Fat Tuesday

It’s been too long since I’ve been down in the Big Easy.

I think the recent Super Bowl win by the Saints has amped up my desire to make a return to NOLA.

I’m missing New Orleans. Days like today, Fat Tuesday, make me crave it even more … the food, the music, the beads, the beverages.

Speaking of beverages, I’m not Catholic, but I am giving up something for Lent this year. I’m swearing off sodas. Bye Bye Mountain Dew. See ya later Dr. Pepper. It’s been sweet, but I’m going to eliminate you.

I did this a few years ago and erased Diet Coke from my list of liquids of which I partake. As a matter of fact, it’s now been four years since I swilled a Diet Coke.

Hurricane Katrina has paid a horrible visit to New Orleans since I have. She ravaged it. I hope to make a much more gentle landing in the Crescent City.

I’d love to¬† feel the heavy air and smell the amazing aromas that waft out of doors and windows of restaurants of both the five-star and the tiny five-table variety.

The music pulses through the humidity moving your feet along the cobblestones and sidewalks, pulling you toward the rhythm. Brass boldly squawking at you. The felt-covered hammers inside the piano striking and making the strings vibrate to match the pumping of the blood through your veins. An accordion wheezing and breathing, yelling more than whispering, urging you to come inside. The city and its music speaks to you.

To put you even more in the spirit of New Orleans, Newscoma called upon Buckwheat Zydeco this morning.

I present to you Dr. John performing “Iko Iko.”

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4 responses to “Fat Tuesday

  1. Congrats on giving up sodas. I had a grand total of five last year. Really bad for ya. You are a wonderful writer. Wished I could write like that.
    I want to go to NO sometimes just to eat and take photos.

  2. Debby, I’d read so much about the diet sweeteners and the damage they can cause that I figured it would be better for me just to drink the sweet stuff. Now, I’m taking the next step, getting rid of sodas all together.
    As for New Orleans, the photographic opportunities are incredible and everywhere. I’d love to see the pics you could take there.
    And thanks for the kind words about my writing. That means a lot coming from a woman surrounded by books all the time.

  3. I’ve only been to NO twice in my life and only once during Mardi Gras. Not for the faint of heart, such as me. My second visit was way better. First time I ate scallops and fresh shrimp…etoufee and beignets and chicory coffee…. I would like to have a reason to go back for that!

  4. Leigh, the food there IS heavenly. Or is that sinfully decadent? If I had the cash, I’d be there in a heartbeat. Although I’ve never been during Mardi Gras, it’s on my to-do list.

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