In October we took two of our adult ‘kids’ to New Orleans so they experience this beautiful culture and, of course, we had to take them to the school of cooking. Now, please everyone if you go to New Orleans, be sure to book (long time ahead of your trip) this class with Miss Sondra. She is there on Fridays and you will fall in love with her.
We were here a few years back and felt we had to show our ‘kids’ what the cooking is all about, history about Cajun and Creole and their cooking procedures and how they differ and what an asset this lady is to New Orleans.
The school also has shopping to pick up spices, hot sauces, souvenirs, pralines, towels, cups, utensils. Everything you can think of.
You get a meal that Miss Sondra has cooked – soups, entre and dessert, along with a beer, coffee, tea, juice etc. Trust me, you will not be hungary when you leave here.
This past week, while on a mini vacation in New Orleans, we wanted to take a carriage ride through the French Quarter. We found one that I could access the step into the carriage (others were too high) and we got the best gentleman ever. His name was Jimmy and his carriage only held 4 passengers. This was perfect for us.
He stood by the carriage and explained some of the early history of New Orleans and the French Quarter. Our ride was going to take about 30 minutes. He told us we would get 300 years of history in that time period. Then he hops on and begins to tell us ALL the history with dates and funny comments to make it really interesting.
The buildings, architecture, restaurants, bars, shops, voodoo stores, are sooooo worth this excursion.
As we came close to Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop and Bar, dating back to 1772, we stop and he calls for a certain server to bring out refreshments for us. Great! It is so strange to see the open liquor laws here. Also, he is the only guide to does this. The others just drive by.
This gentleman has a photographic memory and is a walking historian. If and when you go to New Orleans, go to Jackson Square and look at all the carriages until you find him.
You will love him and love the stories he tells.