This is the first in a series of 30 minute essays – part of the 30/30 Writing Challenge put forward by Richard Hugo House asking writers to commit to writing for 30 minutes each day for 30 days. The idea is to get friends and family to pledge money in support of the effort.

Here goes:

Just back from New Orleans: Marilynn had never been there and I hadn’t been there in 15 years. It was as I remembered – hot, muggy, noisy, falling apart and fabulous. This time we had 5 days to eat our way through a Cajun and Creole checklist – file gumbo, jambalaya, alligator sausage, boiled, grilled and fried shrimp, catfish, chicory coffee, beigniets, etouffee, and muffuletta sandwiches. All so good.


We didn’t have a lot of time but managed to catch the Uptown Jazz Orchestra led by Delfeayo Marsalis, Winton’s brother, at Snug Harbor.

Snug Harbor

And some street musicians outside on Frenchmen Street.

Frenchmen Street

On the last day we checked out Emeril’s upscale lunch. It was fabulous. This is the chocolate peanut butter pie.

Emeril's Pie

Home again, home again. Not bad either.

More tomorrow.


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