Monday, August 5, 2013

Live and Learn

Overall, a very fun, tasty, and relaxing weekend in the books.  Lots of napping and sleeping in, which was perfect and refreshing.  Which is good, because with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees this weekend, refreshment was definitely in order.  We also relied on beverages, such as the hurricane and Cajun Cooler pictuerd above from Mojeaux's Lousiana Drinkery, which hosted their opening party on Saturday.  We hit them up for drinks and a late lunch of all you can eat gumbo.  It's right around the corner from our Tuesday trivia bar, and so I'm guessing we'll be hitting them up for drinks and gumbo (they also had a tasty red beans and rice) again.  We probably only needed one all you can eat bracelet, though, as the booths were indiscriminately handing out multiple sample cups of gumbo to pretty much everyone.  Oh well, live and learn.  Luckily S's friend F showed up to help us get our money's worth!
After a nap under heavy air conditioning with the ceiling fan on high (it was SO hot outside!), we headed back out in our whites for White Linen Nights in the Heights.  Despite the heat there was quite the crowd gathered in the streets, checking out the art booths, mobbing the food trucks, and listening to the live bands.
The bands were actually really good from what we heard.  The problem was, this was our first time at this event and we hadn't realized that we could tow around our own cooler filled with cans of beer/beverages.  If we'd had the foresight to plan for hydration, I think we would have enjoyed the event more.  Next time...
Once the sun set, it got a little more bearable out.  The local energy company was handing out cardboard fans which helped, as did the mango lassi we bought at an Indian food booth (along with some tasty samosas), the milkshakes we snagged at the local ice cream shop, and the free drinks that were offered in random stores along the street.  We had some trouble finding and then keeping track of our friends in the crowd too.  Next time, in addition to the cooler, I think we'll plan on meeting up with our friends for a few drinks before hand so at least we'll have some time to catch up and chat.
Sunday we slept in again.  It was heavenly.  Then we hit up Eatsie Boys for their "Anything Goes" Sunday brunch.  S got the creme brulee french toast which was topped with a crunchy layer of broiled sugar, whipped cream, and fresh blueberries.  It was basically desert.  I went more lunch-ish with my meal and ate a pesto pork loin with roasted brussels sprouts slaw.  My mouth is watering just thinking of it again.  We then drove back out to S's place where we tried our hands at some (affordable) abstract art for a large empty wall up in S's front room (I think it turned out pretty great!) and then proceeded to veg out the rest of the day with books and the internet.  It was a great end to a lovely weekend!

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