Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rex Hollywood In New Orleans

2216 Esplanade Avenue in 2012
It's always nice to see people twice.  Frau Schmitt and your humble narrator know we'll see some of our guests again, eventually, some day, in the future, but, when it happens in reality it always warms our hearts.  

It's always nice to see people again.  We saw someone this week who's presence especially always tickles us.  When I saw the reservation come through last August, I sent a brief email.  "This is an unexpected surprise," it said.  "We look forward to seeing you and your lovely bride again," it concluded.  Unfortunately, the bride in question couldn't make it at the last minute.  Next time.  There is always a tantalizingly possible next time over the horizon.

Our friend, the man-of-mystery, Rex Hollywood, who didn't get himself killed while he was here, wore dress slacks and flashy ties the whole time he stayed with us.  He's a dandy.  That's his nature.  He wasn't showing off.  He just likes to look good.

Wanna know a secret?  Rex Hollywood and I get our shirts from the same place. When one Kirkland man sees another, they recognize that mark of distinction.  It's like a Masonic handshake.  There's an unspoken bond.

When people love New Orleans, there is an unspoken bond, too.  If you don't like New Orleans, you're just not right in the head.  

Some people like New Orleans.  Some people love New Orleans.  Some people get New Orleans, or, rather, New Orleans gets under their skin.  The city is like a Sinatra song.  It's for lovers.

After Rex Hollywood left this afternoon, I thought about Frank Sinatra.  They have similar mannerisms.  They are both the epitome of cool in their own ways.

Just before he sped off to the airport in his sports car with the top down, I shook Rex Hollywood's hand for what I hope wasn't the last time.  "I just wish Cathy could have been here," he told me.  I seconded the motion.

I say the same thing about Frau Schmitt when I have some great experience in New Orleans.  For Rex Hollywood, it was after spending three days in New Orleans.  For me, it's usually after I've picked up a box of donuts in the morning.  It's a crazy world down here.  It's a crazy mixed-up world.  

You never know who you will meet in this kaleidoscopic city.  You can be sure to make friends here, though.  Good friends make the world go around.
2216 Esplanade Avenue yesterday
À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast.

This one goes out to Chris.  A tip of the fedora in his direction.  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Orleans' Best Bed and Breakfast Blog

Everyone has an opinion
If you'll allow me a moment of false modesty, I'd like to start today's entry with a paragraph that most other B&B blogs can't.  Please bear with me:

When a travel guide writer was touring our inn a couple of weeks ago, she said I should publish our blog as a book.  She said it's that good.  A lot of other people have said the same thing.  Me?  I just blush.

I don't know how good this blog is, or how useful it is.  I know that I enjoy writing it and that many of our guests enjoy reading it.  It gives them a taste of what it's like to stay with us.  At least, it gives them a taste of what it's like to talk to your humble narrator.  Our blog tends to ramble.
The Lost Innkeeper
I was walking our dog in City Park the other day, the dog that nobody ever sees, when I saw a tree that reminded me of a painting by Rene Magritte.  There is no New Orleans connection to this story beyond the bare tree in the distance.  It's not relevant to anything, really, except that I find it interesting---another example of you never know what you'll see in New Orleans, I suppose. How's that?

For those who don't know, Rene Magritte was a Belgian surrealist painter.  We can have some fairly erudite conversations around the breakfast table if you want to.  We can also talk about getting drunk on Bourbon Street, too, if that's your fancy.  We run a real renaissance B&B.

You know the picture of the pipe that says, "This is not a pipe."?  Magritte painted that.  
The Treachery of Images
He painted another one, too.  He called that one The Lost Jockey.  See any resemblance to City Park? and I don't mean the snow on the ground.  I mean the tree.
The Lost Jockey

I went to some innkeeping convention a few months ago where I attended a seminar on blogging.  The speaker said he or she writes the blogs for about 400 B&Bs.  If you look through this site's archives, I've gone on record before saying that when I've read other B&B's blogs (not all of them, mind you) they all seem the same.  Jiminy Cricket!  Now I know why!

I've also gone on record saying that (some) other B&B blogs are just boring links to festivals and recipes.  I'm sure some people like that kind of thing.  I'm not one of them.  When I asked Frau Schmitt if our blog should be about festivals and recipes, she said, "Write about what you want.  You're going to anyway."  She is usually right about these things.

Guess what advice I got at the seminar.  "If you can't think of anything to write about, you can always write about festivals or post your favorite recipes."  I was taking notes.

Apropos of nothing, it's been awhile since we plugged our friends at Find Everything Historic.  Click the link to find out more.

In other news, during the weekend of May 15 this year, it's the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, a music festival on the shores of Bayou St. John.  

You think I'm trying to be funny when I write about this but I'm not.  I got a call from Armand today and he asked if we would sponsor one of the shows during the festival.  I told him we'd be pleased to offer our support.  Proceeds from the festival help to fund a number of initiatives to improve the environment of Bayou St. John.  So there.  Plus, it's good advertising.  Don't call about availability for this year, though.  We're already booked solid that weekend.

[I was going to put another picture here
but it took too long to upload and I
got tired of waiting.]

You wouldn't know it from watching me in action all day but I'm a pretty busy man.  I don't have time to read a lot of other B&B blogs.  It's probably been a year since I read my last one.  Shame on me, perhaps.  That's why we don't serve cranberry nut bread at breakfast.

We do have something else, however.  We have New Orleans' best B&B blog.  That's what some people say, at least.  I haven't the nerve to ask Frau Schmitt what she thinks, but she's usually right about these things.  That's why I haven't asked her.  That, and I don't even think she reads our blog.  She's busy, too.

À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Calling New Orleans Home.

It's amazing what a zoom lens can capture
Regular readers of this blog often think I walk around with a camera around my neck all the time.  Untrue.  Other people think I have a cell phone that takes pictures.  That's untrue, too.  The photos I post here are just a fraction of a fraction of a percentage of what I see everyday wandering around this kaleidoscopic city we call home: New Orleans, Louisiana.  When something interesting presents itself, I'm always thinking I should have my camera, but I never do.  Most of my life is undocumented in either pixels or film, like most people throughout history, I suppose.  I'm a dinosaur.  Let your imagination and intuition be your guide.

Spend enough time in New Orleans and you'll be blinkered before you know it.

No wonder these posts ramble from topic to topic without much continuity.  That's the way it is when you walk around New Orleans.  You never know you'll find when you turn a corner.  A person needs to be on his or her toes to react and respond to the magic in the streets.
The band plays on
A German guest and a Canadian guest from Montréal went to the Rock 'n' Bowl for Zydeco Night (every Thursday), and the German half of this pair told me that, for her, it was like being in a movie.  New Orleans is like that.  Life is but a dream in many ways, but in New Orleans dreams become real.  Dance like nobody is watching.  You have to be dead from the neck up if you don't enjoy Zydeco Night at the Rock 'n' Bowl.  You've gotta be dead all over if you don't enjoy New Orleans.  Something's wrong with you if you don't have a good time in The City that Care Forgot.  

A parade went by our house the other day.  It was the Friday before Mardi Gras.  If you don't live here, you don't know what that means.  If you are here during Mardi Gras season, or if you live in New Orleans, it means everything.  We live in a magical city. 

New Orleans isn't magical only during Mardi Gras.  It's magical all the time.  It is nothing like where you are from.  Let me be frank, I have no vested interest if you visit New Orleans or not.  If you don't come, someone else will.  Let me tell you this, though: if you visit New Orleans, you won't be the same again.  It's like riding a motor scooter, or a little Fiat 500, or a Mini Cooper, or a great big yellow 1979 Cadillac with fins in the back.  It will change your life.  It's like parachuting, or parasailing; it's paranormal without being occult.  Who does the kind of voodoo New Orleans does?  Nobody. Nowhere.  No how.  Don't ask.
It's a parade in front of our house
I don't know what happens in front of the house you live in but I can make uninformed suppositions.  I've lived in plenty of houses where nothing much happened in front, or in the back for that matter.  It's nice when life is predictable and uneventful.  It's less exciting and interesting, but at least you know what to expect.  Now, I'm gonna tell you a secret: it's better when magic happens in front of your house.

It's better when magic happens on every street in your town or city.  I'm not talking about garbage cans being emptied on time or the recycling bins, either.  I don't mean that the mail shows up at the same time every day or that the FedEx guy drops by when you're Amazon package is scheduled to arrive.  I'm talking about real magic.  I'm talking about music.  I'm talking about an unpredictable improvised rhythm of a day.  What do I mean, exactly?

Come to New Orleans.  Then, I won't need to explain it.  Seeing is believing.  Living is living the good life, at least for as long as your vacation lasts.  Remember:  Nobody ever said their stay in New Orleans was too long.  Everybody says the opposite, and that they wish they didn't have to leave.

Speaking for Frau Schmitt and myself, we're here for the duration.  We call New Orleans home for a reason.

À votre santé,

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Who Was Paul Morphy?

Paul Morphy
People who play the ponies in New Orleans often wonder who Paul Morphy was.  That's because there's a street named after him on the way to the Fair Grounds.  Have I mentioned recently that our house is only a ten minute walk from the Fair Grounds?  That tidbit of information is valuable if you are going to Jazz Fest next year (NOT this year, we don't have any vacancy).

Paul Morphy Drive runs through a neighborhood that is called the Fair Ground Triangle.  The neighborhood designation seems to be a fairly recent invention, but I like it.  It fits.  The Seahorse Saloon is in the Triangle, too.  I enjoyed reading the reviews for the Seahorse Saloon on Google+.  

I don't know what Paul Morphy Drive was named before it was named Paul Morphy Drive.  I assume it had another name at one time and it was renamed posthumously.  It is a mystery.  I wish I had a little emoji of a ghost to put here, but I don't.

Paul Morphy died in 1884 at the age of 47.  That's a little younger than your humble narrator is as of this writing (I am, also, thankfully alive, I should add).  Paul Morphy's life was a tragedy of sorts.  During it, he was known as "The Pride and Sorrow of Chess."  People who know who he is still call him that.  I do.  So does Jennifer, who lives next door.  So do the bartenders at the Seahorse Saloon.  

Paul Morphy was born in New Orleans and he died in New Orleans.  Between those two important periods, he traveled extensively, most notably for two years, between the ages of 19 and 21, during which he was proclaimed the greatest chess player in the world.  All he really wanted to do was be a lawyer, so when he reached the legal age to practice law in Louisiana, he retired from chess.  He never played again.

He never made a go at law.  According to Wikipedia, from which I'm cribbing all this information, he "ultimately lived a life of idleness, living off his family's fortune." That's pretty nice work if you can get it.  Unfortunately, Frau Schmitt and I have never been able to get that kind of work, so we picked a profession that is equally nice.  That's why we're innkeepers.

If I may put forth a personal opinion for you to consider, Paul Morphy had a beautiful head of hair.  Look at that photograph at the top of this blog.  If you're curious who's hair that reminds me of, specifically the prominent swooped upward bangs, it's Morrissey.  

If anyone wants to start an online fanzine about La Belle Esplanade, let me know.  I'll give you exclusive access to the behind-the-scenes workings.  You can even interview Tammie the Housekeeper if she agrees.
Tammie the Housekeeper
Scratch that last part.  Tammie the Housekeeper, reading over my shoulder, tells me she isn't interested in dishing the dirt.  Her job is to clean it up.

As usual, another salute to Tammie the Housekeeper, the most valuable member of our team, aside from Frau Schmitt, of course, who is the nicest person you will ever meet.

À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

What is Lagniappe?

The professor is in.
If you aren't from Louisiana, at least the southern part of the state, then you may be confused by the term "lagniappe."  It's actually a term common along the Gulf Coast in territory that was once under Spanish dominion.  In New Orleans, lagniappe is a kind of art form, something that is taken seriously because providing lagniappe is the custom hereabouts and if New Orleanians are concerned about anything, it's tradition.  Here's the skinny on lagniappe:

It comes from an Andean Indian word, "yapa," which means "a little extra."  It arrived in New Orleans via Spanish overlords even though at the time, and for many, many years after Spanish government, the people who lived here spoke French.  The bastardized Spanish version of yapa is "la ñapa."  Make it francophone and you come up with lagniappe.  It's pronounced the way it's spelled, with a silent g and a silent e.
Cigar box museum.
We have a cigar box museum in our lobby.  The boxes are all from American cigar companies that are still in business.  There aren't many of them.  Most of the boxes are from old-timey machine made cigar factories that still remain in operation, as of this writing.  These are not the kind of cigars that you read about in Cigar Aficionado Magazine.  They're the kind of cigars I like to chew on when I putter around in the garden.  These are the kind of cigars your father's mechanic used to smoke.

The most popular question I've been asked recently is if I'm excited about the chance to buy Cuban cigars.  As Frau Schmitt, who knows me very well, will tell you, good things are wasted on me.  She is usually right about these things, except in the case of herself, of course.  

A cigar box museum is lagniappe.  Nobody expects it.  Nobody pays money to stay with us so that they can study my collection of cigar boxes.  (The second most popular question I'm asked about this: "Did you smoke all those cigars?"  My standard answer: "They didn't smoke themselves.")  If you are interested in something like this, then a chance to discuss these old fashioned machine made cigar brands is like finding a pomegranate Tootsie Pop under your pillow (another form of lagniappe).  If you aren't interested, then it's just more eye candy that makes passing through our lobby that much more interesting.

There is more than obscure cigar boxes in our lobby.  If you look above the highest shelf, you'll see the loving pheasants.

Loving pheasants.
I'm not going to tell you the story about the loving pheasants because there isn't room here, but let me tell you that they are also a form of lagniappe.  You're not going to find them anywhere else except out in the bayou country.  They're cajun, not creole.  I think our New Orleans B&B is the only one to have stuffed loving pheasants on the wall.  I'll be happy to be proven wrong if anyone knows of another.

Breakfast is not lagniappe, no matter what anyone tells you.  When you stay in a bed and breakfast, you should be expecting two things unless you're told otherwise at the time of reservation.  You pay for a bed and you pay for breakfast.  The bed isn't lagniappe and the breakfast isn't either.  Even if it's an over-the-top breakfast like we serve.  You're paying for that.
A partial view of our breakfast buffet.  There's more to it than this.
As a professional innkeeper, let me tell you that you don't pay for the lagniappe we provide.  We do.  That includes the complimentary beer, wine, juice, Big Shot soda, and praline in your suite's refrigerator.  They're complimentary.  It includes the local potato chips next to the coffee maker in your suite.  It includes all the little extras we provide that you don't ask for, that you don't expect, and that make you smile.  If I told you what they are here, they wouldn't be a surprise.  I'm not going to spoil the surprise.  

We also cover the taxes you incur by staying with us.  At a hotel, you pay 13% on top of the bill.  Here, the rate you pay is the price.  It's never more than that.  It is never less, either.  I had to add that last comment to be totally honest.  We are honest to a fault, if honesty can be considered a fault.  Not being nickel-and-dimed is another form of lagniappe.  Most people find it refreshing.  We don't charge extra for taxes.  
Tammie the Housekeeper
I was talking to Tammie the Housekeeper the other day about lagniappe.  She's a Cajun.  She paid the extra $5.00 to have it printed on her driver's license.  "You and Frau Schmitt give so much lagniappe, it's ridiculous," Tammie told me.  "You give more lagniappe than my cousin who lives in Terrebonne Parish, and she's a lagniappe queen."

I met Tammie the Housekeeper's cousin once.  She was in town for Zydeco Night at the Rock 'n' Bowl (every Thursday night).  
Muriel Hauptmann
That was one Thursday that nobody is ever going to forget anytime soon.  Every time Muriel Hauptmann's name is mentioned, Frau Schmitt says, "She was one hot ticket, that Muriel."  Frau Schmitt is usually right about these things.  Muriel turned out to be a real pistol packin' mama, if you know what I mean.

New Orleans is full of surprises.  Our inn is, too.  If you are looking for an interesting place to stay while you visit our fair city, we provide a link at the end of this post.  Click on it.  We only have five suites and they fill up early in advance.  It's a boutique operation.  You can call if you want to, but the online calendar on our website is accurate and the best way to make a reservation, unless you just want to chat a bit while I log onto our website to check what's available.  If you want to stay somewhere more generic, there's a Best Western on North Rampart Street, just outside the French Quarter.  I've never stayed there, but I don't think they offer the same lagniappe that we do.  Or that Muriel Hauptmann does, either, for that matter.

There's a statue of Clio across the street from us.  Of course, in New Orleans, her name is pronounced "kl-EYE-oh." The same way yapa is pronounced lagniappe, here.

À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Louisiana Has Two State Songs

The sun is bright in New Orleans
In my line of work, people ask me a lot of questions off the cuff, almost randomly, whatever occurs to them while they are eating a slice of crawfish pie for breakfast, and they expect me to know the answer.  Luckily, I usually do know the answer and I can talk about it for five or ten minutes until I run out of material and then the conversation tapers off until the next unexpected question appears.  I don't want to present this as a case of "Stump the Innkeeper."  It is always a lively morning in our dining room.

So, somebody asked me about Louisiana's state song.  There are two official state songs, actually.  One of them is "Give Me Louisiana," a song I have never heard performed.  I only know it is one of the official songs because I read it on Wikipedia.  Maybe there are parts of the great state of Louisiana where people gather around a bonfire and sing Give Me Louisiana.  They're probably tipsy and can't remember the words to this stirring ditty.  

I know the other official state song, though.  Everybody does.  You do, too.  It was written by Louisiana's "Singing Governor," Jimmie Davis, who was governor of the Pelican State 1944-1948, and then was elected again to serve as the head of state for the 1959-1960 term.  He was that popular.  So was the song he's most famous for.  You probably know most of the words.  If you don't, you can certainly hum along:

"You Are My Sunshine" is the Louisiana State song that everybody knows.  God bless Jimmie Davis, our singing governor.

It's a popular song.  How popular?  They'll be singing it in the future:

They'll be singing New Orleans' praises in the future, too.  There is no other city like it.  It's a place full of details and delightful surprises.  The street musicians in the French Quarter burnish renditions of old chestnuts all the time, including You Are My Sunshine.  The musicians in the clubs play the standards, including You Are My Sunshine.  People walking down the street, or sitting on their front porches, or taking their trash cans out to the curb of their stretch of the banquette whistle the same refrains over and over again.  You Are My Sunshine.

I was eavesdropping on a mother talking to her baby girl at the playground in City Park the other day after the girl had skinned her knee.  What did that mother say?  "You are my sunshine, baby, you are my sunshine."

À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What is pure New Orleans?

Another beautiful New Orleans day
Rachel was nagging me this morning about what today's blog post will be about.  I don't want to give you the impression she was annoying me.  After all, she has an English accent.  She is absolutely charming and it makes Frau Schmitt and I very happy that she's the first one down for breakfast every beautiful day she's been staying with us.  She likes to chitchat, and, well, that's one of those things that we like to think we do best.

So, to satisfy Rachel's curiosity, and presumably yours, gentle reader, we're opening up the old mailbag today. 

First off, we got a letter from Ann, of Ann, Anne, Ana and Jackie who stayed with us last year.  Who could forget them?  They were a real hoot and we're looking forward to them coming back this year.  Every one of them got their own suite, too.  They were very nice.

Anyhow, Ann wrote us that our house appears in the PBS show "Genealogy Roadshow."  I didn't know there was such a thing.  Didja know that you can watch TV shows on the computer?  I didn't until I watched this episode.  Our cameo is at 19:26.  The weather was beautiful the day they shot that scene.  It usually is, of course.
Another beautiful afternoon in City Park
I don't enable comments on this blog.  It isn't because we don't want feedback.  It's more because most of the comments are spam and I got tired of deleting links to other people's B&Bs or to sites that don't pertain to what we're talking about.  You know the kind: "Thank you for writing this very informative blog.  I think this might be of interest to your readers:"  [Note: this is just an example.  We've never been spammed by Missouri Meerschaum.  I just wanted to give them a plug but couldn't tie it in to the topic at hand any other way.]

We do get emails though, as Ann's correspondence proves.  We welcome these.  Keep those cards and letters coming!  The other day I got another email in our inbox.  It read:

"Dear Mr. King, 

It appears that you are bragging about your pricey gym membership in your blog post dated January 31.  This seems out of character for you.  Can you explain your motivations behind this unexpected and unseemly hubris on your part?

Sincerely yours,
Stinky Carmichael"

Well, Stinky (whose name has been changed for privacy purposes, as have all the names mentioned so far), your humble narrator wasn't really bragging.  It's true a membership at the New Orleans Athletic Club does cost a tad more than membership at Anytime Fitness on St. Claude Avenue, but it doesn't cost that much more.  I did that to whet your appetite.

We've worked out a deal with NOAC, as we like to call the New Orleans Athletic Club hereabouts.  Just like if you stay in one of the ritzy hotels downtown, you can go to NOAC, too, if you stay with us.  It does cost $20.00 a day, but you'll get access to a real palace of a gymnasium that has a pool, boxing ring, indoor track, and all the usual fitness machinery, as well as a bar and a library, a sauna, and a steam room.  

What we offer at La Belle Esplanade is a chance to share in our world.  Live like a local, if you will.  You can exercise in style if you choose to.  Of course, most people do so much walking while they stay with us, they aren't looking for more exercise, even if it includes the sweet science of pugilism.  

Our location in the middle of Esplanade Avenue virtually guarantees a good night's sleep, especially when you consider how you'll exhaust yourself walking everywhere all day, from one good rich meal to the next.  That's what Sherry (not her real name) told me after she slept through breakfast while Rachel was peppering me with questions about the blog.  She must have been really tired; nobody ever skips breakfast.  It's the most important meal of the day!
And then, Mr. Okra came around the corner
Mr. Okra's truck passes through our neighborhood once or twice a week.  The Roman Candy cart, not so much.  When we see both of them on the same day we go to the race track up the street because it's a beautiful omen when it happens.  We always walk home winners.

With that in mind, we'd like to direct your attention to the Roman Candy Rum website.  Watch the video on their homepage.  That's pure New Orleans, friend, pure New Orleans.  It's pure New Orleans.
A bayou afternoon
If there is one thing I've learned from the all the mail we've gotten from our former guests, it is that it's great fun to wear a hat at a jaunty angle, chaw on an unlit cigar, flourishing the cigar for emphasis, and read this blog aloud to friends and family.  I'm going to try it some day.  It's all in the delivery.  

À votre santé,

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Beware of pickpockets, loose women and Chinese food

Happy Mardi Gras, kids!
King cake season in New Orleans lasts between Joan of Arc's birthday and Ash Wednesday.  Everyone who lives here knows both dates by heart.  Joan of Arc was born on the feast day of the Epiphany.  That's January 6, if you didn't know.

A new Chinese restaurant opened a few months ago on St. Bernard Avenue, where it intersects with North Miro Street.  It's in the old Love's Seafood building.  Before it was Love's, it was another Chinese restaurant.  It's right next to the Rally's on St. Bernard.  Rally's is a drive through hamburger chain, though you can walk up for take out if you don't have a car.  

Rally's is only called Rally's in some places, like in New Orleans, for instance.  In other places, it's called Checkers.  Maybe you have a Checkers near you.  One or the other is in 28 states according to Wikipedia.  The two brand's websites look interchangeable for as long as I bothered to look at either of them.

The other day, the new Chinese restaurant left a menu in our mailbox that boasted that they make the "best Chinese food in town."  I don't even remember the name of the place even though I went there after reading the flyer.  Let's say it's Hunan Wok, which it probably is.  Even if it isn't Hunan Wok, it is something equally bland and generic that certainly won't get your tastebuds excited thinking about it.  The same is true of the interior.

Most Chinese joints look the same.  It's no strike against them.  They're all pretty much the same, so the look, like the difference between Rally's and Checkers, is just part of their identity.  The food at Hunan Wok was pretty good, though.  I ordered a Number 32 and that's what I got.  I also got a fortune cookie.

Frau Schmitt opened the cookie and read me my fortune: "Be on the lookout for any unexpectedly easy companionship from new-found female friends."  That's the same instructions the Republican National Committee handed out to delegates at the convention where Barry Goldwater was nominated for president.  

The fortune cookie's message was also remarkably similar to what the old signs in bar rooms and train stations used to say in New Orleans.  The signs were put up by the New Orleans Police Department.  You can buy replicas of them in the French Market:
NOPD's got your back
I doubt you're coming to visit to New Orleans to eat Chinese food from a nondescript takeout joint on St. Bernard Avenue.  That's not why I'm telling you this story.  It's like some of the old Creole ladies say at the Seahorse Saloon on Gentilly Blvd, "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose."  Ain't it the truth, though?

We'll be seeing you at the French Market.  While you're here, I won't say you have to be on your guard, but you should use common sense.  If you need any other advice, just ask.  We've got you covered.

Here's an extra tip: Never eat at a Chinese restaurant called "Yummy Yummy."  That's a sign it probably won't agree with your tummy.

À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast.
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