Category Archives: New Orleans

USA, Louisiana, Metairie – City Diner

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When my wife and I were in new Orleans a few weeks ago we asked as we were checking out where we might go for breakfast. The suggestion was City Diner. The City Diner is located at 3116 S I-10 Service Road E, Metairie, LA, next to a La Quinta. It isn’t much to look at but it was packed the entire time we were there on an early Sunday morning.

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Not only was it constantly busy, there was a steady stream of take out orders. The most popular seemed to be their “short stack” ($8.99). I have had a lot of pancakes, but these looked exceptional. After seeing several “to-go” boxes of pancakes being taken out in pizza boxes, I asked one of the staff if I could take a picture. As you can see from the image above, these are enormous pancakes!

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We opted for palettes, and they were equally impressive. Needless to say, neither of us finished our order.

This is not a fancy place, but the food was excellent. The City Diner opened in December of 2008 and they are open 24 hours a day. They are conveniently located just off of I-10. You can check out their full menu on-line. Yelp only rates it at 3.5 out of 5 with meals priced in the $11-30 range. TripAdvisor rates it at 4 out of 5. I would not hesitate to go back the next time I am in the New Orleans area.


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USA, Louisiana, New Orleans – Mr. John’s Steakhouse

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We were in New Orleans last weekend for one of the 2016 regional NFL flag football tournaments. After the long, nine hour drive over from Austin (with stops at Buc-ees of course) we made some time for ourselves. The couple we were with had found Mr. John’s Steakhouse (2111 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA).

I shared a “Who Dat Shrimp” appetizer (Bacon wrapped gulf shrimp stuffed with crabmeat served with a sweet Thai chili sauce and chipotle remoulade) that was very tasty. I followed that with a “Hearts of Lettuce” salad (A crisp wedge of iceberg lettuce topped with grape tomatoes, crispy apple wood bacon and crumbled blue cheese). Anticipating that I would order dessert, I only ordered the “Petite Filet” accompanied by a Baked Potato. As expected I topped it all off with at piece of cheesecake covered with chocolate sauce.

All four of us were very happy with our meals. If you are in the garden district of New Orleans and are looking for a good steak, you won’t be disappointed with Mr. John’s Steakhouse. It was a little on the expensive side (Yelp rakes it in the $31-$60 per person range) but seemed to be well worth it (the Yelp rating was 4.5 out of 5, with a rating of 4.6 out of 5 on OpenTable).


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USA, Louisiana, New Orleans – The National World War II Museum

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My wife and I love visiting museums. When we were in New Orleans in April 2015 we had the opportunity to visit The National World War II Museum. The museum occupies several
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within walking distance of the French Quarter at 945 Magazine Street.

The idea of the museum was conceived by historian Stephen E. Ambrose. Many will recognize that name as he authored many books about World War II, including Band of Brothers. That book was turned into a popular TV series on HBO. The museum became reality in June 6, 2000 when the Grand Opening of the then “D-Day Museum” was held. The museum was designated by the US Congress to be the “National World War II
Museum” in 2003. Today the museum is home to over 100,000 artifacts, and has hosted more than 3 million visitors. The museum is widely supported with over 130,000 members.

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This museum tells the story of the American experience during World War II. The museum has many aircraft and vehicles on exhibit, as well as a few shows and many artifacts. Separate areas of the museum address the war in Europe and the war in the Pacific. I have always enjoyed reading about World War II. My father served in the US Army during the war and was stationed in London and Paris.

The museum is open seven days a week, 9AM – 5PM (Closed only for Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). At the time I write this post, general admission is $24, with both the “Beyond All Boundaries” and “Final Mission”
shows an additional $5 each.

My wife and I spent around 6 hours touring the exhibits, and still feel like we rushed through. We are both looking ahead to visiting New Orleans again and spending more time with the museum. If you are in New Orleans, are interested in history (particulary World War II) and have a few hours available, this is a fantastic place to visit!

All images “Courtesy of The National WWII Museum.”


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USA, Louisiana, New Orleans – Blue Frog Chocolates

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My wife and I came across Blue Frog Chocolates when we were in New Orleans last April. This is a small eclectic shop with a wide variety of things chocolate. The shop has been open since 2000 in a old cottage on Magazine Street (5707 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115). The location is in the Garden District and the cottage is nearly 100 years old. The family owned and operated shop takes it’s name from the “Legend of the Blue Frog“.

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The shop carries a wide assortment of chocolate goods – molded chocolates, chocolate covered nuts, bark, pralines, cocoa mix, assorted gift boxes , dipped strawberries, body paint, . . . The list goes on and on. Some of their products are imported, or from other sources in the US, but many are made locally in the shop. Not only do they have great sweets, orders can be made through their on-line catalog for shipment to you anywhere.

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We tried a few of the chocolates and we both had one of their “Icy Hot Chocolate” drinks. Everything that we tried was outstanding!

If you are in New Orleans, this is a stop I highly recommend.


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