Congrats to the Graduate!
We departed from the hotel just after breakfast on foot. It was about a 30 minute walk to the Superdome, but we were thankful for the exercise.
We got there at 8:45 just before our seats were given away!
The commencement was very fitting for New Orleans – jazz, beads and fireworks. Andrew’s class is “the Katrina Class.” As soon as he had finished moving his stuff into his dorm in 2005, he turned around and evacuated for the hurricane. He didn’t see his stuff again until January! Collages all over the country took in Tulane’s students for that semester, but still, 80% of Tulane’s students came back in January. So the theme of the day was thanking this class for choosing to come back and bringing the university – and the city – back to life.
Harry Connick Jr. was given an honorary degree!
And Ellen says hi!!
Her speech was fun, witty, and casual. She said life is like Mardi Gras, but just don’t show them your boobies, show them your brain and you’ll get all the beads you need in life Her message was about staying true to yourself. I definitely laughed out loud several times!
She even donned a bathrobe on stage as a gift from Tulane (and an inside joke)
I brought snacks for the group – assorted Clif bars
Breakfast held me over well – about 3 hours before my stomach grumbled. I let hunger build for an hour and then had the Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Clif bar at noon. LOVED IT!!!!!!! It reminded me of oatmeal cookie dough! I tried nibbles of the Blueberry Crisp (could take it or leave it) and the White Chocolate Macadamia (didn’t get enough to form an opinion).
Other folks around us where eating chicken fingers at 10am and nachos by noon! We were glad to be prepared
We were also prepared for a 6 hour ceremony (yes, SIX HOURS!!!) with reading material for the second half when they called out 1,000 names!!!!!! It went on forever….
The Clif bar held me over perfectly until 2pm brunch, when I wasn’t even that hungry.
Outside the Superdome
We walked another 30 minutes back to the French Quarter for brunch at Brennan’s. I was thankful for a second walk to squeeze in some more activity – esp. after 6 hours of sitting!
Check out this menu!
I ordered a Bellini to drink. I’m not a fan of orange juice drinks or bloody marys more than a sip
The menu was a little strange – not a single salad! The restaurant was quite expensive, and it ended up being more cost effective to get a three course pris fixe menu than just the entree, so that’s what I did.
I started with the Baked Apple in Cream – but I got the cream on the side.
The apple was fabulous – I ate half of it and gave the rest to Matt.
But did add some cream first
And may have tasted the cream a few more times as soup! It was like liquid ice cream!
There was good bread on the table, but I turned that down knowing I had some in my benedict.
I ordered the Eggs Bayou LaFourche – poached eggs atop Cajun andouille sausage and Holland rusks topped with Hollandaise. I got the sauce on the side, and it came with a baked tomato. I ate 1 of the 4 sausage halves, 1 toast, both eggs and all of the tomato. I gave the rest away to the table for tastes (my strategy this vacation, if you haven’t noticed, is sharing and having the portions of things as I would eat at home.)
The highlight was the Bananas Foster!! It was invented here in the 1950s –
Matt ordered it with his menu and gave me a bite. I have to say, that caramelized banana was one of the best ever!
For variety’s sake, I ordered the Suicide Chocolate Cake for my dessert (which was included)
It was INCREDIBLE with dark chocolate ganache. I ate about 1/3 of the cake – mostly ganache! I could have eaten more but I knew I was approaching sickly full and passed it over to Matt’s side of the table out of reach
I was perfectly full before this cake, but it put me over the top! But a walk through the French Quarter helped with digestion. After all, Walking Is Good For Digestion! This meal should have been called Linner because it was 5pm by the time we left!! I don’t think anyone is interested in dinner. Perhaps just something liquid or GREEN!