Then I need to pack two different bags, one for London and one for Orlando. I don't want to mix the two together since I'm trying to pack as light as possible for London. Otherwise how I am to make sure that there's enough room for all the stuff I buy in London. Marty and I figure it's not a big deal if we pack light because then we can just buy whatever we don't have. Oh noes, I ran out of clothes, I'll just buy new clothes in London. Can't go wrong with that. :P
People keep asking me if I'm stressed over this weekend and I'm not really. I'm more stressed over all the work I have to finish at my job before I leave for two and a half weeks. O_O
( This past Sunday Marty and I spent a little time together. )
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Last night was the weekly dinner thing I do with the girls (and sometimes Aleesha's guy-friends from work show up). We went to the Palace Cafe for dinner which was fabulous. I really enjoyed my entree. I had Shrimp Tchefuncte which was shrimp and mushrooms in a muniere sauce with popcorn rice. The muniere sauce was a very simple Worcestershire-based sauce but it was sooooooooo good.
For dessert we went down Magazine Street to Sucre. It's this extremely cute dessert shop as seen in this photo. I got a creme brulee for myself and a fancy coffee cake to bring home to Marty.
I love Magazine Street. It is by far my favorite street in New Orleans, neverending street of cute shops.
Peeeeeeeeeezza. If there's one thing I can't complain about over here, it's the food. Even the little restaurants in Slidell are good and I make sure to go into New Orleans at least once a week to eat places. The girls and I trying to branch out more since we tend to find a place and eat there constantly. o_O
I finally got pralines! Now to mail them out. I got one for myself. Way too sweet. o_O It's like pure sugar. I gave the rest of it to Marty.
The restaurant/store by our apartment is really cute. Marty and I had been wanting to go there for a while now. A little bit touristy but still cute. There's a praline area in the front and a cafe in the back while the bulk of the store sells gifts and cooking stuff. The cafe has the normal Louisiana food; po' boys, gumbo, bread pudding, etc. It was good.
I wouldn't mind going there for lunch more.
The girls and I went to a restaurant called Lilette and the food was amazing. Somewhat expensive as well. o_O
Let's see, for an appetizer we got potato gnocchi with sage brown butter and parmigiano cream. Aleesha and I split the roasted muscovy duck breast with creamy polenta, fennel and coriander jus.
Yeap, I had to look those up.
The best part was the dessert! We got three different desserts.
On the top is the goat cheese creme with a pear. It was a little weird because it's goat cheese, but it was excellent with the pear and we had some left over so we made sure to try it with bread at home. Hehe.
On the left is the nutella mousse with a chocolate cream on top and there's some nuts and peanut brittle. We thought it'd be funny because of the nutella but it was sooooooo smooth.
On the right is my favorite. It's the bread pudding with some pistachio sauce and some whipped cream. The bread pudding was EXCELLENT. Best bread pudding ever. Course, it wasn't like normal bread pudding, seemed more like it was a souffle.
Next week, fried po-boys!
Sunday morning, the group went out for breakfast at the Original Pancake House. Naturally I got a waffle.
Things of note:
- Brian was not feeling too well
- Andrew got the fattest omelet ever
- Two eggs, two bacon...
- Stephanie has a 19-pound cat
- Fatty was 14 pounds at her fattest
- Dude, Andrew was so crunk the night before
My life has gone so downhill after Dragon*Con that I have resorted to taking pictures of my food. Oh wait, I always take pictures of my food. I love food.
Okay so things haven't gone downhill, things are calm and peaceful, just not as fun as Dragon*Con. This weekend we're going to a wedding. I bought a dress. I LOVE MY DRESS! It's going to be exciting to see people. :)
I need to get off of my butt and get sewing again. Too many projects to count that I need to get started on. I'm somewhat spoiled though. I'm borrowing my friend's serger and I'm learning how to use it. Now I want my own. I want my own and I want all my seams to look pretty. So I don't want to make anything without having pretty seams from my not-yet-purchased serger. >_<
Oh yeah, Happy Birthday, Austin!
And I'm making Marty watch Series 2 of Doctor Who. I heart David Tennant so so so so so so so much. o_O
Saturday we returned to our apartment and everything was fine and intact. There were some fallen trees and some torn signs in the area but not bad at all.
The power had gone off but we weren't sure for how long so the fridge was questionable... Most everything was fine though. The milk was fine, the yogurt was fine. We even ate the chicken in the freezer and I'm not vomiting everywhere!
The only really questionable thing is the shrimp. You just can't trust shrimp. o_O
Friday was the day before we went back to Lousiana and it was actually somewhat productive. In the morning, Marty, Jeri, Kathy, and I went to three estate sales. Jeri and I looked over one of the estate sales the night before and they had a dress form! Unfortunately by the time I got there it was gone. :( Oh well, it was an old one so the measurements probably wouldn't have fit me anwyays.
After that we hung out at Kathy's where we discussed the wedding. There's so much to think about when it comes to the wedding. o_O we went to this sushi place for lunch called Kata. Kathy had used them to cater her reception and we're thinking of doing the same. Only for sushi though. I also want Chinese food, so we're going to have to find another place to cater the Chinese food.
The day after we got into Orlando for our evacu-cation , we went out to dinner with Marty's parents, Ashley, Deven, and Nyro. The food was very good and let's just say it was a very fun evening with Marty's dad. Ashley seems to be an enabler when it comes to talking about completely inappropriate things. Deven and Nyro seemed to have a good time nonetheless. :)
Sunday was China Fest. One of Marty's co-workers, Travis (pictured in the middle), got everyone together to build a kite, make wontons, and watch the end of the Olympics. Kites were invented by the Chinese just in case you didn't know.
In the picture from left to right is me, Nicole, Travis, Paul, Vanessa, and Molly.
Mmm... wontons. I wanna make cheese wontons now.
Friday after work, Marty and I met up with some friends at the Hong Kong Market. It's a giant, Asian supermarket in Gretna which is south New Orleans. First, we ate at the noodle shop and got some really great pho. Then we did a little shopping, picked up a few items including a 50-pound bag of rice. I love the wall 'o ramen.
This place is pretty far from us, 40 minute drive? It's worth it though. Only have to go there once in a while.
Aleesha, Melissa and I decided we're going to dinner out in the city at least once a week. Usually Wednesday or Thursday night. First we went to a place for wine and cheese but I got lambic instead of wine. They didn't have moscato. :P I loooove these glasses! Melissa has a set as well, hmm, I need to check ebay.
Dude, I've been eating sushi at least once a week since I've been here it seems. After the wine and cheese we ate sushi at a restaurant called... Kyoto something or something. I've been pleased with the sushi restaurants here. There's only been one restaurant that I wasn't impressed with but the rest have been fantastic. You'd think I would eat more Po' Boys since moving here. :P
Wednesday night was extremely fun. Went out to dinner with Aleesha and Melissa in the city. We went to a posh sushi place called Sake Cafe. Before the sushi, we had wine at Melissa's place. She lives in New Orleans. She's an engineer at Lockheed as well, but she's also an artist! She's freaking awesome. Her house is covered in art and antiques. She also keeps a studio with all her paints and crafts and easels and stuff.
I don't drink wine, I don't know crap about wine, and I generally don't likeit but Melissa introduced me to a wine I actually like. The type is called Moscato and it's a dessert wine but she doesn't care, it's her favorite and now it's my favorite.
Melissa lent me her serger. She doesn't actually know much about it, but she bought a used Bernina. I need to figure it out, but there's no manual, going to have to get a manual. It's real old. She said it worked when she first got it but then it got all tangled and she doesn't know how to fix it. o_O She wants help with a Xena costume. OF COURSE I'll help.