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The Grand Buffet on Court Street was busy busy busy the other day during the lunch hour. Saw dozens of folks we know – and dozens we don’t know – and dozens who looked so familiar.
I DO like Chinese food.
Southern comfort food with a French bistro twist is what they serve up at this Sandra Bullock-owned culinary gem. Here, the fries don’t disappoint. Order them classic French-style with a side of Dijon mustard and a generous bowl of their savory mussels. Ooh la la!
Bess Bistro is located in the basement of the historic Stratford Arms building, which has been lovingly restored over the past four years. The original columns, arches, iron railings, and old timber have been carefully preserved. They are enhanced by etched glass, antique mirrors, custom tiles, and an impressive pewter bar, custom-made in France. Ms. Bullock herself (Sandy, to her staff) is responsible for the design and decor of the space, and it should be a great source of pride. She has created a beautifully appointed restaurant that is cozy and intimate without being kitschy or pretentious. And rather than placing the focus on herself, she wants to make sure that everyone knows Bess Bistro’s success belongs to Executive Chef Brenton Childs and sous chef Chris Howard, both with ample experience in some of Austin’s best fine-dining restaurants.
Some of the snapshots from the 1970s and 1980s just aren’t that clear and ‘good.’ Camera technology has come a long way (and maybe the lady behind the camera has learned a thing or two).
The New Orleans memories are good memories.
Jazz at Pat O’Briens (remember one evening when Al Hirt played – ohyes!).
The Sonesta Hotel.
A Streetcar Named Desire.
Beignets at Cafe du Monde
Strolling Jackson Square
Touring some of the old homes in the Garden District
Visiting the beautiful home of Lindy Boggs in the French Quarter
Breakfast at Brennan’s (is that restaurant still in New Orleans?)
The delicious delicious meals at Antoine’s . . . and The Commander’s Palace . . . and anywhere at all in New Orleans
AND MUCH MUCH MORE . . . and NOW – the Saints won the Super Bowl (I’m sure everyone already knows that!).
Would love to be in New Orleans in March for the 24th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival!
[Family trivia; Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams and I descend from the same Welsh John Williams – not that anyone cares for such trivia – but it interests me . . .]
Ah – New Orleans Memories – brought to the fore as I sort and organize the tons of scattered photographs I’ve carelessly stored . . .