First stop was the French Quarter. I'm guessing that this is off limits to missionaries! There's great architecture, fun gift shops, delicious places to eat, trolleys, horse-drawn carriages, musicians, artists and the like. There's also a negative vibe, palm readers, voodoo, naughty T-shirts, bars, etc.
The one place I wanted to go was Cafe DuMonde for their beignets. Of course there was a long line for take-out but I knew it would go fast. It has to with the number of people they serve in a day. I've only had beignets one other time & that was at Disneyland. Even in the Mickey shape with cute little ears they were a disappointment. And I thought they'd spilled a whole box of powdered sugar in the bag. Surely beignets in New Orleans would be so much better. Let's just say that the experience wasn't a whole lot different! I guess they're just not my thing, but I can cross that off my "Things To Do in Louisiana" list! My one recommendation is if you go there, don't wear black pants! It's a bad combination with powdered sugar.
Next stop--Houma, which is more than an hour from NO. A package was delivered to the mission office yesterday for an elder in Houma. I was thinking that someone from his zone might be in Baton Rouge for a meeting tomorrow so didn't worry about it. But Marc did. He thought we should take it to him because it was from Harry & David via Cushman's, which is a citrus fruit distribution co. The box was large & heavy--maybe oranges-- and his concern was that they'd spoil before they reached this elder. So we set off with his address & phone number. Suffice it to say that we were finally on our way back to NO almost 3 hours later. Between wrong addresses & numbers that didn't work we had a scenic tour of Houma & the surrounding area. I was starting to whine but after thinking about the reason we're here in the first place, Iremembered our purpose for being in LA is to serve first & everything else is secondary.
Time to eat! We went back to NO to find a recommended restaurant, but the traffic was ridiculous. Did I forget to mention that it's the NBA All-Star weekend--here! That means old-timers' game, slam-dunk contest, up & coming something, shooting contest in addition to the actual game & lots of fans. So we drove back to Metairie, a suburb, & had what I've been waiting for--a scrumptious southern dinner.Charbroiled oysters at Drago's! Yum!!!
Nice thing about oysters is that you can eat a dozen and not be stuffed because they're very small bites.