but I dunno. I may go eyeball them next week for an update.



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I have a ferdi from Mothers on my list!

Probably Thursday b4 meeting the early birds at Crescent City.
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oops - now the picture even shows up!
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Ok, what the heck is a muffeletta? Another delicious New Orleans invention. If you don't like olives, well, maybe not.








The missing quarter lept into my stomach before I could take the picture...





A variation from Napoleon House:

http://www.napoleonhouse.com/









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I was watching Man vs Food last night and Adam was in New Orleans, the restaurant featured were "Mothers", Deanie's Seafood and Acme Oyster House. The last time I was in NO I went to Acme and the food was great. Not sure I will make it to "Mothers" this time, but I'am going to sure try to get to Deanie's Seafood. Last night Adam did the Oyster challenge at Acme and suceeded in finishing 15 dozen.
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Snooze, they will let you upgrade your Ferdi to a Ralph Special if you are fond of cheese.

I love the way they scream my name when my food is ready. Kind of reminds me of... oh nevermind




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I saw Man vs Food last night, too. So, is the Ferdi as good as he said it was?

How about Johnny's Po-Boys?
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Zydeco, don't forget about Cafe Maspero, another great place to eat. Then after you can stroll down to Cafe Du Monde and get some Beignets. If you still have room after that, grab some Pralines!!!!!!! Hope everyone has a super time while in New Orleans and a great cruise.
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Jimni, I cannot adequately describe Mother's. The food is pretty darned good. The atmosphere is uhm... interesting. The first time I went in there, I was young and didn't have much money. I was trying to find an inexpensive breakfast and I walked in to find this young woman behind the counter with a loud, high pitched voice, screaming at me, "OK Baby what do want? I of course just stood there with a deer in the headlights sort of a look. You can tell they have trained their clientele well. Don't stand there and fart around trying to make up your mind what you want... or they will scream at you...

Generally it's not an issue as there is generally a very long line and you have plenty of time to decide what you want to order. Yes the food is good. They have wonderful ham, great PoBoys, My kids are VERY picky and they love their catfish, I love their shrimp. Really I don't ever think I have ever had a bad meal there. It is good stuff.
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I saw Man vs Food last night, too. So, is the Ferdi as good as he said it was?

How about Johnny's Po-Boys?
I like Johnny's. Inexpensive and not the lines you will find elsewhere.

http://www.johnnyspoboy.com/default.aspx














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Zydeco, don't forget about Cafe Maspero, another great place to eat. Then after you can stroll down to Cafe Du Monde and get some Beignets. If you still have room after that, grab some Pralines!!!!!!! Hope everyone has a super time while in New Orleans and a great cruise.
I know a lot of people like Maspero's (or Cafe Maspero - not to be confused with Original Pierre Maspero's on Chartres) but there is too much good food for me to stand in that line.

Not sure if you still can do, but I used to bypass the line, sit at the bar and order. Everyone seems to want to wait in line for a table.





I figured everyone must know about Cafe du Monde, but maybe no.

http://www.cafedumonde.com/

Hard to get to on New Year's Eve!







And some pralines...

http://www.auntsallys.com/



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While on dessert, a place not everyone might know, is Angelo Brocato

http://www.angelobrocatoicecream.com/

It is on a spur of the Canal Street streetcar line, but not far from Canal Street either.




Oops, before I forget again, there is a Cafe du Monde location in the Riverwalk mall:

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Jimni, I cannot adequately describe Mother's. The food is pretty darned good. The atmosphere is uhm... interesting. The first time I went in there, I was young and didn't have much money. I was trying to find an inexpensive breakfast and I walked in to find this young woman behind the counter with a loud, high pitched voice, screaming at me, "OK Baby what do want? I of course just stood there with a deer in the headlights sort of a look. You can tell they have trained their clientele well. Don't stand there and fart around trying to make up your mind what you want... or they will scream at you...

Generally it's not an issue as there is generally a very long line and you have plenty of time to decide what you want to order. Yes the food is good. They have wonderful ham, great PoBoys, My kids are VERY picky and they love their catfish, I love their shrimp. Really I don't ever think I have ever had a bad meal there. It is good stuff.
I had to do a double take to see if there was a match.



Here is some more on Mother's (which is open for breakfast!)

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For those looking for, um supplies, there is no shortage in New Orleans.

A couple of stores perhaps of interest in the French Quarter:

Formerly an A&P, there is a Rouse's Supermarket (perhaps the worlds tiniest supermarket, including width of aisles) at 701 Royal.

http://www.rouses.com/












Of course, Walgreen's at might be more convenient. There is a very interesting one at 900 Canal Street (Baronne and Canal). there is also one at 134 Royal Street.



The Royal one is also a good location to locate a Lucky Dog.




I HIGHLY recommend (I really do) one of these gut bombs after a night of drinking. They seem a perfect ending to a night of debauchery,

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or if you insist, there is a 24x7 Krystal at 116 Bourbon Street


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