Let’s go out to Metairie today, shall we? It doesn’t really matter where we go today, everyone is going to be in a great mood. Good lord, the Super Bowl is right in the middle of Mardi Gras. This is one of those years we’ll never forget, huh? Well, now that the game is over, we can start focusing on Mardi Gras. How about we pick up a King Cake?

Out at Dorginac’s they make a good one. And, beyond that, they are a great grocery store–gourmet foods, inexpensive wine and great deals.

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about Austrian food. And, since we’re at Dorignac’s we can pick up everything we need to make Zwiebelrostbraten–beef steak with fried onions in a Cognac sauce.

While we’re out here, we might as well catch a movie. Since New Orleans proper doesn’t have a mega-plex, there are a lot of movies one has to go to the suburbs to see. So, I’m trying to work in some segue here about last night’s fairy tale victory, and the New Orleans-set fairy tale that is The Princess and the Frog, but they all sound obnoxious. So, I’ll just stop trying. If you haven’t seen it (and if you are older than seven and not female, I understand why you haven’t), you really should. It is Disney’s first return to hand drawn animation in a long time, which is pretty cool in and of itself. Also, it takes place in a lovingly rendered 1930’s New Orleans and outlying areas. Of course, any time there is a “princess” movie there is a lot of talk about whether the character is a good role model for girls. And, this being the first African-American princess, of course there has been much shouting about race. Bbut these important issues aside, see it for the beautiful animated rendering of the French Quarter, the swamp, St. Louis Cathedral, St. Charles Avenue, cemeteries, etc. Really, it’s all lovely.

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