Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Travel Tuesday - Randomness lands me in


 New Orleans.  I had no idea where to go with this one, so I called up the unsorted photo file, spun the mouse, and landed in New Orleans one February, just at the start of the Mardi Gras season, a slightly blurry random street scene in the French Quarter.  I have been to New Orleans several times, the first time in the 1980's when it hosted a World's Fair. I drove there in an almost new Renault LeCar.  Renault had bought an interest in American Motors, and tried selling Euro cars in the US for a few years.  It was great fun to drive, the first car I had with a sunroof, a booming stereo, and the coldest air conditioning of any car I have ever owned.  Ice would form on the vents on the dash.  

I have been back to New Orleans several times for conferences or meetings.  A city of great food, strong drinks, and a love of life.  It is also a city that struggles with poverty, and racism.  Even after all of these years.  

To some extent, New Orleans being a party town is responsible for Bourbon developing as a unique style of whisky.  The demand for whisky in New Orleans outstripped the supply, and corn whisky from Bourbon county Kentucky was sealed in barrels and shipped down the Kentucky River, to the Ohio River, then west to the Mississippi river, then floated south to New Orleans.  By the time it arrived in New Orleans it had mellowed, taking on color and flavor from the charred oak barrels. The barrels were charred because they had previously been used to store salted fish, and pickled vegetables.  The melow brown whisky from Bourbon county was a hit, and orders for more flowed back up stream.  The rest is drinking history.   

19 comments:

  1. I have been twice, and have no desire to ever go back. Hated it both times, with no fond memories.

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    1. I can see that, there is some great food there, the party on Bourbon Street is a little intense for me,

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  2. What a great little history of bourbon. I've regretfully never been to New Orleans. A friend of mine went to Mardi Gras and returned with more than 50 strings of beads for me. A bunch of women on a balcony told her to show them her tits. She did. They were a wonder.

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    1. I was there one year for a conference in February, and the "season" was just getting started.

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  3. An interesting short history of bourbon, which I find far too sweet for my taste.

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    1. Bourbon has a specific legal definition and millions of variations

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  4. New Orleans was the first big trip I ever took. Jeffrey and I drove there. It was a great weekend. I loved the music, food, and activity. I would definitely go back some day (by flight this time.)

    Sassybear
    Www.Idleeyesandadormy.Com

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    1. A long drive for you, and in the French Quarter, you really don't want a car. They opened a new airport terminal a couple of years ago, should be much nicer.

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  5. I've never been but I always hear "loved it" and "hated it" stories.
    Still, I enjoyed the bourbon lesson!

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    1. A fun place to visit, I couldn't see myself living there

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  6. Interesting backstory about bourbon!

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    1. Thank you, I can bore people for hours on bourbon law.

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  7. Randomness was a clever idea. ❤️

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  8. I haven't been to New Orleans in quite a while. It is a fun city to visit with some really great food and some crazy drinks.

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    1. Stay away from any drink that has 190 in the name. Lots and lots of great food.

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  9. Went to a convention in New Orleans in the late 90s. The convention was a mess, but have very fond memories of the town. Even the cheap coffee was excellent, and I learned to eat grits - I grew up north of the grits/fried potato line. Went to Preservation Hall then saw the Annual Transvestite End of Summer Bar Crawl and Parade while eating beniegts and drinking chicory coffee at Cafe du Monde, then completed the Gulf Coast experience by driving home in a Cat 1 hurricane.

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    1. We have eaten our way across the city a couple of times, lots of good food and entertainment.

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  10. yes yes yes
    I like going there for the food and the drink.
    Alas Someone does not care for it; I must find me a medical conference.

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