“Laissez les bon temps roulez” says my friend Andy, who lives here!
After breakfast and some hanging out, we made our way uptown to Tulane. Andrew’s apartment is quite typical And typical college near-grad, he had just woken up -
At least there were some nice family photos!
We all went for about an hour stroll around the campus -
And stopped in for some refreshments. I downed this in about 5 minutes!
Matt found one of his old friends, but thankfully he declined the purchase
I was very surprised that I made it until 2:30 without getting too hungry. Guess because we were busy! We finally arrived at the ZBT house for a family brunch. Their frat house actually burned Andrew’s sophomore year and they just finished a big re-build with modern castle – it’s unlike any frat house I’ve ever been in!
But there were still familiar sights, such as this toasted of tater tots probably a few days old
The brunch was gorgeous and put on by the house chef Mike and his wife Deb.
Crawfish galore –
HELLLLLPPP! he said. Made me sad
Omelets, ham, prime rib, rolls, veggies, fruit + chocolate, shrimp + desserts, plus a huge hot bar with shrimp pesto pasta, gumbo, meatballs, chicken wings and mussels! We were all really hungry and couldn’t have been happier with the selection
Poor little guy … I only ate two. They were pretty gutsy today!
My eats included a bite of most everything, per usual
A ham sandwich, muscles, shrimp, 2 crawfish, some veggies
Crab Gumbo (which was excellent) over rice with some shrimp pasta
Seconds. I’ve never had mussels on a buffet before – I went a little crazy.
Drinks included a water spiced with cranberry, lots of more water and a taste of some cinnamon whiskey that was good, but I didn’t want more than a taste of –
The desserts were totally tempting –
I had 50% fruit with some chocolate drizzle plus a tiny piece of cake and a cheesecake bite. It was hard not to go back for more, but I knew I’d be better off sticking to a taste and not getting to full/sickly off of icing at 4pm. We had more fun food coming up-
I also snagged two bananas for breakfast in my purse!
Kanz said I look like Kelsey in this photo!
Wave Goodbye To College
After the brunch we headed back to campus for the “Wave Goodbye Party,” a big jazz musical festival on the quad with lots of free food (and of course in NOLA you can bring open containers anywhere so we brought in some brews!)
We listened to the band Bonerama on the lawn under the sunset.
Andrew, Andy (Matt’s frat brother from Davidson), and us
I enjoyed a strawberry Abita – about 2/3 of a bottle. They had lots of food options at the party, but the lines were long and we had dinner reservations, so we passed.
We had 8:45 reservations at Upperline, which was recommended by lots of our friends.
We ordered two bottles of wine for the table – a white and a red.
I started with red and had 2 smallish glasses..
Congrats to the graduate!
I tried the bread, but it wasn’t anything to write (the blog) about so I passed on the rest
Karen and I decided we weren’t that hungry from our late lunch, so we split two appetizers and each got salads. We got the Watercress Salad with Stilton and Pecans and a Thyme Vinaigrette. Delish!!
Karen ordered the Fried Green Tomatoes (classic!) and I got the Duck Etouffee as another traditional New Orleans dish –
Green termaters -
My tasting plate. LOVE doing these tastings. It’s so much more fun! I’m so glad to have a family who likes to share –
Andy gave me a bite of his duck + sweet potatoes (the orange on the left above), which was to-die-for good. The sweet potatoes were like Thanksgiving dinner 100%.
Cheryl gave me a bite of her authentic gumbo (she’s from LA so she knows her tastes!)
Lastly, Mark (Matt’s dad) gave me a taste of his tuna with a ginger sauce and sticky rice. Delicious as well!!
I ended the night with a taste of white wine
And we split these desserts – a Sticky Pecan Pie a la Mode and a Creme Brulee – SEVEN ways. I had a spoonful and a half of each –
We start tomorrow at 6:30 to get to the Superdome for graduation by 8:15. Gotta get to bed!!