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A Day in New Orleans

Playing in Nola

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We had a long list of to-do’s for today. Eating some gluten free New Orleans food, lunch with a co-worker, shopping, more shopping.
We parked next to the quarter and 1st thought we’d stop at Café du Monde for coffee. There is a table off to the side where I’ve sat nearly every evening while working, just having some coffee and writing claims. Well, that was an idea that wasn’t well founded. The lines were down the block.

I’d googled gluten free breakfasts and we found one restaurant that wasn’t open until 11:30 for brunch. I googled again and saw one that I’d seen
before but dismissed. “From the Heart” is in the French Market. I’ve been in and out of the French Market before but it isn’t so glamorous as inside the quarter. But we thought we try it.

The French Market consists of stalls selling all sorts of things and then there is a sort of , food court. Little places with counters and about 6 or so bar stools. Then there are tables in the center as well.

We found the most amazing crab cakes, lots of vegan dishes, no pork served, and many gluten free items. But the crab cakes had no filler so they were just crab with spices. I was in crab cake heaven.
We had several items to shop for: olive salad for us, our boys and friends, crab boil oil, Old Bay, coffee with chicory, and Old New Orleans Rum. I looked longingly at masks, but the mask store that I’d bought the really good ones at was gone. Besides, I’m changing the décor in the house and don’t need any more masks.

We met my co-worker at a little hole in the wall, The Joint. Way off the beaten path, but amazing BBq. Later I found several local people who said it was their favorite.
Dale had not been with Justin and I when we went to Old New Orleans Rum, way back when. It was fun to show him a little of the distillery and do some tasting. The ginger rum drink is the best!

My friend always has the most fun haircuts, and mine was beginning to be a mop, after weeks of neglect. She told me that she goes to a barbershop and for $15 they cut her hair. I was a little reluctant to go to a barbershop but decided that it was to be. The barbershop is located in a building, just a little place with 2 guys, 2 barber chairs, 2 chairs for waiting. That’s it. But the haircut works and the guy got rid of 10 lbs of hair.
I googled gluten free gumbo and a place came up. There were a few glitches but really the best, steaming hot gumbo ever.

Posted by Miss Chris 06:33 Archived in USA Tagged food road_trip travel eating new_orleans gluten_free from_the_heart old_new_orleans_rum Comments (0)

On to NOLA

New Orleans, another favorite.

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I’ve worked in New Orleans on several occasions, living here for 4-6 weeks each time. I’ve also stopped here on my way home from various storms. Each time this change but yet it is the same. And so it is with this visit.
I’ve lived in the KOA by the river and that is where we have camped. When I was here last our middle boy and is family joined me. This was after Hurricane Gustav hit. FEMA workers filled the campground and we got to know each other, visiting a little on the warm evenings while we’d all sit outside and work.

Dale would fly in on his week off and we had restaurants near the RV that we really liked. Our mouths were all set on the food awaiting us, until, that is, we realized that the restaurants were closed. Like closed for good.

Dale remembered another restaurant with oyster shells paving the parking lot. I remembered where the restaurant was but with Google, we were able to identify it as The Harbor.

The Harbor was unchanged except that I’d changed. Since Celiac there was nothing except a piece of grilled fish available. The fish was great but looks like that restaurant is off of our radar now. But there are lots of other places to try. We will find new favorite haunts.

Posted by Miss Chris 06:13 Archived in USA Tagged food road_trip travel new_orleans rv Comments (0)

Riding Out the Storm

Storms in the life of a storm adjuster

There are some trips which are impossible to write about, maybe too emotional or not of interest for a travel blog. This trip has been each at various times. When I sat down to write the words that flowed were too emotional, hence, no blog until now.

We went to Dallas to attend a conference for Catastrophe Adjusters. This is a conference I’ve attended each spring for the past few years. After the conference, we have spent a little time with adjuster friends in Dallas and then visited family in Oklahoma.

The conference was a conference. Workshops that included the know-it-all, who asked questions that were nonsense, but he thought he was impressing all. But some good info was gleaned.

Thunderstorms and tornados were predicted while were in Dallas so I made sure that we had candles and food along in our bags. And while we didn’t lose power, we had an amazing light show of non-stop lightning. Management put a letter under every door explaining how the tornado evacuation would work. But we went to sleep and didn’t worry about a thing.

I’ve been through storms, while working storms before, and I reflected on some of them during the storm in Dallas:

- Cleveland area: I was working flooded basements when tornados started forming around us. I was living in my RV, having driven alone and living outside of Cleveland. The management said that if a tornado came thru to go into the bathroom, a brick building. I had the TV on and
tornados were all around but fortunately, we didn’t get anything.

I was on a claim, inspecting the damaged basement with a policyholder and family friend who happened to be a policeman. As we were inspecting he got a call saying that a tornado was headed our way. I grabbed my keys and said I was going home, I meant to California. The
cop said no, I wasn’t going anywhere. I said no, I’m going home. He assured me I couldn’t outrun the tornado and wasn’t going to let me leave the basement. The tornado didn’t hit the house but I was ready to run.

- New Orleans: I was working a windstorm and had brought my niece, Laura, to work with me. We were staying in an Extended Stay when a hurricane formed and was projected to come up the mouth of the river. We decided to ride it out, we were on the 4th floor or so of the hotel and I couldn’t imagine that we’d get hit so hard. About 11pm Dale called and asked if we had emergency supplies and I said no. So Laura and I went to the Target nearby, buying candles and holders, plus some food. The hurricane lost its power before landfall so we escaped that one.

- Hurricane Ike: I was working a hurricane and staying in the KOA located at the bottom of the levee in New Orleans. Hurricane Ike formed and was forecast to hit nearby. I decided to ride it out in the RV. Twinkle was with me on this one. As the winds increased, the RV started shaking and the roads around us closed. Twinkle got under my feet as I sat at the table blogging at my first real blog. The management said that if the levee broke to get on the roof of the bathroom, which at the time sounded fine but then, in reality, I was uncertain on how that would work. Fortunately, the hurricane hit south of us so we just got some wind and rain.

- Washington DC and Maryland: I went to DC to work the earthquake but when I got into DC a hurricane was coming up the coast. I got into DC before the storm and stopped to buy a lighter and a few more supplies. I’d brought candles and some food from home. I was staying on the 3rd or 4th floor of the hotel which lost power once the hurricane came onshore. Fortunately, I had candles, a flashlight, and food. I had to go north, into Maryland for claims but was following the storm so still had no power for several days. Staying in hotels with no power was a challenge, charging the laptop and cell phone with my inverter, using candles for light, no AC.

I much prefer an earthquake even though they are not predictable. This California girl is just not into tornados and hurricanes.

Posted by Miss Chris 20:24 Archived in USA Tagged hurricane new_orleans storms tornado catastrophe_claims_adjuster Comments (0)

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