Yesterday, we had a nice slow relaxing morning as we waited for for Aaron, Elisa, Kayla, and Ashlyn to arrive in NOLA. They decided to take a spontaneous weekend trip to New Orleans to meet up with us. They arrived around lunchtime, so along with Katie, we all congregated at the hotel. For lunch we headed to the French Quarter; Aaron, Katie, Shannon, and I on bikes, and the rest of the family following in the car. At Frank’s, Shannon and I split an oyster po boy and a muffoletta; a first for me on both and they were great. Howerver, I think I would probably just prefer fried oysters without the sandwich.
The French Quarter had amazing architecture and great energy, but my favorite part was the street entertainment. The best was Valentino’s Jazz Puppets. This puppeteer managed to give his puppets some serious swagger. Dad and Shannon were so inspired, they decided to try to make a few extra bucks with their own interpretation.
After some time in the French Quater, exhausted, we all came back to the hotel to get a bit of rest. Shannon was having a great time entertaining her nieces. I convinced her to teach Kayla my favorite routine of hers, “Wishy Washy Woman.” Unfortunately for Shannon, she didn’t realize she was being set up; I had prepped Aaron to videotape her on his phone. Shan, you never have to perform this act again, I can just watch it on my computer. (I did have consent to post this)
For dinner we went to the Cheesecake Bistro; the name sounds drastically different than the more commonly known Cheesecake factory, but the establishment was surprisingly similar. Katie and I split the Jambalaya pasta. It was good, but it didn’t even compare to desert. For desert Shannon and I had a slice of chocolate peanut butter cookie cheesecake. I’m usually not a desert person, but that was really really good!