Flat Kendall visits New Orleans

by Gretchen DeMoss

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post. It’s been a busy summer. We try to pack as much in to the few short months of nice weather we have here in the Pacific Northwest, so we’ve been busy going to outdoor concerts, going to the coast, and spending as much time outdoors as we can. Of course, Kendall tags along with us whenever she can. One place Kendall can’t tag along is on my work trips. I found myself in New Orleans in the middle of July, so I took Flat Kendall along to explore the city.

It was a bit hot, to put it mildly, so we didn’t get out too much. On the one afternoon I did have free, we explored the French Quarter.

One of the typical buildings in the French Quarter

One of the typical buildings in the French Quarter

The architecture there is just beautiful. I’d love to take a walking tour some day with an expert.

The buildings hold so much history

The buildings hold so much history

We were there during the Tales of the Cocktail event. I like Pimms Cups, but we really can’t get them in the Northwest. When you ask for one, the bartender looks at you like you’re nuts. So, we headed over to the Napoleon House who has been serving up Pimms Cups for over a hundred years.

One Pimms Cup, please

One Pimms Cup, please

From there, we wandered over to Bourbon Street. There seems to be a daiquiri place on every corner.

Daiquiris on Bourbon Street

Daiquiris on Bourbon Street

I never did make it over there at night to see the nightlife, but that’s how work trips go. I did have a chance to go to dinner with a good friend’s brother and his family. They took me on a locals tour of the area and took me to my very first drive through daiquiri place. I can’t believe they actually hand you an alcoholic beverage as you drive through. They say it isn’t an open container until you put the straw through the hole in lid. Like who’s going drive all the way home before they put the straw in?? You can get up to a gallon at a time – with extra shots! We ordered the 12 oz, and the guy in the window held it up and asked, “Are you sure? It’s pretty small.” Nothing like upselling alcohol to a car full of people.

The menu at the drive-through daiquiri place

The menu at the drive-through daiquiri place

The view from my window at the hotel was pretty impressive.

The Mississippi River

The Mississippi River

It was a quick trip to New Orleans, but we had a good time.

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