New Orleans to Mississippi Gulf Coast

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I was up late last night writing and so I wanted to sleep in this morning.  I did sleep about an hour longer than normal, but then some construction vehicles nearby began making quite a bit of noise.  They seemed to be doing something in the parking lot right next to us.  So we got up and did our morning chores at double speed and got out of there.  We decided to drive through St. Charles Avenue to see the old 18th and 19th century mansions.  We drove the full length of it and saw a few sights, but there was nowhere to park so we just drove through while Lucy took photos.

After that we drove up the length of Canal Street to see the French Quarter.  We could see enough down the streets like Bourbon street to know that it would be quite difficult to maneuver the van through, so we settled for looking as we drove by.  Lucy got some good photos of the city and we decided we’d had enough of New Orleans.  I don’t think we are big city folks.  They make us both a little nervous.

Another of those optical illusions

So we left New Orleans and headed for Slidell, where we found a little Cuban Restaurant and had lunch.  It was called Que Rico.  It was not fancy, in fact it was quite plain, but the food was great.  If you get to Slidell, Louisiana and you like Cuban food, I recommend it.

And then on to Mississippi.  We drove a few miles on I-10 and then headed south on US 90 toward Bay St Louis and Waveland.  There is a casino there with a little RV park right across from the beach.  We pulled in and set-up and it is time for bed.  We will check out the casino tomorrow, but mostly the beach is great and just a few steps away.

Friday, February 24, 2012

As I said yesterday we pulled into the Silver Slipper casino RV park.  It was such a nice place we signed up for two nights and discovered that if we went to the casino we would get one night free when we register in their players club.  Well that costs nothing so we did it.  This morning is a bit windy and cooler than yesterday.  Yesterday it was 81 degrees.  Today it will only reach about 70, oh darn! (he said sarcastically). 81 was too hot.  70 and overcast is perfect.  Anyway a little thunderstorm came up this morning but it blew over in just a few minutes.  The beach is great and deserted.  We will be able to walk and let LaKisha run free.  But first to the casino for our first meal of the day.  Don’t want to call it breakfast because it is about noon, but I suppose it is technically break-fast.

So this is going to be at least partially a food post.  We ate at the casinos buffet.  Now when I write about a restaurant, it is only because it is very good, or in rare cases very bad.  And I rarely write about casino buffets, because they are usually just okay, nothing special.  This casino buffet is an exception to that rule.  Lucy and I have eaten at casino buffets all over the western and southern coast.  I have to say this one is the best so far by a comfortable margin.  The variety is amazing.  Lot’s of standard southern fare and much more.  Some things, you will not find at your average casino bereft, like corn fritters, hush-puppies, fried ochre, jambalaya, collard greens.  They were all quite good, but there was one item which you do find at your average casino buffet.  You find bread pudding at nearly all casino buffets, but you will not be able to say you have had good bread pudding until you have it here.  It’s not just the bread pudding that makes it exceptional, but the sauce that you drizzle on, or in my case, pour on to it.  In most places you will either get some kind of sauce you have to dredge up from the bottom of the pan, or no sauce at all. The sauce here is in a separate pan with a dipper.  It was a creamy, buttery, cinnamony, lemony, sweet delight, which I applied generously to my serving of bread pudding.  Yum-Yum!  To be fair, I have to say that I have had bread pudding that was equal to this one, but my mama passed on a few years ago and even though I have her recipe, I have never been able to duplicate it.  I have only one complaint about this “all you can eat” buffet.  My stomach is not nearly big enough.  Those of you who know me will be amazed at that statement.

Back to the van and a walk on the beach with LaKisha.  A good day and time to turn in and relax for the evening.

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3 Responses to New Orleans to Mississippi Gulf Coast

  1. Lorane & Sam says:

    We are enjoying your blog and pics. are great You even made the newspaper..Enjoy your trip. We head for Lake Havasu tomorrow, then on homeward bound.

  2. mike koslosky says:

    Boy, I’m amazed that folks throughout the South build their homes on stilts to prevent them from being washed away in the next, inevitable, hurricane/flood. If Californians took that approach each and every house would be built on giant springs or shock absorbers to wobble through the earthquake – if and when it hit. Those home you saw KNEW there would be hurricanes damn near every other year yet they live there despite the fact that their gonna get blasted. Slow learners?

    • Apparently there are contractors on the Gulf coast who will take an older house and elevate it. I have heard of some scam artists who sell this service, get a big deposit then disappear. Being in construction I can tell you that it is a very difficult process and a house would need to be pretty valuable to make it worth the effort. An older house that has already been damaged by a flood or two would not be worth it. That’s who the scammers prey on. They promise they can do the job for a very low cost. Someone who has a cheap house, but can’t afford to build new, gets sucked in by them.

      I have talked to a few locals, and they tell me that most people are not affected by every hurricane. It’s like a tornado, but much larger and slower moving. There will always be some damage and sometimes there is extensive damage, but the average person may get hit once in a lifetime. One thing about a hurricane is that you always have plenty of warning. Most of the damage from a hurricane is the storm surge. That’s obviously why they elevate the homes. Like all disasters, the news only reports the bad stuff so it seems much worse than it is. Even Katrina was limited in the damage it did. In New Orleans low lying areas the hurricane itself did not do the major damage, it was the poor condition of the dikes holding back the Mississippi river.

      So I guess they are slow learners. If you live in a place that is only a place because you stole it from a giant river, you should probably keep the dikes in good repair. And by elevating your home you reduce the risk of damage to nearly nothing. There were some areas we drove through where virtually all homes were elevated. So they are learning, but yes, slowly it seems.


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