We made our way to the French Market, seeking shelter in little boutiques along the way. The French Market turned out to be a flea market, and compared to Shipshewana it wasn't much. However, there were lots of alligator claws, voodoo dolls, and feathered masks that I don't recall ever seeing in Shipshe. I bought a candle, a picture, yada yada yada.
Yup, here I am in the French Market
Yes, except they're not. But we love them.
On a side note, if you EVER see me driving around with this sign in my car, please schedule an intervention. (I hope this doesn't offend any extreme pet lovers...but come on, Westie Taxi??)
After shopping we went to the original Cafe Du Monde, which serves cafe au lait and French doughnuts called Beignets. In Nawlins, the natives call these "Bay-ja-nets", and in French they're pronounced "Ben-yays". Now, three years of French in high school doesn't make me an expert, and I kept getting confused. I kept pretending like I could pronounce everything, but I really couldn't. It was fun testing my French...and finding out that I needed to start over with "Je m'appelle" and learning how to count to ten. By the way, you can order Beignet mix at the link above, which means these doughnuts are at your fingertips...all you have to do is fry them up.
Brent, pondering about when his doughnuts will be ready.
We went to dinner at another Brennan restaurant, where I tried ratatouille for the first time. I just love the movie, so I was pretty pumped to try it. Needless to say, it was surprising when a side plate of vegetables, mainly eggplant, was delivered to the table. I don't know what I expected, but something more than veggies! It was okay, but I expected more after the way the food critic carried on about the rat's creation in the movie. As Big Lou explained it to me, that's entirely the point of having the rat serve ratatouille - because it's simple and it reminded the critic of his childhood when his mother made the dish and before he became such a snoot. Well - okay - but I just figured it was because it was a RAT making RATatouille. Is it just me or is Pixar/Disney more complicated than it used to be?
Ratatouille...doesn't look that great, eh?
By the way, our waiter was propositioned by a woman at the table next to us...and he accepted. She was a little crazy, and he seemed to like it. Guess you had to be there, but I was uncomfortable.
Brent and I headed back to the hotel pretty early since it was Sunday night and not much was happening. We stopped at Harrah's first, which was caddy-corner to the hotel, and proceeded to lose $50 in about 3 minutes at a Blackjack table. We weren't even sitting there long enough to get a free drink! I'm not much of a gambler, but according to Brent the $10 minimum really messed with us. I AM a math person, and I can understand how that happened. We high-tailed it out of there, but not before getting our clothes all smoky.
Day Four - Join us as we visit plantation country and make our way to Austin.