The holidays have past.
The vacation is over.
Back to reality.
But before 2011 is in full swing, I want to remember the wonderful times that I had over the past two weeks.
It can be summarized succinctly: Family, Food and Fun.
Cocoa with Kailey.
Some simple (Sh*t on your neighbor – a family favorite).
And some more complicated (Agricola).
Scott arrived on Christmas day and apart from a quick trip to the grocery store (in order to make grilled turkey with cranberry and goat cheese sandwiches) I don’t think anybody left the house until we had to go back to the airport on December 28. It was wonderful.
After a quick stop in Minneapolis (to check in on Puck and Kudzu and to discover my car had been towed during a snow emergency) I headed south to Louisiana.
Scott and I spent the day in New Orleans before heading into another family-filled week.
We stayed in a fancy hotel in the French Quarter.
We had dinner at Cochon. If given the opportunity – go there. The food was fantastic.
We ventured over to Frenchman Street and saw Walter Wolfman Washington and the Roadmasters at d.b.a. A great show and packed to boot (I was told it was a special day in New Orleans – a Wednesday).
We ended the evening in the Roosevelt Hotel at the Sazerac Bar – home to the Sazerac cocktail. (We may have had a drink or two).
Before heading to Baton Rouge the next day we nursed our hangovers with breakfast (lunch) at Slim Goodies and a stroll down Magazine Street.
There was non-stop eating in Baton Rouge. I don’t think I will need to eat for the entire month of January.
And I got to spend significant time with Scott’s fabulous family. They welcomed me with open arms and I thoroughly enjoyed myself – I only hope that I represented myself well.
There was cooking.
And eating (did I mention that already?).
And a really, really big bonfire to ring in the New Year.
Another day in New Orleans resulted in …
Eating (beignets at Cafe Du Monde).
I need a vacation from my vacation.