It was a gorgeous day to be out and about in New Orleans.
I felt pretty much the same way about the fries with gravy at Parasol's
I opted for the roast beef po-boy, which is really the same as the above if you swap out fries for po-boy. Just to complicate things further, you can also get a fries and gravy po-boy. There is probably a further substitution one can make, like French bread made out of French fries. Whatever way you go, it is good.
My mission in the city was twofold: I was recording a segment for Susan Larson's The Reading Life (airing March 20 on WWNO) in support of my reading At Maple St. Books at Bayou St. John on Thursday the 22nd and panel appearance Friday at the Tennessee Williams Festival. Also...
This week I just signed the contract for my next book like Louisiana Saturday Night except about restaurants. It's kinda like substituting bread for fries, except with signatures and a two-year deadline. I was going to let the LSNight publicity machine wind down before I announced this new venture, but screw that. Fire away!
Today was the second official research trip for the new book, the first being the cracklin and pie foray a while back. Then I said, "The only things to get in Krotz Springs are cracklins and speeding tickets." and didn't get one. Today, I eased into St. John the Baptist parish at what I thought was flow-of-traffic speed and got one. Things are off to an auspicious start!