Favorite Travel Snacks I Enjoyed in the Air Last Week
- DIY Snack Mix Mix. I dumped a bag each of Goldfish Mix Honey Mustard and Pretzel, classic pub snack mix, and extra mini pretzels into a large bowl to create an ultimate mix of mixes! I filled a small reusable to go container with the mix for my carry-on, and enjoyed it during two of my four flights along with a tequila and orange juice during beverage service.
- Jerky Duo: Teriyaki Beef and Original Chicken.
Favorite Louisiana Meals
- Cocktails, Dinner and Dessert at Restaurant R’evolution. The chef’s interpretation of Beef Wellington was tender and so flavorful my mouth watered as I enjoyed each bite. The Mascarpone Grits were rich and comforting the way Southern food should be, but I made sure to stop eating early enough to save room for a little dessert. We enjoyed our dessert so much that we returned the following night to indulge, again. Throughout the two evenings I tried several flavors of the house made ice cream: chocolate coconut, toasted marshmallow, and crunchy peanut butter.
- Lunch at Sammy’s Grill. Our waitress was witty and AMAZING and had great recommendations and descriptions of dishes which brought me to choose one of the menu items she recommended: The Prime Rib Po’ Boy. WHAT A SANDWICH. This is the kind of dish that I was sincerely sad I was too full to keep eating; I could only eat half! I think I’ll be dreaming about this sandwich for a long, long time. Maybe a DIY recreation is in my future?
New Orleans Tourism “Musts” We Crossed Off the List
- Café Du Monde. We did what you are “supposed to do” when in the French Quarter: get beignets and café au lait. It was….fine?
- St. Charles Street Car through the Garden District. Such beautiful homes and University buildings!
New Orleans Tourism “Musts” We are Saving for January
- The National World War II Museum. About a dozen people recommended it to us, but we didn’t have the time to get over to the museum this trip. We will be back in town in January 2018 for a tradeshow and this is definitely on the list of things we hope to do on that trip.
- New Orleans History Tour. There are several available that interest us!
Travel Media: Movies I Downloaded from Netflix and Watched in the Air
- Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened.
I had noticed that this documentary had shown up on my Netflix recommendations, but after I read Glen Weldon tweet, “So BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD HAVE HAPPENED is streaming on Netflix and you – every last damn ONE of you – needs to watch it YESTERDAY” and the thread that followed I decided to download it for flight consumption. I have been thinking about this movie daily since I watched it and I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Broadway musicals.
You may not be familiar with the story of Merrily We Roll Along, a Broadway musical that closed after sixteen performances in 1981, despite being the talk about town leading to the opening. This film shares the story of the creation of Merrily and the young performers whose lives were changed by being a part of it. Best Worst Thing is directed by Lonny Price and features many members of the original cast, lending to a greater understanding of the impact the original
- Sing Street.
As I’m writing this, I now realize that both of the movie I watched on this trip come recommended from Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast folks, as Sing Street was on Linda Holme’s list of 50 Wonderful Things from 2016. It’s got a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and I totally understand why; would highly recommend this coming of age modern musical featuring a love for the music of the 80’s and a beautiful focus on a variety of relationships.
Travel Media: Television I Downloaded from iTunes and Watched in the Air
Reading in 2017 Updates
- I remain WAY ahead of schedule in my Good Reads Challenge to read 12 books this year, having finished 9 books as of now. At the start of the year I made a stack of books in the apartment that I hadn’t read and have been working my way through them, one by one.
- I have made very little progress in March. Everything I started reading I lost interest in and ended up putting back on the stack. I decided to take a break from the pile and gave myself permission to purchase some used books that interested me in an attempt to get back into the reading groove again. I’ve only read two of Meg Wolitzer novels at this point, which is the only hesitation to my stating that she’s my favorite fiction writer, so I decided to search for some good priced used copies of her other works to read next.
Meg Wolitzer Novels Up Next on My Reading List