I've managed to run and ride around and between the raindrops so far this JazzFest season. Saturday's venture "dowtown" (en velo) was no different. Even though the Marigny and the French Quarter are crowded because of the FEST, it is much LESS crowded there, than here in my own neighborhood.
By the time I left Columbus Street a bit before 9am on Saturday morning; my quick coffee at Cafe Rose Nicaud had morphed into a visit to the Whitney Bank on Chartres Street and a glass of wine and "healthy" lunch at the Napoleon House.
I knew I would relish time away from the "hood" AND time out of the house. Besides-on my 7am wake up call to my parents; Dad had promised me that the rain had passed for the morning according to the Weather Channel. "For the morning" are the operative words here.
Coffee was grand as usual, but I arrived to a closed Whitney. I should have known. I instead, decided to re-acquaint myself with the wine and spirits store tucked in between the bank and the Napoleon House until it opened at 11.
Of course, I asked for a Cahors wine already knowing they wouldn't have it. But, that Henri Bourgeois Sancerre was a sure bet. It was way more than I would usually spend, but I treated myself and promised to tuck it away in the frige for a special occasion. I already know that it's worth way more than the cost and the extra weight in my backpack on the ride home.
Close to 11:00am, but still early; I waited at the door to the Napoleon House. I wanted to be the first customer. I'd been promising myself more time there ever since I'd heard that the Brennans were buying out the Impastatos at the end of this month.
I scooped my favorite spot.
Little did I know; there was a huge surprise waiting inside just for me.
Can you guess? I'll be back with more tomorrow!