Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Why you can't lose weight in New Orleans...

Because there are restaurants like this one that tempt you with all their national accolades and promises of Southern goodness:

Boucherie plate

Fried alligator with aioli

Rabbit and dumplings

You win, Chef Link.  You win.

It was a good thing we planned on going to the WWII museum the next day.  We needed to get our butts out of the house and walk around for several hours after our recent pig out complements of Cochon.

If you haven't ever been, the D-Day museum is awesome.  Jeff and I have both been before, but they are always adding something new and sometimes it's good to go just to remember.  Throughout the whole exhibit we kept noticing startling similarities between the times before and during WWII and our current situation in the Middle East and with our economy (and President Obama's viewpoints but we won't get into politics here).  Ever heard the saying "History repeats itself"? 

There was a special traveling 9/11 exhibit that we wanted to see before it left.

Piero Capobianco mixed media 

Quilt of firefighters killed in 9/11 

I think our generation feels pretty far removed from WWII.  Sure, we learn about it in grade school and some of us have grandparents who served in the war but for the most part it's just a part of history to us.  Is this how our grandchildren will feel about 9/11?  That it doesn't have any bearing on their lives?  It's hard to imagine since our daily lives now revolve around worrying about nuclear weapons in Iran, terrorists at the airport, family and friends serving overseas, and other national security concerns.

WWII posters

Model of air and sea armada on D-Day

If you live in New Orleans or are ever here visiting, a trip here is worth the price of admission and then some.  

After walking through the museum for several hours, of course our minds were back on food again.  Luckily enough, there's a cute little 40's-era restaurant called the Soda Shop connected to the museum (and strategically enough, the gift shop).  Word of advice:  skip the food and go straight for the milkshakes.

Think I'm done talking about food?

Do you know me?

Here's what I made for dinner Monday night, from a recipe I found on Pinterest:

Bow tie pasta with avocado, turkey bacon, olive oil, and romano cheese

It was reaallly good.  Here's the recipe if you're interested.  (I left out the basil).

And just for good measure, some peanut butter cookies.

If you need me, I'll be recovering the rest of this week from food indulgence overload...until this weekend.

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