Sunday, September 30, 2012

Thanks to our great friends Phil and Bonnie from VA, we were able to stay at a very cool penthouse condo in the Warehouse District. We had our very own hot tub on the balcony. Friday dinner was at Ernst Cafe. We shared the panko crusted crab cakes, shrimp and fried green tomatoes with remoulade and kobe hot dog. The crab cakes were crispy and delicious as were the fried green tomatoes. The hot dog was more like sausage, which was fine, but nothing to rave about. Breakfast was a short walk away at M's, a little coffee shop with nice big, fresh breakfast sandwiches and inexpenisve plates.  The owner, Sean Rixner, believes in quality and customer service. Saturday night we had a fabulous dinner at Muriel's Jackson Square. Denise, Rick, Marian, Mark, Rachel and Scott met us at the bar for drinks and we swapped hurricane stories. Then it was time for dinner. Chef Gus Martin sent out a lagniappe plate (he does not believe in "amuse") of  crab and red pepper over tomato, it tasted to me like there was a bit of tasso or something smoky in there but I don't know for sure what it was. I could have eaten it on a poboy. It was so good. My entree was the redfish with lump crab and crab butter sauce which is outstanding. The process of making the butter takes about thirty hours. I could eat it with a spoon. Drinks were a French 75 and Muriel's coffee. The coffee has a praline liquor and is warm but served with a straw. So good. I think hubby was a little tipsy after his. After dinner we took a little dip in the (very) hot tub during a light sprinkle of cool rain. Serenity now! Sunday it was time to get back to reality. Enjoy a few pictures of our mini vacation.

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